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Common Design Issues With Basement Finishing in Denver


March 29, 2017

Do you dream of turning your dark and cramped basement into a beautiful home office, guest bedroom, or in-home fitness studio? A team of remodeling experts should be able to bring this vision to life, but they may run into a few issues that are unique to the basement. Here are some of the most common design problems with basement finishing in Denver:

Moisture

You probably won’t encounter moisture issues when you remodel your bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen, but this is a common problem in dark and damp basements. Most moisture issues can be resolved by using water-lock paint and sealing air leaks with caulk. Once this has been done, you can also put a dehumidifier in the room to suck up the moisture that remains in the air.

Lighting

Your basement is probably naturally darker than the other rooms in your house because it is located underground. In some cases, for example if you want to transform your basement into a movie theater, the dark lighting works perfectly. But in most cases, homeowners will want to brighten the space as part of the project. Low ceilings may make it impossible for you to install certain types of lighting that hang low off of the ceiling. But, that doesn’t mean you have to live in the darkness. Use recessed lighting if your basement is dark with low ceilings. Take a look at this recessed lighting buying guide for more tips.

Ductwork

Most basements have unattractive ductwork that can ruin the look of the entire basement. Moving the ductwork would be time-consuming and expensive, so it’s best to avoid doing so. Instead, talk to your remodelers about framing around the ductwork to hide it. This will allow you to move forward with your plans for your basement without having to worry about how the ductwork will affect the way the finished product looks.

Egress

Egress is a term used to describe the means by which a person can escape a building during an emergency. Basements that are habitable must have an exit besides the door that leads to the main part of the house. If your basement does not have this, you could be in violation of building codes that were established to protect you and your family. As you plan the design of your basement, talk to your remodelers about adding another exit that can be used during emergencies. Most homeowners install large windows in their basements that are big enough for adults to crawl out of in the event of an emergency. Not only does this keep you safe, but it’s also a great way to allow natural light into the room.

Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of finishing your basement. Besides helping clients transform their basements, we also help with kitchen, deck, and bathroom remodels. Together, we can turn your basement into a functional, beautiful space that complements the rest of your home. Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.