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How Do I Turn Unused Space Into A Functional Part Of My Home?

If you need more space in your home, turn unused space into places you can use. Adding on to your home can be expensive – especially in the current economy. Why not make the best use of what you already have?

At Ascension General Contractors, we have many years of experience in home renovation and improvement, and we can help you assess your house to determine where you can make changes to gain more space. Keep reading to learn more!

How Can I Gain More Space In My Nashville Home?

You may find you have more room for rooms than you think: in the basement, attic, garage, or even an underused outbuilding. 

  • A porch offers the perfect place for relaxation in mild-to-warm weather; it’s got a prime location overlooking the yard.
  • Sometimes, the extra room you’ve always wanted is under your feet – your basement! Turn this area into the ideal movie room.
  • Expand into your attic to create a cozy retreat for the kids or guests. 
  • Transform that old shed into a hangout perfect for warmer months.
  • Built-ins – workstations, bookshelves, Murphy beds, and more – will give you the space you need in already-crowded rooms and even make your hallways more functional in some cases.

Why Is It Important To Choose The Right Contractor When Planning A Renovation?

Choosing the right one is essential if you aren’t handy with construction tools and plan on using a contractor for your renovation project. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Size/Type of project. For a large-scale project, you will need a general contractor, and they may then hire subcontractors for any specialty work, such as electrical or plumbing. If you have renovation experience, you may want to work as your general contractor and hire tradespeople for each job. While this may save you money, it will be time-consuming. If you are focusing on an outdoor kitchen/deck project, consider finding a contractor specializing in this work. 
  • Word of mouth. Your friends, relatives, and neighbors can provide references and are often your best resource. You can also ask people in the building industry, and employees of local hardware stores may also know some great people who do great work, as well as those companies/contractors who are known for their expertise in certain kinds of jobs.
  • Interviews. Interview at least three contractors and ask lots of questions. You should also get a written bid from each for comparison. Don’t be afraid to negotiate, either. 
  • Background Research. General contractors and subcontractors should be licensed, but it depends on the state and municipality in which you live. Contact your area disciplinary boards, the Better Business Bureau and your local court records to find out if there have been any issues or litigation. Your contractor should be able to provide a copy of their license and copies of those for any subcontractors who will be working on your project. 

When it comes to your home or business improvement or repair project, our Ascension General Contractors team is here to help. We have the skills and experience necessary to complete your project, and we are also a full-service repair company. Call us today at (615) 802 6953, and let’s get started!

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