Adding insulation and sound-proofing are keys to a successful basement renovation.

Basement renovations all the rage

Tips for converting the downstairs into a fun or income-generating space.

Langleyites, like many Canadians, continue to fuel remodelling spending across the country.

This trend is being driven by the upward growth in real estate prices, and the rising cost to trade up to a larger home.

No surprise, revamping basements are high on that list.

In fact, basement renos are expected to be a hot trend in 2016, as buyers look to maximize available living space rather than move, and as young buyers look to offset the cost of homeownership with potential income suites.

While finishing a basement can be a great alternative to moving – especially if a person loves the neighbourhood – there are some challenges homeowners must be aware of when tackling below-grade living spaces.

For instance, choosing the right products is vital to the comfort, safety and function of the new living area.

Look for products that help to maximize energy efficiency and protect against moisture, fire, and noise.

The top points to ensure a successful basement reno:

• Waterproof it. Check the interior foundation and floors to make sure there are no existing moisture issues, water damage, or mould problems. Address any issues before finishing the space and examine grading to ensure water runs away from the foundation.

• Insulation is key in making a basement feel comfortable, while keeping it safe and dry.

For the best results, install a rigid board insulation against the concrete foundation before studding the wall. Finish with a moisture-resistant and dimensionally stable insulation between the studs to protect against common issues such as mould, mildew, and rot.

• Choose a functional design. Draw out plans, carefully taking into consideration any low ceilings or small windows. And, try to incorporate structural features, such as attractive wood beams, while keeping the space as open as possible.

• Don’t forget to soundproof it. Whether the newfound space will function as a home theatre, music room, home office, playroom, or suite it will benefit from quality acoustic insulation, so soundproofing is the ultimate solution to maximize a basement’s quiet and privacy.

• Consider fire safety. Since many basements are now being renovated as income suites, fire protection is also a vital consideration. Follow fire and building codes.


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