Taking on the project of finishing your basement and extending your living space can be an exciting, if not slightly intimidating prospect. Increasing the amount of livable space in your home without having a massive construction project is one of the best things about having your basement finished. But there are a few things to keep in mind prior to starting this project that can make your basement finishing project a success and set a high standard for this process. Here are some of the tips and tricks that can make your Denver home’s basement finishing project a success.
Think About Headroom
Not all basements are created the same, as some have been left unfinished due to the fact that there are awkward pipes or other obstructions which can reduce the livability of your basement. Think about what things you may need to due in order to make this space livable, which might mean changing how your pipes are laid out or the way in which your basement is structured. Building codes often require a minimum amount of headroom before you are able to take on this project, so think about what you might need to do in order to keep your project within the required code.
Waterproof Your Space
One of the biggest issues you are likely to run into as a result of finishing your below-ground space is having to battle with water issues
. Unfinished basements may be damp and increase the chances that you will have to deal with mold and mildew, two things that are sure to turn your basement environment into an unlivable space. Think about ways in which you can waterproof your space, such as sealing crack and gaps in your pipes as well as diverting water away from the exterior of your property. Consider where the water from your gutters is running into and find ways to divert it away from your foundation.
Perhaps one of the most important things to consider in terms of your Denver basement finishing project is to think about how you want to divide the space of your lower-level. You will want to think about what options are available in terms of setting up partition walls, as you may be restricted by the existing piping and furnace setup. You may be aiming to add an extra spare room in your basement, or you may just want to split the room up to improve the energy flow of your space. Think about what options are available prior to starting your project.
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.