March 27, 2012

Style versus Functionality: Which takes Precedence in your Home Remodel?

Your Denver Home Remodeling project will revolve around your needs and purpose for the remodel.  Aspen Builders will help you to prioritize your needs for your home remodeling project.

The need may be one of updating the décor and structure of your home.  In that case, style will be your primary purpose. Suppose you have moved into an old home that still has 70’s décor (Yes, they still exist.) You know the bright orange or pea green linoleum that should only be part of a movie set now, or the kitchen cabinets that are old and outdated. Again, style will be your primary purpose, and Aspen Builders has available all of the latest styles and updated structures to choose from for your project.

Function meets style.
However, if you need your Denver Home Remodeling project to make your home more useful, then functionality will be the primary focus of the project. But even in this scenario style is a secondary focus.  You live in your home with the purpose of using your space for your specific lifestyle, so your home should reflect the uses you have.  Your Denver Home Remodeling project may be because your family is growing, and you need more space.  Or your project may be due to an elderly family member moving into your home.  In either case, the remodel will focus on making your home more functional and user friendly. An example of the latter case might be to update a kitchen for your elderly parent’s use.  Maybe there are low cabinets that will be difficult for your family member to bend over to get into.  New cabinets that just slide out will help to solve this problem.  Another example might be if your home doesn’t have enough room for a washer and dryer.  In addition, suppose your home doesn’t have many kitchen cabinets.  One solution could be to design new cabinets for more storage in the kitchen, which might alleviate the need for the pantry.  Then the pantry could be turned into a nice laundry room for a stackable washer and dryer set.  Aspen Builders can take into consideration all of these needs and come up with solutions that could apply to many universal situations to cut down on the need to remodel every time there is a change in your family.

So unless you are a design technician entering a contest where style is the main element, when you are considering your Denver Home Remodeling project, functionality is like the rudder on a ship to guide your plans.  Aspen Builders is the place to go for the knowledge about all those functional needs and the latest styles too, because with your Denver Home Remodeling project, style never has to be sacrificed just for functionality. Aspen Builders can give you both.

The 3 Greatest Expenses in Basement Finishing

So you want more space? A DenverBasement Remodel will certainly solve that problem.  Every basement remodel is different depending on the features you want to include in your plan.

An example of a great Denver Basement Remodel.
The average cost for a basement remodel is approximately $51,000. That includes just the basic walls, flooring, and lighting with the ceiling.   Twenty to thirty percent of your cost of this Denver Basement remodel will be for the actual finished product.  The other seventy to seventy-five percent goes to labor and expenses. Expenses include things like permits. 

The first thing you should consider in this basement remodel is whether there needs to be any waterproofing treatment.  Basements are dark and not ventilated well which can breed moisture buildup and mold, all of which needs to be taken care of before the rest of the project continues.

Plumbing is the next cost to be considered in terms of additions to the basic remodel.  Adding a wet bar, bathroom, or kitchen can be the most expensive part of a Denver Basement Remodel.  The cost for a wet bar or bathroom can add anywhere from $20,0000 to $61,000 to the basic cost.  This cost is if the basic roughed in plumbing is already present.  Even if the plumbing is already roughed in, many times an additional main waste line and vent line need to be added anyway.

The final element in your basement remodel is the electrical and flooring choices.  Electrical wiring depends on what electrical features are needed, which could include anything from a home theater and hot tub to an additional washer/dryer outlet.  If a new electrical panel is needed that can run anywhere from $2,000 to $35,000.  Flooring can be anything from laminate flooring to concrete floor staining.

As mentioned earlier, over seventy percent of the total cost of a Denver Basement Remodel entails the labor and expense costs, but it is easy to see that many of the problems and features that may turn up in your remodel will require the skills of a professional technician. Unless you possess those specialized skills, you will need to hire professional help even if you are doing a do it yourself project.  Finding all the various professionals and hiring them on your own can be very expensive, time consuming, and stressful to say the least. 

Aspen Builders can take you through the entire process from professional plans to the final construction piece.  Aspen Builders has all the professionals needed for any of your choices under their one roof. With Aspen Builders, the first day of construction will begin with a firm fixed cost based on your detailed design.