|Finishing the basement in our Milton MA home has been on our list to-do’s for quite some time now. While we were in the process of shopping and researching, we knew exactly what we were looking for out of the currently unused basement space. My husband and I were looking for a company that specializes in finishing basements and could give us the look we were looking for in a new finished basement. It was important for us to have the same look as the rest of the house with walls, ceilings and flooring that matched the look of the other walls, ceilings and floors in our home. A livable space that would add value to our home (certainly not de-value the home), that provide a return on our investment if we are to sell the house down the line, and serve us and our (expanding family) well for years to come with comfort and style. We often find ourselves hosting friends and family frequently so it was important guests would be able to gather in this space.|
After comparing basement companies around the area (Boston/South Shore), and getting multiple quotes, it was clear that when we came across KAKS Basement Finishing and Design that they were able to meet all of our criteria and in some ways they exceeded our criteria! From start to finish, the team at KAKS were easy to work with, transparent with what was getting done and when, and their professionalism impressed us! The owner was very knowledgeable about the high quality materials that he would be installing into our home and answered all of our (many) questions with confidence.
Now living in the space and the kids having multiple playdates with their friends for almost one full year, it looks as great as it did on the first day it was installed. Knowing that the materials will not deteriorate and mold & mildew or flooding will never be an issue
gives us peace of mind. Their warranties are unbeatable, their customer service is unbeatable, and they have our seal of approval! Anyone who is in the market for a finished basement should look no further than KAKS Basement Finishing and Design! Believe me I will be promoting them all over social media!
With a very busy February vacation week ahead of us and three kids having their own separate space to play in and enjoy, we do not know why we didn’t do this project sooner!
We currently own our home in Westwood and it has served us very nicely. We bought the home several years ago with plans in the back of our mind to renovate the basement. My wife and I work during the day, everyday; so although this was an idea and something we knew we wanted to move forward with the timing never really seemed to make sense to us. After years and years of pushing it off, we finally scheduled a time to meet with several basement finishing companies and were ready to pull the trigger.
After researching and comparing designs, options, material quality, durability, and style, a week after we received all of our quotes back, we decided to move forward with KAKS Basement Finishing and Design based out of Hanover, MA.
Everything we asked for they delivered upon. It was that simple. Steve (the owner) made the process simple and easy for us while his team worked diligently to complete the space for our family!
This space was designed originally for added living space and some clothing storage, but has morphed into the most enjoyable space in our home for us but also for our kids. We have a couch and TV, but also a carpeted area where our son and his friends play knee hockey. Our daughter (almost 17) hosts her group of friends frequently.
My wife and I had always though we should wait for the ‘right time’ and push it off because we always were always so busy, but the truth is, the space has been so usable and helpful to our family life that we wish we hadn’t waited so long. After going through the process, our only regret is truly that we waited so long. If you are in the market for a basement, please, do not wait! It is the best decision we have made to improve our home.
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If you are a nanny YOU need a finished basement! Let me tell you why!
Hi my name is Debby and I am a full time mom / nanny! I work out of my home and it always seems to be a disaster! My house always seems to look like a daycare and that the toddlers took over and now rule my castle! I love having company on the weekends and it just seems like I have to spend an entire day to clean my house to have a glass of wine with my girlfriends! Now that winter is approaching and the kids will mostly be in the house. I asked myself, what I can do to separate the Nanning life from my personal life. Then it hit me, as the toy dinosaur came flying across the room and nailed me in the head!!! I have a huge unfinished basement that is just a big empty wasted space! Let’s finish the basement. Living in New England on the South shore I went online in search of Basement Finishing companies in my area! I found a company called KAKS Home Improvement Services and continued looking further into them. Their website is www.impressivebasmentsboston.com . Before reading any further, if you are considering remodeling or refinishing you basement STOP and go visit their website now!! They seemed to have EVERYTHING I was looking for! I continued doing my research and reading more facts they had on their website. Something I came across which was news to me, was that there are many factors that need to be considered when finishing a basement in New England. Such as Humidity in the summer and flooding in the winter! These are huge culprits in New England that contribute to mold and mildew! BUT what I didn’t know is that the only way these nasty things can grow in your basement is if you have the wrong materials down there for them to breed off of!!! Finishing a basement out of materials like wood studs, paper drywall, and carpet ( everything I thought a finished basement was made out of) all harvest a beautiful home for mold and mildew to breathe in on a nice summer morning YUCK !! So the thought of this basement project being cheap went right out the window. Which I am okay with if I am getting quality over a cheap quote! So KAKS Basement Finishing was explaining to me their basement wall system, that is specifically design for basements in New England. They explained that having a dehumidifier is a key factor to keeping your basement air dry! After that I was informed the benefits of a fresh air exchange unit! That sold me right there!!! Constantly having a fresh air flow is perfect for a space with a bunch of germ breeding stinky toddler’s lol!!! So I recommend doing your research and getting all the RIGHT information when thinking about a basement finishing project! After I decided to move forward I met with the owner Steve at my home! He was very friendly and understanding and took the time to help me envision my project every step of the way. We ended up designing the perfect spot for me and my little tots to hang all day and not have to step foot upstairs!!! We designed an open layout with a large play area for all the toys. Then on one side of the room there is a kitchenette area with a refrigerator and sink and a small table and chairs for snack and lunch time! Can you say easy clean up! We also added a small half bath which is very necessary! Then finally, we added a small room to the side with a TV and a bunch of bean bags for movie and story time (my favorite)! I couldn’t have asked for a better finished space for myself and my little kiddies! Now it doesn’t only feel like my work and personal life are separate! It feels like I have a professional work space/ home office! No more stepping on Legos or cleaning up mac and cheese off the kitchen table or pulling toys out of the couch just to have company over! All thanks to KAKS Basement Finishing and Design! It wasn’t cheap but now it feels like another level of my home and a safe environment for my kids! NOT a big empty smelly space anymore! What a great investment! I am one happy nanny and my kids love the finished space even more!
“I want someone to finish my basement, but I don’t want the basic, put-up-walls-and-leave kind of basement finishing company. I want someone to come in my house, and tell me what they really can do with my basement, upscale design, a friendly, comfortable meeting. Please someone share your ideas with me, what are my options?!” exclaimed Marc.
While talking with my old friend Marc last month at the Hanover Starbucks.. he filled me in on the family, and about having a few basement finishers to the house.
I had to pass onto him that I knew of a local South Shore basement remodeling contractor from up the street that focuses on custom building. “It seems they range from specialty high-end custom stuff to simpler designs, depending on what you want, they can do it.” I said. Marc repeated, “I really want the mold and mildew proof quality – and custom look I want, I want a designer to talk to, teach me something that I don’t know.”
Now let’s fast forward to Halloween night, I bumped into Marc with the kids in the neighborhood out trick or treating. “The basement’s done, dude! You gotta come over and check this mancave out!” Marc was pumped about it, and now I was too.
“When should I stop over?” I asked.
“Game day, bro.”
”The kids have their own unique playroom entrance and tv, and me and the wife have a huge built-in, tv room with crazy new lighting, you just gotta see it to believe you’re in a basement. It’s nicer than my upstairs! I could not be happier with the finished product. Dude, the Patriots are on next Sunday.”
“Right on!” said I. (I couldn’t be happier either) “See you then!”
Basement Finishing on the South Shore, remodeling extra basement space into a usable area is becoming more and more popular. My friend and homeowner Meredith from Hanover was looking to refinish her basement into a new office and extra bedroom. She had a few companies out to give her free estimates…
“Not all basement finishing companies are the same”, says Meredith.
Meredith told me about long, drawn-out home consultations with basement finishing companies that went on for hours, with pressure to sign before the salesperson left. She wasn’t impressed with their tactics or style of presentation.
She had a local basement finishing company from the South Shore come out, and she told me all about it. “They were quick with measurements, no pressure, no sales tactics, actually walked me through with design ideas. I really liked their vision. A few days later I received a price – honestly, it was a little higher than expected.”
Meredith confirmed, “I felt good about the price, knowing that the quality of the materials was much better, and the level of customer service I was receiving – great communication from booking my appointment to the layout of my basement – it was a much better experience than the other companies.”
It’s important to feel no pressure, without lengthy presentations. Materials that will last a lifetime, this was a must for Meredith. She got exact pricing, a great design, no pressure to sign, no wasted time, with no negotiating.
Meredith reminded me, “also knowing that the basement remodelers were from this area really helped to secure my decision.”