Basement Renovations: Focus on Flooring

Basement renovations remain one of the biggest -both in popularity and project scale- trends for homeowners to tackle. A properly finished basement can become the perfect extra space in your home, with endless options for use. Whether you’re looking to create the perfect play area, media room, home office or something a little more unique, there are a few basic tips to keep in mind while planning your project. Read on to find out how can be prepared, especially when it comes to picking out the right flooring!

Set your budget early on

If you’ve already read our blog on bathroom renovations, you know that budgeting is an important part of the home improvement process.  Setting a firm budget allows you to align your expectations and limitations from the start. As we also discussed in the bathroom piece, it’s important to make sure your final number allows for some wiggle room needed for unexpected last minute expenses. Basement renos tend to be on the pricier and trickier side (depending on what you’re doing), so allowing for a larger cushion is always a good idea.

Check for any sources of moisture

Addressing moisture buildup from wear and tear, foundation cracks, piping/plumbing problems and more is going to be one of your first orders of business, particularly if you’re planning on installing any flooring. Water damage is a frequent culprit that inspires the need for renovation, but it can also be one of your biggest challenges if left untended. Make sure you thoroughly inspect both the interior and exterior of the property (help from a professional is always a safe bet) to identify any sources of exposure and have them taken care of before going any further.

Make sure your plans are up to code

Once you’re sure that your basement is dry and ready to go, your next step is to ensure that any work requiring wiring or any other significant installation is up to code. Additions like heated flooring can be a fantastic investment, but it’s best to have a professional make sure everything is in order before you purchase.

Know your flooring needs

A properly floored basement can be a source of warmth, insulation, and provide a stylish finish to your ideal space. There are a variety of options available, each with their pros and cons depending on your particular circumstances. Below are a few of the most inquired about flooring methods, along with some things to take into consideration for each:

                Hardwood

Hardwood comes in two types, traditional or engineered. Most professionals will avoid the use of traditional wood for basements due to the product’s sensitivity to moisture and temperature changes (which those of us in Calgary in Edmonton are all too familiar with). Those set on a hardwood finish are best off looking at engineered planks, which are more resistant to moisture and sudden changes in temperature. For the best results long term, hardwood may not be your ideal solution.

                Carpet

Carpet can be an excellent way to keep your floors warm and finish your basement in a cost-effective manner. Some people may associate carpet with the shag style that became prevalent in the 70’s, but no need to worry…today’s options are much more refined! Along with being wallet friendly, carpet is easy to install, relatively low-key for maintenance, and different types of versatile options for everyone.

                Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is one of the most popular and heavily requested items in both our Edmonton and Calgary locations. As a much cheaper alternative to hardwood that offers the same appearance (along with many other options), vinyl tiles are an exceptional option for those looking to finish their basement. If you’re worried about keeping your toes warm in the winter, fear not. LVT can safely be installed over heated flooring.

No matter what flooring method you choose, making sure you have a reliable professional on hand to complete the install is a vital piece of your project. At Ashley Fine Floors, we cover the whole process, right from providing materials to installation. Learn more about how we can help you with your remodel today by giving us a call!


Bathroom Renos: Top Tips for Success!

Spring is officially here, and eager home renovators are hard at work planning their upcoming projects for the season. Bathroom renovations are one of the top choices for homeowners looking to add value to their property. Bathrooms are typically smaller than other spaces being considered and in theory, cost less than kitchen or basement remodel. They do, however, present a unique set of circumstances to account for. If you’re planning to do sprucing up this season, here are a few tips to keep in mind both before and during your project.

Have a plan before you start

Just like any other project, the best place to start is with a solid plan. Whether you’re an experienced DIY’er or undertaking your first big reno, you’ll want a blueprint to reference as things to progress to make sure everything is on track. If you want to go the extra step, consider meeting with a professional to have them go over and assist you in developing your plan. It may seem costly upfront, but in the long run, you stand to save money, time, and the frustration of having to recalculate when the unexpected happens.

Have a firm budget with built-in flex

Speaking of the unexpected, life’s little detours are something you need to keep in mind while deciding your budget. While you need to have a set final number in mind (because let’s be honest, it’s easy to get distracted by all the new gadgets and designs out there), it’s also wise to build a little wiggle room into that overall spend to account for unplanned expenses. Figure out what your absolute highest amount is, and set your “ideal” cut-off a little below so when push comes to shove, you’re not breaking the bank to get things finished. A word of caution: the word flex is relative. It’s designed to give you the room to bend when needed. That said, your bathroom is an essential part of your daily life, so if you find something you absolutely can’t live without, try meeting with a professional to determine the most cost-effective way to keep both your heart and wallet happy!

Expect to work with your existing plumbing

Unless you plan on doing some heavy-duty remodelling (complete with a hefty price tag), you’ll be working around your home’s current plumbing structure and will need to account for that in your design.

Have a plan to combat moisture and mould build up

One of the unique challenges to a bathroom renovation project is taking into account the moisture that the room is constantly exposed to. Showers, baths, and even washing hands mean that water is a real consideration when it comes to materials. Mould can be a danger with the wrong setup, and health concerns aside, there’s nothing worse than having to tear up and redo your project within a few years because of poor planning the first time around. Work with a company well versed in providing a variety of materials to suit your needs. Ashley Fine Floors, for example, proudly offers all sorts of solutions for our homeowners. From full-tile walk-in showers, steam shower setup, and total waterproofing, we happily work alongside our customers to make sure their project is set up for success! Knowing the products used are suited for longevity gives you peace of mind, and ensures your investment is sound.

If you’re in the Edmonton or Calgary area and are planning a bathroom remodel, give us a call today! One of our experts will be happy to help you find the best solution for your home!