Basement And Bathroom Renovations
What Needs to be Changed?
The first thing to consider before tackling a renovation project is what needs to be changed. Look around the basement and think about everything that might need to be changed, from the floors to the walls or even the layout. The renovation can be as simple or as complex as you may want, though a more complex renovation might raise the basement renovation cost. Still, think about the following to make sure you end up with a basement you love.
- Any Damage to the Space – If there’s any damage to the space, no matter the cause, that needs to be tackled before the rest of the renovation can be considered. Damage that is hidden is only going to get worse with time, so it’s best to handle the damage while the space is taken apart and before new materials are brought in.
- Basic Layout of Room or Rooms – Depending on the new plans, the layout of the basement may need to change. If it’s one open room now but will be used for a few different purposes after the renovation, changing the layout can help make sure each space is separate.
- Whether Plumbing or Electrical Work is Needed – Depending on layout changes and what the new use is for the space, electrical and plumbing work may be needed. Plumbing may be required to add in a bathroom, upgrade the current bathroom, or create a wet bar. Electrical may be needed if there aren’t enough lights or outlets in the room.
- Changing the Flooring – New flooring can drastically change the look of a space. If you’re planning on a renovation, you’re probably thinking about new floors as well. There are tons of options to consider, including carpeting, tile, wood, and vinyl.
- New Colours for the Walls – Regardless of whether new walls are needed, a fresh coat of paint is almost required during renovations. Changing the colours or freshening the current colour and getting rid of scratches and dents in the drywall can go a long way toward creating a beautiful space.
- Adding Lighting – Most basements don’t have enough light. If you’re struggling to see in the basement or you need extra light for what you want to use the basement for, during a renovation is the perfect time to think about this.
Determining a Budget
Once you have an idea of what needs to be changed, it’s a little bit easier to come up with a budget. The basement renovation cost will vary based on how many changes are needed, what those changes are, the materials used, and the complexity of the project. Changing the floors and painting the room but leaving everything else the same can make for a low-budget renovation. Altering the layout, adding rooms, or using luxury materials can all add to the basic cost but may be well worth it.