Things to Keep in Mind When Designing a Basement Suite
With basement renovations, homeowners may be looking to increase their property value while others may simply want to create an extra recreational space. No matter what type of renovation you are considering for your basement, there are some things to keep in mind during your planning phase. Here at Lions Den Construction, we have seen it all during our years serving the Toronto area. From layout decisions, regulations, permits, and moisture conditions, there are several things to consider before you dive into your basement renovation project.
The layout of your basement will depend on how you plan to use the space. If you want to transform it into a recreational space or a spare bedroom, it is important to create a layout that fits the space. Working with an experienced construction company will help you to create a usable layout that fits your needs. You can create a recreational room with separate stations, or you can create an in-law suite with an open floor plan. Whatever your needs, the experts at Lions Den Construction we can help make your wishes a reality.
Bylaws & Regulations
As the owner of the property, if your home is not up to legal standards, you will be liable. Basement suites have a unique set of building codes that differ greatly from those in the rest of the home. For example, there must be a window, a fan in the bathroom, and the ceiling must reach the minimum height of 6 ½ inches among many others. In order for your basement to be up to code, it is critical to work with a contractor who is up to date on the current regulations in the area. These codes ensure that your finished space will be safe, comfortable and legally approved at the end of the project.
The basement has a vastly different environment than the rest of your home. This includes cooler temperatures, higher levels of moisture, and less airflow than other areas. When you are preparing to renovate your basement, it is important to keep these unique features in mind so that you can choose the right materials for the space. The flooring will have a lot to do with how much moisture lingers in your basement as well as the overall temperature. Harder flooring options such as concrete and tile will last longer and keep the temperature cooler all year long. Depending on what area you are in, this may be a good thing, or you may want to consider warmer materials.
How We Can Help
Lions Den Construction has been serving Toronto the GTA area for years. We have skilled contractors on hand to help you with any size basement renovation projects you can think of. We stay on top of the local building regulations to ensure all of our work is completed up to code. If you are seeking further advice on anything related to Toronto home interior design, layouts, materials, or any other construction-related issues, we can help. Give us a call at (416) 893-8318 for a free estimate today.