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On a Budget? Try These Ways to Save on Your Denver Basement Finishing Project

October 26, 2016

A Denver basement finishing project is a great investment for your home. Not only will you increase the value of your home, but you will also increase the amount of usable space. Even if you are on a tight budget, you can still make sure many of your “must-haves” stay in the renovation list. Here are some ways to save during the process. 
  • Flooring: When finishing your basement, you could pay to have carpet or hardwood put in, but you may be able to cut costs in other ways. Because of the humidity and other factors in a basement, you may want to avoid hardwood depending on your particular setup. Consider keeping the concrete and then add a stain to it to finish the look. This is especially great for those who like a modern theme, but you can add a few rugs to warm it up and give it the look and feel that you want. There are a wide variety of colors of stain available and it makes your floors easy to clean. Learn more in HGTV’s “Why Concrete Floors Rock.” Next, consider low cost vinyl tiles, laminate or linoleum flooring with an upscale look. Both are budget friendly and have advantages over carpeting. Also, if you will have a gym in your basement, or a gym area, consider adding rubber flooring for protection.
  • Keep it Open: Your basement refresh could get more expensive when you add more rooms to your space. The cost adds up for all the other factors that go into adding walls, such as drywall, doorways, electrical wiring, etc. Consider how many rooms you absolutely need, and then to break up space, consider room dividers. It is an inexpensive way to create areas within your basement without the added costs. You can also use certain types of shelving to double as storage space and room dividers.
  • Compromise on the Small Things: In general, as you look at fixtures, countertops, etc, make decisions on where you can make a choice that has a lower cost. For instance, if you are putting in countertops, consider laminate. You can work with your remodeling company to find certain ones that have a high-end or faux stone look. Or, if you have your heart set on real stone, work with your company to see which is a better price. Granite and quartz are usually less expensive than marble - and more durable. Make some cuts for the small things such as knobs, door handles and light fixtures. Then when you furnish the space, be sure to do some bargain shopping or consider using Craigslist or Facebook’s Marketplace to find a great deal on gently used items nearby.
Learn about creating a habitable space with Denver basement finishing to get ideas for your project. When ready, Ridgeline Design and Build is your go-to remodeling expert. Serving the Greater Denver Metro Area, we can help you put together the perfect space that fits into your budget. We can help look at your goals and show you where you can cut costs that will not compromise your dream. Call us at 303-346-6100 or request a free quote today!