Basement Remodeling

Get the Most Out of Unused Space

If you don’t want to build an addition but need more space in your home in Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Bethesda, or a surrounding area in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, you need basement remodeling from the award-winning team at Wentworth, Inc.

Basement finishing and/or remodeling is a smart way to reap the benefits of existing space in your home. Basements, particularly cramped and dreary ones, can be put to better use as:

  • Playrooms
  • Home offices
  • Guest rooms
  • Exercise studios
  • In-law suites
  • And more

In older DC metropolitan area homes, where space is at a premium, turning underutilized basements into livable space is a great way to add function.

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Most basement renovation projects involve creating an informal living space with a bathroom and possibly a guest room. When it comes to such remodels, the Wentworth design/build team has seen and done it all—we have worked with homeowners in Silver Spring, Bethesda, and surrounding areas to design basement:

  • Laundry closets
  • Full-blown laundry rooms
  • Home theaters
  • Wet bars
  • Kitchenettes for entertaining
  • And more

More Room for You

A basement is the perfect place to carve out extra space for a personal hobby or passion, and we have helped homeowners incorporate their needs, ranging from hobby rooms (for painting, photography, etc.) to exercise rooms. Homeowners often request that a basement be turned into a space designed for entertaining and relaxation, with defined areas for a bar, media, and sometimes even a pool table. The extra space found in an unused basement is ideal for letting creativity flow!

Cost-Effective Creativity

Basements, while not necessarily the least expensive rooms to remodel, are still a cost-effective way to add livable space to your home. If you want your new basement to reflect the style and quality of the rest of your home, a basement remodeling project will require the expertise of a design/build firm well-versed in the difficulties of remodeling interior space below ground.

If the perimeter walls and the roof are in good condition, creative design solutions can save money during a basement remodel. In certain homes, we have designed basements with open exposed ceiling joists and painted masonry walls—a design decision that is cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. You should never have to sacrifice good design to save money!

Basement Remodeling by the Code

Any basement remodeling project must take into account building and zoning codes, and the Wentworth team works with you to ensure your basement remodeling project meets all requirements in your city or town. Each project will have different requirements and should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the final design meets local codes. If you plan to fit out your basement as a rental unit, it is important to make sure the local zoning codes allow it before beginning work. If a rental unit is allowed, the rental unit’s ceiling will most likely need to be made of a fire-rated gypsum board for fire separation. When designing a basement bedroom, it is necessary to design and build a proper egress window that facilitates an easy exit in the event of fire. A basement remodeling project involving a rental unit requires the expertise of architects and designers familiar with your home and your neighborhood, ensuring your new rental unit not only adds value to your home, but is also a comfortable and safe home for your new tenants.

Part of Your Home

The right design and a design/build team can transform your basement into one of your most livable, efficient rooms. Whether you wish to make the most of unused space in your cramped row house or indulge a special interest—whether a home gym, craft room, or anything else—Wentworth can take unused interior space and make it a seamless part of your home. Contact us today about a basement remodeling project for your home! We are located in Chevy Chase but serve surrounding areas, such as Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac, and more. Interested in seeing past basement remodels we have completed? Visit our portfolio!

“ We just wanted to tell you how delighted we are with the final product. We really could not have imagined how big and beautiful our kitchen would be, but we are very glad that you could! Your firm's work has exceeded our expectations. Victor and Steven and their crew did a phenomenal job. They constructed a beautiful kitchen area and they thought of every detail. They were very thoughtful and courteous, cleaning up every visible speck of dust every day and keeping the remainder of the house very livable. Michael's many talents speak for themselves, and we are thrilled that we got to work with him.. Thank you for creating this wonderful space that our family will enjoy for years to come. ”

T.P., Northwest Washington, DC
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