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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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