Poured concrete foundations and basements create a Lower Level Living space that is both functional and livable. Basement Living is an airy, light, finished space that is a joy to use every day.
A Safe Haven
Basement living space also provides a safe haven from tornados,
basement is probably the safest place in a tornado.
Basements produced with solid concrete walls are impenetrable by rodents and other pests; ground water doesn't permeate a properly treated wall; and concrete is environmentally friendly. Concrete walls won't burn or rot; and will resist cave-ins from heavy rains and flooding.
Room for Storage & Utilities
Basements provides a warm, dry area for storage, which frees your upstairs space for other uses. With a full basement, your heating, plumbing, electrical, gas and other services are easily accessible. There is also plenty of room for your washer and dryer and the heaps of clothes that often surrounds them.
Room to Grow
Basement Living doubles the square footage of a single-story house. Basement Living can do almost everything that upstairs space does.
Use the extra space for bedrooms, offices, bathrooms, game rooms, living rooms, family rooms. Basements give your family room to grow.
If you already plan to have a basement, a few minor design changes at the time of construction can turn it into a delightful Lower Level Living space. Your concrete contractor is already there with forms, prepared to add the Lower Level Living space to your project.
More Space for Less
Basements are a cost effective and energy efficient way to create that extra living space you can enjoy for years. It offers you all the advantages of an upstairs at a fraction of the cost.
Poured concrete foundation walls are fast to erect which saves you money. They can be formed, poured and stripped in as little as two working days. The house already needs a footing; it probably needs a crawl space for utilities; and it only costs a little more to excavate another four or five feet and cast full-height concrete walls from the footing. Plus, you will enhance the appraisal and resale value of your
home in the process.
Upstairs Comfort Down Below
With today's proven waterproofing and insulation treatments, you can enjoy basement living space that is dry and comfortable. With simple interior finishes, and floor and window treatments, your lower level is as livable as the rest of your house.
Finished the same as upstairs, insulation for basements are simple to provide where needed. Poured concrete walls can be insulated during the pouring process, or drywalled after the forms are removed.