Basement Man Cave: Before & After
This job involved a complete gut and renovation of the homeowners basement from a "rec room" into a true "man cave".
The "rec room" in this Etobicoke basement required a complete renovation. The basement floor was soppy, soft, and wet -- to the point where the flooring under the linoleum tile had started to turn to soil. The paneling had been water damaged, and there was no framing or insulation. The wiring was inadequate (there were two bulbs hanging from the ceiling but no outlets at all). A faux fireplace loomed large in the centre of the room.
Before the work could be undertaken, the slope in the backyard had to be regraded to stop water from entering the basement. Luckily, there was no damage to the foundation. The flooring was completely removed and new concrete was poured. A sub-floor was laid, and then the floor was finished with laminate. The walls and ceiling were completely gutted, and where then framed, protected with a vapour barrier, and fully insulated. An electrical permit was obtained, and new wiring, recessed lighting and flush-mounted ceiling fixtures were installed. The room was also wired for sound. New window and door trim, as well as baseboards, were installed, primed and painted. A couple of fresh coats of paint were applied to the ceiling and walls. New window treatments were hung, and a wall-to-wall closet was installed for additional storage. We built a new mantle for the fireplace, and parts of it were painted. The room is now warm, cozy, and safe too!
These are the "BEFORE" photos.