Before buying their next home, past clients, Michael & Lori reached out to The Cleary Company once again to make sure the plan they saw for the basement would be possible. Their vision, brought to life by our Remodel-Design-Build Team, has this family enjoying the best lives in their newly remodeled basement. What was their experience like working with us?

Q & A with Michael & Lori, Clintonville

What was the goal for your remodel?

When we were in the process of buying this house, we consulted with The Cleary Company before closing to make sure we could accomplish what we were envisioning for the unfinished basement. We wanted to finish it with a gym, office nook, and play space for our kids. An added bonus was being able to make the existing laundry room a much nicer, cleaner room. We accomplished all of these things!

One end result we didn’t have as a primary goal for our basement is that it is now much more energy efficient because it is well insulated, weatherized, and has a new electrical box. We can really tell the temperature difference going from the basement to the upstairs and we recently added insulation to our first floor because of this. It is already saving us money and lowering our electricity costs, and we will benefit from rebates via the Inflation Reduction Act as well.

What is your favorite aspect of your remodeled space?

All of it! The best part is how much our 3-year-old loves the play area and has made it his own. Seeing him be creative and explore that room is the best. Eating, playing, hanging out—we do it all in the basement now.

What advice would you offer to someone who is thinking of remodeling their home?

Hire Cleary! The most impactful part of the planning stages was the thoughtfulness of the designs presented to us. We had three excellent designs to choose from and all of the designs were reflective of our needs and our desires for the space. The final design we chose mixed and matched a few of the design elements and was amended a bit to reflect some costs that had come in.

The Cleary Company was exquisite to work with on that front and made everything work to plan. The caliber of their work through the process and their communication is top notch. The end result is something that will benefit us for as long as we live here and the next family that lives here well after us.

The Cleary Company Remodel Difference

Why did you choose The Cleary Company to complete your remodeling project? We had used The Cleary Company before as they remodeled our bathroom in our prior home in German Village. They have also completed some projects at my mother’s house. We had already created a relationship with them and knew George pretty well. They don’t come much better than George Cleary and his company reflects that.

What was your favorite part of working with The Cleary Company and why?

Our favorite part, besides the final project, was the front end—everything we wanted was designed to our liking. We had to make adjustments and design choices along the way and the designer, Laura, was wonderful to work with. They really helped us make this house our own, which has been really special. Seeing our dreams become a reality has been a real thrill!

The team who worked in our basement was wonderful.

If you were asked to explain in one word why you choose to do business with The Cleary Company, what would it be?


Would you recommend The Cleary Company?

Yes, 100%.

Just for Fun!

Watch this video to tour their basement remodel ~

Basement Remodel – Clintonville, Columbus, Ohio

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