So you’ve made the decision to finish your basement, adding much-needed living space to your home. The idea of having another room for you and your family to relax and lounge in has finally convinced you to take on the project, and now you’re wondering what you need to do to make this job a success. Thankfully, you can learn from people’s past experience of finishing the lowest level of a home. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to making your basement finishing project a smashing success.
Protect Against Water
One of the most important factors to plan for when finishing a basement is to make sure you are properly protected against issues related to water damage. Because basements are below the ground, water can enter the interior environment much easier, especially if your home is in a humid climate. Although Denver tends to be dry, it is something to take into account prior to finishing your basement.
Search for spots where water may be dripping or pooling prior to taking on any extensive renovations. You will also want to locate potential cracks in the foundation walls, as this will be a spot where water will be able to easily the home. Repair these places before you get too far into any finishing project.
Comply with the Code
You may have grand plans for your newly finished basement, making alterations to the floor layout, adding a new bathroom, or perhaps partitioning rooms to make for an elaborate layout of the basement. But before you start designing and implementing these ambitious designs, familiarize yourself with the local building code to ensure you remain compliant within the law. The last thing you want to have to deal with is being forced to tear down or redo parts of your basement because you didn’t take the time to inform yourself on the code.
Keep Temperature Control in Mind
If you’re looking to keep your newly finished space comfortably heated and cooled, you’ll want to make sure your basement is properly and efficiently insulated. Not taking the time to insulate your basement will end up with you not wanting to inhabit your finished basement, as the temperature will rarely be at a comfortable level. In addition to controlling the temperature of your basement, insulation can also provide you with an additional layer of moisture control to prevent the potential of water damage or mold and mildew issues. As with everything else, consult with the building code prior to purchasing insulation for your basement.
If you are in need of basement finishing services, or have other remodeling needs in your home, contact Ridgeline Design and Build
today for more information. We are happy to help you find the best design plan that fits both your budget and your desired outcome. Our trained associates will answer any question you may have regarding the remodeling process and help you determine the design that makes the most sense for your situation.