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Creating a Habitable Space with Denver Basement Finishing

August 10, 2016

Your basement is the most neglected and underused area of a home. In fact, the basement will often get filled up with a wide range of unwanted belongings. Many people do not realize that if appropriately completed, a basement can be transformed into one of the most attractive room in the home. Renovating your stuffy and moldy basement into a useable space can be simple once you have the help of a professional contractor with knowledge of basement remodeling and finishing.

Your Objective

If your goal is to live in your home for a long time, then basement finishing is important, especially for the well being of the people inhabiting the building. Before a basement remodeling can take place, it is best to remove the mildew and mold first. If there is water accumulation, it should also be removed. Once this is done, it is time to begin the Denver basement finishing project.

Livable Space
Basements can be used as a functional livable space, but also for extra storage. Some options for using this new space might be: renting out the space for AirBnBs, Guest suites, home theaters, wet bars, and kitchenette. If you do a lot of entertaining at home, having some extra kitchen space might come in handy!

However, it is important to ensure that it is well insulated without air leaks, saving energy. During the finishing phase, you could consider adding doors and windows to your basement, making it an inviting place. You should also add heating and cooling system to keep it warm and dry.  Make the basement as energy efficient as possible by using energy saving lights.

Increased Home Value
A finished basement increases the value of your home. When you get ready to sell your home, it will be more attractive to buyers who will see this as a plus. With the extra private space, the new buyer will not hesitate in purchasing the home for the full asking price.

Building Codes and Permits
Prior to starting work on your basement, the contractor must follow the appropriate building codes and permits put in place by the local municipality. This is important because upon inspection, these codes and permits have to meet the proper compliance guidelines.

The Method
When finishing a basement, the core of the project is framing the walls and the ceilings. You also have to:
  • Frame any partition walls, especially the ones that have partial wood frame and half done masonry
  • Frame around any obstructions such as pipes, posts and heating ducts
  • Build soffits
  • Insulate the walls
Your builder will create a blueprint plan and submit it to the appropriate building inspector. The plan will likely include:
  • Wall dimensions
  • Door sizes
  • The purpose of each room
  • Special features such as fireplace
In some cases, you may have to put in large windows known as egress windows. This is important for fire safety. The building inspector will confirm whether this is necessary or not. The building permit outlines the stages at which the inspection will take place. To complete the project, the electrical work is to be done. Most home remodeling contractors will solicit the help of an electrician to get this done.

The contractor will go through and caulk any gaps that may be found in between the masonry and framing or around the wires and pipes. This is the last opportunity to seal all air leaks from inside.

If you're thinking of adding space to your home, you could have a finished basement in no time. Basement finishing projects are just one of the many services offered by our professionals at 
Ridgeline Remodeling Inc. Get a free estimate on turning your basement into your dream room today.