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Basement Renovation Guide

Last modified: 2022-11-29 | Approximate reading time 5 mins

Léa Plourde-Archer

The basement is a very unique place with regards to the rest of the home. Darker and more isolated than other areas, it is generally used for storage, for a small apartment or for spaces that require good soundproofing such as a home theatre or laundry room.

Are you planning a basement renovation project? We've gathered several articles that have been published on our home renovation blog. These articles have been listed and organized by category, in order to make your life easier.

We've also prepared a highly practical checklist to help you manage the different steps involved in this project. Click here to check it out and be sure to keep it handy 

Cuisine de sous-sol

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Basement decor and layout

Oftentimes, the basement is considered like a space of its own, where one indulges in more fanciful decor arrangements. Others decide to opt for a more minimalist decoration.  All of this depends on your needs and your preferences. The following articles will guide you in your research regarding the layout and decoration of your basement:

Basement excavation and expansion

Has your basement has not been excavated, or are you looking to enlarge it? Note that this is a large-scale project. Make sure that you are well informed before you start things up. Here are some articles that may be useful:

Entrepreneur rénovation de sous-sol

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It is not always possible or recommended to dig a basement. In some cases, a crawlspace is better suited to the needs and the structure of the house, as well as the type of land that is under the house. The crawlspace plays a very important role in the ventilation and insulation of this part of the building. To learn more, read this article:

Foundation and concrete slab

To ensure that the basement is in good condition, it is important to look to the home's foundations. These are an integral part of the house's structure, which means that it is very important that they be solid and well-waterproofed:

Cuisine dans un sous-sol

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Entertainment areas and other types of rooms

A basement is the perfect place to create rooms that need to be well-soundproofed and/or to benefit from certain conditions in relation to the temperature. Examples include home theatres, laundry rooms or wine cellars:

Lighting and luminosity in the basement

Most basements receive little natural light, so their lighting depends on lamps and other sources of artificial light. To create a pleasant living space, it is imperative that the space be well-lit. During a basement renovation project, it is important to think about this aspect:

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Insulation, soundproofing and ventilation

We want the basement to become a pleasant living environment. To do this, we must make sure that the space is well-soundproofed, well-insulated and well-ventilated. For the building's occupants, this is a question of comfort and health.

Fenêtre de sous-sol

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Basement doors and windows

Most basements have at least a few windows and doors. The following articles will be useful when you are in the process of thinking about this:

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Wall covering materials

Another aspect of basement decoration is the different types of wall coverings that make it possible to transform this rather cold and impersonal space into a warm and pleasant room. The basement can be exposed to a lot of moisture and is generally less well-ventilated than the rest of the house, which means that this aspect must be taken into consideration when choosing the most suitable wall covering material:

Basement floor

Hardwood is not a recommended floor material in basements, due to moisture issues. Here are several other materials, some of which work well for this part of the house:

Salon et cuisine sous-sol

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Water infiltrations and other common problems

Several very serious problems affecting the home and the health of the occupants take root in the basement. As a homeowner, you need to be aware in order to recognize the clues when such a situation occurs in your home:

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