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SCOTT BASEMENT

This basement is perfect for entertaining and hosting guests! It has a game area, wet bar, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. We love the veneer stone accents the homeowner selected throughout the basement- it really brings it all together. The wet bar is the center piece of this basement. With glass cabinets, a TV, veneer stone, and the custom wood top with heavy bar bullnosing, it truly is one of a kind! There are also beautiful built in shelves in the living room that tie in great with the custom bookcase door that you would never know leads to the unfinished storage.

 

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ENTERTAINMENT CENTER – BUILT IN SHELVES – BOOKCASE DOOR

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WET BAR with CUSTOM WOOD TOP and VENEER STONE ACCENTS

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Basement Renovations | Castlerock

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The basement bar has been one of the most popular basement renovations in Castlerock CO for decades! It provides convenience, comfort, and an element of luxury to a room typically used as an escape. At BIC Construction, we partner with you to design your dream basement– including the bar. Your ideas for the perfect basement bar will be heard! Here are some steps to be considered when planning a basement bar.

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1. Wet bar vs. Dry bar – So, what is the difference in a wet bar and a dry bar? A wet bar has a sink with running water- plumbing! Including a sink in your basement bar renovation may be the answer to future frustrations. Drinks may be poured down the drain, glasses can be rinsed or even hand washed, and if a drink spills, you have quick access to some water to help clean.

2. Walk up bar or Serving bar – Do you want to be able to sit at the bar and enjoy your drink and snack, while watching the game, or maybe between turns while shooting pool? Then a serving bar is for you. Do you want to just walk up to the bar, make a drink, and go sit in the theater room, living room, or poker table? A walk up bar is for you. Make sure to consider how you want to be able to use your bar when you meet with us so we can include it in the design for you.

3. Refrigerator, Dishwasher- Have you considered having a mini fridge under the bar top, or maybe a wine cooler? Including this in your basement renovations makes it easy to quickly access cold drinks. What about an ice maker? Or a dishwasher? It might be nice to not have to handwash all of the glasses that you use, especially when you have guests. Make sure to consider a way to
keep drinks cold and wash the dishes!

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4. Consider the Cabinets, Counter Top, & Backsplash –  Many materials may be considered when designing your bar or basement kitchen in Parker, as will styles, and we look forward to working together to determine what the best look and feel are for your basement bar. Have you considered what color cabinets, counter top, and backsplash you want? What about the type of counter top you want? Granite? Wood? Tile? Formica? Design of your backsplash? These are all things to consider when choosing your cabinets and counter top. I mean, they need to look good together, right?

5. Racks & Organizers – Keeping a tidy basement bar is high on most people’s priority lists. With the help of BIC Construction, we can not only find you the
perfect racks for your wine and glasses, but also advise on where to place Basement Renovations Castlerock | CO Basement Kitchen Parker CO | Custom Kitchen in Finished Basementthese space-saving units. Making the most of the available square footage is where BIC Construction shines. Allow us to consider all of the options with you during this exciting, creative time.

6. Resale Value – With how popular and sought after a bar is in a basement, should you ever decide to move, the value of your home will increase! It is always important, when adding to your home, to consider what the addition or remodel will do to your home’s resale value. We can assure you that adding a basement bar or basement kitchen will increase your home’s value.

Adding a bar to your basement can provide hours of entertainment for friends and family. Ensuring that you make good decisions along the way is our specialty. Let our experts in basement remodeling and repair help to steer you in the right direction for creating the bar of your dreams. Just reach out today to set up a consultation – we’ll come to you to get an idea of the space you have, and see what works best for the model. Building a better, more utilized basement is the goal of everyone working on your project, and whenever questions come to mind, reach out to a member of our courteous staff. Ensuring that you are well educated on the steps necessary for your project is something we take very seriously here at BIC Construction. Both customer service and quality go hand-in-hand when it comes to finishing your important basement project. Just imagine how great football season will be with a new bar space in your newly finished basement!

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Basement Finishing in Castlerock

Basement Renovations | Castlerock CO & Parker CO

Happy New Year from BIC, the experts in Basement Finishing in Castlerock CO!

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You know what I love about starting a new year? Resolutions. I love to challenge myself. I really call resolutions “goals”. I know in all likelihood, I’m probably not going to 100% complete all of them. But, I stick to them and if I mess up once, I don’t just give up, I keep going. It’s like dieting. If you mess up one day, do you completely give up on the diet altogether? No way! Just call it a cheat day and continue the diet the next day.

One of my favorite goals to set is to get organized. Yes, I am a little OCD. Everything has a place. And yes, I find joy in organizing things. What better way to start the new year than to get your office space organized and functional as part of your basement finishing project?!

Here are some of my necessities to having a good, functional basement office space:

Natural Light

I like a lot of natural light everywhere in my home. Although I know that is not always possible (especially in basements), I recommend trying to place your office in a room with at least 1 window (a big one if you can!).

A Bookshelf

No only can you store books on this, but also decorations! Put up your trophies and awards, pictures of friends and family, little nic-nacs. Whatever helps motivate you to work, or makes you happy, put it up!

Clean Desk

Don’t clutter your desk. Just put the essentials on it- computer, lamp, 1 picture, pencil holder. Everything else can go in the drawers/cabinets. If your desk is just a table, make sure to get a bookshelf or chest of drawers that will match nicely, and keep it close by. You can always put a shelf behind your desk that can hold file folders if you need those.

Big, Comfy Chair

Sometimes you just need to take a break and relax. 10 minutes to chill, close your eyes, and breathe, and then you’ll be ready to get back to work. Just don’t give in to the urge to never leave the chair.

Filing System

Not only does your work stuff need to be organized, but so does your personal life. Maybe your office is simply to keep track of your personal life. My favorite system for filing all of our important information can be found by clicking here

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Remember, it’s going to take time to get organized. It doesn’t just happen overnight. Be ready to dedicate several hours, maybe even a weekend (or two or three!) to getting your life organized. Don’t be discouraged by all of the work to do, be encouraged by the progress you’re making, and what it’s going to look like when it’s complete! Pinterest is full of decorating, organizing, and do it yourself ideas. I highly recommend checking it out and seeing what you can do with your office space. Our office Pinterest page has some great ideas as well for you to check out, just click here!

Good luck getting organized this year!

 

CLOSING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out our website and blog. We just wanted to inform everyone that BIC Construction will be shutting down operations Monday, December 22nd through Friday January 2nd. This is to allow for our team members to spend some quality time with their families. We will be up and running Monday, January 5th and will respond to emails and messages as quickly as possible.

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Have a very happy, and safe, holiday season!

BIC Construction, LLC

TOP 5

Are you debating whether or not you should finish your basement? If you are, here are 5 great reasons to get your basement finished!

 

1. SpaceExercise Room

No matter what rooms you decide to add to your finished basement (bedroom, living room, recreation room, exercise room etc.), it will provide you and your family even more space to enjoy. Did you know that, on average, a finished basement increases the liveable space of your home by one third? That’s right. You can separate yourself from the rest of your family for some actual quiet time. Maybe you like to craft. You could work on crafts and projects in the basement and not have to worry about cleaning them up immediately because people are coming over for dinner.  Or better yet, maybe your 14 year old’s baseball team is having a sleepover; you could actually get some sleep by letting them be in the basement all night while you and your spouse sleep peacefully upstairs. How great is that?!

 

2. Unlimited Possibilities

When you finish your basement, you can really do whatever your heart desires. It is its own space. 

Maybe you’ve always wanted an exercise room in your house, but you need all the rooms for bedrooms for the kids. I know it’s impossible for me to go to the gym in winter because the last thing I want to do is put on shorts and a t-shirt, drive through the snow, and freeze while I run (and probably slip and fall) inside. What about a projector and screen to watch movies or football on?

MancaveGuys, have you always wanted a man cave? A man cave that is actually decorated like a man cave? You can go crazy! Maybe you’re a hunter, and the last thing your wife wants in the home is animal skins and deer heads. Put them up in the man cave! Or maybe, go football crazy. Hang all of your signed paraphernalia, get a rug with a football field design on it, stock the fridge with beers, and put up 5 TVs so you can see all the games!

 

Ladies, do you love to decorate but are out of space? Maybe you’d like to go a different route than what the rest of the house looks like. What a great opportunity! Add a bedroom, office, exercise room, theater, and wetbar, and you’ve got a whole new house to decorate!

Maybe your mother-in-law is moving in with you. Why not give her her own space downstairs? She can have a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and laundry room. You won’t even know she’s there!

 

3. Family & FriendsExtra beds

When you create a room for the whole family to enjoy (like a home theater, workout room, or game room), it promotes quality time to be spent with the ones you love. When you choose to add additional bedrooms and bathrooms, it encourages people to come visit you more, which encourages a social environment within your home. Adding a theater or several TVs encourages friends to come over to watch the game, and your kid’s friends will want to come over for movie night!

 

4. Great Value

Finishing your basement is notably less expensive than building an addition to your home. The basement already has a foundation, exterior walls, and roof. If you were to build an add-on, you would have to pay for all of those. Look at the savings already! Finishing your basement is the best value per square foot in comparison with other home additions. 

 

5. Great Investment

Remember how finishing your basement is less expensive than building an add-on to your home? Well, by finishing your basement, you are increasing your home’s resale value. No other home improvement project even comes close to increasing, or holding, your home’s value. A finished basement makes your home more attractive to prospective buyers, especially if they can utilize the livable space down there!

 

So you see, finishing your basement is a great idea and a great investment. Give us a call today to schedule your free basement design and bid! We look forward to starting 2015 off right with helping grow your livable space! What’s holding you back?

 

*Check out our Pinterest for even more ideas!

READY TO EXPAND?

It is officially time for the holidays. Thanksgiving is in one week and Christmas is quickly approaching. When did it become this time of year? I’m not ready for it! Once Christmas passes, we’re getting into 2015, and that’s right, tax season. Have you considered what you’re going to do with your tax return yet? Family vacation? Shopping spree? New furniture? Fix up the house? What about finishing your basement!?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPicture starting off your new year with an addition to your home! A new place for family night to happen. Bed rooms for guests to stay in (instead of on your couch, or your 5 year old’s twin size bed). A place to put that pool table you’ve always wanted. A theater to watch movies and football games. A place to entertain!

 Why not get a free design and bid? Just look into it! This is the perfect time to start budgeting and planning for the future growth of your home. Maybe having everyone over for the holidays will prove that it’s time to expand and finish your basement.

Give us a call today to schedule your free basement design and bid!  

CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

 
Getting your basement finished is a big deal. It’s a huge financial deal. I mean, I think $100 is a lot of money, so finishing a basement is way out of my price range.
When deciding to have any major work done on your home, you either do it yourself, or hire a contractor. I like to think I’m pretty handy, but there are just some things I wouldn’t even dare attempt.

Here is some advice on choosing a contractor:

1) Lowest cost is not always your best option.

Think about it, the cost is low for some reason or another. Quick, sloppy work? Cheap materials? Maybe further down the road they will tell you that it’s going to cost more than they thought. If the cost is several thousand dollars cheaper than your other bids, I would get rid of it.

You be the judge on this one.

2) Immediate availability…red flag!

Yes, you want to get your basement finished ASAP. If a company is offering you a near immediate start date, red flags should start going up. Why is an immediate start date open? A good company is going to be booked out, and you’re going to be looking at starting in two to three months. Now, there are always exceptions. Maybe someone decided not to have work done and a spot opened up- yes, grab that spot! Or maybe it’s around the holidays…who really wants to have work going on in their home during the holidays? That’s when you want it to be finished, so you can show it off to all of your family and friends. That’s definitely a rough booking time for a lot of construction companies. So you want immediate availability, try around the holidays!

3) Check them out on Better Business Bureau.

Go see what the Better Business Bureau has to say. You can see BIC Construction on there by clicking here. You definitely want to see if there are any complaints filed against a contractor you are considering using before you sign a contract with them.

4) Do you feel comfortable around them?

If you feel uneasy about a person, why would you let them into your home? I sure wouldn’t. In our business, we will be in your home for 4-6 weeks. Choose someone you feel understands your desires for the project, you can trust, you’re comfortable with how they go about getting their work done, and communicates well. If you can’t understand what they’re saying, who’s to say they’re not going to take advantage of that? A big thing for me is that while I don’t know construction terminology (I’m the office manager, I know office lingo), I don’t feel belittled and I feel like the contractor is willing to take the time to explain things to me until I understand what he is saying.

Scott will break everything down for you. We want you to feel valued and make sure that you understand every little aspect of your basement finish. Speaking of that…

 

5) Get a bid and then sign a contract.  
 
You want to make sure that everything is included. Get a breakdown of costs. Get a payment schedule so you know how much is due and when. Don’t pay it all up front! (The payment plan we offer is basically “pay as it gets completed”.) And don’t pay the final payment until you are completely satisfied with how it looks. Holding that final payment is what is going to get the contractor moving to finish everything to your satisfaction.