Do you want to develop or refurbish a new space in your house?Would you like to know how to use the space in your basement? We gives you the keys to the realization of your project.

Depending on the amount of space available in your basement, you could choose to use it for different reasons: storage, playroom for children or create a new room. It’s not the options that are missing!

Can you arrange your basement?

You maybe need to ask yourself four questions before undertaking any development work for your basement rooms.

  • Do you have to bend over to avoid a beam or a pipe?
  • Are there traces of moisture and / or mold on your walls and floor?
  • Do clothes or objects stored in your basement emit a musty smell?
  • Can you see large  cracks on your walls and floor?

If you answer one of these questions with a yes, then you will have to take into account future remediation work for your basement, which in the state is not amenable.

Moisture, the main challenge in a basement

Since your basement is buried, its ambient temperature will vary much less than other rooms located at ground level. It is therefore good to live in this space, winter and summer.

However, moisture is an element to take seriously when renovating your basement. Indeed, the walls of your basement must be a dam against moisture from outside (by the ground) and from the inside (by your house).

It is strongly recommended to use professionals to ensure the waterproofness of the basement, since work in the presence of water is very difficult to perform and includes some risks.

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Why it pays to renovate your basement

Building a beautiful basement will greatly increase the resale value of your home. If you have enough space, it’s possible to do more with your basement.

First, start by adding a room inside your basement. This will add a comfortable room to your home. If you still have room, you can move on to the final step of adding a bathroom and a kitchen to make it a complete home independent of the rest of the house.

This opens the door to opportunities for major transformations and pay such as creating a duplex rent or housing for an intergenerational home.

Considerations for your basement layout

In order to make changes to your basement, to create a livable and pleasant space, you will need to pay attention and focus on a few points that we will see now. First, it is important to bring as much natural light as possible with glazed openings, glass brick walls or skylights. The basement is a relatively dark place by definition, bring a maximum of light will allow you to beautify this space.

Secondly, you will have to light your basement adequately. Depending on the need of your room, you could opt for recessed spots to have a general lighting. Otherwise you could also choose, for a more localized lighting, to install wall lamps or lamps.

Thirdly, choose materials that reflect light naturally, such as glass, lacquered materials or even metal.

Finally, be aware that if you decide to build a water point (for a laundry, a bathroom or toilet), you will need a lifting pump for the evacuation of wastewater. Also provide adequate ventilation in this case.