Add an Amazing Room to Your Home Without Adding Onby Parameters Construction on 04/21/11
If you’re a homeowner with an unfinished basement, you may have hidden treasure directly underfoot.
Did you know that according to realtor studies, finishing a basement ranks just behind kitchen and bathroom renovations in terms of R.O.I? In some cases, the payback could even exceed the remodeling expenditure!
What many homeowners seem to forget when they are looking to increase their available living space is that they’ve already built and paid for usable space directly below them—their basement. What most basements lack as far as making them comfortable and valuable is simply professional finishing. Yes we said it and we meant it — professional. To get the most out of your investment we recommend that you only hire licensed contractors.
So here’s our “like” of the month:
We love the idea of a professionally stained concrete floor in the basement. This unusual but extremely practical (and affordable) solution is becoming more and more popular as homeowners seek to improve or add to their living space, but still need to watch their pennies. Of course cost is only one reason to consider a stained concrete floor.
Top ten benefits of a professionally stained concrete floor:
- Economical alternative to carpet and other floor coverings
- Not vulnerable to moisture, mold and mildew
- Color possibilities and treatments are nearly endless
- Instead of hiding cracks and other irregular characteristics of the floor, staining can actually turn them into a chic’ design feature
- Low maintenance and easy cleanup
- Ability to add additional architectural interest with saw-cut patterns and stencils
- Durable long-lasting solution (longevity)
- Handcrafted artisan surface
- Ability to simulate a wide variety of natural materials and textures
- Great alternative to carpet to reduce allergens
So what can you expect to pay for a stained concrete floor in your basement?
Naturally, the degree of preparation required, square footage, and design complexity will affect cost, but here are some averages:
- Simple projects that involve minimal slab preparation, include cleanup and a sealer coat can average $2 to $4 per square foot
- Add saw-cut patterning and different colors between sawed lines and costs can average $4 to $10 per square foot
- Designs with saw-cut patterns and multiple color buildups are priced at about $8 to $15 per square foot
- Detailed stencil work, including stain, cleanup, and sealer can average $12 to $25 per square foot