Renovating your basement, by far, is one among the simplest ways to feature some kind of living space in your house as basements can be used as a storage place as well as a living room. However, before we begin your preparations for renovation, we have got to make sure that your basement is basically ‘fit’ for the sort of changes we are planning to make.
Here are a couple of things that should be kept in mind before we begin a renovation.
Procure Building Permit
If we plan to change the structure of your house, increase the dimensions of the windows, or exterior doors, we need to procure a license first. The permit makes sure that changes we are getting to make will respect the standards of health and safety as laid out in the code.
Repair Leaks and Fill in Cracks
Before we are doing the main renovations, we need to make sure that the leaks on the ground and wall are corrected first, because a humid basement isn’t appropriate for the house. Cracks are also sources of moisture. These should even be repaired or patched from the within. However, if the cracks are large enough then it requires much attention as these may need to be repaired from the surface.
Prepare the Floor
Coldness can enter the basement through its floor. This is often why we ought to have a moisture barrier beneath the base slab. Some options may include putting polyethylene over the prevailing floor before we put in the finished flooring. We will inspect stores that provide special flooring materials that will act as a moisture barrier for the floor.
Consult a Professional
Well, not every basement renovation requires a knowledgeable contractor, there are still several factors that are needed to be considered before we begin making ‘permanent’ renovations.
RedRock Basement Builders have been involved in dozens of Edmonton home basement makeovers and would be happy to answer your questions.
Of course, if you would like us to handle the work, we will certainly do this too!