Homes with a basement offer extra living space that is invaluable. If your basement is only partially finished or outdated, a basement remodel is one project that you will enjoy for years to come. Before taking it on, it’s important to decide if using an architect is the right choice. Time, cost and style all play into what is the best option for you and your budget.
Time is often the main reason why it’s worth hiring a contractor to do the work. Even if you are handy and can tackle the project, finding the time to do it is difficult. With things constantly coming up in daily life, that project often takes the back seat. In many cases, hiring a professional to do your basement remodel means enjoying the space within a month of the project’s beginning. That is an added bonus if it needs to be completed quickly to sell the home. Another pro of going with a remodeling architect is the expertise. A professional will have ideas you may not have thought of, as well as know what is possible with the space available.
Like with most things in life, cost is a major factor in hiring someone else to do the work. If you have a tight budget, an architect may not be the best choice. Hiring a professional means paying professional rates. Choosing a random contractor may be cost-effective, but, again, you are paying for what you get, which may mean less-than-stellar work. Another con is ensuring that the final result is what you want. While most architects will have the expertise to bring the plan to life, some may not be experienced enough to make that happen. Before choosing the right professional, ensure they provide a portfolio of previously completed projects.
A basement remodel is one investment that you will get to enjoy for many years. Before starting it, make sure you have the right professional to bring your plan to life.