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How to Remodel Your Basement on a Budget

The basement is the one living space that tends to be overlooked. But with a few simple basement renovations, you can turn this dark and cold space into a warm and comfortable place to spend time with friends and family.

Not only will you improve the look of your basement, but you will also add significant overall value to your home.

But how do you know which small basement renovations will give you the look you want? Let’s review some great small basement ideas on a budget that will help you create a space that is functional and stylish.

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How to Stay Warm In a Cold Basement

If you’re sitting there wondering, why is my basement so cold? You’re not alone. It’s expected that your basement will be significantly cooler than other areas of your home as it’s below ground and surrounded by cool earth. However, it shouldn’t get to the point where it’s so unbearably cold that you can not even spend time down there without bundling up. Follow this guide to learn how to stay warm in a cold basement and start feeling nice and cozy all season long!

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Best Basement Paint Colors | Harmony Basements

Basements can often feel like a cave hidden away beneath homes. Dark, cold, and bare, many basements do not give a warm and welcoming feeling for friends and family. In the past, many homeowners would simply leave the original builder’s beige walls and carpet rather than adding their personal touches to the basement. Since many basements function as storage spaces or workshops, little attention has been paid to making them a true extension of your home’s living space. But, with the right basement paint colors, you can transform an uninviting space into one that is comfortable and bright. Let’s look at some of the best modern basement paint colors to help enhance the look of your basement and even the value of your home.

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Finish a Basement: How To Plan Your Basement Renovation

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Finishing a basement has tremendous benefits and allows you to make the most of the space. Aside from creating more usable space in your home, finishing your basement adds more value to your home and can be a place where fond family memories are created. There was a time when basements were just an area used to store anything that needed to be kept out of way. Today, more and more families are choosing to invest in their basements.

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Basement Lighting Ideas

Lighting up your basement isn’t as simple as screwing in lightbulbs. Even if you have some bright ideas,  basement lighting isn’t a simple feat. Basements usually don’t have an abundance of natural light even if they are a walk-out or have windows. To get the best lighting for basements, it takes a fair bit of planning. It’s fair to say that no one wants a poorly lit basement that makes it difficult to manoeuvre around, this is why planning out your lighting treatment is important. First, you will have to decide if you are simply adding in light or doing a full remodel. After deciding that, you can start imagining lighting ideas for your basement and drawing up your lighting plan. 

Lighting plans are essential when it comes to adding or redoing the lighting in your basement. Lighting plans help you conceptualise the space you want and set the overall tone while also simultaneously helping you plan/address all the lights you’ll need.


Whether you are doing a full remodel or simply adding a little oomph to your basement. Planning out your basement lighting can help you lighten up your mood and your basement.

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Creating a Basement Apartment

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To make the most of your home, it’s important to have each square foot working in your favour. This means not leaving space unloved, with little utility and minimal usage. One of the most commonly neglected spaces in any home is the basement – it’s easy to tuck away and forget about. That said, it can also be an incredibly useful space when given the attention it deserves. The right basement renovation will start by opening up an entirely new living space to you and your family, and will eventually present a rental space opportunity should additional income be desired down the road.

In this article, we’re going to explore basement apartment renovation ideas, and discuss how you should approach your next project.

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How Much Value a Finished Basement Really Adds

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As a homeowner, you want to be able to fully enjoy every square inch of your home. Your basement is a special space in your home that you can reinvent into just about anything. It can be the designated hangout spot for the family, a home gym, an apartment or a home office. The beauty of basements is that there is so much creative freedom. You have free reign when it comes to design options and you can incorporate your personal style. So, however you choose to use your basement, what remains true is that finishing your basement has enormous benefits including adding significant value to your home and lifestyle.

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How to Choose the Right Basement Company

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Renovating a basement is an excellent investment that can give you a great ROI and make good use of your basement space. The success of your basement renovation project relies heavily on who you hire to handle the job. You need to ensure that you protect your investment by making decisions that will yield a positive outcome. With the increasing popularity of basement renovations, there are many renovation companies that claim to be the best in the industry. It is critical that you do your own research to ensure that whoever you hire is reputable.

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Reasons to Finish The Basement

All too frequently, basements become an afterthought or a dumping ground for stuff you don’t want people to see. They might not always add as a functional space to the home since they are underutilized and neglected, but they should! While remodelling the basement may be the last thing on your mind, it is one of the most valuable pieces of property investment that you can do for your home. You may convert your basement into an important area of your house that improves your living space and serves as a functional area once you decide to remodel. Consider a basement remodel today and continue reading on the reasons why.

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Basement Kitchen ideas

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Adding a kitchen to your basement would be one of the best investments. It will turn your basement into an independent floor that can either be rented out or can be used for recreational purposes. It is perfect for families that play good hosts and want to be remembered for their style and ambience. However, just because it is a basement kitchen doesn’t mean you just go basic with its aesthetics. You can just as creative with a kitchen in your basement as you can with the one on your main floor.

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Questions to Ask Before Basement Finishing

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Hiring the right basement remodel contractor for your renovation project is critical because who you hire can make or break your project. With so many basement contractors out there claiming to be the very best in the industry, how do you know if they are as good as they say?

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Top 5 Basement Renovation Trends 2021

Basements have come a long way. Instead of being the dull, dark spaces they were once known for, their value has grown exponentially in recent years. In fact, with the right design, your basement can become the new hot spot in your home!

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Finished Basement Upgrades That Add Value

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When done correctly, finished basement renovations can add a tremendous amount of value to your home. With project ideas ranging from small, simple upgrades to large full-room or floor remodels, there are a variety of ways to improve the utility and livability of your basement. That said, basement renovation plans aren’t always easy, and ensuring that you’ve selected the right areas of focus – and have approached them in a proper way – will be critical to guaranteeing success.

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13 Basement Bathroom Ideas

Are you looking for ways to brighten up your basement space and turn it from a dull, boring room into one that you cannot get enough of? If so, you’ve come to the right place. You may be thinking of designing a family room, a man cave, a home gym, a basement apartment or an extra bedroom. The great thing about basements is that they are like a blank canvas – you design them to serve just about any purpose.

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Walkout Basements – All You Need to Know

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Modern homes are all about adding more living space. Whether it is to rent or to welcome your guests in the most lavish way, walkout basements are a great addition to have. Home evaluators as well as interior designers have talked about turning your basements into an elegant independent unit instead of keeping it as a storage space for the junk you will never use. If you have been considering giving your home its very own independent basement, here is everything you need to know before you begin the construction process.

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Best Flooring For Basements

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There is so much that can be done with a basement space these days. With the abundance of basement ideas and uses, you can transform an unfinished basement into a usable space your entire family can love. But there are some key things you need to know about basements, particularly the flooring.

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How to Prevent Mould In The Basement

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Basement mould is becoming an increasingly common problem for homeowners across the world—particularly in Canada and the United States. It should be no surprise really; fungi of all kinds make up more than 25% of the Earth’s biomass. They’re hardy survivors, which perhaps explains why so many homeowners are at a loss when it comes to preventing mould. It’s not always easy to do!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Basement Renovation

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Basement renovation doesn’t get enough attention. In fact, a livable, finished basement may just be one of the most underappreciated aspects of home design. Having a good basement you can spend time in makes a world of difference. And an excellent basement, one that feels like an extension of your home, is one of life’s little joys.

While some homes are better off without a basement altogether (due to dampness and moisture issues), the number of fully renovated basements is on the rise. That’s because developers and homeowners alike have realized the value of a finished basement—both in quality of life and in your property’s market value.

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Basement Ideas 2020/21/22

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In 2020, basement renovation is so much more than an option for extra storage or an additional bedroom. Today homeowners are looking more and more to add multipurpose rooms. Entertainment spaces, home theatres, and personal gyms are a few popular trends for basement renovation. To help inspire your 2022 basement renovation, we’ve listed some of the hottest basement ideas below.

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Energy-Efficient Basements

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Building an energy-efficient basement in your home will obviously save you a lot of money long-term. However, there are several other benefits to renovating your current basement into an energy-efficient one. Many factors also influence what type of energy-efficient upgrades you should install. For this reason, we have compiled our expertise into listing the advantages of having an eco-friendly basement and the considerations to keep in mind. Read on to learn how to make your basement more energy efficient.

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Common Basement Renovation Mistakes

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There are a number of things to consider when beginning basement renovations – everything from floor plans and colour schemes to permitting and finding the right contractor. Harmony Basement’s team of professionals have the experience and the know-how to make your project unfold as smoothly as possible. We’ve even put together this handy guide of common basement renovation mistakes to watch out for while planning and executing your build.

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How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a Basement

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Renovated basements provide a unique space that is highly beneficial to your home. Having a private gym, a beautiful entertainment space or an additional guest room are just a few of the many perks about renovating your basement. Nonetheless, renovation is a big financial undertaking. Homeowners often worry about basement renovation costs when they are looking to upgrade.

What you should know is that having a set budget for your basement renovation project is essential. This way, you and your renovation contractor can agree on the caliber of work without breaking the bank. You will surely get a bang for your buck if you know exactly how much you’re willing to spend on a renovation.

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What Is a Daylight Basement?

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Daylight basements are considered semi-basements. Semi-basements are ones that are partially below the ground rather than entirely. This means that semi-basements aren’t fully above-grade nor fully below-grade either. And that’s precisely what a daylight basement is.

As the name suggests, the fact that daylight basements are partly above the ground means they’re designed to bring natural light in. This also means that at least one window in a daylight basement is big enough to provide sufficient lighting. Continue reading

Low-Ceiling Basement Renovation

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One of the biggest issues homeowners face when renovating their basement is the ceiling height. Many older homes were not designed to utilize the lower level of the home as living space. Low-ceiling basement renovations are challenging because the rooms look unnaturally and uncomfortably small. Also, sometimes there might not be enough space to install utility wiring and ductwork.

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Soundproofing a Basement Ceiling

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Every homeowner knows that hearing sounds of TV’s stereos, games, and conversations that carry from one area to another can be irritating. In this case, you should consider basement noise reduction when renovating your basement. Soundproofing the ceiling tiles will reduce the noise that travels between the upper and lower levels. Also, soundproofing the basement ceiling is one of the more cost-effective and easy renovations that can be done to increase the level of comfort and privacy in all rooms of the home.

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Basement Insulation

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Insulating your basement is essential in regulating the temperature in your home and preventing outside air and moisture from entering. An uninsulated basement can cause several problems in your home. Firstly, poorly insulated basements are responsible for up to 20 to 30 percent of a home’s heat loss during winter months. This means that you will spend significantly more on your energy costs each winter to keep your home warm if your basement is not insulated.

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Why You Should Hire a RenoMark Contractor

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If you are planning to do renovations to your home, there are many reasons why you should hire a RenoMark contractor. Finding a qualified contractor to renovate and repair your home is never easy. Anyone who owns a home have heard horror stories of experiences with bad renovation contractors. From no-shows and shoddy work to long delays, overpricing, and theft, the list is endless.

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