Basement Renovation steps for Hiring Contractor Team w/ pics + floorplan
I'm hoping to lean on you follow rfd'rs for some advice.
My wife and I recently purchased a semi in Toronto. Our closing is mid August but may be moved forward a bit based on our own sale.
Ideally we'd like to get the basement finished right away to turn it into a rental. With that in mind we want to start this process and use the pre-closing visits as efficiently as possible.
The basement itself is partially finished in that a separate entrance has already been created and connected to the drainage. There already is a bathroom plumbed in.
Other than that, everything else needs to be dine, wiring, drywall, flooring, finishes etc.
We have no idea where to start in terms of the design, getting contractor bids etc. We also want to maximize the amount of times we view the place before closing as there is a limit.
1) Should we find a designer first to design the basement floor plan then find contractors to bid?
2) Go with a contractor to put together the design and do the work?
3) Roughly how long would a basement of this size take to finish?
Any references or where to start with either route would also be helpful.