For generations, the basement was largely a forgotten portion of the home. It was either considered too dark and damp to be suitable for living space, or it was used as the home's primary storage, or it served as the home's laundry space. This was unfortunate as the basement is often the largest room in the house because it spans the home's entire footprint.
But, as building techniques and technology improved, so too did the state of the modern basement. Today, finished basements play important roles in the lives of homeowners. They serve as bedrooms, home offices, recreation rooms, and more.
If you're planning on using a Georgia on your lot home building company to design and build your new home, then here are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to include a finished basement in your design.
If you include a finished basement in your home's design, then it will increase the overall value of your home because it adds to the livable square footage of the home.
An unfinished basement tends to be damp, drafty, and musty. As a result, that moisture can seep into the floor above, causing the heater or air conditioning to work less efficiently. But, when you have a well-insulated and waterproofed finished basement, your home will actually be more comfortable and in some cases, it can even help you control your energy bills. For instance, during the summer, your basement will naturally be cooler than the upper levels of the home, so you and your family can spend time in the finished basement rather than relying on the air conditioner. A finished basement also helps out in the winter, as the insulation will prevent heat from escaping the home.
Most basements span the length and width of the home's floorplan. That's a ton of space that will be made available once the basement is finished. And, it's a blank slate. You can leave the space open or divide it into rooms. A standard finished basement can be converted to include a laundry room, a home office, an extra bedroom, and more depending on your home's size.
Even though you might not be thinking about selling the home you're building, there may come a time in the future when you decide to sell it. By finishing the basement, you'll be making your home much more attractive to prospective buyers.
Many households with finished basements rent out the space as basement apartments. In most cases, the rent received accounts for 75% of the homeowner's mortgage, thus dramatically increasing the homeowner's take-home income.
Southland Custom Homes is one of the premier Georgia on-your-lot home building contractors. We can build your home on any lot you purchase. And, with our professional in-house design team, we can help you create the ideal home for your family.
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