Basement Finish – Parma OH


This case study, completed by Cleveland contractor JM Design Build in 2011, was a complete basement finishing project for a homeowner in Parma, Ohio.  Needing some extra space for the soon-to-arrive baby, the young married couple wanted to maximize the amount of room available in their previously under-utilized basement in order to free up additional room on the main level to better accommodate their child. Included in this Parma basement remodel is a custom built basement bar with tile flooring, an entertainment area, a full basement bathroom with a custom built walk-in shower and tile surround, a home office with internet and cable, and plenty of unfinished/storage room.


This particular basement was completely unfinished when we first met with the couple for their free 30-min remodeling consultation. At the time, the couple knew they would be expecting a child rather soon and wanted to get the house ready and free up some space. The basement is approximately 1,100 Square Feet, or 26′ x 42′, so we knew we had some room to work with when we designed a concept that incorporated all of their needs and wants.

First on the the priority list: a home office so the expectant mother could still work during and after the pregnancy. Also on the list was a full bathroom (to be used when additional family would come to town), a custom bar for entertaining guests, and a general media/living room area. As well, the couple wanted to make sure there was plenty of additional storage space and an unfinished area for laundry. As you can see from the floor-plan below, our team of the best interior designers in Cleveland came up with an awesome layout:

Parma Basement Finish Floor-plan


While there was a lot more to this project than meets the eye in terms of the actual construction process, the general outline of work completed is as follows:

-Framed approximately 13′ x 41′ area using standard 2×4 construction and treated lumber for floorplates including separate areas for a full-bath, bar, and a home office
-Installed R-13 insulation on all perimeter walls
-Installed all electrical to service new area to code including 12 recess lights, 2 cables, an exhaust fan in the bathroom, and new switches and outlets (including laundry area)
-Installed plumbing for the new bathroom and bar sink to code
-Extended air supplies to bath and office area
-Hung drywall on all new walls and ceilings including moister control (green-board) drywall in the bathroom
-Mudded, sanded, taped and primed all new drywall
-Painted all walls and ceilings 1 coat (owner’s choice of color)
-Installed standard new trim and 6-panel doors from Terry Lumber Supply as needed
-Installed all cabinets, hardware, and counter-tops in bar and bathroom areas according to the approved layout
-Installed tile in bar and bath areas


Finishing your basement is a great way to add extra space to your home. And, with JM Design Build on your side, you can be sure you’re investing in a great design and the highest quality craftsmanship in the Cleveland area. Call us today at 440-838-4686 or fill out our contact form (click here) to schedule a free consultation with one of our renovation specialists.