Today, basements are being transformed into settings which would have been unimaginable many years ago. Basements have become an extended part of our living quarters with functions of a kitchen, office, living room, bedroom, bathrooms and more. The possibilities are endless.
However, with any type of renovation project, it’s very important to plan. Before you start a basement renovation project, you need to make sure you have a clear thought out-out plan for the transformation you’re looking to make. It’s actually a good idea to hire a basement renovation contractor to help you make sure that your project is done up to government standards so that you won’t have a hard time dealing with a home inspector in the future. One contractor I highly recommend for basement renovations is Granitestone Renovations which specializes in Basement Renovations in London, Ontario.
One you have a plan laid out, you’ll want to discuss the type of ceiling you’d be looking to install. If you have a tall basement which is under 8 feet, you will probably want to consider finishing the ceiling with a painted gyprock or sheetrock coating. However, this type of ceiling will require installing of access panels which can easily be removed in the event that electrical wiring or plumbing repairs need to be done.
If you have a rare basement which is over 8 feet tall, then you may want to consider installing a suspending ceiling. A suspended ceiling consist of a grid which hangs from the existing ceiling. Panels are then placed in the bottom of the grid to give the appearance of a lower ceiling. This type of ceiling is not only functional but attractive as well. With these types of removable panels, it’ll make it much easier for you to access piping and wiring quite easily if required.
Lighting can add a lot of the aesthetics of a basement renovation project especially since basements are typically dark places. Recessed lighting is generally the standard for basement renovation projects to give the basement a warm relaxing feel. However, recessed lighting may require more space in the ceiling to be installed so ensure that you basement renovation contractor and electrician are aware of your plans so that they can properly ensure that there’s enough space in the ceiling for them.
If your basement doesn’t have enough space to have recessed pot lights installed, wall scone lighting is another option to give you basement a nice and warm ambiance. Floor lamps and table lamps can also be placed around the basement for additional lighting as well.
Basements are typically used for storage so you may want to ensure that you have a designated spot set apart in your basement specifically for storage. The ideal spot to set apart for storage in your basement would be a spot which generally can’t be used as a living space. This could be a section under the stairwell, or in a tight, awkwardly shaped corner in your basement.
Determine what exactly you want your basement to be used for beforehand to help you determine whether or not you want carpet, tile, hardwood flooring, etc. If you plan to use it as a play section for your children, carpet may be a food idea. However, because basements generally have high amounts of moisture, it’s a good idea to install moisture resistant sub-flooring beneath whichever type of flooring option you choose.
Hope this helps you with your basement renovation project. If you are ever looking for any type of inspiration or help with your next renovation project, check out this home renovation guide.