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The benefits of finishing the basement in your new-construction home

November 6, 2020

Finished basements are a luxury that many homeowners wish they had. When you build with Norfolk Homes, you have the option to finish your basement during the construction process—which is a much more economical (and stress-free) choice compared to doing it later down the road. You want to make the most of your available square footage the day you move into your new home, and a finished basement will help you do just that. Our standard finished basement package includes a bedroom, full bathroom and living area. From organization to flexibility, we’ve listed four benefits to opting for a finished basement during the new construction process. 

Benefit #1 - Additional space

On average, a finished basement increases your home’s square footage by 33 percent (even if it may not be considered as livable square footage by the MLS). When you work with Norfolk Homes to finish the basement  during the construction phase, you have the flexibility to add the features and rooms your family needs to live comfortably in your space. With a blank slate to create the area you’ve always wanted, you can include a spare bedroom, game room, home theater, home office, an in-law suite or home gym—the options are endless.  

Benefit #2 - Added resale value

Although we hope you’ll want to live in your Norfolk Home for a long period of time, we know that the need to sell your house comes up—and a finished basement will offer a great return on investment. Investing in a finished basement results in an average 70 to 75 percent ROI. 

Benefit #3 - Creative control

Because a finished basement offers separate living space from the main part of the house, you can be as creative as you want with decor. If you typically go for a more sophisticated or contemporary look on the main floor, you can get funky and fun in the basement. If your finished basement’s primary use will be as a playroom, you don’t have to be afraid of using brighter paint colors that would clash with your usual style. If it’s going to be a media room to watch your favorite games in, show your spirit with team-colored decorations. The sky’s the limit and you can let your creative juices and imagination flow. 

Benefit #4 - Increased organization

A finished basement allows for maximum storage options, no matter how you decide to do it. Whether you just need an additional closet or an entire room dedicated to storing your items, your Norfolk Homes basement can be customized to meet the exact needs of your family 

A finished basement can be virtually anything you want it to be. When you begin the process of building the new-construction home of your dreams in the Ann Arbor area, Norfolk’s New Home Specialists will be able to guide you through the options and help make the most of the space. To learn more about the building process or to browse the outstanding communities we build in the greater Ann Arbor area, contact us today. 

My husband and I are building our first home with Norfolk Homes in the Mystic Ridge community. We have had nothing but an amazing experience with Marisa and the rest of the Norfolk team. We started the entire process in December 2020 not knowing what to expect. Despite being in the middle of a global pandemic, we are so happy we've made the decision to trust Marisa (and Ralph!) to make our custom home dreams come true! We understood going in, that with COVID-19, materials and labor were going to be hard to come by, but Ralph has been working very hard to ensure our house will be built quickly and correctly within our realistic timeframe. We cannot wait to move in and in the meantime are telling all of our friends to build a home in our new neighborhood.