About Us

Innovative and affordable design & construction solutions

Connecticut's #1 resource for custom finished basements! Our extensive knowledge and experience make us Connecticut's finest choice for all your remodeling needs – from basements and built-ins to kitchens and baths.

Our Mission

Better Built Basements is committed to transforming your basement from “Unfinished to Unbelievable!”

Our vision is to transform basements using superior products and workmanship to achieve 100% customer satisfaction. Better Built Basements was established in 2008 by 3 driven people: James & Deborah Tranmer and their good friend Randall Michalek. With previous experience in the home improvement realm, they knew the inconvenience that comes with renovation projects. Dealing with different contractors, miscommunication, designers, scheduling – it can almost be just as messy as what’s in the basement crawl space! So they sought out to provide a service and alleviate all of the stress for home owners. Now the company services all of Connecticut and even Massachusetts – all from our main CT office. While we plan to continue our expansion and disbursement, one thing that we won’t spread out, is your need to shop around. We’re devoted to being the One-Stop-Shop for your home’s finishing needs.

Jim, Randy, and Deborah

  • Joe Furey Endorsement

  • Scot Haney Endorsement

  • Maureen's Testimonial

Why take on all the worry and stress over remodeling?

Leave all of that to us and you won’t be disappointed.

Why is Better Built Basements Connecticut’s #1 source in custom basements? When you work with our development team, you’ll see that you’re offered nothing but honest and quality work. From our craftsmanship, to our installed hardware, we want to provide you with a remodel to stand the test of time. We strive to build trust and confidence with our customers with precise quotes, honest and consistent communication, professional appearance and demeanor, and accurate time lines for every project.

You might actually be surprised to know that we can do almost any home remodel. We’ve done kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces and even closed-in porches. Whether upstairs or downstairs – we’ll take on the job! “…providing innovative and affordable basement solutions.”

  • Bars
  • Built-ins
  • Barn Doors
  • Playhouses
  • Theaters
  • Game Rooms
  • Nooks

  • Stairs
  • Wine Cellars
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Porches
  • Fireplaces

Our Team

We're a dedicated group of honest, talented, and friendly people

  • Jim Tranmer

    Owner, Production

  • Randy Michalek

    Owner, Production

  • Deborah Tranmer

    Owner, Finance

  • Jake Barnett

    Head Production Manager

  • Benjamin Gatzen

    Production Manager

  • Noah Plen

    Production Assistant

  • Kaitlyn Tranmer

    Office Manager

  • Wayne Sirota


  • Robert Pincus


Financing Available!

Better Built Basements is fully licensed and insured. Complete financing is available for those who qualify, so contact us right away! We’d love to come out, evaluate your space, and create a free written proposal for you, based upon your needs and budget.

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