How To Renovate Your Basement the Right Way
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Having a basement that’s unfinished is not ideal. Not only does it prevent you from utilizing the space to its fullest, but a finished basement will add incredible value to your home if you ever decide to sell or get it appraised for any reason. It may seem like a daunting project but trust us, renovating it will be so worth it in the end. Here are some things to keep in mind as you take on this project.
Yes, it may be your home, but if you're upgrading any electrical or plumbing in the space, you may need permits or inspections on your work. Check with your local municipality before you start your basement renovation for any rules you need to abide by.
Look For Potential Issues
Another thing to do before you start construction on your basement renovation is to have the space inspected for leaks, foundation damage and signs of moisture. You may think you have a keen eye, but it’s best to call in the experts for this. They know what to look for and can help you prevent any future issues.
Make A Plan
You may already have plans to build an extra bedroom or laundry room in your renovated space, but if you’re unsure what to do with the area, simply finish the floors and walls and leave it as an open concept space. This will allow you to use the area as an extra room or to store things without worrying about damage from a damp, unfinished basement. Plus, as we said above, it'll add more value to your home from just being finished.
Check Your Materials
Depending on where you live and how damp your basement gets, you may have to limit your flooring options. Hardwood is often not recommended because humidity can cause it to warp. Although you may not like carpeting in other areas of your home, having a carpeted basement can greatly help to hold in heat and add some plushness to a hard floor.
Ask your home inspector about any potential moisture issues. You may need to add moisture barriers such as a vapour barrier and/or furring strips to prevent any issues with cold air seeping in or mould growing in the walls.
Using proper fascinators are a must if you're attaching any panelling to cement or brick. Nails, screws and anything else you would typically use for wood in other renovations will likely not attach properly and can create some major issues.
Lighting is also something you need to think twice about. Ceilings in basements are likely quite a bit lower than those in other areas of your home. You may not be able to use the same type of lights you have upstairs in the basement as they'll hang too low. Pot lighting or lamps are two great options you may want to look at more closely.
Enjoy Your New Space!
Once you're done, you'll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. Enjoy your newly renovated space knowing you won’t have to worry about moisture or damage.