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3 Biggest Dos and Don’ts of Basement Finishing

Interior of an unfinished basement.

Finishing a basement is more than just laying down some new flooring. You need to check local building codes, carry out inspections, install utilities, and prevent water from damaging this space and threatening your home’s foundation

That’s why working with a professional basement finishing expert makes sense. You can create a safe, beautifully designed basement that provides value for money, complies with the law, and potentially increases your property’s worth.

Groundworks specializes in basement finishing services for homeowners in Canada. Schedule a free inspection and estimate now. 

Read our basement finishing do’s and don’ts below.

3 Basement Finishing Do’s

Do understand local building codes

Check with local authorities before finishing your basement, as different areas have different building regulations. We help you navigate complex codes and rules, ensuring your basement is legally compliant. 

Do highlight the best parts of your basement

Optimize the positive areas of your basement for ongoing value. For example, make use of a large floor space or any natural light that enters your basement. 

Do consider different design options

Why not turn your basement into a gym, extra bedroom, bar, or recording studio? We’ll recommend the best basement finishing design ideas based on your lifestyle. 

3 Basement Finishing Don’ts

Don’t forget about the details

Think about columns, trim, joists, and other aspects of basement finishing that create a safer and more attractive space. We also offer specific light features that will brighten your basement. 

Don’t forget the bigger picture

Consider your entire basement’s design before stressing out about furniture and other decorative pieces. Our software will give you an idea of what your finished basement will look like, and you can deal with the smaller things later. Our walls, floors, and ceilings are neutral, so you can decorate your basement how you like. 

Don’t forget: it’s a really good investment

Although basement finishing costs money, you could add value and enjoyment to your home. It might seem like a really daunting task right now, but later on you’ll have a lot to be happy about. 

Just think: you get more living space and, if you decide to move out one day, better resale value.

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These do’s and don’ts can make basement finishing more successful. For even better results, let us take care of your project and create the basement you’ve always wanted. Contact us for a free, no-obligation inspection and estimate. 


Due to the amount of work involved, it’s best to leave basement finishing to the experts. A professional like Groundworks can take care of plumbing, framing, insulation, drywall installation and other tasks, resulting in a high-quality finish.

It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to finish your basement properly, depending on its size, your design choices, and other factors. We’ll give you a time estimate for your project during our free home inspection. 

If done right, a finished basement might add significant value to your property. It can increase the amount of functional living space in your home, attracting future buyers.