Undertaking a basement renovation in Calgary is no small task. It becomes even harder if you live in an older home, because most older homes aren’t equipped with a basement that is easily transformable. You shouldn’t see this as a big obstacle, as long as you know how to handle the situation. We have provided a number of tips you can use to plan your basement renovation to ensure it goes as smooth as possible.
Make sure to think about any future projects you might want to plan before finishing your basement. The basement is the heart of the mechanical system so if you ever want to do renovation work on your main floor or add an addition, now is the time to plan for those areas while the basement ceiling is open. For example, if you are planning to renovate your kitchen and add a new island with plumbing or electrical, you should run the electrical, water and supply lines during your basement renovation to prepare for down the road. As most basements are known to be cooler, adding in additional heat runs to the basement heating would certainly be a consideration as well.
In order for your basement renovation to pass building codes where bedrooms are concerned, you are required to have safe exit routes in case of an emergency. For example, an opening window must be large enough for an adult to climb out of and close enough to the floor to reach – in other words, it must be an egress window. In order to install your new egress window in a basement bedroom, this will mean cutting the window opening to prepare for the larger window installed, or coring the concrete foundation at that area as we say. Any larger window replacement done to your home will require a building permit. Always be sure to check your local building codes to make sure everything is up to speed.
Stop the Moisture
Before starting a renovation, be sure to check your foundation slab for water or moisture or more importantly, check to see if you have grey poly bead lines in your home. These lines are known to cause failure over time and so if you are opening up walls anyway, it is very important that the plumber replace those lines with new ones current to code. It may cost a bit more to do this however having a water leak later in a newly renovated area due to old piping, will certainly be more costly and insurance may select not to cover you. If you have any questions about basement renovations in Calgary or if you would like to hire professionals to get the job done right, contact Prism Interiors today!