The DOs & DON’Ts of Basement Finishing

A finished basement adds inviting living space and great value to your home. Finishing the basement is always a great choice, and our team at Basement Finishing Colorado can help you create the bonus space of your dreams. While you explore the nearly limitless possibilities in creating your dream basement, you’ll want to keep the following do’s and don’ts of basement finishing in mind:

DO…

1. Create a Detailed Plan

Before you begin, create a detailed wish list that includes everything you could possibly want in your basement space. You can make a vision board that includes photos of looks you like from houzz.com. Along with your wish list and vision board, create an architectural plan that includes basement measurements. Brainstorm how you will divide up the space and how each area will be used. 

  • What kind of flooring or paint is appropriate for each type of space? 
  • Will you need furniture? 
  • What kind? 
  • Will you need to add any HVAC elements for temperature control and air circulation? 
  • Will you need to make sure there is running water for a wet bar, kitchenette, or bathroom? 
  • Where do you want to add lighting? 
  • What kind of lighting will you use?

2. Check For RadonRadon

is an invisible, odorless gas that is found in many homes. It is often found in basements because it originates in the soil around the house. A build-up of radon in your basement is dangerous for you and your family. Long-term exposure to radon has been linked to lung cancer. Make sure to have your basement tested for radon before you begin your basement finishing project. If high levels of radon are found, there are solutions for expelling it from the house, making your home safe.

3. Make Sure the Basement is Dry

Moisture is always a concern in basement spaces, even in dry areas of Colorado. Before you launch into your lower level finishing plan, it is important to address any evidence of water. If there are calcium calcification spots or cracks in the foundation on the concrete floor, this can point to water issues. A musty or mildew scent, along with visible mold, peeling or discolored paint, and rusted metal are also signs of moisture issues in your basement. It is important to take these issues seriously and have them corrected before beginning the finishing project. Basement Finishing Colorado can help you find the solutions you need to ensure your basement is dry and ready to finish.

DON’T…

1. Cover Up Issues

Some homeowners may be tempted to quickly cover over evidence of mold, mildew, or rust so they can quickly get to the fun part of basement finishing. The issue with this is that mold and mildew can potentially be hazardous to your health, and can point to bigger moisture issues in your basement. Make sure to have mold and mildew professionally treated before your project begins, and take measures to keep your basement nice and dry.

2. Be Afraid to Go All Out

Take your wish list and vision board, and go all out! The more imagination and detail you put into your finished basement, the more you will enjoy it for years to come. Design and decorate your basement with the same care and detail as the rest of your home. Think of your basement as a blank canvas on which you are free to express yourself and create something truly magical. Our team at Basement Finishing Colorado shines when it comes to creating unforgettable spaces, so let your imagination run wild!

3. Tackle the Work Yourself

That’s why we’re here! Why deal with the hassles of: 

  • Architectural planning 
  • Acquiring materials
  • Using dangerous power tools
  • Building to code
  • Dealing with HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and water
  • AND cleaning up the construction mess!

Basement Finishing Colorado offers top-of-the line, expert basement design and construction. We are licensed and insured, and ready to get to work for you. Creating truly unique basement living spaces is our passion! Cast a spectacular vision of your dream basement, then let us do the dirty work for you!

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A finished basement always makes a home more functional and inviting. It maximizes your living space and adds value to your home. Before you get started, consider the above do’s and don’ts of basement finishing— then the fun part begins! Do you have questions about basement finishing, or do you want to get started on creating a wonderful and welcoming living space in your basement? Call Basement Finishing Colorado at (303) 697-1702 or sign up for your free consultation online today!

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