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6 Things to Consider when Finishing a Basement in Denver

Did you know that finishing your basement can add considerable resale value to your home? This is particularly important in Denver’s current booming local housing market. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, finishing your basement can yield a return on your investment of up to 70% at resale. Along with a great return on investment, Denver basement finishing can also add of usable living space to your home. However, it can be daunting figuring what you want to do with your space, so here are some things to consider when finishing your basement.
  1. Add light with doors and windows
If possible, plan to add doors and windows to your space. Have the openings cut and sealed off from the rest of the property before any other work begins to make sure dust doesn’t accumulate inside of your home. Your Denver contractor will be able to assess the surrounding walls to make sure it can take on an increased structural load.
  1. HVAC
Make sure a HVAC contractor ensures that you have the right equipment to serve your basement. Often times, your home’s heating and ventilating systems may have been constructed just to meet your home’s upper level requirements. This will make ensure you utilize your equipment’s maximum life span.
  1. Check out your building codes
Know your local building codes and glance over the requirements that need to be met to allow your basement to be considered a bedroom. If you choose to use the space as a bedroom, it is especially important to have an escape route in case of emergency. Egress windows need to be large enough for firefighters to get through and for occupants to escape if the stairway is inaccessible in case of a fire. Another escape option is adding hinges outside of doors.
  1. Be conscientious of moisture
With Colorado’s erratic climate, when finishing a basement in Denver, it’s important to consider moisture. Installing a humidifier can actually create problems allowing water to come through foundation walls. Make sure your roof has good drainage and is away from the foundation. Provide good ventilation from your bathrooms and kitchen to the outside and limit opening windows during humid months. A vapor retardant should also be installed between interior stud walls and between foundation walls and floor slabs.
  1. Watch for radon
Radon, a dangerous radioactive gas, can seep into basements from surrounding soils. It is odorless and therefore, can be difficult to detect. If it is not controlled, it can expose you to the equivalent of several chest x-rays. Use charcoal-based controllers and have a licensed radon contractor inspect your home annually. Have your contractor seal cracks and surfaces and install ventilators.
  1. Explore different flooring options
Search for flooring that can be used in lower level foundations. Not all types of traditional flooring can be used in basements. Even the smallest amount of moisture can cause hard wood flooring to buckle and split. Keep this in mind as you search for products that can be functional while still achieving the look you want. 

Thinking about remodeling you basement? Give Kona Contractors a call - we can help you achieve your home improvement goals and make sure that your job is done to your satisfaction!