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Jess & Dan's Manheim Township Basement Remodel

An Office with a Rec Room

Project Goals:
  • Create additional living space for an expanding family.
  • Provide an area for a home office.
  • Maintain necessary storage and utility space.
Basement Cost Category: Home Gym or Rec Room

This basement remodel was necessary to provide additional living space for a growing family.

Manheim Township Basement Before Remodel Manheim Township Basement Remodel with gray floors

Project Overview

With one child and another on the way, Dan and Jess needed to make some changes to their home. An upstairs room that was previously a home office had to be changed to a nursery.

In order to continue to have a dedicated office space, they decided a basement remodel was right for them. This remodel provided them with a home for their office and additional living space for their soon-to-be family of four.


Design Lead

Tim McLennan

Ryan Snyder McLennan Contracting

Lead Carpenter

Ryan Snyder

Design Concepts

Manheim Township basement top down rendering
Manheim Township Basement Remodel Design rendering

Scope of Work

In order to complete this remodel and turn it into the basement this family needed, some big changes were in order.

First, the existing stairs did not meet code. We took them out and replaced them with brand new, code-compliant stairs. The stairs were finished with carpet for safety purposes to accommodate little ones. Under the stairs, we left space for a mini workout area.

Since an area for storage, laundry, and other utilities was needed, we decided to combine all into one room to maximize space. In order to do this, we moved some plumbing from one side of the basement to the other. This way all plumbing was in the same area and we were able to build some walls and create a space just for utilities and storage.

The main area of the basement was finished to create a dedicated office space and rec room.  Beautiful gray LVP flooring and gray walls give the clients a neutral and simple space to adapt and change with as their families grows.

Project Timeline

Design Development Start

May 17, 2022

Construction Start

July 25, 2022

Estimated Completion

September 12, 2022

Actual Completion

October 5, 2022

Dan and Jess were able to move through the design phase quickly. Though not many decisions were required, they were decisive and signed the Build Approval in less than a month. With ordering materials, product lead times, scheduling trade partners, and permitting, they spent two months in pre-production. Construction started later than desired due to an abnormal backlog at the permit office. Once construction starts, a typical basement remodel takes about 4-8+ weeks. This project had an extended timeline due to some challenges that were out of our control. Through proactive project management, we were able to minimize the delay and complete the project in about 10 weeks.


Flooring (Main Room): Prescott Finely LVP

Flooring (Storage): Hive Pollen Sheet vinyl

Flooring (Stairs): Life of he Party Broadway carpet

Paint: Sherwin Williams- Agreeable Gray SW 7029


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