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Kona Contractors strives to provide the highest quality Basement Finishing at competitive prices. We are fully insured and licensed to perform work in the Denver Metro area.

A basement can serve many living styles!

The basement of any house can be transformed into a dream living space. Do you desire a family rec room, guest quarters, or children's play area? And it is often less expensive to refinish your basement then a room addition! Kona Contractors can create all styles of basements, from simple updated storage to a luxury entertainment space.

We are a Proud member of the Better Business Bureau, Licensed and Insured.

We complete basement remodels and Basement finishing in:
Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Castle Pines Colorado, as well as throughout the Denver Metro area

Interested in finishing your basement? Call us at (720) 935-4922 to find out what we can do for you!

 

 

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Safety in Denver Basement Finishing


March 11, 2016

Updates in building safety codes related to residential basements can pose new challenges to homeowners and added expense to their basement finishing projects. Don’t think of it as just another needless requirement imposed by far-away bureaucrats with nothing better to do than take a few thousand more dollars out of your pocket. Think of it as an investment in your family’s safety.

The International Code Council (ICC) is a nonprofit organization that recommends certain safety codes which were adopted as minimum requirements for new construction by the United States of America and several other countries. The new codes also specify that older homes be brought brought up to date before they can be sold. Homeowners seeking to sell their houses should make sure their houses meet current codes--and that includes codes related to basement living space.

The legislation specifically affects below-grade bedrooms, offices, recreation rooms, and home theaters. If these rooms are below-grade and cannot be accessed directly from the outside,then they  must be outfitted with egress windows before the house can be sold. Closets, halls, and storage spaces are not affected.

Federal requirements specify the following:
 
  • Minimum window width of opening -  20 inches
  • Minimum window height of opening - 24 inches
  • Minimum window net clearing opening - 5.7 square feet
  • Maximum sill height - 44 inches above the floor
  • Minimum window well floor space - 9 square feet with minimum dimension of 36 inches wide and long
  • Permanent ladder or steps if the window well depth exceeds 44 inches.

Egress windows must provide a safe means of exiting the below-grade room in case of emergency, such as fire or tornado or flooding. Residential housing in Denver is subject to all three disasters. They also provide a means of access for first responders to enter the building if you or your loved ones need rescue. Therefore, egress windows require special consideration beyond digging a big hole in your yard and cutting another hole in your home’s foundation.

Trench excavation brings its own regulations that affect the contractor to ensure the safety of construction workers working within the trench dug to install the egress window. These regulations concern the number of people on the job site as well as stabilizing the trench and the size of the trench. There are a variety of products available to line the window well which will keep the trench from collapsing. Check with your contractor for options that fit your home’s style and your budget. When the egress installation is finished, those big hole in your foundation and yard will be safe and large enough for people to exit from the basement in case of disaster.

Once you’ve got the safety aspect taken care of, you’ll have other worries like waterproofing and keeping people and pets from falling into the window well. Denver gets snow--a lot of snow--and rain. You can just imagine the water pouring into your basement through that big egress window. Don’t worry, Kona Contractors already has that covered. One of the hallmarks of a competent and reputable egress installation is the inclusion of below-grade waterproofing to prevent your basement and the window well from flooding. Superior waterproofing will also prevent seepage from freezing and cracking foundation walls.

Waterproofing methods vary by region, soil types, foundation material, annual precipitation, contractor preference, and other variables. Not only must the egress window and exposed foundation be waterproofed, but the window well must have adequate drainage to accommodate snow melt and rain. Again, your contractor can recommend options suitable for your lot and fitting within your budget. Finally, the window well opening must be covered to prevent people and pets from falling in. Solid covers keep out debris, snow, and rain. Grates or grilles admit natural light and, if the window is left open during fine weather, fresh air.

If you want to expand your home’s people-friendly living space by finishing the basement or if your house already has a finished basement and are in the market to sell, then Kona Contractors can make sure that below-grade space is an inviting place to spend time and meets Denver’s safety codes for emergency egress. Call Kona Contractors at (720) 935-4922 to schedule an in-home consultation or check out other tips and advice like the 6 areas in your home to renovate for a home office
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How to Create a Fun and Functional Home Gym in Your Denver Basement


February 10, 2016

Do you have a large, under-utilized basement and a fitness goal this year? Why not combine both into a basement home gym? You may need to hire professional contractors to handle the basement finishing in Denver for you. Once you have a finished blank canvas, you’ll be ready to get fit in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Check out these tips for how you can build a home gym in your basement:
  • Ventilate properly – As you probably know, ventilating a basement is of top importance, especially if you’re going to be working up a sweat down there. Before you start on your new project, make sure your basement is climate-controlled. If you don’t have a climate-controlled basement, consider installing overhead fans to circulate air, or set up free-standing fans if your ceilings are low.
  • Sound-proof your walls – Working out tends to come with a lot of noise—from the loud music you might be playing to the sounds of exercise equipment being used—which can disturb the rest of your household. Soundproofing your walls is an investment that’s definitely worth your while. Fabric-covered, sound-proof panels can absorb the majority of the noise, and some are even mold- and mildew-resistant—an added plus for a basement.
  • Rubberize your floors – While it’s tempting to settle for the concrete floor you may already have in your basement, a better idea is to install rubber flooring or interlocking rubber tiles. The rubber not only provides extra sound-proofing, but more importantly it absorbs impact during exercise and makes it much easier on your joints!
  • Add the details – With walls and floors intact, now you can add in the fun stuff. First, bring in and place any large pieces of equipment, such as a treadmill, stationary bike, or free-weight system. Then include the accessories: a storage cabinet to stow away yoga mats or towels; a wall-mounted television and speakers if you like music or entertainment while you’re exercising; extra lighting if your basement feels dim; and large mirrors so you can check your form as you’re working out (which will also make the room feel bigger and brighter).
  • Personalize it – As with every other room in your house, a home gym won’t feel complete until you make it your own. Here are a few more ideas to consider:
    • Create a dance studio with wood flooring and a wall-mounted barre.
    • Install an indoor lap pool.
    • Paint the walls in your gym bright colors for extra energy and motivation.
    • Hang a punching bag from the ceiling when you need to get out some aggression.
    • Add a comfortable seating area for when you want to take a break or cool down after an intense workout.
    • Build a bathroom nearby—or connect it to your home gym—so you can easily clean up and shower off after a workout.
    • Place scented candles or aromatherapy diffusers around the room to keep it smelling fresh and lovely.
When it’s time to re-think your basement, call on the local design and construction experts at Kona Contractors. The basement of any house can be transformed into your dream living space.  We specialize in Denver basement finishing and remodeling and can create all styles of basements, from simple updated storage to a luxury entertaining space. Call us today to discuss your project: 720-935-4922.
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7 Tips for Bright Basement Finishing Denver Residents Love


December 4, 2015

If refinishing your basement is on your home to-do list you are probably looking for ways to make the space feel lighter and larger than it actually is. No one wants to spend time in a dark, dreary basement, so check out these tips for basement finishing Denver residents can use to make their space feel brighter and more inviting.
 
Bright Color
Opting for bright paint can alleviate much of the dark appearance of many basements. Going with a white or other very light color is one of the fastest ways to brighten the space and make it feel larger and more open. Another fun option is to go with a bright, saturated color to create a cheerful space. To make sure the basement space feels as open and airy as possible, opt for painting the ceiling, columns, and bulkheads the same color as the walls. This will help avoid making the ceiling feel lower, especially if you choose a light color.
 
Darker Contrasts
Pairing light-colored walls with a few darker pieces creates a beautiful contrast that will actually make the space feel even brighter and create some visual interest in the space. Choose a darker side table, armoire, or entertainment center. But be sure to stop at just one or two accent pieces so you do not end up over-cluttering the space.
 
Open Floorplan
Even if your basement is lacking in the window department, creating a large, open floorplan is a great way to make it feel more spacious. If possible, knock down a few walls to make the area more open. The extra space is also conducive to entertaining family and friends.
 
Ample Storage
Nothing makes a space feel cramped and crowded faster than clutter. To help alleviate clutter, add ample amounts of storage to your basement. Simply adding a few attractive storage bins can help cut down on clutter. And if you decide to add built-in bookshelves or cabinets, be sure to opt for sleek, simple lines and paint them the same color as the wall to keep them from overpowering the space visually.
 
Abundant Lighting
Making sure your basement has ample amounts of light is crucial to making it feel bright and inviting. While low ceilings may prevent you from using pendant or decorative lights, combining recessed lighting, wall sconces, and floor and table lamps is a beautiful and functional way to add plenty of light. This also allows you to choose different combinations of lighting to perfectly coordinate with any activity.
 
Mirrors
It is no secret that mirrors help make any space feel bigger. Utilizing mirrors in your basement is an easy way to brighten the area and help a small room feel larger than it is, especially if the space is low on natural light.
 
Drapery
Even if your basement windows are small, adding drapes can make the space feel more homey and intentional. Using floor-to-ceiling drapes can elongate the space, which makes it feel taller. The texture also helps to make the basement feel warmer and more inviting without taking up any extra space.
 
For even more basement inspiration, check out our Basements Gallery and call our team to get started on your project. We specialize in personalizing the design and build to your needs. 
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Basement Finishing Denver: 10 Things to Know


November 20, 2015

If you are considering finishing your basement, rest assured that you are making a good investment. Finished basements add space and home value and are one of the best places in your home to see ROI. But before you start dreaming of all the things you could do with all that space, there are a few aspects of basement finishing Denver residents should consider.
 
Understand Local Code
Before you start any basement finishing project, it is vital you understand the code in your local municipality and get any permits required. If there is any plumbing or electrical aspects to your project, this becomes extra important as inspections are likely to be required.
 
Prevent Water Issues
Because much of the wall in most basements is below-grade, you must make sure there are not any current issues with water making its way into your basement. Check for any drips or pools of water and repair any damage as necessary. Even if there are no obvious water issues, basements tend to be damp. You will need to lay down vapor barrier on walls and floors before finishing. In addition, create an offset space between the foundation and interior walls by adding slats of wood or metal furring strips.
 
Use Proper Fasteners
When it comes to basement foundations, your basic nails and screws simply are not going to cut it. Depending on your foundation type, you will need the proper fasteners and anchors. The project could potentially require the rental of a powder-actuated fastener, or shotgun fastener, as well.
 
Get Insulated
Using proper insulation is paramount when finishing a basement. In order for your basement to be comfortable, you want to make sure you are keeping the cold out and the warmth in. Double-check any code requirements, then decide if you will use an insulation with vapor barrier or a spray foam option.
 
Check Your Exits
Local codes will require proper escape routes for your basement, particularly in bedrooms. You will need to make sure that windows are large enough to climb out of and onto the ground outside. Depending on your current basement layout and your intended use of the space, this may mean cutting into the foundation to enlarge the windows.
 
Consider Drop Ceilings
Many basements have a number of electrical and plumbing lines that run along the ceiling and you will want easy access to these. A drop or suspended ceiling is a great way to finish your basement while making it easy to get to any pipes, ducts, or wires above. There are a number of attractive choices and sticking to a smaller tile, such as 12-inch squares, will keep your basement from looking like an office.
 
Add Lighting
Basements tend to have less natural light, so you should be sure to add as much lighting as possible to keep it from feeling dark and dreary. Because of the limited head space in most basements, recessed lighting is the optimal option. On top of that, recessed lighting is very easy to install with drop ceilings.
 
With all the things to consider for a basement remodeling project, it can start to feel overwhelming. But that is why we are here to help. Contact Kona Contractors today and let us help you turn your basement into a beautiful new living space.
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