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Both remodeling a basement and constructing an addition can have their own special challenges. Basements generally have low ceilings and few windows and are often the utility hub of a household, while additions can require the involvement of a wide range of tradespeople. The Best Pick Reports research identified which of Baltimore's basement remodelers and addition builders have a track record of satisfied clients.

There are several factors to consider when planning a basement remodel.

Climate control. A basement must be adequately moisture-free before remodeling because water can cause mold, mildew, and damage to carpets and furniture. Money and energy spent on a remodeling project will be wasted if the basement is too damp. Proper heating, air conditioning, and ventilation are also essential. In some cases, a homeowner’s existing furnace and air conditioning system can meet heating and air requirements. In other cases, a dedicated heating and air unit may be required for the space.

Layout. Support structures could disrupt the new space by creating unnecessary obstacles. An easy way to incorporate these structures is to try hiding the supports within the new walls. Unsightly structures can also be disguised with architectural elements like columns or soffits. Installing a drop ceiling creates a functional way to retain access to pipes, wires, and ducts. If a hard ceiling is installed, avoid blocking off access to valves and electrical panels. If walls cover essential points of access, be sure to include doors or removable panels in those sections.

As with a basement remodel, an addition can increase a home’s value and not just its size. No matter how big or small, an addition is a complex job and requires thoughtful planning and clear communication with the contractor.

Size and purpose. The construction budget is usually the primary factor in deciding the size of an addition, though there are other issues to consider. For example, homeowners should be aware of the impact of future heating and cooling costs for the new space. And size is not the only important consideration—knowing everything the room will be used for will determine its design and construction. For example, if the addition will be an extra bath or enlarged kitchen, make sure the home’s existing plumbing can be routed to the new area without damaging or compromising the original structure.

Seamless construction. It’s advisable to match the old structure and new addition as much as possible—both the interiors and exteriors. An addition that’s built with distinctly different materials or architectural styles may be noticeable and may ultimately harm the home’s resell value.