If you are like a lot of people, your basement acts as a repository for an overload of “stuff.” But a Denver basement finishing project is not only a great way to add extra living space to your home; it also adds a lot of value as well as a great return on investment. Take a look at this recent blog post
on why you should create that second living space in your basement. Then when you are ready to take the plunge, read on for mistakes to avoid on your own basement finishing project.
Not Taking Into Account Lighting
If your basement isn’t a walkout or a garden level, chances are, you’ll need a lot of help with artificial lighting. This needs to be taken into account with your design. Place lighting throughout the basement so you make the area as bright as the rooms on the upper levels of your home.
Here are some useful tips from Houzz: How to Get Your Basement Lighting Right
Not Putting a Storage Area Into Your Design Plans
It can be tempting to finish every inch of space in your basement once you get going with your project, but it’s also crucial to consider storage. Not only do you need a place to keep your holiday decorations and other storage items, but if you go to sell, having that designated storage area in your finished basement will be an added value item for prospective buyers.
Putting in Good Quality Carpeting But Using a Cheap Pad
Just because you don’t see the carpet pad, this doesn’t mean you should skimp on quality. Especially when your basement floor is concrete, a good carpet pad is going to give you that soft feeling when you walk across. Without it, even the most expensive carpeting won’t have that plush feel you are seeking.
Not Having Floating Walls
Most Colorado basements are on a floating slab, meaning that the floor area is designed to move up and down because of ground movement. So if you don’t make your walls floating, this can cause problems such as sheet rock breakage. It can even cause issues with the main level of your house, so this is a critical item in planning your design.
Not Pulling the Appropriate Permits
It might seem like a good idea because not pulling permits can be a cost savings, but it’s important that all appropriate permits are in order with your basement refinishing project. If you don’t have the permits, there won’t be inspections on the work. When you go to sell your home, the value of your finished basement won’t count toward the home appraisal because of the lack of permits. What this means is that you won’t see any equity back from your investment.
Ridgeline Design & Build, and let us help you create the basement of your dreams—and make sure you avoid expensive and time-consuming mistakes—with our full-service basement refinishing professionals. We can help you with every step of the process, from creating a floor plan to choosing materials to actual construction. Take a look at our project gallery
for inspiration and then contact us at 303-346-6100 to get started!