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Are you putting your basement to good use? Are  storing furniture, canned goods, or tools in the basement, why not refinish your homeís lower level and add living space to your  home? It really isnít terribly difficult or expensive if you start with some changes that will let you enjoy that extra space. We do basement finishing in Toronto G T A and surrounding areas. Finishing in and around Etobicoke Mississauga Oakville Burlington and Scarborough.

Start by taking a complete inventory of the available space in your basement. How many rooms could be changed to accommodate daily activities, and which ones would better serve occasional usage, such as  holiday celebrations or parties ? If you are storing things in the basement, can these be moved to another area, or will they need to be kept downstairs but perhaps in one of the rooms rather than all? You also will need to work around heating and cooling appliances like the  furnace, air conditioner, and hot water tank, as well as laundry equipment if you have it. When you have an idea of how much area you can afford to renovate, you can start to shuffle storage and appliances to make room for your remodeling plans.


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Then decide which improvements you would like most to have. If you canít afford them all at once, you can do the finishing in stages. Do a list of the basement to list every needed repair, update, or improvement, including the simplest as well as the most demanding. Work out a budget to see which ones you would be best for your budget.

Begin with the most pressing repairs. For example, water damage or leaks, mold, cracked windows, and radon or carbon monoxide testing should be done to eliminate safety hazards and problems that will only get worse with time. You may need to have your appliances inspected, repaired, or replaced.

When these have been addressed, the next step will be to take care of structural damage. Plaster holes, cracked concrete floors, electrical updates, and plumbing overhauls should be the next set of repairs. These will bring your basement up to code and prepare it for the aesthetic level of improvements that go hand-in-hand with home decorating.

If your budget holds out, you may next want to look at adding air vents, replacing window frames or the windows themselves with glass block, and installing floor tiles, rather than carpet, since they are easier to clean and maintain. You can even put up wallboard or panel siding to make the rooms more homey and inviting. Lighting fixtures or track lighting can brighten dark or dim areas of your basement.

The basement is often the last area of the home to be remodeled. But, why is that? With a little work, you can transform this area into a recreation room, a play area, or even an office area. There are so many great basement finishing ideas that you can do with simple materials and often times they donít even have to be expensive. Letís take a look at some basement refinishing ideas as well as those for remodeling your home.
 

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First, letís assume that your basement is a clean slate. It is important to insure that it is waterproofed. This is going to be the first step in any basement project. If the space is to be usable, it needs to be free of water, mold and mildew. The good news is that you can easily do this with a few waterproofing ideas. And, if you donít want to do this on your own, you can even have a company come out and do it.

The next aspect of basement refinishing is the walls. Not only do they need to be waterproofed, but they need to be insulated. Many basements are cold because the walls are smack up against the cold ground. You can lose a lot of heat down here if the walls are not insulated properly. Again, this can be done by you or by a professional company. In either case, you will see that there are several good products on the market for you to use.

Okay, we have the basement dry and warm, now what? Many people like to section off areas by building walls. This is a common practice and it only takes a little math as well as some carpentry skills to do it. The end result? You can have an office in one area, a bathroom in another and maybe evening storage as well. You should take this step with some planning as the basement remodeling will most likely be permanent. Basement refinishing like this can really change the way you use your basement as it can give you a whole new use for it.


Basement remodeling is a great way to add to the value of your home as well. A finished basement can be a great place for the family to enjoy some quiet time and to play. It can be a place for the friends to watch the game on television. And, it can be a great place for all of those toys you donít want company seeing every time they come over. Basement remodeling is very versatile as you can do just about anything that you would like to do and make it what you would like to. Consider your next step. Carpeting? Tiling? Perhaps just painting? Make it what you would love it to be!

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