Basement Renovation Ideas to Consider


Renovating a basement means turning it into a usable and comfortable living space, whether it is planned for private use or to be rented out. Basement renovation ideas include:

  • Basement bathroom
  • Basement kitchen and wet bar
  • Basement rooms or common space
  • Basement laundry
  • Basement decorative elements such as a fireplace, feature wall finishing, built-in cabinetry and much more

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Basement Renovation Steps

Our basement renovation process is thorough. We handle your renovation project from start to finish with our customer care and professional attitude.

  1. Contact Harmony Basements
  2. Get a free at-home consultation with one of our service advisors
  3. Have a free 3D render design of your renovated basement
  4. Get a free quote
  5. Arrange your financing plan
  6. Have a tour in our design centre
  7. We outline the schedule for your basement renovation project
  8. We deliver materials to your address
  9. Our team installs your basement to perfection
  10. Our quality control coordinator inspects your renovated basement
  11. We ensure full client satisfaction
  12. We provide you with a lifetime warranty
  13. You review your stellar experience with us
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The Benefits of Hiring a Basement Renovation Contractor


Renovating your basement is a complex project that will require construction professionals working simultaneously: plumbers, electricians, cabinetmakers, flooring installers, insulation specialists.

Rather than dealing with independent teams and trying to coordinate their work, you are better off in the hands of a basement renovation company that offers full basement renovation services. This way, you will save time that would otherwise be wasted on miscommunication and shifting deadlines, in turn, saving money, time, and effort.

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How Much Does a Basement Renovation Cost in Toronto?

We at Harmony Basements specialise in any scale and type of basement renovation from a simple makeover to a complete basement repurposing, whether it is for personal use or a legal apartment for rent. Of course, when you plan a major renovation project like this, it is important to understand how much it costs in the end.

Pricing for a basement renovation will varies depending on the condition of your current basement and the quality of the chosen materials, finishes, and basement features. Of course, if you want an extra soundproofing, marble facing for a fireplace, or a home theatre system you need to factor those extras in. On average, renovating your basement will add up to 7% to the resale value of your home, which makes it really a smart investment.

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Basement renovations done by Harmony Basements brings a lot of possibilities for homeowners in the GTA. We can easily transform your existing basement into finished basement with a game room, a basement office or a basement suite, a basement bedroom, or a basement kitchen. When planning to renovate your basement, it is important to discuss exactly how you will be utilising your basement with your basement renovation contractor.

With us, you can tailor your basement exactly to your needs. Unlike basement finishing, working with a preexisting layout will help you save money on custom basement renovation fees, especially on plumbing, electrical work, and insulation.

Thinking to renovate your basement? Contact us at Harmony Basements to discuss your basement renovation plans in detail.

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We believe in transparency when it comes to cost estimates. With us, you will know exactly your renovation fees with the cost of labour and materials clearly indicated in the contract.

We also offer financing options, with easy a no-hassle application process so it will cost you as little as $300 a month. This way, you can put your renovated basement to use knowing we have got your back with our financing plans.


How long will it take to finish my basement renovation?

On average, our entire process from pre-construction to post-construction is about 28 days. The actual renovation itself takes about 3 weeks.
This will depend on the extent of the renovations you are having done and the size of your basement. Preconstruction includes getting the necessary paperwork done, such as 3D renderings and permit applications. The permit approval process is quicker with our team because we are known in the industry for being thorough.

Do I need permits to renovate my basement?

You will need a permit if you are making structural changes to the basement or modifying your HVAC and plumbing systems depending on your municipality. Your municipal government has guidelines and regulations on the type of work that requires a permit. Before any renovation project starts, you need to know whether or not you need permits, and if so, which ones. This is something we can handle for you. We are experienced in the process.
If you are making any of the above changes, you will need a permit. You will also need one if there is excavation, underpinning, or construction involved. This is also true if you are adding insulation or changing the use of the room. Finally, if you are adding or changing doors, stairs, windows, chimney, or fireplace to your basement, you will need a permit.
A building inspector will check in throughout the renovation process to make sure that the construction is going according to plan. We have a quality control coordinator on our team who also continually inspects our progress.
But you don’t need to worry about the headache of permit applications. We are responsible for applying for and obtaining the different permits needed. We will help you figure out the type of permit you need. We have a straightforward process that starts off with visiting your home so that we know the necessary structural information and measurements. This will let us know the scope of the project. We then use the measurements to make drawings based on the floor and basement plans along with other information, like elevation, that will accompany the permit application. We then submit all of these to your local municipality for approval.
By making sure that you are building according to the zoning criteria in your area as well as following safety standards, you’ll avoid issues down the line that might lead to delays, changes, or demolition. There’s also a fine if the necessary permits aren’t in place, and it can be quite hefty.

Does basement remodelling come with warranty?

At Harmony Basements, we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the materials we use. For this reason, we confidently offer a transferable lifetime warranty on the basements we work on. By transferable, it means that even if you sell your home, the new owner still has access to that warranty.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case with all contractors. Some of them may offer what is called a tail light warranty, meaning that the warranty expires as soon as they drive off when they’re done with the remodelling. This leaves you in a bind should any issues come up afterwards. For such an important investment as your home, you need more solid protection.

Can I live in my house during the basement renovation?

Yes. Since the renovation occurs in an isolated area of the home and the electrical system is not likely to be shut off for long periods of time, we do not require you to move out during the process.
One advantage of staying at home is that it makes it easier to communicate and make changes when you’re on-site to see the progress in person. You also have better security when you remain in your house rather than leaving it unoccupied for long stretches of time when the renovation team is away.
Although you don’t have to move, there are some considerations to keep in mind in case you need to look for temporary housing. If we do have to turn off the electrical system for some time, you might be more comfortable living elsewhere temporarily. If you have young children or pets, the noise and commotion associated with construction might be disruptive to nap time and routines. Finally, we do our best to keep dust to a minimum, but it might still be a concern for someone with asthma or other respiratory conditions.

Can I make changes after signing the contract?

Absolutely. After all, we want you to end up with a basement that you’ll love. We have an online system that our clients can log in to from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. In addition to storing your renovation documents and keeping up with its progress via the schedule and photos, you can request changes. This will mean that everyone involved in the renovation has instant access to the information and can swiftly make the necessary changes.

How much does it cost to renovate a basement Toronto?

On average, it costs between $35 and $55 per square foot to renovate a basement in Toronto. Keep in mind that the total cost of renovating a basement in Toronto will depend on a number of factors. First, you need to consider the quantity and quality of the materials needed along with the labour and installation. The scope of the renovation will also make a difference. For example, are you installing a basement kitchen or bathroom? Is it a second suite? These are all projects that come with different costs.

How much does it cost to finish a 1000 sq.ft basement?

You can expect to spend between $35,000 and $55,000 to renovate a basement of that size. It works out to $35 to $55 per square foot. Again, this is a general estimate. Your materials and the complexity of the upgrades will affect whether the total cost is at the higher or lower end of that estimate.

Do I need permits to renovate a legal suite in Ontario?

Yes, there are certain documents and permits required to create a legal basement suite in Ontario. You must also follow certain requirements of creating a legal suite, including having windows, meeting certain ceiling height , access to heating, cooling and electrical and more. Contact our team to find out more information.