What to Expect
What to Expect

Construction in your home, while you’re living there isn’t everyone’s idea of “fun”. Here’s what you should know about a basement finishing project with Hawthorne.

Step 1: Finalizing Plan and Selection

Once we reach an agreement, our drafter will come to your house and take measurements. From there, we can render 2D or 3D layouts so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Step 2: Plumbing & Electrical

These are the crucial parts that we start with next because they set the stage for where all the finishes will go.

Step 3: Insulation & Framing

Once we know what we’re building, we can begin the first steps. Insulation and framing aren’t glamorous, but you will be able to see the floor plan of your basement take shape.

Step 4: Drywall

Drywall is where things really start to get fun. Your basement looks even more finished once you see the drywall go up.

Step 5: Appliance & Finishes

Once the drywall is hung, we can start to add finishing work. This includes cabinetry, flooring, appliances, light fixtures, bathroom finishes, and paint.

We do our best during this entire time to minimize mess and disruption.

Step 6: Final Walk-Through and Cleaning

High fives all around!

Once our crew is done and doing any final touches, we schedule a professional cleaner to come through your basement and clean up. One of our managing partners will walk through the basement to ensure everything looks great!

How Long Will It Take?

An average basement will take about 2-3 months depending on the time of work and scheduling the availability of our crew.

We encourage homeowners to give us unwavering access to their basement during this time so that we can work without delay.

No Really, How Long Will It Take?

No, really it should take about the time we estimated UNLESS you know about something that we don’t (vacation, indecisive spouse, zombie apocalypse, etc.).

At which point, please let us know so we can adjust accordingly 🙂

Will it be loud?

In short, yes.

Particularly during the framing and drywall, however, there will be various points at each construction phase where there will be noise. We will update you as best as we can on the type of work in case you need to make arrangements for any noise-sensitive family members.

Will my house get messy?

In short, yes. We will seal off the basement and lay down carpet covers to minimize the mess to your home. Construction itself is a messy process.

The mess upstairs in your kid’s bedroom? We can’t help that.

What if I want to make changes?

You are welcome to make changes during the design and selection process.

Once we agree on selection and have started construction, there is a change order fee of $75 per change (plus the cost difference in selection, of course).

Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?

You bet we are!

Let’s work together.