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Jonathan Lecault

by Jonathan Lecault Renovation Advisor| Reno-Assistance

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Tips for your basement renovation

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Have you dreamed of what you want for your basement renovation after taking a look at our 10 Basement Renovation Ideas article? Well, guess what? It’s now time to plan your project. You’ll need to make sure you consider certain elements to end up with the results you want. Below, you’ll find some tips you should keep in mind when renovating your basement:

Basement windows are a must

Allowing natural light into your basement will create a more inviting and comfortable atmosphere to the space. However, they are much more important when it comes to safety as they double as emergency exits if ever a fire or crisis hits. So, if you have bedrooms, offices, or any other kind of room in your basement, you’ll need to make sure the windows are big enough to let people in and out. Note: this isn’t a simple suggestion, it’s the law. 

Voyer Project - Basement with Bathroom and Laundry Room

Plumbing should be checked

Before you begin your renovation, it’s important to envision your basement. This way, you’ll know if you need to add (or remove) a bathroom. First and foremost, you should find the main drainage pipe in your home’s plumbing system and then see if the main drain is situated underground or at ground level. If it’s underground, you’ll just have to build the new bathroom close enough to the plumbing system to avoid having to create plumbing extensions and breaking down the concrete slabs.On the other hand, if your main drain is at ground level, you’ll have to invest in a grinder pump system. As gravity causes the water to flow downward, this system would be necessary to make waste water rise.

Inspiration Project - Basement

Ceiling finishing to be considered

You’ve probably already visited homes with beautiful basements, but had unfinished ceilings. There’s an infinite number of wires, pipes, ducts, etc. to hide, making it quite important to opt for a finished ceiling when renovating a basement. Typically, plasterboard or gypsum sheets are used if the ceiling’s height is less than 8 feet high. Though, when finishing your basement, be sure to opt for a solution that always allows access to plumbing! If the height of your ceiling is greater than 8 feet, a suspended ceiling may be the best option. There are so many different suspended ceiling styles on the market – making it easy to match one with the ambiance you’re planning for your space. They can be found with a metallic finish, perforated panels or even as textured gypsum panels. While you’re at it, consider ceiling soundproofing before closing everything up.

Gendreau Project - Basement and Bathroom

Flooring options to think about

Of course, picking out your basement’s flooring depends on the use you’ll be making of the space. If you opt for a game room, a gym mat or carpeting might be the right choice. Though, you can also instill continuity with floor above by using the same flooring. Installing a sub-floor before picking out your flooring is a great option as it’ll avoid your basement from being excessively humid.

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Proper lighting for your basement

As basements tend to lack natural light, it’s important to find adequate lighting solution for your space. While checking out Multi Lighting‘s website, we noticed an impressive number of luminaries that could be perfect for your basement. The best types of luminaires for this room are recessed spotlights, suspended ceiling fixtures or overhead lights. Then, the halogen bulbs give a more direct lighting and a brighter light. Finally, LED lights can be a nice option for substantial savings.

Croze Project - Basement and bathroom

Looking for basement reno inspiration? 

Having taken a look at these basement renovation tips might have helped you cleared your mind on what you need. But, do you need a little more inspiration for your basement renovation? Get some basement ideas from real renovation projects our contractors have completed by taking a look at our Reno-Inspiration page! 

Ready to renovate after these basement renovation tips? 

If you’re ready to speak to one of our Renovation Advisors, Call us or fill out a form to get your basement reno head in the right direction! They’ll help you find the best basement contractors for you! 

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