Looking for ideas for turning your basement from a musty, dark laundry room into a space you can actually spend time in?
The cost of adding an extension to a home can be costly and full of red tape. Plus, with real estate sky high in most areas, most people have small lots and little room to expand on.
This makes turning your basement into a living space a great idea as it preserves your home’s footprint and many times does not require a permit.
One thing that needs to be done before starting a basement renovation project is to ensure your basement does not have any water leaks or dampness in the basement. Dave Steinberg of Nusite Group, a basement waterproofing company in Toronto, says that finishing a basement with water issues is a recipe for disaster. Moisture behind finished walls usually results in mold formation, which can be a serious health hazard, as well as causing damage to the drywall and flooring that you worked so hard to install.
Once you know for certain that moisture and mold will not be an issue, the next step is to decide what type of room you want to build in your basement.
The most common types of rooms are family and living rooms, where the whole family can gather for entertainment and some fun family time.
Home offices and workout rooms are also very popular choices, especially if you work from home or have older children. If you plan on building living quarters that will include a bedroom, be sure to check your local govt. as many areas place restrictions on using the basement as living quarters due to potential fire hazards.
Here are some good basement ideas from HGTV, you can also check out the infographic below which has some additional basement renovation ideas you may not have thought of.