Comstock Custom Remodel’s Denver general contractors have finished and remodeled many basements varying in size from three hundred square feet to two thousand square feet. Each basement is unique and requires thought and preparation before the project begins.
Our team will help you throughout the process from your initial planning to the finishing touches. With our background, knowledge, experience, and expertise we will be able to help you determine how to make the best use of the area. We work with an engineer and architect whenever required to design the most efficient use of your available basement area.
With kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects, you will be quite aware of the work. Your daily routine will be impacted, possibly by having the water shut off or not being able to cook. The good thing about basement remodeling is that is takes place in the basement. Workers will be out of sight and debris is contained. You can also add anything to your basement that you would in any other room such as a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, game room, home gym, office, etc.
What is the Return on your Investment?
The investment you make in your basement is both for your enjoyment and increases the value of your home. According to the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) for a basement remodel or build-out in the Denver area the average return is 79% of the original investment. This makes a basement remodel / buildout one of the largest returns on investment when considering all other areas of a home that can be remodeled.
What type of basement build-out are you considering?
There are two different categories, Denver basement remodels or complete Denver basement finishing which is partially built-out, or building out a completely unfinished basement.
• In the first case your options may be somewhat limited by what has already been done in order to maintain continuity throughout the basement.
• In the second case you are starting with a clean palette allowing you to do whatever you want with the space.
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Check for problems
• Check your circuit breaker panel for unused spaces and for total amps available
• Check for any moisture or water leaks
• Check for foundation cracks
• Check for leaky pipes
• Check for non-code electrical wiring
• Check HVAC for available capacity
• Check for existing bathroom plumbing
Develop a plan
Before starting or contacting a Denver Basement contractor, spend time deciding how you foresee using the space, make notes and draw out a plan.
• Would you like to add a bathroom for guests and family?
• Do you like the idea of tile or wood flooring for low maintenance, or is the warmth of carpet important?
• Have you considered an office or guest bedroom?
• Do you have an exercise room in the house?
• Do you want doors at the top or bottom of the stairs?
• Would you like a basement bar for entertaining?
• Do want the laundry in the basement?
• Does it make sense to install a laundry chute?
• Will this area be used for recreation or entertainment?
• Do you want extra sound insulation?
• Will this be a “man cave” with a bar area and open space for a pool table or for watching sports events?
The CCR team will aid with the design and draw plans for your review. We will inform you if changes to the original structure need to be made to bring the area up to current building code requirements.
This is a critical first step as once construction has started it becomes costly to make major changes.
Getting an estimate
The CCR team will make a complimentary visit to the site, listen carefully to your needs and requirements to get a clear understanding of what is expected and determine a cost range within which a detailed estimate should fall. If this estimate range falls within your budget range the estimating process will continue.
We will then develop drawings / plans and prepare a detailed estimate with a “price not to exceed” clause, excluding changes to the plan made at a later date or due to unforeseen circumstances. There is a fee for this service which will only be charged if a construction contract with CCR is not signed.
CCR will visit a second time to walk you through the plans and make sure all the requirements of the build-out are what you want and make any necessary adjustments. This helps you better visualize what the finished build-out will look and feel like.
Some changes to the original estimate may be required when unforeseen circumstances arise such as water damage or cracks in a foundation found after removing an existing wall. All changes to the original estimate will be covered with a change order signed by both CCR and you.
Estimates will usually include allowances for items you need to decide on such as the quality of cabinets, counter tops and sinks, light fixtures, faucets, tile, and other items of choice to be determined by you.
Finally, once you agree with the design and estimated price and the proposed start-up and estimated completion date a contract will be drawn up.
Once the contract is signed
A building permit will be obtained and work will begin.
A CCR team member will maintain constant contact with you throughout the building process to answer any questions or suggest any changes which might be required due to unforeseen circumstances.
A member of our team will always be onsite when sub-contractors are working.
The work site will be left in a clean state at the end of each day.
Once the work has been completed
We will do a detailed walk through with you and develop a “punch list” of any items that need adjustment, touch up or rework. When you are completely satisfied with all of the work performed we ask you to sign the contract as completed.
Comstock Custom Remodel, LLC guarantees its Colorado home remodeling workmanship for one year and will return at no cost to make any necessary adjustments or repairs.
Call us today for a free visit and consultation 720-506-2233