After applying for permits and inspections for your proposed basement renovation, you now can start the endeavor of renovating the space. The calgary basement development has been booming these days, providing renovations for basements and give additional space for families to utilize. Renovation may sound too technical, but actually all you need is a creative mind and the will to finish project. To help you start, here are some steps you can apply during the finishing work of the renovation:
- Check the walls and ceiling.
Before anything else, check the current state of your walls if there are cracks that can be seen, water marks or seepage, and even moss growth. To have a clean interior wall finish, the exterior or perimeter wall of the basement must be free from any trace of water damage. Excessive water can be absorbed by the insulation you will install and will therefore cause damage to the finishes. Since pipes will most likely run through your basement ceiling, check and verify if there are no leaks as this will damage the ceiling you will install. Make sure to address all structural and utilities issues first prior to installing any additional items or finishes.
- Apply vapor barrier and offset space.
A vapor barrier is a sheet made of impermeable material that is used to trap water and moisture at one side to prohibit damage caused by water seepage. An offset space on the other hand is achieved by installing furrings attached to the perimeter wall that will serve as a gap or cavity to capture moisture content and not pass through walls. It is best if these two techniques are applied to ensure that there’s no dampness of walls.
- Choose and install the right insulation.
The insulation material is your partner in keeping the cold temperatures out and retaining the warmth indoors. You might think since that since it is placed within walls it would not matter if you buy a cheap alternative, but I assure you investing on the right product gives a big impact on the outcome of the space itself. It will provide the right insulation and therefore there’s less need for using the heater, saving you from shocking electrical bills.
- Install additional utilities.
This part of the renovation project is best done with a professional because it involves electrical, plumbing, and HVAC utilities. Prior to attaching the wall and ceiling panels to close off the space, you should install the new wirings needed to light up the space. In addition, HVAC components are very sensitive, if you have no experience with adding supplies or anything about the system then its best to just leave it to the professionals.
- Apply final interior wall and ceiling finish.
Being able to close the walls and ceiling after installing additional utilities is the crowning glory of any interior renovation. Make sure you have sufficient panels prepared and that all parts that will need openings for light switches and convenience outlets are ready. Apply paint and your space is ready to be filled with memories.
Try to make the whole family participate in the basement renovation as it will give it more personality and more sentimental value if each member lends a hand during the process. Good luck with your renovation!