Basement renovations in Toronto are not an easy task except for newer model of houses that are built with plans of basement remodeling in mind. Majority of the houses that have basements are not meant to be renovated into a living area. Though this may be the case, there are some things that can be done with the right knowledge and understanding. Here are some tips when planning basement renovations in Toronto.
– There should be emergency exits located in the basement. All building codes have a requirement that must be met when it comes to safe emergency exits especially in bedrooms. The most common requirement would be that the window will have enough space to accommodate a person climbing out and the height should be near enough the ground to jump out of. In order to do this, builders will have to resort to cutting the foundation and then creating a window well. The basement should have a window not just to accommodate light into the room but as an emergency exit as well.
– It is important that there is no moisture or water leaking out of the basement’s foundation or its slab. Find the source and fix it before doing any basement renovations in your Toronto property. If you go along with the remodeling it will only result to a moldy and soggy insulation that will eventually destroy the flooring.
– Make sure that you inspect the height of the basement. If it was not designed to be transformed into a living space then there is a high chance that the ceiling is very low as well as the piping, wiring and ductwork. One alternative would be to dig down and pour a new footing under the ones that are currently in. If you do not approve of this method, another alternative would be to relocate the ductwork as well as waste piping into other places and covering them up with fixtures such as closets. The trick would be to hide them away.
– If you are planning on making a bathroom down in your basement then make sure that it will be able to drain the waste. The slope of the waste lines should be low enough to make sure the waste leaves the pipes with the help of gravity. If not then a sewage ejection pump is necessary.
– Basements are one part of the house that contains the most hazardous materials. Older homes used to incorporate asbestos as a sealing agent to close the ductwork and it was also found to be a component in the glue used in installing floor that uses linoleum. Many homes have also paints that have high lead content. To ensure the safety of everyone inside the house, it is important to talk with your contractors regarding these materials and if found, send them to the laboratory to identify the sample.
– Last but not the least, earthquake prone areas should make sure that the basement has undergone standard retrofitting upon renovation.