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Quality Basement Finishing and Renovations in Ottawa

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Sometimes the answer lies right in front of our eyes, we just need to see it.

Often growing families need more living space in their homes. Recently Ottawa and surrounding areas have experienced big growth in the housing market. Families from different regions of Canada are moving in and subsequently, home prices are rising. Many Ottawa families find themselves in need of more living space but buying a bigger home is not always a viable option. One of the solutions is to renovate your existing home to accommodate your growing family comfortably. Basement finishing is an excellent way to add more usable living space.

Why Consider Finishing the Basement in Your Ottawa Home?

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Of course, having more room in your home is nice, but renovating your basement brings about many other advantages too.

  • You enjoy a lower cost of living space compared to building a new home or buying a bigger home.
  • You are able to continue staying in the area that you already know and have grown to love. 
  • Often the turnaround to get more living space is also quicker than buying or building.
  • Financing your basement renovation is also easier and faster than applying for a new mortgage or construction loan.  Click here to apply for financing.

Basement Space Options

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More space for a growing family

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Before you notice, kids are spending more time on their own, inviting friends for sleepovers, or simply playing games with friends in the newly finished basement. All in all, they use a separate living space making those first steps to independence, slowly becoming young adults with their interests and their first living spaces.

Fitness at home:

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With recent developments in the fitness industry and gyms being opened and closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, more and more people use their finished basement as recreational rooms or exercise rooms. From having a stationary bike to a complete, small basement gym, staying fit at home is a priority for many homeowners. Working out in our homes is becoming a normal part of our life, and an important part too.

Working from home

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This was something few of us did in the past, but with lockdowns and stay-at-home orders through the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home became a countrywide norm for many people. As we spend more and more time working from home, having a comfortable yet separate space is very important. The finished basement is an excellent place to set up your home-based office. With proper planning and expert basement finishing services, it can not only provide for a professional working space but also help you keep your work-life balance healthy. 

In-law suites

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With rising home prices, and shifting family structure and living arrangements in Canada, many people these days occupy their homes together with their extended family. Elderly parents often move in with their children to be closer together as well as to help with grandkids. This arrangement is very typical and normal in many countries, and healthy for most families. But no matter how much we love our parents or parents-in-law, we want to have our own living space and give them their space as well. A properly designed and finished basement can easily provide that living space and bring two generations under one roof, comfortably and conveniently.

Rental potential

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For some families, the possibility of renting the lower level of their home to supplement their income and pay off some if not the entire mortgage is also very appealing. Professional basement finishing allows for creating a legal secondary dwelling, with a separate entrance, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. It is one of the best investments you can make. Not every house allows for that setup, but those that do are a prime opportunity for the homeowner to be mortgage-free faster or have that disposable income that we all can enjoy.

Many more possibilities lie untapped in your unfinished basement. But for now, let’s go over some of the most common questions that customers ask us about renovating their basement, or finishing that unfinished basement space in their home.

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Helpie FAQ

  • Old School Values, New-Age Renovations!

    When you look around for a home improvement company, you think about many factors besides your budget and your design goals. After all, who would you want to invite into your home to renovate your bathroom? A grumpy underpaid worker, or someone who is looking forward to going to work each day, mastering their craft in a fulfilling career?

    Our work environment is fun, fulfilling and it’s healthy. Respect from a contractor to a client and from a client to a contractor is paramount to us.

    We are very old school, but only in our values and commitment to relationships. We strongly believe that leaders are not just titles and roles; the role of a leader is to lead. If you talk to any of our crew members, they will tell you that often an owner of the company will help take out the garbage, sweep the floor, or deliver materials. Our workers are paid the same as the owners of the company. We are proud to be a company where everyone who works hard earns a good living. It is a tremendous joy to see your workers buy a house, become a father, be free to take their daughter to school, and enjoy a work-life balance. We have been very privileged to witness this several times and that assures us that we are on the right track.

    None of this would have happened if not for the hard work of everyone in this team and the trust of our customers, and for that, we are grateful to no end.

    In all our dealings with you, our customers, above all, we want to be fair and honest. That sometimes means that we say what not everyone wants to hear, but we always want to be open and transparent. We know from our experience that this is the only way for people to be on the same page and to have trust. 

    We have also been privileged to serve local Ottawa Lowe’s and Rona stores as their main bathroom and kitchen installers for a decade and counting. It has been a very healthy relationship and partnership. We have met many wonderful people through these years and continue to do so to this moment.

    Here are some of our team members and some words briefly describing their lives and characters.

  • The MDH Team of Home Renovation and Remodeling Specialists in Ottawa

    When we started this small renovation business many years ago, we did it for all the same reasons others become entrepreneurs – to make a living, just like most contracting companies do. In time, it grew to be much bigger than that; it became about people, about building relationships and providing families and individuals in the Ottawa region with something of value. It became a desire to give just a little more than what we receive. I guess we found some sort of higher satisfaction knowing that we did something right. As a psychologist would say “on a Maslow’s pyramid of needs, we found our Self-Actualization.”

    One knows the work one does is no longer work is when one seeks the satisfaction of it more than financial reward. When a cold phone call turns into a warm welcome to their home. When a stranger yesterday is a phone contact today and a phone call with them starts not about what we can do for them, but about their family; then you know it’s more than a job. You know they are more than a customer.

    Besides pride in working with great customers, we take our business very seriously. We are very careful when hiring new personnel and rarely need to do so as most of our people have been with us for a long time. We feel it is a huge responsibility to hire a worker and provide for his/her livelihood. So, the wellbeing of our staff is of extreme importance to us. With that in mind, we try to create an atmosphere where our staff will enjoy going to work each day.

  • How do I get an accurate estimate for my project?

    Start by getting in touch with us using our contact us form. Select the basement project from the drop-down menu. Add a few pictures.

    We will call you with questions and set up a virtual tour of your basement. After we have virtually seen your basement, we will give you a preliminary estimate. If what you see is to your liking, we will set up a site visit, to take measurements and go over all the details. 

    Once we have visited with you, we create a project plan and present you with a final accurate estimate/contract. It usually takes about a week to turn around a final estimate. 

    There is a $200 design fee that we charge for site visits for basement renovations. However, this fee is credited to your contract, so it’s technically a part of the job.

  • How long does it take to finish the basement?

    • A basic basement without a bathroom can take 5-7 weeks to complete.
    • A basement with a bathroom can take 7-9 weeks to complete.
    • High-end projects can take from 2-6 months depending on what is being done, availability of materials, etc.
  • Pricing and Cost

    Here we give you detailed knowledge of the industry costs and our company pricing. We have tried to provide information that answers the most common question, “How much does it cost?” For some of our services, we can provide very accurate pricing. For others, where the scope of work is broader, we give you an estimate. With pricing for basement and kitchen renovations, we can only provide a ballpark estimate, but if you need more detailed information. please contact us

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      Kitchens are complex renovation projects and often require a significant investment. Needless to say, a successful custom kitchen renovation adds tremendous value to your Ottawa home. Based on our experience installing kitchens in Ottawa, your preparation work, which would include walls, flooring, electrical, and some plumbing for an average size kitchen start from about $10,000. Your kitchen cabinets for an average size kitchen usually would start from about the same amount of $10,000. There are exceptions to this. We have installed many kitchens in basement apartments that cost less. The best thing is to reach out to us to discuss your project in detail. Below you will see some before and after pictures of kitchen renovations. We have also provided short descriptions of what was done and rough costs of the projects.

      To ensure the ease of the process for you and us, we remove the stress of all the supporting materials selection and simply leave it up to you to choose your finish materials. Even with that, help is available if you need to choose the right style of the cabinets or the functionality that will meet your needs. We can help you design your kitchen cabinets, or you can use one of many kitchen companies that will design and sell the kitchen cabinets to you. Perhaps you have already designed and purchased the cabinets and installation of them, such as the Ikea kitchen cabinet, and simply need to prepare the space for your new kitchen. We offer complete and partial kitchen renovation services, where you can have us handle the entire project, or we can do a partial preparation for your kitchen and a kitchen manufacturer will come in to install kitchen cabinets.

      At Miracle Dream Homes (MDH), we have been renovating, remodeling, and redesigning bathrooms and kitchens, and finishing basements in the Ottawa area since 2004. Our experience ranges from updating older homes to restyling newer ones, renovating for aging-in-place requirements, expanding smaller spaces for greater convenience and comfort, personalizing home designs and layouts, and much more. Our customers across the Ottawa area count on our skilled crews and the experience of our team to complete their home renovation projects on time and on budget.

      It takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. Tradespersons such as plumbers and electricians, when going through an apprenticeship program, take at least 5 years or 8,280 hours before they are fully ready to start working on their own. DIY enthusiasts often feel excited about projects such as bathroom renovations, kitchen remodels and basement renovations. Of course, it is exciting to think of a home makeover! However, it’s important to know that whether you renovate your bathroom, basement or kitchen, getting professional help will not only save you time but potentially thousands of dollars.