This basement finishing project was for a client in Everett, WA. The home was built in 2006 on a slope. The general contractor decided to build with a crawl space rather than incur the cost of basement finishing. The owners family has grown and their home started feeling a little cramped. They wanted to add livable squarefootage to their home on a budget. Basement finishing or turning their crawl space into a basement was an attractive choice.
The owners engaged a local architect/engineer Rampart Engineering to design and engineer their basement finishing project. The designer did a great job detailing the project and producing construction drawings.
Initially the owners contacted a general contractor recommended by the designer for their basement finishing project. After receiving a proposal that was twice the amount the owners wanted to spend the owners realized they needed to reach out to other general contractors to get cost feedback on their basement finishing project.
The owners found Keever and Associates – Seattle General Contractors through a mutual friend. Our initial proposal was 1/3 less than their initial proposal. The savings we offered was so dramatic they requested a meeting to make sure we hadn’t missed certain aspects of their basement finishingproject. Once they were satisfied we were all on the same page we pulled permits and got to work on their basement finishing project.
The first thing we did when we started their basement finishing project was to get the plumbing, HVAC, spot footings and framing out of the way. In order to remove the spot footings and deleted framing temporary shoring was installed. With a clear space to work in we began the task of excavating to the new depth required for the basement finishing project. In any basement finishing project where you excavate down you must consider water intrusion. We ran an interior footing drain around the perimeter and into a central sump. Concrete underpinning was staged in 2 pours to mitigate the potential for the house to move while being undermined. With the new foundations, slabs and framing in place the basement finishing was looking good. We then cut out the floor framing into an existing closet and built stairs connecting the new basement to the main floor of the home.
We provided flexible terms for the owners to save money where they could. After the shell and core of the basement finishing project was complete the owners decided to finish the rest of the basement finishing project themselves. We are general residential construction services for Everett.
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