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Question DetailsAsked on 10/5/2011

What are the top five remodeling projects that will give me the best return on my money? and, what kind of flooring is best in a basement

My basement flooded and I am in the process of replcing drywall, flooring and improving the drainage to my sump pump. Any suggestions of who to call in Alexandria, VA???

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Answered 9 years ago by Cas


Sorry to hear about your basement flooding.

Is this a common occurance? You mentioned that a sump pump is already installed, which indicates there is a high water table and potential for moisture to enter the area.

Our firm is in Fredericksburg, VA and is a Facilities Management and Architecture firm: Herlong Associates. We work all over the Commonwealth of Virginia. We may be able to assist you in determining ways to prevent future flooding or put you in contact with a contractor to assist.

A concrete floor is ideal for a thin-set tile flooring. Tile can be sealed to prevent moisture problems and is durable. It comes in all different colors, textures and materials to fit your basement design. SInce you are already demonishing / gutting your basment to a degree, you may consider changing the layout to be more useful or to prevent damage in the future (IE remove walls in the area that floods most often). Tile is also a traditional material that ages well, where other materials can look dated after a few years.

The second common option for a high moisture area would be vinyl flooring. Armstrong makes some really nice, heavy duty flooring that is textured, repells water and adheres well to concrete. Their wood and tile patterns are very realistic, and often fool my guests who think my vinyl kitchen floor is the same hardwood as the rest of the house.

In response to the best remodel options, you have a response that is pretty well done already. Kitchens are the #1, closely followed by bathrooms. Not mentioned, is adding another 1/2 or full bath adds greatly to your home value. So again, if your basement does not already have a bathroom, since you are already dealing with construction, adding a functional bathroom down there will see immediate results. The idea of replacing windows and siding is a sound one only if those items are in need of repair and are not 'historic' in nature. A 100 year old home, having the windows replaced with Lowe's brand windows will actually decrease the value. Same with replacing wood siding with vinyl. Painting and repairing (curb appeal) will see more results with a smaller out-of-pocket expense.

And finally, working with a licensed architect is one of the best ways to see your money come back from your projects. Architecturally designed homes typically sell for higher than builder homes. An architect can also recommend cost saving and stylization options that will keep the flow of your home in line. They also often work with Realtors so they know current buying trends and valued products. Having an architect overseeing the work also ensures quality and protects you and the contractor from misunderstandings.

Good luck with your project.


Answered 9 years ago by Kenny Johnson

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