We know finishing your basement is a major decision and we know that you probably have a lot of unanswered questions.
Basement Renovation: Frequently Asked Questions
At Harmony Basements, we make it easy and stress-free for you to finish your basement. Our one-stop basement renovations expertise provides you with the full service you need to finish your basement from start to finish. Need help deciding on a finish? Our skilled interior designers are on hand to help. Need to visualize what your finished basement will look like? Our highly trained architects are excited to help you. Whether you have the basement of your dreams in mind already, or you want to be wowed with one of our original creations, we’ve got you covered. We are here to help, no matter the size or the scope.
We are experts in basement renovations and have a deep understanding of what our clients need. At Harmony Basements, we have developed and perfected a finishing system that is 100% green and mould-free, while avoiding any major downfalls, complications, hassles or problems that are often associated with a complex project like this. Instead of using lumber and drywall that could be a food source for mould, we use cutting-edge new materials that are mould-resistant. We are passionate and dedicated in helping you create the perfect basement, while ensuring a safe, seamless and smooth experience – from start to finish. Click here to see the difference.
Professionally finishing an average 1,000 square foot basement takes anywhere from 4 – 8 weeks. This timeframe is to ensure quality over a rushed job. We are here to accommodate our clients’ schedules. We work all year round, including on weekends. Typically, it can take even as little as 2 to 4 weeks to transform a dark and dingy basement into a welcoming and stunning space that you will love spending time in. We work effectively, yet cause little to no disruption to your daily household activities.
Although calculating the price to finish a basement shouldn’t be done by the square footage, finishing a basement in Toronto, on average, costs anywhere between $40 and $120 per square foot. The cost to finish a basement depends on factors like the size of the basement, the upgrades you want, and how much labour is needed. Every basement is different.
The best way to know how much finishing a basement costs is to evaluate the basement to decide the amount of work needed. Only then you will have a clear estimate for the basement project.
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Finishing a basement not only increases the practicality of your home; it also increases your property’s market value significantly. Prospect homebuyers or tenants will appreciate the additional space in a finished basement. This way, you receive a great return on your investment, making basement finishing a worthwhile endeavour.
You need a building permit for a basement renovation when you make alterations to the basement’s foundation such as building an additional wall or tearing a wall down. You also need a building permit when you want to renovate your basement into a legal secondary suite only because it must comply with your city’s zoning bylaws.
The cost to obtain a building permit ranges from $500 – $3000 for the building permit drawings done by a qualified designer or architect. We then submit the drawings along with your application to your municipality on your behalf.
We are so confident of our products and installations that we offer our clients a lifetime warranty. And don’t worry if you need to sell your house, warranties are transferable to the new owner.
Yes, the warranty is fully transferable to the next homeowner.
We encourage you to check with your insurance provider to be sure. However, in most cases, homeowner’s insurance will not cover the cost.
We do not subcontract any of our work. We believe your renovation is only as good as the team behind it. That goes from the architect, to the builder, to the creatives, to the tradespeople who work hard to bring your vision to fruition. Not subcontracting work means our quality is never compromised.
We are fortunate to have the most experienced licensed professional integrated workforce in the construction industry, working directly for us. Basement renovations are a technically advanced and complicated project – and our team understands and appreciates the unique challenges to complete the task well and to do it safely with utmost professionalism. Our flawless company safety record and our team follow strict safety practices, like keeping work areas clean and storing tools safely.
Rain, snow or shine, we work all year round, including winter.
While conventional construction materials such as lumber, drywall and fibreglass insulation work great for above ground construction, these products can rot and cause mould in high moisture areas like basements. Our mould-repellent products such as Magnesium Oxide Wallboard allow moisture to pass through naturally to prevent mould from growing. The materials we use are top-of-the-class to prevent mould and mildew. Also being fire and waterproof, sound absorbent and eco-friendly, they are designed for the safest and most comfortable living environment. We use only the best materials – that is the Harmony way.
Depending on the purpose of your basement, we can help you pick the right type of flooring for your basement. The best type of basement flooring is one that can preserve its temperature and keep it waterproof.
Have more questions about your new basement? Call us at 1-800-373-7039 We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.
While the quality of our work speaks for itself, hear what our happy customers have to say…
Everyone told us that having a basement renovation would be a nightmare, but I assume that they have not worked with Harmony Basements. We felt assured throughout the entire process – our renovations went quickly and smoothly – and the quality of workmanship and materials used are excellent. We now have the basement we have always dreamed of!