Basement Pre - Planning in Calgary!

 Pre-planning is where you decide on the overall concept of the basement refinishing project.  This is where you should involve a professional basement remodeling contractor who has done this many times before. 

Involving a contractor at this point won’t cost you anything but it will save you a lot of time and money. 

In the pre-planning stage of your basement remodeling project you are generally brainstorming for what is possible and what is not.  Your contractor will assess the technical requirements of the job and give you feedback regarding the basement development plans you have in your mind. 

This initial meeting will help narrow down what ideas you need to spend some time on to figure out exactly what you want. 

     Here are the kinds of things you need to reflect on along with your contractor: 

  1. What do you want to be able to do in the basement?  Is your idea realistic?  Is there space? Does it meet building and bylaw codes?  What other possibilities are there in terms of design/comfort/functionality and cost savings?  
  2. Get some sort of visual idea of what the end result will look like.  
  3. Make some preliminary sketches of what the basement layout could be.  
  4. Get an overall idea of the amount of work involved, materials needed and complexity of room layout, windows, pipes, ducts, electrical, ceiling and floor.  
  5. Talk about how long the project will take and how you will manage issues like allergies, guests, kids, holidays and managing the house keys during construction.  
  6. Figure out what your options are when deciding on the type of lighting, flooring, trim, walls and doors/windows you will be getting.  
  7. After you have had this discussion with your contractor bounce your ideas off of your friends and relatives.  

       Whatever you end up doing, the following five factors must be taken into consideration: 

  1. Humidity - Concrete pulls moisture from the ground and can be cool and damp. Consider electric heating for bathroom tile floors and better underlayment for carpet. Possibly a dehumidifier if extreme.
  2. Insulate properly.  Make sure you have ‘R’ value and vapour barrier installed to code.
  3. Make sure you have enough ducts and vents so the heat circulates evenly. Consider auxiliary heat for the difficult times (spring and fall)
  4. Lighting can provide both heat and light.  Avoid lighting which makes the basement feel depressing. 
  5. Floor plan layout must be carefully planned to use the area efficiently. 


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