Renovating your basement suite can serve as a fantastic method for creating additional living space or generating a secondary income. However, when planning your project in Ontario, it’s crucial to consider both local legal requirements and factors that will enhance the comfort and appeal of your suite.
A legal basement suite in Ontario must meet several criteria:
- The main residence must be at least 5 years old and typically detached or semi-detached
- the suite must be self-contained with its own facilities
- The suite must be smaller than the rest of the house
- The suite must comply with local by-laws, the Ontario Building Code, electrical safety codes, and the Ontario Fire Code.
Basement bedrooms have additional height and window requirements to ensure adequate light and ventilation.
Comfort should be a top priority in your renovation. Establishing good airflow is essential to prevent any mould growth that basements often encounter. Consider installing a separate HVAC system or incorporating strategically placed vents to ensure efficient air circulation.
Choosing the Right Flooring
The flooring you pick can really make a difference in how much upkeep your basement suite needs. Given the potential for moisture in basements, opt for durable, water-resistant materials such as vinyl or tile. These low-maintenance options come in a wide array of styles to match your desired look.
Fun and Functional Additions
Consider installing a compact laundry area to add a practical and convenient feature for your tenants. Meanwhile, incorporating a cozy reading nook or a built-in bookshelf can lend charm and personality to the space.
Natural Light Solutions
Basements can often feel dark and cramped. Mitigate this by investing in good lighting solutions. Consider egress windows or light wells that can flood the space with natural light, making it feel more spacious and welcoming.
Work with a Trusted Contractor
Renovating a basement suite in Ontario requires an understanding of building codes and regulations, but there’s ample room for creativity. Prioritizing comfort, functionality, and personal touches can transform your basement suite into an enjoyable living space for anyone.
Use the Baeumler Approved network of certified professional contractors to get started today!