Basement Finishing

We'll transform your basement into a useable space!

 Basement Finishing and Remodeling Contractor
Stunning basement transformations in Central New Jersey

Welcome to a world of endless possibilities, where your basement is a canvas waiting to be transformed into the living space of your dreams. Homeowners in Central New Jersey are discovering the untapped potential that lies beneath their feet. It's time to unlock the hidden treasure that is your basement, transforming it into a functional, stylish, and inviting extension of your home.  Basement finishing is a fantastic way to get more living space.

DM Bekus Construction is a trusted basement finishing and remodeling contractor operating in the heart of Central New Jersey.  We remodel bathrooms in Skillman, Montgomery, Franklin, Princeton, Piscataway, New Brunswick, and East Brunswick.  We also often travel to work in surrounding counties like Mercer County and Hunterdon County. We specialize in basement finishing and remodeling projects from large scale basement transformations such as turning your basement into new living space to just finishing a downstairs bathroom or installing an egress window in a basement bedroom.

Imagine descending a beautifully crafted wooden staircase into a warm, well-lit space that feels like an extension of your main living area. Picture plush carpets underfoot, walls adorned with your favorite artwork, and cozy nooks for family gatherings or quiet moments of solitude. Whether you envision a luxurious home theater, a state-of-the-art gym, a playroom for the kids, or a secluded home office, basement finishing and remodeling will breathe new life into your home and add immense value to your property.

With a variety of finishes, textures, and colors to choose from, you can create a cohesive design that seamlessly blends with the rest of your home or a completely distinct space that transports you to another world. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the potential of your basement, and watch as it transforms from a dark, unused area into a vibrant, functional, and beautiful living space that your family will cherish for years to come.

Take the first step towards realizing your dream basement today. Contact our team of experienced professionals and let us guide you on this exciting journey of basement finishing and remodeling in Central, New Jersey. Together, we'll bring your vision to life and create a space that exceeds your expectations.

Why Choose DM Bekus Construction For Your Basement Finishing Or Remodeling Project?

Transforming a basement into a functional and inviting space requires a unique blend of creativity, precision, and technical expertise. At DM Bekus Construction, our 40 years of industry experience have given us a keen eye for unlocking the potential hidden in basements. Whether you envision a state-of-the-art home theater, a cozy family den, a play area for the kids, or a stylish home office, we approach each project with meticulous care and passion.

Our licensing guarantees that every phase of the basement finishing process aligns with industry best practices and local regulations, ensuring both durability and safety. Paired with our comprehensive insurance, homeowners can move forward with confidence, knowing their investment is safeguarded. Moreover, our track record of transparent communication ensures that our clients remain at the heart of the project, their aspirations shaping the transformation. By partnering with DM Bekus Construction, you're not just finishing a basement; you're crafting a space that enhances the livability and value of your home.

To schedule an estimate for your basement finishing and remodeling project please call (732) 735-7444 or fill out our contact form and we'll get right back to you.

How Much Does Basement Finishing Cost?

Basement finishing and remodeling projects can be simple or much more complex.  Here's an idea on what your basement remodel might cost

Basement Finishing

Your unfinished basement has so much potential!  We specialize in amazing basement transformations and create beautiful, modern spaces for you and your family to enjoy.

Cost $35k-$100k+
Depending On Size and Scope.

Basement Remodeling

Remodeling your basement can include many things.  Maybe you want to add a bedroom? Or a workout room, home office, or a play-room for your kids?  The possibilities are endless!

Cost $25k-$100k+
Depending On Size and Scope.

Basement Suites

Basement suites are a more complex basement project only because they generally require independent living space including bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and private entry.

Cost $50k-$150k+
Depending On Size and Scope.

These prices are only ball park figures to give you a rough idea as to what you should expect for the cost of high-end, basement remodeling work, completed by a team of craftsman.  Your particular basement remodeling project may vary depending on the site, the specific materials chosen, and the overall scope of work.

If you need a firm price please request a consultation so we can view your potential project, listen to your ideas, and determine the actual scope of work required to complete your project.  After our on-site consultation we'll be able to provide you with a firm estimate to complete your basement renovation project the right way.

Our Basement Finishing Projects Can Include

The sky is the limit when it comes to basement finishing and remodeling

Basement Bars
Home Theaters
Media Rooms
Home Gym Area
Entertainment Area
Kids Playroom
Built-In Storage
Guest Suite
In-Law Suite
Rental Suite
Home Office
Craft or Hobby Room
LED Lighting
Basement Kitchen
Laundry or Utility Room
Task Lighting
Ventilation Systems
Egress Windows

The timeline for finishing or remodeling a basement depends on the complexity and scale of the project. Generally, finishing a basement can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks, while remodeling can take 2 to 4 weeks or more. This timeline may vary based on factors such as permit approvals, material availability, and our current schedule.

In Wake County, North Carolina, including Holly Springs, Apex, and Fuquay-Varina, permits are generally required for basement finishing or remodeling projects. This typically involves obtaining building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits, depending on the scope of the project.

Before beginning any basement finishing or remodeling work, it is essential to check with your local building department or municipality for specific permit requirements, as they can vary between jurisdictions. Additionally, some homeowner's associations (HOAs) may have their own regulations and approval processes that need to be followed.

By obtaining the necessary permits, you ensure that your basement project meets local building codes, and you can avoid potential issues when selling your home or with your homeowner's insurance. At Branch Home Improvement we can streamline the permitting process and obtain them for you prior to starting the project.

To prevent water damage and mold growth, proper waterproofing and moisture control measures should be implemented during the finishing or remodeling process. This may include installing a sump pump, sealing foundation cracks, and applying waterproof coatings to walls and floors. Additionally, proper insulation, ventilation, and the use of mold-resistant materials can help keep moisture levels in check.

Although finishing or remodeling a basement with a low ceiling can be challenging, there are options to make the space more comfortable and functional. Some solutions include painting the ceiling a light color to create an illusion of height, using recessed lighting, and strategically arranging furniture to maximize headroom. In some cases, it may be possible to lower the floor or raise the ceiling by modifying the joists or foundation, but this can be a costly and complex process.

The ideal flooring for a basement depends on the intended use of the space and the homeowner's preferences. Popular options include vinyl plank, engineered hardwood, ceramic tile, and carpet. It's essential to choose moisture-resistant materials and install a vapor barrier or underlayment to prevent moisture-related issues.

The ideal ceiling height for a finished basement is at least 7 feet, although 8-9 feet is preferable for a more spacious feel. Building codes in wake County, NC typically require a minimum of 7 feet for habitable spaces.

To create a welcoming, well-lit basement, use a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Recessed or flush-mounted ceiling lights work well for ambient lighting, while table lamps and floor lamps can provide task lighting. Wall sconces, track lights, or LED strip lights can add accent lighting to highlight architectural features or artwork.

Proper insulation is essential for energy efficiency and comfort in a finished basement. Consider using rigid foam insulation, spray foam insulation, or batt insulation between the studs, along with a vapor barrier to prevent moisture infiltration. Make sure to insulate the rim joists, as well as the walls and ceiling, to minimize heat loss.

Yes, you can add a bathroom or kitchen to your finished basement, provided there is adequate space and proper plumbing and electrical connections. Adding a bathroom or kitchen can significantly increase the functionality and value of your basement and is essential if you're building an independent living space like an in-law or rental suite.

To maximize natural light in a finished basement, consider enlarging existing windows or adding new ones, if possible. Choose window treatments that allow light to filter in, such as light-colored curtains or blinds. Use light-colored paint on walls and ceilings, and incorporate mirrors and reflective surfaces to help distribute light throughout the space.

Yes, basement bedrooms in New Jersey require an egress window. According to the New Jersey building codes any sleeping room in a residential building must have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening, which can be a window or an exterior door. If the bedroom is in a basement, the egress window must meet specific size and height requirements to ensure safe escape in case of an emergency.

Basement Finishing Or Remodeling, What's The Difference?

Finishing and remodeling a basement are two distinct processes, each with its own set of goals and requirements. Understanding the difference between these two approaches is essential for homeowners as they decide on the best course of action to maximize the potential of their basement space.

Finishing a basement involves transforming an unfinished or partially finished space into a fully functional and livable area. This process typically includes insulating and framing the walls, installing drywall, adding flooring, and providing adequate lighting, heating, and ventilation systems. Finishing a basement also encompasses the installation of electrical and plumbing systems, as well as any other necessary utilities.

The primary goal of basement finishing is to create a comfortable and safe environment that can be used for various purposes, such as a family room, home office, or guest suite.

On the other hand, remodeling a basement refers to the process of updating or altering an existing finished basement to better suit the homeowner's needs or preferences. This may include redesigning the layout, updating the décor, or adding new features and amenities.

Remodeling projects can range from simple cosmetic changes, like repainting walls and replacing old fixtures, to more extensive overhauls that involve structural modifications, such as adding or removing walls and installing new windows or doors. The primary goal of basement remodeling is to enhance the functionality, aesthetics, and overall enjoyment of an already finished space.

Both finishing and remodeling a basement offer numerous benefits, including increased living space, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced property value. However, the key difference lies in the starting point and scope of the project. While basement finishing focuses on creating a functional space from scratch, basement remodeling seeks to improve and tailor an existing space to better meet the homeowner's needs and preferences.

When deciding between finishing or remodeling a basement, homeowners should consider factors such as their budget, the current state of their basement, and their long-term goals for the space. Ultimately, the choice will depend on the specific needs and desires of the homeowner, as well as the potential return on investment that each approach offers.

What Our Basement Remodeling Clients Say...

Elisabeth Berkley

We were so impressed

We were so impressed with the high quality of work you provided changing 337 chimney caps in one of our Condo Associations. Thank you for the great job you did rebuilding 2 burned out town houses. You delivered the newly built homes on time, within budget and to the satisfaction of everyone involved.

Richard Freedman

I met Dave Bekus through our local bank VP.

I met Dave Bekus through our local bank VP. I had plans for my "Dream House" designed by Taliesin of Scottsdale, Arizona. Dave and I worked together hand and glove to bring this project to fruition. I could not have asked for a better builder who was most knowledgeable and honest. Where I not 71 years old I would love to work on another project with Dave--and anyway how many people actually get to build their dream house and enjoy it every day?

Rick Harris

We first met Dave over 16 years ago

We first met Dave over 16 years ago when a co-worker recommended him when we were looking for a contractor to put new siding on our house. Since then, we always call Dave when we need a contractor (he has since put on our new roof and installed new doors and a deck). Dave always returns calls and keeps us informed regarding all aspects of our projects. His crews show up on time, are professional, pay attention to details, and take pride in their work. Everyone treats our home with respect and the property is always clean when the project is completed. We would recommend Dave to anyone who is looking for a contractor for their home improvement project.

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