Basements are well-known to provide a good return on investment, making them one of the best areas to renovate. Still, basements also have a lot of work involved that can affect the final quality. That’s why it’s important to know when it’s safe to DIY and when you need a professional.
Just Right Renovations Ltd. in Winnipeg is a professional general contractor and renovations company. They share what parts of a basement reno you can DIY and what should be left to their pros:
DIY: Flooring with prep
Most floors that are safe to use in a basement, those that are moisture-resistant, also happen to be easier to DIY for a handy person. For example, ceramic tile, rubber, and luxury vinyl plank and tile are all excellent floor options that can be installed by an experienced DIYer. The main thing to be aware of is to make sure that you install a waterproof barrier beneath the floor. That’ll help protect against mould or moisture beneath the floors, especially for tile. If you’re at all unsure, or don’t have the time to commit to a large project like this, stick to hiring the professionals.
Pro: framing and drywall
DIY drywall is not recommended. The same goes for framing, especially in an unfinished basement. Framing provides the support and protection basements need but also affects how well the room looks overall at the end. Proper tools, the right skill, and experience are all crucial for safe framing. Drywalling is easy in theory but similarly has just as much room for error. Mistakes are very noticeable and can compromise the integrity of your finished walls.
With a professional, not only will the work go faster, but safety and quality is a guarantee. They’ll have the right tools and skills to safely frame the basement and then tackle any drywalling from there. Investing in a professional is an investment both into the safety of the project and the value of a basement reno. Plus, you won’t see any seams or screw marks on a professionally finished drywalled wall.
If you have the time and motivation, painting can be handled as a DIY project and can save money. Make sure to use a waterproof primer and not a standard primer for added protection against moisture. Basements also typically use a flat finish for a smooth and elegant appearance. Since basements tend to be darker, stick with brighter colours and shades to help brighten the area. White is classic, but warm browns, tans, and even greys or blues are great colour choices. While painting the basement is possible DIY, consider hiring a professional if you’re unsure of your abilities or want to save the time and hassle.
Pro: plumbing and electrical
Any working involving plumbing and electrical will need a permit and the right level of skill. Installing a basement bathroom, for example, is a complicated and involved project. Proper ventilation is crucial for letting moisture out, while plumbing must be carefully installed for drainage. Basement wiring as well, whether for lighting or a home theatre, needs to be handled with care to prevent any circuit overloads. In both cases, hiring a professional is the safest choice. Not only do they have the right experience, but they’ll also guarantee the safety and quality of the work. It’ll also ensure that any plumbing and electrical work is up to code and won’t risk safety or cause insurance issues down the road.
Basement Renovations in Winnipeg
Quality renovations and peace of mind are what Just Right Renovations Ltd. proudly provides every time. Their professionals can help with any work, whether a major renovation or just a quick repair. No matter what you need, your home is in the right hands with Just Right Renovations.
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