The most important things to determine when renovating your basement
When it comes to how to renovate a basement in Winnipeg, there are a few factors that you should keep at the forefront of your mind. Proper basement renovation planning is essential for a bright, beautiful, and comfortable living space. Here are a few top factors you should consider when you’re beginning to plan a basement renovation.
What is the purpose of your basement renovation?
First, it’s very important to determine the purpose of your basement renovation. The purpose for renovating your basement will dictate the layout of the basement. Do you want a home theatre room? You’ll need to consider where you can place a TV or projector and screen, if you can remove any walls for more seating, and so on.
Or, if you’re building an in-house suite for an older relative, you may need to add a bathroom, kitchenette, and accessibility features like reinforced stairway railings or a chairlift. Building a suite like this requires many additional clearances from the city – especially when it comes to combustible appliances like a stove. You will most likely require a separate electrical panel, and fire rated drywall, as well as a separate heating and cooling system. Make sure your contractor has experiences in building these types of living spaces!
Are you interested in a home workshop? Perhaps, you’ve moved to work from home and now need a dedicated home office? You may need properly-installed power outlets that can handle power tools, computer equipment, phone lines, and additional workshop lighting – and so on.
Whatever the purpose and layout of your basement space may be, you need to have a clear idea of how it’s meant to be used before you start your project – and this can guide you throughout the rest of the process.
Should your basement renovation include a bathroom?
A basement bathroom is an excellent addition to your home, particularly if you only have one full bathroom in the house.
Adding a full bathroom or a half bath is a great way to make your home more appealing to buyers in the future – and to enhance your family’s comfort and convenience today.
However, you’ll need to consider a lot of things. Do you want a half bath, or a full bath with a shower or bathtub? Is it easy to access your plumbing systems? Can you add a vent fan to ensure proper ventilation for your bathroom, and prevent moisture damage? A bath fan is required by code in any new bathroom larger than a 2 piece (sink and toilet only).
How to select flooring when renovating your basement?
Basements are a unique case when it comes to flooring. It may feel like carpet is an obvious choice. However, while it can add warmth and comfort in common or living areas of the basement, perhaps, another flooring option should be considered for utility areas. Tile will be less susceptible to water damage and would serve the laundry area best.
Hardwood is not a good choice when renovating your basement. Repeated water damage will warp and destroy the wood, ruining your floor.
Luxury vinyl tile is typically the best option for any basement that needs to be durable. It’s impervious to water and easy to clean, so a little bit of moisture won’t be a big issue. However, you could also consider tile or even an epoxy floor, depending on your preferences.
What are ways to add light or brighten your basement?
Lighting is a big concern in basement living spaces. Windows, if present, are usually quite small, and won’t provide a lot of light. You’ll need to install overhead lights, like LED pot lights, to ensure that the basement can be properly lit.
In addition to that, you may want to plan to paint the walls a light colour, which helps make the area feel brighter and airier. Adding multiple large mirrors also helps reflect light and makes the basement feel larger.
Need Help with basement renovation planning? Contact us today!
At All Canadian Renovations, we specialize in basement renovations in Winnipeg. If you’re looking to expand your living space by finishing your basement or redoing an already-finished basement, our team is here to help.
We work with you closely throughout the entire process of planning your basement renovation, ensuring you get the best possible results. Contact us online or call us at 204-779-6900 to schedule an appointment and get started with your project.