Looking for additional space in your home? Have you thought about renovating your basement? Many Canadians are choosing to renovate their basements over more costly options while keeping the layout of their home intact and still considerably increasing its resale value.
Here are some key points when thinking about renovating your basement:
Overhead noise can be harsh – running, stomping, dropped objects, television, etc. To reduce unwanted sounds, you’ll need to soundproof either your ceiling, your floors, or both by:
- Adding fiberglass insulation: Exposed joists in the basement offer the chance to install fiberglass. While you’re at it, add a layer of drywall. Acoustic drywall has two layers of gypsum separated by a soft polymer. It can cut perceived sound by half.
- Adding mass-loaded vinyl sheeting, then drywall: Mass-loaded vinyl (MLV) absorbs and interrupts sound.
- Attaching drywall on isolation clips: By fastening these clips to your ceiling joists, you can install a channel to support a second layer of drywall — a second skin for your ceiling. Rubber built into the clip halts sound vibration.
Groundwater and rain that’s not properly routed away from your house can enter basements. Install French drains (trenches with gravel and perforated pipe) and a sump pump to make sure water doesn’t wreck your renovated basement. A dehumidifier in the finished basement will continually remove moisture from that underground air and prevent mold growth.
Make your basement nice and bright by adding windows if possible or, if you install a door, choose one with sidelights or divided light panes. Add LED pot lights and ensure to add enough outlets for floor and table lamps.
Install flooring that can stand up to an unfortunate inch of standing water. This means no hardwood floors. Carpet is not a good idea either, although you can wet-vac water out of carpet and dry it with a fan.
You can do fantastic things with concrete slab these days, polishing it to a high sheen and adding stains that make it look like stone. And tile will stand up to anything water has to offer. Vinyl will repel water, but sheets can peel up when water seeps beneath.
Adding an extra bedroom can add value to your home, so if there’s any way you can make it happen, we recommend going for it!
The basement is a great place for a bedroom as long as the windows are large enough to use as a fire escape. This stipulation is written in the building code in most Canadian cities and a good common sense safety guideline to adhere to.
Bathrooms are a must in the basement. Keep it simple. A shower, sink and toilet is perfect. Many newer homes have already been fitted with a plumbing system in the basement, which will cut down on the overall cost of the renovation.
A finished basement is undoubtedly a great addition to any house. A properly finished basement does not only provide you with extra space that can be used either for storage or some extra room such as laundry or a recreation room, but it also ensures that the foundation of your house is not getting wet every spring or with every severe rainfall.
The typical cost of a basement renovation tends to range between $35-$40 per square foot, but this can vary depending on your requirements. The return on this investments is somewhere around 77%.