If you’re considering basement development, you’re among the few homeowners who are conscious enough to treat every room in the house as an opportunity to add value. In most cases, basements are treated as marginal facilities for storing items, when they could be remodeled into guest rooms, home offices, bathrooms, saunas, etc. You’ll certainly save a lot of time and money in the long run if you know what features your basement is capable of supporting. After seeing some of the projects handled by the team of experts who do basement renovations in Edmonton, you’ll want to ask them if they have any advice for homeowners getting started with the process.
Obviously, before you do any basement renovations, you should have clear plans. If your plan is to build a home office, your choices will be different from that of your neighbour who is building an additional family room. Generally, all your renovation options will be guided by the function of your basement. A home office should include storage space, shelves and desks, while a children’s play room should have washable window coverings, durable flooring, and a place for toys. That being said, when you begin to plan your basement development, let the function of the room guide your decorating choices.
Doing a comprehensive assessment is the main point of emphasis before surveying options for basement development. When doing a basement assessment, you should pay the most attention to the these factors – accessibility (particularly with stairs), ceiling height, dampness, electrical outlets, voice and data cabling, emergency exits, heating systems, insulation, lighting, plumbing systems and ventilation.
For example, depending on the dimensions of the basement, especially the ceiling height, the local building regulations in your area may prohibit turning the basement into a guest room or home office of any kind. Again, depending on the manner in which plumbing work was carried out, it might cost you a lot to transform it into a bathroom, or you might run into serious data cabling issues if you try to convert it into a home office.
Technical and legal limitations aside, there are many basement development ideas to pursue. Professionals who do basement renovations in Edmonton can easily turn your basement into guest suites or a child’s playroom, since these require very little in terms of plumbing, voice and data cabling, not to mention electrical installation. Luxury spa rooms and home gyms are other options that have relatively few technical limitations, provided the ventilation system is good enough.
Bathrooms will also require a lot of investment in terms of the plumbing, heating system, ventilation issues and dampness control. In fact, you might need waterproofing on your basement walls for dampness control, which is quite expensive. Home offices and theatres can be a moderate challenge, due to the complex electrical installation work, which should be handled by a qualified electrician who’s experienced in doing basement renovations in Edmonton.
To get a better idea of what you can do with your basement, you should not only visit your local building department to get the critical information on the applicable building codes, but also talk to the real estate agents in your area who can tell you which additions buyers and tenants like most.