BASEMENT DESIGN PROCESS
Every basement renovation is unique, but successfully navigating the process from the initial design consultation to project start does not work without a plan. Our construction team of architects, bathroom designers, and interior designers have developed and constantly refine our process. The general steps are outlined below.
Initial Design Consultation:
Visiting with you in your home will allow us to understand your vision while talking openly about your needs and preferences. We will discuss specific topics about your vision for the new basement layout and how you will use each area. This will allow us take detailed notes which will provide valuable insight to our design team. We will need to know if you prefer a basement that will function as an extension of your home or a simple area for friends and family to sleep and shower when they stay with you during holidays! Talking openly will help us help you and we will prioritize a list of questions to help organize thoughts. This meeting will be informal and conversational, this is a great time to review inspirational images from Houzz, Pinterest or your favorite magazine!
Revisions to Preliminary Design:
We will begin to revise the design based on your feedback from the initial design presentation. A conceptual plan will begin to emerge and this will provide us with the information we need to start developing a design package. From here we will compile elements from previous designs options and refine until we have the final approved layout.
During this stage of the design we will have a solid view of your aesthetic vision for the basement. At this point the broad strokes for the type of materials you prefer will be broken down into manageable bite size decisions related to the actual products we will use in your home. We will help you prioritize the selections based on common lead times and connect you with the appropriate showrooms or vendors. Many of Ohio Property Brothers clients will utilize these referrals as we have negotiated discounts and established relationships.
Trade Partner Walkthrough:
After you have approved the preliminary or conceptual design for your new basement, Ohio Property Brothers will coordinate walkthroughs with our Trade Partners. This can normally be accomplished in a couple visits to accommodate everyone’s schedules. Our trade women and men are critical to the success of the project and Ohio Property Brothers will actively engaged in communication with any architect, engineer, plumber, electrician, site foreman and others on the construction team. We will use all of this information and feedback to develop the pricing for the project.
After the Trade Partner walkthrough and finish selections have been finalized we communicate the necessary design and architectural elements to the construction team and finish preparing the documents for the appropriate permitting department. The planning prior to this stage will pay off exponentially as we define and detail the final plans.
Following the Construction Documents, we have the information we need to write up the Construction Contract and finalize construction pricing for your basement. In the rare occasion where finish materials for the basement have not been finalized, material allowances may be used. This enables us to move into contract and begin the permitting process.
PLANNING AND EXECUTING A BASEMENT REMODEL
There will be multiple pre-construction meetings, some with you and a number will be with our staff and the construction team. These meetings will define logistical details such as living and parking arrangements, tool and material staging, dumpster placement, nosy neighbor protocol and much more! Some projects will be invasive enough that you will move offsite for specific portions of the project. Be assured, Ohio Property Brothers Project Managers will be in tune to your needs and will remain in consistent communication. Parts of the construction phase are exciting as we all get to view the fruits of our collective efforts with tangible progress! Before you know it, you will be relaxing and using your new basement!
A smooth basement renovation does not happen by accident. Rather, it is a carefully choreographed and meticulously planned series of steps that are coordinated weeks in advance. In addition, the process is largely the same for the partial basement in Westerville as it is for a full walk out basement in Dublin. Our basement designers coordinate with our construction team as soon as the final plan is agreed on and we have received a signed construction contract and deposit. The preparation begins as follows:
Supply chains are always changing and we need to identify items with the longest lead times. Typically, these items are bar cabinetry and windows or doors (more or less 6-12 weeks for either). However, tile and specialty items can also take a surprisingly long time to arrive. Once we identify the bottlenecks, we can prioritize.
Once we have a good sense of the arrival dates of materials, the construction team meets to review the project. Then we coordinate schedules and create a project specific Gantt chart to share with you.
Having another set of eyes on the plans before the remodeling work begins often allows us to prepare for potential bottlenecks and identify scheduling conflicts ahead of time. Everyone needs to be on the same page before the renovation begins.
Building a Construction Calendar:
The construction team manages a day by day calendar that is shared with everyone on the team. Basement renovations are a linear process and milestones are prioritized. Generally, the critical milestones are:
- Close-in inspections (electrical, plumbing, hvac) to allow drywall to begin on the walls and ceiling
- Installing the bar cabinetry to allow for the bar top template which typically takes one to two weeks between template and install
- Bar top installation to allow for backsplash, plumbing and electrical finals to begin.
Our basement designers and construction team will meet with you at your house one to two weeks before the remodel is scheduled to begin. This allows us to plan for practical considerations such as when the Wi-Fi connect will be down, how often water will be off during renovation, what hours we will be working, and which areas of the house will need to be ready for staging materials before they are installed.
“Working with the team at Ohio Property Brothers to finish a room in my basement was great! They were responsive to all my questions, quality of the work was great, and communication was excellent. Thanks!”