Alfred Tennyson wrote that, in the spring, “a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” For homeowners in Denver, the story is a bit different. In the spring, the homeowner’s focus turns to all things outdoors, which can result in a missed opportunity for basement finishing in Denver. Spring is the perfect season to turn that basement into a welcoming living space while you take advantage of the beautiful weather outdoors.
Get a master plan in the works. A basement finishing project can be complicated due to the multiple uses, so
prepare a detailed plan before starting any actual demolition or construction work. Measure spaces and mark items that cannot be moved, such as the furnace, water heater, pipes, etc. Decide your basement’s new purpose and determine whether there’s sufficient space and access. If your basement finishing project is supposed to turn that space into your billiards or music room, it might seem obvious, but make sure the billiards table or grand piano will fit first. Don’t forget to leave sufficient space in the remodeling plan for utilities and storage.
Know local building codes.
Authorities will not consider ignorance an adequate excuse for failing to meet those codes which are in place to ensure functionality and safety. That includes the installation of a code-compliant egress window if your basement is not already equipped with one. Construction that does not meet codes may have to be torn out, which adds expense and delays completion.
You don’t want to underdo lighting and leave your basement a dim dungeon that no one particularly cares to use. Too many lights is always an easy problem to solve: just don’t turn on lamps you don’t need.
Test for radon.
This odorless, toxic gas cause lung cancer and occurs naturally in the soil and water. If radon is detected, the remediation is in order, which means you’ll have to add the time and expense of radon mitigation to the basement finishing plan. The health of you and your family shouldn’t be jeopardized because the added cost of remediation won’t fit into the original budget.
Treat mold and mildew.
Drenching a moldy spot in bleach is not a long-term solution. A basement suffering from large concentrations of mold and mildew is a toxic space and requires professional treatment to make it safe for occupation.
If you do find mold or mildew contamination, look for the underlying cause: namely, moisture. There are many basement waterproofing techniques - and professional consultation may be your best option to determine which technique best suits your house. Remember that basement waterproofing does not mean that your basement will stay dry in a flood or hurricane. A damp basement will limit your choices for finishes. Take advantage of the many water-resistant wall and floor finishing options available.
Ensure the stability of your house’s foundation.
Simply put, if the basement wall (the foundation to your house) has buckled, then your basement isn’t safe and your house’s foundation has been compromised. There are solutions, while typically none of them cheap, that will help restore the structural integrity of your house before you finish the basement.
Kona Contractors specializes in turning dank, dark basements into warm and inviting living spaces that you and your family will be pleased to use during those months when going outdoors just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Call our team at Kona Contractors today at (720) 935-4922 to schedule an appointment or contact us via email to get things started!