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4 Ways to Streamline Your Basement Renovation

For many people, the idea of taking on a home renovation project is enough to send them running straight to a realtor. No one wants to live in a construction zone. If you’re a DIYer juggling home improvement around work, family, and personal commitments, projects like a basement renovation can seem overwhelming. While a home renovation is never easy, with a bit of planning and patience, there are ways to shorten the time it takes to complete your basement renovation and start enjoying your new living space.

1. Take the time to plan and set your budget.
Think about what you want your basement space to be now, and in the future, considering your lifestyle and storage needs. Before starting any basement project make sure you have the necessary permits in place and know the required building codes.

2. Start with a dry foundation.
Moisture problems are very common in basements. If water issues are not properly dealt with before you start your renovation, there is the risk of mold and mildew. Identify moisture issues inside and outside of your home. Take the steps to correct the problems and create a dry surface to start from.

3. Build your floor up.
A subfloor is essential to help keep your basement warm and dry. It acts as a moisture barrier, insulating your basement, protecting your furniture, flooring, and electronics from potential damage. Make sure that your subfloor allows your concrete to breathe, reducing the potential for mold and mildew.

4. Research products that combine steps in the finishing process.
Investigate your options and see what is new in the home renovation industry. A new product available to Canadians can help to finish basements 5x faster. DRICORE SMARTWALL® is a revolutionary all-in-one basement wall system that combines framing, insulation, drywall and a vapour barrier into one engineered panel. Bryan Baeumler, President of Baeumler Quality Construction and popular HGTV star of Leave it to Bryan, House of Bryan, Canada’s Handyman Challenge and Disaster DIY, shares this advice:


“I’ve worked on hundreds of basement renovation projects and DRICORE SMARTWALL® truly is a game-changer for basement finishing. For professional contractors, DRICORE SMARTWALL® makes good business sense by reducing the time it takes to complete a job, and for DIYers it’s a potential sanity-saver!”

Skip Bedell (TV Host and Professional Contractor)

“You never want to put your finished floors on top of wet, damp, and cold concrete. DRICORE® Subfloors gives you a layer of protection to help with moisture and cold coming from concrete.”

Skip Bedell

Steve Maxwell (Professional Contractor)

“Nobody wants a musty smell in the house and that’s why I go with DRICORE® Subfloors.”

Steve Maxwell

Bryan Baeumler (HGTV Host and Professional Contractor)

“In my mind, you cannot finish a basement without putting down DRICORE®. Every house I’ve ever built has DRICORE® in the basement, it’s the only way to do it.”

Bryan Baeumler


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