Many times, planning for a basement remodeling project can be a bigger task than the remodeling itself.
While renovations are not an exact science and involve many variables, sorting out all details whether big or small, is the way to achieve results.
Luckily, Canadians can benefit from help and advice from the best experts when it comes to this.
The condition of the home, the budget and the ultimate expectations of the space are the first things to start with.
When it comes to functionality and the more technical side of things, every homeowner embarking on a basement renovation project needs to know that up to about 10-15 years ago, the construction of these spaces involved simply being dug out and finished with cement, without appropriate waterproofing.
Inspections are Important
A thorough inspection is mandatory, not only to have the full, detailed picture but also to avoid health dangers.
While mold issues can be detected with the naked eye, radon cannot.
Radon is a hidden threat that leads to lung cancer. It occurs in the soil and water surrounding the property, and it’s virtually impossible to detect it without a specialized test.
In the majority of cases turning an unfinished basement into extra living space will need pretty much the same finishes as a new addition plumbing, electrical, flooring, walling, and insulation.
Budget for Design and Construction
Depending on when the house was built and how the project was thought out, it’s essential to have all of this information sorted out as they will also impact the budget.
Covering Up Basement Eye-Sores
Another challenging aspect lies with the design of the basement, particularly masking all other already existing mechanical components such as furnaces and water heaters or pipes which feed the rest of the home.
Plan for More Time
Because some jobs will cost more and take longer than initially predicted, the rule of thumb here is to add 20% to the final cost in mind.
Go Green When You Can
As always, homeowners should keep in mind the environmental impact as well. An EPA study revealed that the average residential renovation causes over 22 pounds of waste per square foot.
This is both from replacing existing materials and emissions caused by manufacturing new ones.
When looking for either construction materials or furniture, one should always seek to purchase products from businesses aware of this, or swing for recycled and pre-owned things.
At the same time, while a basement can offer a home the much needed extra space, it can also be a great opportunity to go green and make it eco-friendly.
There are many great options to achieve this too, from basement ceiling tiles with fully recyclable metal frames or environmentally friendly flooring options.
Benefits of a Contractor
Hiring a contractor and a designer from the very beginning can help with everything, including avoiding unnecessary spending and getting the necessary building permits.
It is the proper way to have a basement that is safe, functional and legal.
While many people like to think they can save money by doing the work themselves, unless they are professionally licensed, it is highly unlikely.