What Does “Developing” a Basement Mean?

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You’ve heard it before — the term “basement development”. Maybe someone in your family is currently in the process of doing it. Maybe a friend of yours knows someone who does it. But do you know what it is? And more importantly — do you think you would be up for it?

Quite simply, the term “basement development” refers to the act of remodelling a basement. In today’s world, more and more people are starting to leave behind the long-held idea that basements have to be… basements. In other words, that basement have to be cold, dark and moldy and that they have to be used for one purpose only: To store things.

What makes the idea of basement development so enticing in today’s society is the complete and utter freedom that it procures people. If you search for basement remodelling ideas online, you come across websites like this. You come across ideas that countless people have longed for in the past but could never achieve because they simply did not have enough room in their house to so.

Because that’s right — forget about wasting room! In many cases, a house’s basement can take up to 10% of a house’s total area.

Do you see the wasted potential here? What if you could fit a gym in there? Or better yet — the office of your dreams?

Most people assume that they can’t do anything with their basement because they don’t have the resources or the skills to so. Here’s the thing: If you can afford it, plenty of high-quality basement development companies can be found online.

Yes, basement development takes time. It is a complex and money-consuming investment that can takes months and months to complete. But trust us — it’s worth it. Not only does it make your house more valuable in the long run, it also gives you a darn good topic to boast about! (No, seriously, it’s awesome because you can build anything in your basement.)

When it comes to basement development, your imagination truly is the limit.

Basement Cooling Ideas

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In the middle of summertime, it is sometimes easy to forget the importance of keeping your basement cool. After all, everyone is always talking about the different heating options available to basement owners. But what happens when your basement becomes too warm?

When a person thinks about cooling a room, air conditioning is usually the first thought that crosses their mind. While this is certainly a good method to keep a basement cool, the truth is that air conditioners can be incredibly expensive to buy and run. If you can afford it, however, by all means do so. Air conditioning is completely unparalleled in its ability to cool down a room, or even an entire house for that matter.

Fortunately, there exist other methods to help you cool down your basement. Low-cost options include floor fans or boxes fans. The latter are especially useful when installed on open windows as they help push the warm air outside. Ceiling fans also do the trick quite well, although we always recommend relying on the help of professionals to install them.

Lastly, you might want to take a look into ductless mini-splits systems. While they fall into the air conditioning category, they are much easier to install, and much cheaper as well (minus the installation costs). Quite simply, those systems can be used to make rooms either warm in the winter or cool in the summer. For more information, you might want to refer to this article.

At the end of the day, keeping your basement cool is easier than keeping it warm. Fortunately, plenty of other resources can be found online. If you have a problem with your basement temperature, calling a professional company to examine your basement is also a good idea.

When Do You Need to Remodel Your Basement?

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If you own a basement, then it is quite likely that at one point or another you have considered remodelling your basement.

This comes as no surprise. Every year, more and more people decide to abandon the long-held ideal that basements have to be “cold, dark and humid”. As those people begin to realize the incredible potential hidden under their house, numerous of them end up relying on the help of professional basement development companies.

However, developing a basement is not something that happens overnight. It is a continuous process that can take up to several months, sometimes years. What’s more, it has the potential to be quite costly and time-consuming. As a basement owner, how do you know “when” it’s the right time for you to remodel your basement?

The truth is that there is no definitive answer to that question as it depends on many, many factors. One such factor (and we really can’t ignore that one) is your budget. Maybe you’d like to transform your cold, dark and humid basement into the office of your dreams, but as long as you can’t afford it, then now is not the time to do it.

While many good and inexpensive basement development companies can be found online, the costs associated with remodelling your basement might still prove to be too much for you. This is why we recommend to choose a company that is able to work within your budget.

Several other factors could impact whether or not “now” is the time to remodel your basement, including your schedule and flexibility. Keep in mind that if you are relying on professionals, you will be welcoming them into your home for a while. If this is something that you can’t accept, then now is probably not the time to remodel your basement either. Similarly, if a member of your family is going through difficult times, then you might want to focus your mind elsewhere.

With that being said, any time is the perfect time to remodel your basement as long as you are ready to bear the burden on your shoulders. For a while at least, because you most likely won’t regret this decision.

How to Childproof Your House

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In one of our earlier articles, we discussed the possible ways to baby proof a basement. (You can find the article here). Today, we would like to take it one step further and teach you how to childproof your home, including your basement.

The first thing that you will have to do is cover every electric outlet. Children, especially smaller ones, tend to like touching everything around, including electric outlets. Storing chemicals and other dangerous substances on higher shelves should also be high on your list of priorities, as should keeping all medicine away from your children’s reach.

Anchoring your furniture with anchor straps is also a good idea. Children have no sense of safety, and it is not uncommon for large furnitures to tip over and hurt them. If it makes you feel better, we also encourage you to cover furniture corners with foam.

If your basement is unfinished, we recommend that you install a safety gate to the stairs leading to it. Similarly, you might feel a bit more at peace with a lock on the door. If all fails to keep the little ones from exploring the basement, ensure that the latter is devoid of any harmful substances and that the walls are properly covered if the basement is currently in the process of being remodelled.

Lastly, try to see through the eyes of your child what could potentially prove to be dangerous to them. That breakable flower pot in the living room? It might not be such a good idea to leave it within the grasp of your child. What about that pool outside? Only by becoming a child will you be able to truly childproof your house and your basement.

Preventing Basement Leaks

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Does your basement tend to get leaky and wet in the spring? You are not alone. Each year, thousands of Canadians experience that. The good news, however, is that leaks (unlike floods which sometimes can’t be helped at all) are not that difficult to prevent

So how exactly do you prevent them? The first thing that you will have to do is find out where the moisture comes from. For that two happen, you will need two simple tools: plastic wrap and tape. First tape the plastic wrap to a discoloured area of the foundation and wait for moisture to form on it. If the moisture can be found on the outside the plastic wrap, a simple dehumidifier can usually do the trick to get rid of the moisture. However, if the moisture can be found on the inside of the plastic wrap, this generally denotes a more serious problem. That’s right: It might be time for you to clean your gutters.

Clean your gutters of any leaves and debris that may have accumulated during the winter. Clogged gutters have the tendency to overflow, causing water to pool around the foundation of a house. We also recommend that you install downspout extenders to direct water away from your house. The next thing that you have to do is change your grading, adding soil as needed to ensure that the water is being properly diverted from the foundation of your house.

If cracks can be found along the foundation of your basement, we also highly recommend that you repair them. You can refer to this wonderful guide if you are unsure of how to do this.