5 Things to Consider When Planning a Basement Remodelling
Short on space in the house and thinking of paying for a room addition? Hold on!
Sometimes, the solution for your spacing issues lies right beneath your feet!
Instead of forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a costly addition project, why not utilize the space in your basement and turn it into a bedroom, a living room or a working office for a fraction of the price?
Finishing the basement of your Regina home is not only an affordable way to create more living space within the house, but is also a great investment to make in terms of increasing the property’s long-term value.
But before you dive into the world of finished basement remodelling, there are a few things you need to consider before you begin:
Permits and Licenses
While it may be tempting to skip out on getting a permit since the additional space will not be readily visible anyway, this can end up being more costly than you imagined! To avoid delays in construction due to legal issues, figure out where to acquire permits and have it in your hands before starting any remodelling work.
The problem of moisture seeping in through cracks in walls, ceilings and pipes is very common in Canadian basements. To avoid future expenses due to water damage, check all corners for signs of water damage before starting work on your basement. These signs typically include dripping water, water marks, mould and mildew or flooding.
Fight against future water damage by installing a sump pump, floor drainage or vinyl flooring and ceiling tiles.
Research Headroom Requirements
Most building laws require a minimum of seven feet of headroom from the head of the tallest member of your family to the ceiling. In the case of basements, this might require you to move pipes, ducts or entire ceilings higher, but you may be able to get an exception for massively cost-inducing relocations, such as beams.
Invest in a Drop Ceiling
Drop ceilings typically provide easy access to electrical and plumbing lines while keeping them hidden from view. These tiles are typically removable and come in a variety of colors and styles to save your basement ceiling from the dreaded office look. But this might not be a good option if you’re already short on overhead space.
Consider Your Needs
Are you going to be turning your basement space into an office space? Or maybe you’re planning on adding a home theatre to your house? What about an entertainment room complete with wet bar and snooker table?
Depending upon what your needs are, the requirements for your basement may change. It is imperative that you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your space before you start working to avoid any nasty shocks later.