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Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Basement Finishing in Denver


January 4, 2017

More people are seeing the basement less as a storage spot for life’s overflow and more as an underutilized area that can be improved for less money than adding additions upstairs. A remodeled basement not only increases your living space, it enhances the value of your home and provides an excellent return on investment for your labor and material costs. There are some common pitfalls that can occur when planning a lower-level renovation project; coordinating with professional basement finishers in Denver can help you avoid these missteps.

Water Damage and Not Planning for Drainage

Because basements are underground and therefore below the water table of a property, moisture is always a consideration. Even if there isn’t any standing water in the basement, make sure to check the foundation walls, inside and outside. There are options to reduce moisture near your house, such as installing wider gutters, angling downspouts away from the sides, and special drain tiles. In the wetter Colorado months, a flooding emergency is a real possibility. Planning out your drainage arrangement with an approved contractor is an invaluable first step to take; there are creative and attractive ways to install drains to prevent the possibility of having to tear up your flooring after water damage.

Dark Lighting

Not all basements will have windows or have the structure to support installing them, so it’s vital to have proper artificial lighting that is welcoming. Multiple sources placed thoughtfully throughout the space will work to the greatest effect, using energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs that save you money over time. Having strategically-placed outlets and easy access to wiring through ceiling tiles rather than permanent drywall will also work to your advantage. The idea is to make this below-ground area feel as natural and bright as your upper-floor rooms.

Choosing the Wrong Materials

Waterproof flooring is a key element for basement remodels. Depending on the dampness of your basement, selecting ceramic or porcelain tiles is better than natural materials such as hardwood, bamboo, or cork, as they are more resistant to moisture and mold, and are easier to replace if damaged. Using regular insulation or wall-to-wall carpeting is another misstep because of potential water damage issues. Your basement refinisher can help you decide which elements will work best to suit your specific basement needs.

Awkward Floor Plan with No Flow

Too many small rooms can make the basement seem boxy and uninviting. Striving for a spacious layout, with rooms that progress into each other, will make an underground area feel bigger. Having a thoughtful and well-designed plan made ahead of time will save you from many headaches.

Not Soundproofing

As a home’s mechanical systems tend to be installed on the lowest level, it’s smart to incorporate sound-absorbing materials for the floors, ceilings, walls, and doors, to create a quieter space. You’ll appreciate not having to hear the clicks and hums of your heating and cooling systems, leaving you to enjoy the quiet of your new basement living space.

At Ridgeline Design & Build, we can help you create the basement of your dreams with our full-service refinishing, from creating a floorplan to choosing materials to actual construction. Take a look at our project gallery for inspiration and then contact us at 303-346-6100 to get started!