Clever ways to finish your Appleby Line basement

If your Appleby Line area basement was hit by the Burlington flood and not sure what to do, Mike Holmes has some renovation suggestions.

by Mike Holmes

An unfinished basement is a source of energy loss in most homes. If you do finish that space with wall and floor coverings, plus insulation, you will notice better sound proofing – and a big difference on your energy bills. Renovating your basement not only provides a soundproof space for the ultimate 'man cave', but it could give the entire family more living space.

If you decide to go the man cave route, soundproofing is essential when constructing your new domain. A simple solution is the insulation choice you make.

By selecting a mineral wool product such as Roxul Safe N' Sound, you will get sound-absorbing qualities that let you crank up your subwoofer, or cheer and jump around when your favourite team scores.

If you just want to create a new living area or more storage space, install a rigid board insulation against the concrete foundation before you stud the wall.

Roxul says that their ComfortBoard IS is to be mechanically fastened or adhered to the concrete wall, preventing thermal bridging through the studs. This insulation will give you a more effective and higher R-value and better thermal performance. It will ensure your basement is not a source of energy loss and as inviting retreat all year round.

Mike Holmes is Canada's Most Trusted Contractor.

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