Whether you’ve been planning for eleven months or feel like the season sneaks up on you each year, it’s officially time for the holidays, and the roller coaster of gatherings, food and frenzy of activities won’t likely stop until the clock strikes midnight on January 2.

And while, with all the hustle and bustle, it may not be the best time of year to consider a major home renovation, there are still ways Malcarne Contracting can get your house holiday-ready with minimal disruption to your packed planner.

The bounty in the basement

It seems to be the nature of the holidays, especially Thanksgiving: Your “intimate gathering” of another family or two has grown to epic proportions, and the thought of everyone’s feet tramping through your already cramped quarters isn’t getting you in the holiday spirit. In the midst of this time of year, with impending snow and less light, building out or up isn’t really an option – but a golden opportunity may lie just beneath your shoes.

This year, it’s time to consider making your basement better – not just a space where you exile the kids and toys, but a comfortable room where everyone will want gather. Instead of guests cramming into the kitchen or needing to pull your lawn chairs into the living room, a finished basement means a comfortable alternative for party space or for out-of-town guests to crash. If you’re not hosting this year, the extra square footage can still come in handy: Maybe it’s finally time to unwrap that “man cave” or media room you’ve been putting off for years.

Best of all, you’re looking at minimal disruption to your home as you plan and prep for the busiest time of the year: It’s more cost-effective than new construction, and you won’t be without key rooms in your home such as bathrooms or kitchens, so there’s no inconvenience of a time of relocation.

Save money, keep comfy

When your house is jammed with people, it may not matter that the thermometer barely reads 20 degrees. Still, by ensuring that your home is properly sealed, you can use even less of that bought heat this year. A quick, free visit from Malcarne can show you where your home is leaking the heat you’re turning up on frost-covered mornings – and keep it inside instead.

This year, it’s time to permanently say goodbye to cramped, overheated kitchens or chilly, damp basements. When your house finally becomes the definition of the word “cozy,” you can make your home the holiday hangout – or the best winter retreat from the stress of the season.