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.


Just Posted

Langley teacher who screamed at, grabbed elementary students suspended

This is the second four-month suspension for the Langley teacher.

Langley Thunder player named WLA Rookie of the Year

Tyler Pace had a great year in his first full season for the Thunder.

Langley What’s On: Aug. 16, 2018 edition

Submit Langley events: or (subject: What’s On).

Serious collision in South Surrey

One to hospital with serious injuries; 16 Avenue remains closed

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

Ottawa intervenes to get B.C. ball player, 13, to Little League World Series

Before immigration issue was resolved, Dio Gama was out practicing the game he loves Wednesday

Pet goldfish invades small B.C. lake

Pinecrest Lake is located between Whistler and Squamish

Metro Vancouver water reservoirs in ‘good shape’

Reserves sitting at 70-per-cent full, officials said, despite long stretch without major rain

Mounties deployed to help B.C. communities affected by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to places particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Chinese medicine practitioner in B.C. facing historical sex assault charges

71-year old Kit Wong practiced acupuncture from his home during the time of the assaults

Quebec sets aside $900 million for companies hurt by U.S. tariffs

Premier Philippe Couillard says his government will make $863 million available over five years

Ex-B.C. teachers’ union leader among latest pipeline protesters to get jail time

Twelve people have been sentenced for violating court order to stay away from Kinder Morgan terminal

Most Read