Our home renovations in Toronto are a great way to boost your property value but it is also a great way to improve the usability of the space. If your basement is full of cracks or if the wall supports are not properly laid, the value can be reduced dramatically. For property owners who are planning to renovate their basement space, some things are important to consider. Staying on budget and ensuring the safety of the basement is not compromised are two main issues. iRemodel Home Renovations has also put together a list of eight more things to keep in mind during your next basement renovation project.
Look For Signs of Moisture
Check your walls for water stains as a way to identify moisture leaks. If you notice a musty or damp smell in your basement, this can also be a sign of mold growth. Inspect your basement for cracks along the walls and ceiling as well as moisture before starting your renovations. Spotting the problem early will save you a lot of headaches down the road.
Upgrade Your Flooring
It is important that the flooring in your basement is compatible with the average moisture levels. Some materials are more sensitive to water and moisture than others. If your basement is high humidity, it would not make sense to install softwood flooring. Laminate and tile are both great options for all humidity levels and provide character to the room.
Pay Attention To The Layout
Basements are not overly complex areas so trying to implement a complex design may backfire. Instead, consider using a simpler layout that uses a design that complements the architecture of your home. It is also important to pay attention to the small details to create a cozy but efficient space.
Waterproof Your Basement
Waterproofing is very important during basement upgrades or repairs. It helps to block out water from below and above. Not only will this prevent water or moisture damage later, but it will also ensure the basement environment remains as healthy as possible.
Check For Vermin Entry Points
Pests often infest spaces used less often such as the basement. Check your basement for entry points that may allow mice, squirrels, and even bugs into your home. If you happen to find any ingress points, seal them in advance of starting your renovation project.
Set A Budget
Choosing a custom renovation plan will give you more control over how your space is completed as well as how much you pay for the work. Set an affordable budget and then choose upgrades that fall within your planned budget. List out your needs and your wants before starting your project. This will allow you to blend functionality, necessity, and aesthetics while boosting your property value at the same time.
Light Your Basement Effectively
Lighting can make or break any room. The ceilings in the basement are different than those in the rest of the home, so you will have to pay special attention to your lighting efforts. Use lights that work well with low ceilings and make sure to place lighting in areas that will make the atmosphere warm and inviting.
Create Extra Storage
Make sure that you create storage space in your basement in a way that fits in with the rest of the room. Also, use creativity when covering mechanical components in the basement. You can boost the aesthetic appeal if completed creatively. As always, iRemodel Home Renovations is always here to help if you need assistance with your next basement renovation, kitchen renovation or bathroom renovation. Give us a call at (416) 825-2542 today.