What to Expect
“We treat every home like it is our own” is not just our motto but it’s what we live by every day not only on the job but at our first appointment to discuss your remodeling options. Your home is an extension of who you and your family are. It’s a retreat from the hustle of the world; it’s our promise to you that we will treat you and your home with respect.
Peace of Mind
CMH Builders provides a full team of experts that walk you through the basement finishing process each step of the way. We will talk through all your options during the construction planning phase, then you’ll work directly with our in-house design team to make your selections, and then your project manager will work closely with you during the project. We’ve found this removes a lot of the stress from the building process.
Leveraging our experience and knowledgeable staff, we are able to set out a schedule at the beginning of the project and stick to it. A typical 1000 sq. ft. basement will take about 12-14 weeks start to finish. With an experienced and knowledgeable field staff and direct contact with the Project Manager, questions get answered quickly and if changes need to be made they can be done seamlessly during the construction schedule.
Quality of Work
With our vast experience in Residential Home Building and Remodeling we have a keen eye for detail in all of our projects. All projects are inspected by the Project Manager and homeowner and all items completed before final payment is taken. All CMH Builders employees clean up and store away tools at the end of the day. We understand that the area we are working is part of a lived in home; drop clothes and stair protection are used in every home.
CMH Builders takes the time to put together an honest and thought out quote that includes every aspect of the project needed for completion. Most companies will put an estimate together that does not included budgets for carpet, vanities, fixtures etc. that make the bottom line of their quote look low and attractive to potential customers. CMH takes a different approach and gives a complete estimate that includes all budgeted items so customers can get a full picture of what the total project will cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of basement finishing?
The price of basement remodeling projects can vary greatly depending on the footprint of your space and the features you want to implement. Our average basement project is around $60,000; however, you can get a top-quality basement finishing project without going beyond your budget when you work with CMH Builders. We’ll be able to stay within your available price range while determining how to make the most of your available space. We’ll make sure you’re satisfied with the final results while avoiding going over budget.
Reasonable Pricing for Basement Remodeling
CMH Builders understands that customers don’t have an unlimited budget to spend on a basement remodeling project. Our experienced staff will work with you to choose the right materials and develop the most appropriate solution for your basement finish. Even if you’re working with a minimal budget, you can still get the basement you’ve always dreamed of with our help. We’ll make sure you can get the best results, making the most of your allotted budget.
Get an Accurate Estimate for Basement Remodeling Costs
Another benefit of working with CMH Builders is the fact that you’ll have a clear picture of the final cost of the baement finish before the project begins. You can simply request a free estimate to get started, and we’ll provide you with an accurate estimate to help you determine what you can afford. We never leave our customers in the dark regarding the price of basement finishing, disclosing all details prior to getting started. You’ll never experience any unwanted surprises or worry about spending more than you have on any project at any time.
What is the cost per square foot to finish my basement?
There is no easy answer to that question because every basement is unique. The cost to finish your basement will be based on the rooms needed and the amenities you desire. A basement with a wet bar, full bathroom, sauna, fireplace and maple trim will have a different cost than one that does not have those features. Prices can range from $40 to $60 per sq ft.
Do you provide free estimates?
Yes. We do not charge for an estimate. Our project consultant will visit your house to look at your project and sit down with you to discuss all of the available features based on your design. We will then take this information to create a basement design with state of the art 3D interactive walk-through, a very detailed estimate, all at our fully stocked showroom that is set up to represent a basement.
Why is there a big price difference from different companies?
How accurate is your estimate?
What is recommended if our furnace is not large enough to accommodate a finished basement?
Depending on the size of your home’s basement, finishing it could add hundreds of square feet to your living space without a major extension of the structure. Taking advantage of the existing space means you’re increasing the total space of your heated home, putting extra load on your furnace or other heating equipment. Instead of relying on multiple costly space heaters to warm up just the basement, consider a heat pump for efficient separate heating. Secondary Heat Pump It’s perfectly possible to simply install ductwork during your basement renovation and upgrade to a larger furnace to compensate for the new space. However, a brand new furnace costs thousands of dollars with installation. Heat pumps capable of handling up to 1,000 square feet can be found for under $2,500, with installation only adding a few hundred dollars to the total cost. There are also ductless models so there’s no need for bulky ducts taking up space behind a false ceiling or along the walls. Finally, heat pumps also offer some of the most efficient heating for your money. They produce heat as long as temperatures stay above 30 degrees F or so, making them a full-time heat source for mild climates. Houses in colder areas can still rely on a space heater or other backup heating method during the coldest days of winter while using the heat pump the majority of the time.
Is it possible to have a hardwood floor in the basement?
Hardwood flooring is beautiful, easy to clean and has a long lifespan. It also keeps the air quality better for those with allergies or asthma compared to carpet. However, hardwood can be permanently warped or discolored if it comes into contact with water or large amounts of moisture. If you are finishing off your basement, you may find yourself wondering if it is possible to have hardwood flooring in this space. Here is some information you should know.
Can You Install Hardwood Floors in a Basement?
As a general rule of thumb, it is not recommended that you install hardwood flooring in a basement. This is because of the additional humidity in basements and the higher likelihood of water damage in this space.
What Additional Installation Steps can be taken to Install Hardwood Floors in a Basement?
If you are set on hardwood, a sub-floor needs to be installed in order to lay hardwood. Many contractors actually recommend using a sub-floor and then a waterproof membrane or pieces of plywood between the sub-floor and the hardwood. This reduces the likelihood of water coming from under the home or the foundation and damaging your wood floors. These sub floor systems can add $$$ to the overall project costs and have the potential to hide water issues that the basement may have.
What Are the Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring for a Basement?
If you love the look of hardwood but are flexible in your flooring material, Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) or Luxuary Vinyl Tile (LVT) are great alternatives to hardwood flooring. Alternative hardwood has the same look as real wood, without being susceptible to moisture or water problems. Also, a high quality vinyl plank flooring can give you the look of wood, for a fraction of the price and are virtually water proof. If you are looking to have your basement finished, give us a call today. We would love to help you with all of your basement finishing needs.
Is a kitchen, fireplace, or hot tub allowed in a basement?
Once you realize you can transform even the smallest or dampest basement into a beautiful living space with a little work, you may be tempted to go overboard in dreaming up new ways to use the area. Not all additions work well underground, especially when you’re considering what local and state building codes will allow for in Indiana.
Kitchens are Tricky
It’s acceptable according to the building codes of most counties to add a kitchen, including a sink, to a basement. There are requirements for smoke detectors and separate challenges to plumbing in a basement, but it can be done. Make sure you follow all egress and other safety rules for finished basements since you’ll be adding an extra fire risk with cooking appliances.
When it comes to fireplaces in basements, each county has a different option on whether it’s safe or not. If your local code allows for it, remember that you must still place an air intake for the fireplace that is connected to the exterior of the building and not the basement or the rest of the home. This can be difficult when you’re building in a room with 12 inches of concrete for walls. We recommend contacting a local fireplace specialist during the planning and budgeting phase of the project to discuss options.
While there are no specific building codes preventing the installation of a hot tub in a basement, it’s not a good idea unless it’s handled with care. Installing a tub as part of a sealed sauna with powerful ventilation will work, while adding it to a corner of the room without humidity controls will lead to mold and mildew issues.
Is there requirement for a certain size, or number of windows in a basement?
Remodeling a basement allows you to transform otherwise empty space into clean, dry, welcoming living space. Whether you’re expanding your family or creating a bigger guest room, you’re likely interested in adding windows to your basement to let in natural light. You may be surprised to find out that windows are a legal requirement in finished basement living areas.
Egress for Safety
The International Building Code mandates that each finished basement must have at least one window with an opening area of 5.7 square feet or more. These are known as egress windows because they allow residents to escape in case of a fire or accident. If the basement windows are located more than 44 inches above the floor, you need steps or a ladder permanently mounted in place as well. 90% of the country has adopted this code or a stricter one for their local building requirements, including most of Indiana. Failing to install the proper egress window in a finished basement could leave you paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars in fines and hurrying to remedy the mistake within the time limit offered by the code enforcement office.
More for Light
Of course, once you’re putting the effort into installing one egress window you might as well add a few more for the increased light and ventilation. This is easier and more affordable in basements that have at least one uncovered wall.
Are permits required to finish my basement?
The joy of renovating and shaping your home’s interior to match your needs is one of the best parts of home ownership. Yet you can’t simply do whatever you like without notifying the local building code enforcement office and applying for the proper permits. While many parts of rural Indiana once allowed homeowners to do as they pleased with regards to repairs and renovations, a project like finishing a basement now requires a permit in virtually every county in the state.
The Importance of Permits
The building inspectors aren’t just making you get a permit to make the process harder. Indiana has adopted the International Building Code to standardize structures throughout the state, so new projects like basement refinishing must follow these rules for safety reasons. If you get the appropriate permits and have everything inspected and approved, you can sell the home knowing it’s safe and ready for someone else to use. It’s also essential for keeping your home insurance up to date because insurance companies need to know you’re not creating safety hazards by using unsafe building practices.
In some parts of Indiana, a building permit is all that’s needed for basement refinishing. Other areas require separate permits and inspections for structural changes, electrical installations, and plumbing. Check with your code enforcement or building inspector’s office to verify the deadlines, requirements, costs, and types of building permits you need before planning your basement renovation project.
How Long Does it Take to Finish a Basement?
Finish a basement can add more usable square footage to your home. It can give you a much needed extra bedroom, laundry space, kid’s playroom or man cave. If you are interested in finishing off this space, one of the biggest questions you may have is how long it will take to complete the project. Here is some information you will want to know regarding completion timelines if you are considering having your basement finished.
How Long Will it Take to Finish a Basement
Unfortunately, there is no way to determine how long it will take to finish your basement until you meet with contractors and they take a look at the scope of work. If your simply adding insulation, drywall, flooring and a ceiling, it will take a lot less time than someone adding in plumbing, a kitchen or framing out various rooms. All in all, the process can take as little as a few weeks or as long as a couple months for most projects completed by a renovation company.
What Factors Affect the Timeline for Completion?
Every unfinished basement is at a different stage. Some are completely unframed and not insulated, where as some are partially finished. The scope of the work being done also affects the timeline for completion. Additionally, if there are any unexpected problems, such as a damaged concrete floor or warped wood, that can add to the length of time it will take to complete, as those issues need to be fixed before renovation work can begin. If you want to have your basement finished, give us a call today. We can provide you with an estimate as well as a more solid completion timelines base on the current condition, size and type of work you want done in your basement.
Does a finished basement add value to my home?
If you have an unfinished basement, there are benefits to finishing it off. One of the questions that we are frequently asked is whether a finished basement will add value to a home. Here is some information that you will want to know if you are considered this home renovation project.
Does a Finished Basement Add Value to a Home?
When you finish off a basement, you are adding more livable square footage to your home. As such, you are increasing the amount your home is worth. However, it is important to note that the average price per square foot for a finished basement is typically a lower than the average price per square foot for above-ground space.
How Much Value Does a Finished Basement Add?
The amount of value that a finished basement adds varies based on many different factors. The biggest factors are what your home needs most. If you have a one bathroom home or a two bedroom home, adding a bathroom and/or bedroom in the space can significantly increase the value. If you need a laundry space, adding this to the basement can also add more value to your home. A contractor can help you determine what the right finishes are for the space and how to maximize it to not only meet your family’s needs, but to provide the highest return of investment for the project. If you are considering having your basement finished, give us a call today. We can discuss various options with you and give you an estimate. This will help you determine if you want to move forward with finishing off your basement.
Who is CMH Builders, Inc.?
We are a family owned and operated business serving Central Indiana since 2006 specializing in Full Basement Finishing. We take great pride in being the #1 basement finishing company in our area.
Who is the contact person during construction?
Who designs our basement?
We will sit down with you to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, wants, needs, existing floor plan and provide you with our ideas for your finished basement. Our experinced deisgn staff will take all that information and put it into our architectural software to help you visualize the finished product with a 3-D virtual walk-thru of your finished basement at our follow-up meeting.
Do you finish everything or hire some sub-contractors?
We take care of the entire project, from start to finish. All you have to do is make your selections. We are a full service finished basement company. We complete the vast majority of the project with our own employees and only rely on our sub-contractors for specialty work.
Do you allow clients to perform some of the work?
Do you allow clients to provide some of their own finishing materials?
Most of the time no, but we can look at these requests on a case by case basis.
Do you do other projects in a home, such as remodeling the upper levels?
Most of the time no. Because we are in such high demand to finish basements, we stay focused on just the baement. This allows us to provide our clients with the best product in a timely manner and it keeps us doing what we know best, finishing basements.
Do you finish basements in phases?
Yes, as long as everything is completed up to a certain point. Ask us about our DIY packages.
Do you install dropped ceilings versus a drywall ceiling?
We do not typically install this type of ceiling. The only advantage is the ability to run wires from room to room. The disadvantages outweigh the advantages, though. Suspended ceilings are unattractive, higher in cost, limit design options, lower ceiling height, sag, discolor over time and lower the resale value of your home.
What cities or areas do you work in?
We have extensive experience in finishing basements in the surrounding areas including: Avon, Brownsburg, Camby, Carmel, Cumberland, Danville, Fishers, Fortville, Geist, Greenwood, McCordsville, Nobelsville, Plainfield, Westfield, Whitestown, and Zionsville.
How long have you been in business?
Are you licensed and insured?
How many projects have you completed?
Since its founding in 2006, CMH Builders has finished over 600 basements and is currently finishing 90-100 basements per year.
What is your warranty?
How long will it take to finish my basement?
Depending on the size of your project, it will take between 10 and 14 weeks, the average is 12 weeks. We will give you a schedule before we start that will describe the daily activities and the completion date. We believe in 100% customer satisfaction. Many contractors start your project and then leave to work on other jobs, but we don’t.
Can I make changes after we’ve started?
Yes. Changes can be made as long as it is for something that has not been completed. But remember, certain changes can result in a longer time to finish the project and will involve extra costs (i.e. change order fee).
Will the job site be messy?
We cannot avoid the fact that a construction project will create a certain amount of dust, noise and inconvenience. But we take measures to reduce these problems by cleaning up every day, and treating your home like it is our own. One of our most-received compliments from homeowners is how clean we kept their house during the construction.
Who will be working in my home?
CMH Builders uses a blend of skilled CMH in-house staff and trusted contractors.
SERVING THE GREATER INDIANAPOLIS AREA
Avon, Brownsburg, Camby, Carmel, Cumberland, Danville, Fishers, Fortville, Geist, Greenwood, McCordsville, Nobelsville, Plainfield, Westfield, Whitestown, Zionsville and other cities of the greater Indianapolis area.
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