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: Bidding

    Since our process is unique in that we use the floor plan to bid, we usually need about 2 weeks to gather an accurate “true cost” bid to your project. Once this is done, we’ll set up a time with you to review all the numbers. If approved, we can sign the contract and get started usually within a week.

  • Step 3: Framing

    By this point you’ll meet with our project superintendent and they will oversee the framing work on your home.

  • Step 4: Plumbing and HVAC

    Any necessary plumbing and HVAC work will start shortly after framing is finalized.

  • Step 5: Electrical

    You’ll have a meeting with our project superintendent and electrician to confirm electrical placement. This will be your opportunity to add/subtract any work or plan for that A/V setup.

  • Step 6: Insulation and Drywall

    If we need to put insulation, now is the time when it’s done. (Some customers also choose to add sound reduction insulation in the ceiling). Once finalized, we start to hang up the drywall and your basement will start to take shape.

  • Step 7: Appliance and 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 8: 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Are you licensed, insured and bonded?

    You bet we are!