Basement Renovation and Finishing in Montreal
Renovate your unfinished basement into a office, gym, storage or living space. Bokor Renovation are experts in Basement Renovation around Montreal.
The large room under your house is sad and empty, so you have decided it’s time to renovate that large open space into a happy and fun filled room to enjoy. Before you break out the sledge hammer and attempt to do it yourself, there are many things you need to consider; after all the rest of your home sits over that sad, empty space you wish to fill.
Have a plan before you do anything.
Remember when you were a kid with crayon, paper, and an imagination? Well, you can be that kid again, only this time with graphing or blueprint paper, a ruler and protractor, and pencil. Take the time to put your dream on paper to assure that there is ample space to fit your ideas and so you can get an idea of the materials and work needed to make it all come true.
Talk to a qualified contractor about your ideas to learn what you need to make it happen. For example, if you want a home theatre in your renovated basement, you will need better insulation not only to protect the walls and floors, but to improve the quality of sound. You will need wiring for all the equipment, and if you want the wiring and speakers hidden those jobs will require higher skills than the average DIY Joe.
A written and drawn plan will help improve communication with your contractor, enabling both of you to get the correct supplies to assure Code Compliance and help you when you and your contractor visit the city or county offices for the all-important legal permits.
List your wishes. Think through how you want to use and visualize your basement renovation.
Come up with a number you won’t lose sleep over, and then add in 10 percent for any overruns or unexpected findings.
Negotiating with Bokor Renovation is easy. The key is to understand where the costs come from, both time and materials.
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A pre-inspection of the basement will prevent costly surprises
Hire a qualified inspector to assure that the basement can accommodate your plans. Some basements are not structurally sound and may require additional repairs before interior work can begin. The inspector will check the exterior and interior walls for leaks, mold and wiring conditions and provide helpful notes you can use with your contractor to make sure everything that you need for a safe home and to satisfy the city inspectors is done correctly.
A pre-inspection will also help with planning where to install walls, wiring, waterlines, and the like. If the basement will include a bedroom, an egress window will have to be installed, so a pre-inspection will help with planning the location for that window. There are more issues that a pre-inspection will help, but this gives you a general idea why it is so important.
Consider going “Green”
The quality of Green construction materials is always improving. Not only is the material helpful to reduce your eco-footprint, but it helps make your home cost-efficient. If you or a family member has health issues you may find that Green materials help reduce those issues as well.
Insulation is very, very important in the basement to prevent the development of molds and other possible contaminants. It is also helpful with reducing utility bills for heating or cooling the area. Talk to your contractor about their knowledge regarding insulation in basements. Learn about the different types of insulation needed such as rigid foam, DryCore, moisture barriers and the like. The better you can discuss these issues the more likely the two of you will be on the same page regarding your renovation project.
Cro-Pro Bokor Renovations has worked in the Montreal area for several years. We are knowledgeable of the safety and legal requirements for permits and licensing. We have learned how the local weather affects basement renovations and have become skilled at getting the job done right.