An Empty Nest Full of Opportunities!

When a child leaves for college, the Military, or just moves out to live on their own, it’s often difficult for parents to deal with. If you are in this situation remember these 3 things…

1. Your son or daughter isn’t moving away from you — they are moving toward his/her own life. That is something you should be proud of and admire.

2. Your child is moving into another phase of his/her life, and you need to also.

3. Stop lying in bed, crying, calling your child every five minutes and REMODEL!

When a child comes into your life, there is an unwritten contract that you will be putting their needs ahead of yours for the next 18 years – or until they leave home. Now that you’re child-free it is time to put your needs first, without feeling guilty. We have compiled some ideas for what to do with that Empty Nest of yours and other remodeling ideas to escape the reality of your child leaving, even if for only a bit.

Remodeling your empty nest in the basement – if you’re like us, your kids occupied the basement for the majority of time and now you may be afraid to even venture down there without gloves and a respiratory mask (we were all teenagers once). The problem with neglecting your basement is it’s generally one of a home’s most comfortable & cozy spaces. Additionally, according to a 2014 Remodeling Magazine report, a basement remodel or basement finish in the Colorado area on average, recoups up to 81% ROI, compare this to a Kitchen or Bathroom remodels which will recoup 72% and 64% respectively.

Ideas for remodeling your empty nest in the basement…

    • A home theater in the basement is a great way for you and your spouse to escape the reality of an empty nest and it is a remodel that doesn’t have to cost a fortune to implement. On average, adding a home theater to your basement will run $7,500-$18,000.
    • “An in-law or guest suite is a hot trend in the basement finish world” according to MikeCasimiro of Casco Construction Corp, “There are thousands of homeowners in ColoradoSprings, and several in the Flying Horse community where I live, that have decided to move one or both of their parents or elderly loved ones into their home and we are retrofitting old bedrooms, storage rooms, etc with large bathrooms, walk-in closets and walk-out sliding glass doors. The key to having the perfect in-law or guest suite is designing it to their present and future needs.”playroom-under-basement-stairs
    • Grandchild Bunkhouse or Play Areas – bonding with your grandchildren may be the bestway to cure your empty nest blues. Reliving your youth through them is the greatest curethere is… Creating a play house in the space under the stairs of a basement is a fun, creative and inexpensive way to welcome your grandchildren over.

Empty Nest Therapy

Is there a better place to have an entertaining, fun and beautiful outdoor living area than in Colorado Springs? Simply, no. With the kids out of the house, and less foot traffic scuffing up the deck, loosening the rails, and their friends spilling drinks on the deck, now is as good of time as any to rebuild… Many decks in the Flying Horse area are framed with “white” un-treated lumber and sometimes painted which ultimately reduces the life expectancy of your deck to 7-10 years. If your deck isn’t southern yellow pine and L3 pressure treated then this is a perfect time to create the deck of your dreams… This can be a fun project for you and your spouse to work together on designing and being a part of the process and ultimately helping ease this emotional period. Similar to remodeling or finishing a basement, doing a deck addition averages 81% ROI in the Colorado region, according to Remodeling Magazine.

exercise-roomEmpty Nest to Exercise room!

Colorado Springs was just named the fittest city in Colorado, squeaking by Boulder for the first time! Many professionals, from Dr. Phil to Bob Vila recommend an exercise room as therapy for empty nesters. A savvy and functional workout area can be added to your home without much fuss and with all the workout equipment right at home and available any hour of the day it’s not hard to turn into a fitness freak in no time.

An adult playroom is the new and cool thing and many homeowners, both young and old, are remodeling rooms to entertain in. Without the kids at home, there is more time to play and host card parties and painting parties…use this time to create a fun, entertaining and therapeutic room for you and your spouse to enjoy.


This article was contributed by Casco Construction Corp, a commercial and residential builder and remodeling company in Colorado Springs, CO. See more on their Facebook page

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Basement Finishing

The Perfect Winter Remodeling Project…

Finishing your basement is an ideal winter project that will both keep you busy and provide you with a home feature that you can use as soon as you’ve completed it. Whether you want to finish part of it for a family room or you want to renovate the whole thing to create a family room, office, bedroom, and full bath, the sky’s the limit.

Why you should get professionals involved when Finishing your Basement

Many DIYers have learned the hard way that certain jobs require professional expertise. Why?

  • The bigger the job, the more skills you will need to do it. You will need up to code plumbing and electrical to add or upgrade the bathroom, put in a bar, and/or increase lighting. If you want to remove posts or existing walls, you need the services of a structural engineer to assure that the house will not cave in if you do so. Most DIYers are not prepared to handle the challenges they will meet, nor are they certified and licensed to make needed upgrades.
  • In the Flying Horse Community, you need a permit to do extensive work in the basement. Often homeowners think that codes are too strict and take shortcuts, but failing to do certain steps may not be safe. In addition, amateur work may not pass code and the inspector may stop the job and require you to redo it before signing off on it. If you have a code violation or problem later, you will have recourse if a contractor was involved in the project. Do not encourage your contractor to work without a permit.
  • The older the house, the more likely it is you will need extensive repair work before proceeding with the remodel. If you doubt the validity of the statement, watch a few hours of home improvement television shows where homeowners found their remodeling dollars going into making repairs on structures or systems within the house.

custom-basement-window-wellBudgeting for Finishing your Basement

Finishing the basement can be a pricey project depending on what you have in mind. This is especially true if you or your contractor discover problems that must be fixed along the way. You may have your eye on renovations that will make your basement look like a Property Brothers success story, but you cannot get to the end without doing everything right. Waterproofing the basement, upgrading electrical, adding a vapor barrier and furring strips behind paneling, putting underlayment under carpet, and more are all steps that add cost to a project. Failing to do them can be very shortsighted; you will find that cutting back on the scope of your project is a wiser alternative than skimping on important line items in the budget.

How DIYers Can Work with Professionals

As a homeowner, there is plenty of work that you can do once you are sure that all the major systems are in place. If you do not want to engage a contractor for the whole project, make sure to have one review your plans and send in licensed subcontractors to handle plumbing, electrical, and structural work. Often these professionals will be able to discern issues such as dampness, misdirected drains or outdated wiring that could cause you major problems down the road. Otherwise, you can find your brand new basement has issues that require you to undo a good bit of your finished work to resolve the problem.

If you are handy enough to do part of the project, discuss what you can handle with contractor. A good contractor will work with you to lay out a major plan for finishing your basement and then help you scale it down or break it into phases that match your current budget and your ability to do part of the work. Remember that any work you do can add value to your home so make sure it is done right the first time by, at a minimum, partnering with a reputable contractor. Even better, turn over the entire project and you are sure to get professional results.
This article was submitted by Casco Construction Corp. and written by Jillynn Stevens.  Casco Construction is a Colorado Springs contractor, specializing in high-end remodeling since 2006.  If you would like to know what it would cost to finish your basement, use our free online calculator: Cost To Finish Your Basement