Common Mistakes People Make When Doing A Basement Renovation

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Learn about the common mistakes people make when doing a Basement Renovation

Anyone seeking architectural, structural, and mechanical design services for small to medium-size projects should consider hiring a professional.

Not everyone can do justice to the project regarding basement renovations. Therefore, trust only the well-equipped professionals with knowledge and resources to efficiently finish the project.

To help you avoid some basic errors that could prove to be costly, Civilcan Engineering Inc. has put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when doing a basement renovation.

1. Not having a well-thought-out plan
Most people lack renovation experience, knowledge, and details of the work. As a result, they lack layout planning skills and are unsure of the proper locations for various room spaces in a basement. Designing your kitchen or bathroom close to the existing drain or water supply connection makes designing much simpler. Since it requires digging the basement floor, especially for drainage, improper layouts may result from ignorance of the minimal room sizes for your bedroom, living room, or kitchen. 

2. Not applying for a building permit
Most people think their work is simple and doesn’t require a building permit. Or they are impatient to apply and get a permit or think the process of applying for a permit is time-consuming and unnecessary. Unfortunately, most alteration works in the house, especially structural ones, require a building permit.

3. Not using quality material or hiring an experienced contractor
Most people believe it is simple and they can do the task. Even while the majority of renovation tasks can be completed by the average person with little research, sometimes by watching YouTube videos, there are numerous unique tips and methods that only a professional contractor is aware of that may help you save a good amount of time and money. Additionally, if a homeowner attempts to take on the role of a general contractor and hires various trades to do the work, the labor laws may often hold the homeowner accountable.

4. Not doing complete work
A lot of the time, it’s preferable to plan out all the renovations you want to perform in advance so you can save money by combining them into one project rather than going back and doing extra work with the possibility of having to do some reworks that could increase the cost. It’s time to incorporate anything you’ve wanted to do for a while into your schedule and finish it while you’re working.

To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the experts at Civilcan Engineering Inc.

We provide a free project assessment and initial site visit to evaluate the project and guide you through the permit process for your building project. Our services include new custom homes, home additions and extensions, garages and carports, basement apartments and multi-units, basement entrance below grade, new side entrance, porch and stairs, wooden, concrete, and steel decks, basement secondary units, basement underpinning, and lowering, removal of load bearing walls for open-concept, interior and exterior home, renovations and more. We serve clients across Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Oshawa, Markham, Vaughan, Brampton, and the surrounding areas.

For a complete list of our services, please click here. If you have any questions about renovations, we’d love to hear from you. For more information, please call us at (416) 890-9048 or email us at