|In many homes, the basement represents great, untapped potential
for more living space. It may offer the most cost-effective
approach to adding a new family room, an extra bedroom or a
home office by a proper basement renovations plan. With careful
planning and the assistance of our basement renovations Toronto,
Mississauga & GTA team, most basements can be turned into attractive,
comfortable living space.
Energy efficiency and comfort.
Basement renovations offer a great opportunity to increase
the energy efficiency of your home. Our basement renovations
Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team will inspect your basement and
make appropriate recommendations for insulation, caulking and
air-sealing that can make your entire home more comfortable.
Bring in the light. Consult
with our basement renovations Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team
on ways to brighten up your basement before starting your basement
renovations plan. Often you can enlarge existing windows or
add new ones, depending on the above-ground height of the foundation,
what's around the house and the intended use of the new space.
Or the basement renovations team may recommend glass blocks
- you get the extra light while preserving privacy. Keep in
mind that if you are building a bedroom in the basement, the
building code specifies a minimum window size for safety reasons.
With professional staff & experience of our basement renovations
Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team, everything will be done the
Special construction considerations.
Some basement renovations may be more challenging than
others because of supporting posts in the middle of an open
area, or floors that are too low for proper connection of bathroom
fixtures to municipal sewer lines, for instance. Sometimes it
may even be necessary to break open the concrete floor to get
at the plumbing. Our basement renovations Toronto, Mississauga
& GTA team can identify these challenges and provide suggestions
for overcoming them.
The heating system. In
undeveloped basements, the heat is often supplied by registers
that are set right in the ductwork running along the basement
ceiling. Our basement renovations Toronto, Mississauga & GTA
team may recommend relocating the heat outlets or registers
and adding a cold-air return. This will create the air circulation
needed for even heat distribution and a much more pleasant living
environment. Air quality. You should pay particular attention
to moisture and air quality in the basement. Our basement renovations
Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team will conduct a thorough assessment
of the area, looking for signs of dampness or mustiness, which
may be the result of water entering the basement. It is important
to correct all moisture problems before basement renovations
start. Our basement renovations Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team
may suggest exterior drainage work or re-purging the outside
of the foundation wall. If mold is present, it can be eliminated
by washing the area with a bleach solution.
Proper ventilation will improve indoor
air quality. Our basement renovations Toronto,
Mississauga & GTA team recommends a separate exhaust fan or
a heat recovery ventilator (a whole house, "fresh air" system).
Equipment in the basement such as the furnace and dryer should
be vented directly to the outside and may require a separate
air intake. In some areas, a dehumidifier may be required during
a family entertainment centre and a bedroom in the basement?
Sound-proofing will minimize the noise traveling from one area
to another. Our basement renovations Toronto, Mississauga &
GTA team may also recommend the installation of an intercom
system connected to the upstairs for easy communication between
Other things to think about.
There are lots of good ideas and products available that
will add extra comfort and value to your basement renovations.
Here are just a few suggestions from our basement renovations
Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team's experience to get you started:
Make sure you set aside enough room for storage space somewhere
in the basement. Have the basement renovation team build a simple
floor-to-ceiling shelving system in the storage area to maximize
Converting your basement into living space is an excellent
way to increase living space in your home, which could be achieved
by a well planned basement renovations. Even if your basement
is not the walk out type, it can be designed with a minimum
of time and cost. The basic requirements to convert your basement
are that the area must be dry and it must have enough headroom
for the average sized adult to stand comfortably. A good rule
of thumb is that you should have at least 7½ feet of standing
space. Our basement renovations Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team
suggest that as long as the basement does not permeate excessive
moisture into the proposed living space and has adequate headroom
converting the basement is a good investment.
Some decisions will have to be made
during the planning stages of basement renovations.
You must decide if the basement is to be plumbed for
a bathroom or restroom. A major cost factor when deciding to
plumb up your basement is whether the main drain is below or
above your basement. If it's above your basement you will need
to pump the waste and sewage out. This can add considerable
expense to your basement renovations plan. You may also want
to upgrade the electrical service to meet the National Electrical
Code. Although the wiring in your house and basement may have
been grand fathered in to meet old code specifications, it's
a good idea to bring your system up to current code. Safety
and convenience are the two predominate reasons for Our basement
renovations Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team to suggest upgrading
your electrical system.
Next, you will need to determine how
you want to cool and heat your basement. If your
existing air conditioner is large enough, you can tap into the
existing duct and add registers to force cool air in. If you
are not installing a return then it's a good idea to plan on
installing a dehumidifier too. Our basement renovations Toronto,
Mississauga & GTA team's another alternative is to install and
independent air conditioner. If you have any above ground exterior
wall you could add a window unit through the wall. Baseboard
heat provides a good source of dry heat for basements. Again,
taping into your existing system is an alternative. You will
also want create a floor plan for your basement renovations
based on the existing stair stringers. In a nutshell, you'll
want to install partition walls, floor covering over the concrete
slab and ceilings. If you live in a cold climate you may want
to insulate your exterior walls. In warmer climates you can
either paint them or add furring strips and install ¼ inch to
½ inch drywall. Furring concrete walls with 2 x 4's should allow
you enough room to add adequate insulation for colder climates.
When creating your floor plan
be sure to allow for adequate hall space if you are dividing
your basement in to several rooms. A hall of at least 3 feet
in width is recommended by our basement renovations Toronto,
Mississauga & GTA team. Partition walls must be framed using
generally accepted construction techniques. Wall studs should
be framed no more than 24 inches on center. However, framing
16 inches on center makes installing drywall easier.
Ceilings can be dropped to 8 feet
above the floor using suspended ceiling tiles or can
dry walled and finished along with the partition walls. Since
your basement will have a temperature-controlled atmosphere,
you are limited only by your budget in flooring material.
For more help and to book a no obligation appointment
with our basement renovations Toronto, Mississauga & GTA team
contact us further.