The Inside Outside Guys ~ Add Space for the Holidays

From The Detroit News | By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein

DETROIT, November 9, 2023 ~ Do you have family coming over for the holidays?

Perhaps you’ve had a space crunch in years gone by when a lot of people are in your home for the day or even a weekend.

Adding on to your home can be a great value proposition, especially if you follow some basic design rules like DUO, which means down, up, and out.

From a cost perspective, it is generally less expensive to finish space in the lower level, a little more costly to expand upward using the same footprint, and yet even more money to extend the footprint of the home outward.


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When you consider that, according to the National Association of Home Builders, only 20%-30% of new homes even have basements, it is a distinct advantage to have that space available to you.

When you finish a basement, you are taking advantage of pre-existing foundation and roof as well as mechanical systems. Such a project might yield up to a 70% return on investment when the house is sold, and appraisers tell us the home value may be improved 10% to 20% as well.

The story is told of a successful doctor in Arizona who had just completed his dream home except for the space enclosed by a walkout basement.

Repeated calls to contractors to submit proposals for finishing the space elicited a response along the lines of “We don’t do basements”.

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