(NC) As real estate prices continue to rise across Ontario, many homeowners are opting to renovate their current homes rather than purchase new ones. According to design expert Kimberley Seldon, if you’re on the hunt for more square footage, rescuing your lower level is a great way to create more room for the whole family to enjoy.
Turning a basement into a stylish, practical space that meets the demands of modern living doesn’t have to be daunting. When planning for a basement redesign, it’s important to start with an electrical plan and work with a team of experts.
To get you started, Seldon works with the Electrical Safety Authority to offer a few ideas that’ll help you achieve a revitalized basement that’s both beautiful and safe.
Smart storage. When it comes to storage, the lower level of your home is typically a wealth of unused nooks and crannies, which can be creatively reimagined. Perhaps there is space under the stairs to hide away those items you use just once or twice a year? Adding lighting to a closet is always a good idea. A Licensed Electrical Contractor can provide advice on automated options and even the best bulbs to use. Get creative with your storage solutions, but just remember that a breaker panel can’t be located in a closet or bathroom.
Light it up. Basements often lack natural light, but a layered lighting plan that includes task lighting for a home office nook, decorative lighting on display shelves, and pot lights for ambient light will enhance the room’s overall level of brightness. Remember that all pot lights aren’t created equal. There are specific options for insulated and uninsulated spaces to prevent overheating and a potential fire. A Licensed Electrical Contractor can provide advice and install the right pot lights for your space.
Warm and toasty. For the ultimate relaxed ambiance, consider adding a gas fireplace surrounded by built-ins for added storage. You can even illuminate some of your favourite objects if you have display shelving. Don’t forget that even when you’re installing a gas fireplace, there are still electrical considerations. You’ll need an outlet added in the right spot for power controls, such as the ignition transformer, thermostat and fan.
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