Basement Remodeling Contractor Northern Virginia
Basement Remodeling Contractor Northern Virginia Serving Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Washington DC. Phoenix Home services is a local Basement Remodeling Company, we offer free design consultation We cordially invite you to contact us regarding your interest in remodeling and finishing your basement. Phoenix is a licensed Virginia class A contractor, we are also licensed by the DCRA to operate in Washington DC. We have the ability to legally work remodeling basements in both Northern Virginia and Washington DC. For your protection, we carry general liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance. We possess the manpower to successfully remodel small to large complicated basement remodeling projects. Our staff is set up to manage these basement remodeling projects, so that they are installed in a timely manner, with the utmost attention to detail. We can handle it all, from the design build standpoint we will acquire all necessary permits, and make sure of your complete satisfaction on one of the best investments you can make in your home.
Getting Started With Your Basement Remodeling Project
To get started with remodeling your basement, a good step would be to contact Phoenix Home Services INC for a free consultation. It’s important that you have realistic expectations on what such a project might cost. In addition, you should think about what features you want to incorporate in your upcoming new basement. Things to consider include, space planning, adding a bedroom, and choosing the right contractor. In 2006 when local building codes required a egress window, Phoenix started installing 1 to 2 egress windows per week. After more than a decade of egress installations, we have truly mastered the art of installing a code compliant egress. This of course is required by code. With our class A contractor’s license which is endorsed with the (RBC) residential building contractor, this allows us to pull the necessary permits to install a egress window in your basement. This gives us the advantage over other contractors, that don’t have the ability to do this type of work. Another good reason to choose Phoenix as your basement contractor is the fact that we have an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau, and A rating on Angie’s list, and have even been featured in the syndicated remodeling shows such as Curb Appeal. If you’re looking for an easy, competent, and friendly contractor to work with you could probably not do much better than utilizing Phoenix Home Services to remodel your basement.
Basement Remodeling Design
The first step in building or remodeling your basement in Northern Virginia is doing some space planning. Your family needs to understand what they want out of the new usable space a remodeled basement will certainly provide. You may want to add a bedroom, bathroom, family or home theater room to your project. Other people want a in home gym, library, home office, work shop, or just a recreation room with a wet bar. Whatever your wants or needs for your new basement Phoenixes design staff have the ability to take your ideas and enhance them by utilizing their experience, and your budget for the project. Once your ideas have come together a Phoenix Home Services INC designer can take measurement of your existing basement and design your living space with CAD drawings of the new basement plan. If you have questions about your basement remodeling undertaking, we surely had the answers. When your basement plan has been approved by you we can work on the next step. This next step in completing your basement project will include us helping you select lighting fixtures, closet systems, door types, paint color, bathroom fixture types, and flooring options for your new basement re-do. All material choices will need to be selected to price the job. Sometimes allowances are given to the client or the client may just want to purchase various items or materials on their own behalf, for many basement remodeling projects. When your basement plans, pricing, and scope of work is laid out in a contract for you to approve the contracting project and you sign the contract. From this point forward, our design staff, can work out on-site changes you may require from your original basement plans, simply accommodating your needs. We look forward to hearing from you, and we as designers can certainly give you some of the best information and ideas for remodeling the basement in either Northern Virginia or the District of Columbia.
Permits For Basement Remodeling Northern Virginia
Phoenix your contractor, not the home owner will get the building permit for your basement remodeling project. The reason you the home owner must have the contractor get the permit is to make sure that the building codes are followed. If your contractor fails any of the county inspections and you pull the building permit for your basement, you the home owner are legally responsible for any code violations. Phoenix always pulls the permit for our basement projects. Pulling a permit for a basement is very important because it assures the home owner the company is properly licensed in your County, the codes of the state of Virginia are followed, and when the project is finished it is a legal basement. There are often 4 building permits needed for a basement a building permit, an electrical permit, a plumbing permit, and a HVAC permit. Once all the building permits have been pulled in your County, be it Arlington County, Prince William County, Fairfax County, or Loudoun County the work can start. Sometimes Phoenix utilizes the Fairfax County typical finished basement details. This allows us to pull a permit to remodel your basement without an architect or engineer, it’s a standard document that spells out in great detail the 2012 international residential code. By submitting the Fairfax County typical finished basement details, we are committing to the current codes that are applicable to finishing basement. If you happen to live in Loudoun County Virginia, they also offer their version of the Loudoun County typical finished basement details. A permit can be obtained, through the County utilizing these code compliant details. The exception is if your basement remodeling project has alterations to remove load bearing walls, or you want to install a kitchen in your finished basement. To obtain a building permit for a basement remodeling project in Prince William County Virginia things work a little bit differently. We will have to go down to the development center at 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192. All basement plans must be reviewed, and a building permit, mechanical permit, electrical permit, and plumbing permit will be needed to get your basement remodeling project started. If you are a resident of the city of Alexandria Virginia all requirements will need to be fulfilled to get a permit. Phoenix will prepare plans that show the dimensions of all rooms including bedrooms, recreational areas, utilities, storage areas and bathrooms. Of course, a egress window which will comply with the codes included in the Virginia residential code VRC R310 will need to be shown in the plans. A minimum ceiling height of 7 feet is also required, in any code compliant basement remodeling project in the city of Alexandria. All alterations of plumbing will need to indicate the fixture locations such as showers, toilets, and washer and dryers. Within the plans the type of insulation to be used, and all electrical alterations will be needed to be specified in detail. All of the details of the plans for your new basement will be submitted to the Department of code administration located at 301 King St., Suite 4200 Alexandria, VA 22314. If you are a Arlington residents, and want your basement remodeled we will have to pull the permits at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. 10th floor Arlington, VA 22201. Oftentimes, if your basement is not too complicated the permit can be walked through the county and one day. One thing to note about Arlington, is there is a $5000 fee to add a bathroom to your basement. These are some of the scenarios for pulling building permits in the Northern Virginia counties.
Checking For Water Problems
An important step in remodeling your basement is to make sure there are no water problems that can and should be corrected before the project starts.
Egress Windows For Your Basement
If you are planning your remodel your basement plans on installing a egress window or egress walkout. Phoenix Home Services has installed many egress window and door projects in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. If you are planning to add a bedroom to your basement remodeling project, you will need to install a second egress window. We have the experience, and contractor license classification to successfully install a code compliant egress window. For more details on our installation process and building codes for egress window check here.
Framing Detail For Your Basement
Phoenix’s first duty is to have all the wall framed out with studs. Most basement projects are framed with 2×4 pine studs and pressure treated base plates. All lumber (sleepers, sills, plates, studs, joists, beams) that rest on a masonry slab must be pressure preservative treated. Often times bulkheads are framed with steel studs to assure that they are square. When your basement is fully framed Phoenix Home Services will call the county for a framing inspection. The most common reasons a basement framing inspection fails is because there is not the proper headroom height for bulkheads, fire blocking was not installed, stud spacing was not to code, drywall blocking is missing, support columns have been removed. Phoenix will get the framing spot on before any inspections called in to the County for inspections.
Basement Electrical and Plumbing
The next step in remodeling your basement is to have the electrical and plumbing ruffed in. At this time you may want to install speaker wire, phone wire, and cat 5 wiring for your basement. All switches, high hat lights, exhaust fans and out lets must be wired. The plumber will install all copper piping, and install any mud pans for the showers, and install the diverter for your bathroom. Phoenix home Services sub contracts our all HVAC, electrical, and plumbing work. The ruff in inspection is the most important of the inspection to your basement. Many electrical problems such as receptacles are spaced more than 12’ apart, cables are not supported within 8” of boxes without clamps, cables inside boxes are not stripped out, smoke detector are not provided in bedrooms and in areas outside bedrooms, GFCI receptacles are not provided in unfinished areas of the basement. In the building codes in all counties of Northern Virginia smoke detectors must be AC powered with battery backup an interconnected. After your basement has been successfully ruffed in the county will come out for the ruff in inspection. After the ruff in inspection has passed all outside wallwill need to be insulated with a minimum R-9 insulation. Wood frame walls shall be insulated with a minimum R-16 insulation. After all insulation has been installed in your basement it then needs to be inspected by the County. After a successful insulation inspection Phoenix Home Services will start installing the dry wall.
Drywall Installation In Your Basement
The next step in your basement remodeling project is to install the drywall. Standard ½ drywall in is other sections of the framed basement walls. We always screw down are drywall and screw and glue the drywall on your basement ceiling We install Durrock and green board in all bathrooms we sheet rock. The next step in your drywall installation is to install all corner beads, tape, block, and skim the joints. After all your drywall has been jointed we sand all areas of your basement. Then we place a special light on the walls and ceilings of your basement and check all joints and screw points. Where flaws are found we mix red dye into our drywall compound and re point and sand these areas. Then we make one more check of the drywall with the light to assure the finish is spot on. The next step is to prime all drywall with a good quality primer paint coat. After the primer is dry we install all wood crown, base, sill, and other trim work, including the closet and other door in the basement. After all the rim is installed the basement will be painted with 2 coats of good quality paint. After the painting is finished your basement flooring will be installed be it carpet, hardwood, or tile.
Final Steps in Remodeling Your basement
The last step is for the HVAC, plumber, and electrician will return to do the final hook ups of the electrical and plumbing systems. The next step is to install any cabinet, book cases, wet bars and bathroom hardware. The shower or bath tub areas will be tiled and grouted, sealed and caulked.The final step is a full job site cleanup and the final inspection from the county.
Where We Build Basements In Virginia And Washington DC
If you Live in the Nothern Virginia area including Fairfax county, Arlington County, Loudoun county, Prince William County Washington DC, or Alexandria City, then we are the contractor that can complete your Residential basement remodling project. Phoenix is a basement remodling contractor who can install projects Annandale, Ashburn, Aldie, Arcola, Burke, Broadlands , Brambleton , Bristow, Broadlands, Dulles, Dumfries, Newington , Countryside, Centerville, Chantilly, Clifton, Haymarket, Herndon, Falls Church, Gainesville, Great Falls, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Fairfax Station, Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon, Mclean, Lorton, Lansdowne, Middleburg, Oak Hill ,Oakton, Leesburg, Potomac Falls, Herndon, Tysons Corner, Lake Ridge, Manassas, Manassas Park, Lake Manassas, Dale City, Springfield, Sterling, Sterling Park, South Riding, Stone Ridge, Reston, North Reston,, Vienna, Woodbridge, and Triangle Virginia. Washington The District of Columbia includes neighborhoods such as Northwest DC, Northeast DC, Southeast DC, Southwest, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Downtown, Circle, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Logan Circle, West End, Cathedral Heights, Cleveland Park, Foxhall, Friendship Heights, Glover Park, Massachusetts Heights, Spring Valley, and Capitol Hill.
Award Winning Basement Contractor
We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the distinguished Angie’s List Super Service Award for Masonry for the past two years. We also take pride in our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Furthermore we can provide you with personal testimonials and references upon request. Our Credentials and Testimonials can also be found online. Please call us today to set up a Free Consultation and Estimate at 703-543-6929.