A basement renovation is a great way to add livable space and resale value to your home. Before you start with basement renovations, Edmonton homeowners should read these 3 things to know from Four Elements Construction:
Deal with moisture issues first.
Basements are known for moisture and water issues. Before you start to finish the basement, have a contractor check for any potential trouble spots. Trouble areas might be around window seals, plumbing or even along the foundation. Tell-tale signs would be water stains or even noticeable drips. If there are cracks in the foundation, have that repaired before doing anything else. The last thing you want is to discover a water problem after the framing, insulation and drywall is in.
If they find water is getting in through the foundation, you might have an issue with the grading of your property. Although it’s an expensive fix, it’s something you’ll have to deal with if there is flooding happening around the outside of the house. Otherwise you run the risk of flooding every time there is a quick snow melt or summer rainstorm. Learn about land grading near foundations.
Understand local building code.
When you hire Four Elements Construction for your basement renovations in Edmonton, they will take care of obtaining any permits for the project. They’ll work with the local municipality to get the permits and inspections required. This is important for any plumbing, electrical, HVAC or structural renovations that will take place in the basement development.
Doing this type of work is not something you should attempt to do yourself. Most of it will require sign-off from a certified contractor. Besides that, working with plumbing and electrical is always something you should leave to the pros. If something goes wrong, you can put your home at risk of water damage or fire hazards.
Get professional design services and create a plan.
Like any home renovation, your basement renovations Edmonton will go smoothly if you have a well-laid plan. Working with Four Elements Construction, you’ll get full design services. Before anything begins, a plan for all mechanical systems, lay out and finishing touches will all exist. This plan acts as a road map for the contractors doing the work. It also helps you create and stick to a budget, knowing what costs will be included for materials and labour.
Ready to renovate the basement? Contact Four Elements Construction!