After recently moving into a 30 year old house, I decided to tackle finishing the basement, which appeared to have been slowly deteriorating over time. I got quotes from several other contractors and decided to go with Harmony Basements. The price quoted by them was higher than the other contractors, but I needed a qualified team team that can do it all, including mould growing on the existing insulation, a really bad smell and several foundation cracks, drywall for ceiling and flooring, some carpentry, installing floors, looking after the electrical and vents. It's worth noting that they stayed within their initial quote, and what was payed beyond that where optional add-ons, that I decided to get after the quote.
Am I ever glad I picked them! First of all, they made the process really easy. I just had to select the paint colours and materials and give them a general idea of what I was looking to achieve and that was it. They took care of all details, including getting the build permit. While the construction was underway, nothing needed to be re-done, it was all done correctly the first time.
They repaired six foundation cracks using high-pressure polyurethane and replaced the old mouldy insulation with rock wool insulation. This made an immediate difference: the bad smell is gone, the basement is much warmer temperature-wise and it's sound proof (my basement is a walk-out).
The walls and ceiling were also very well done, to the point were I notice no imperfections whatsoever. They added several pod lights to brighten up the place and the vents were installed were needed.
The flooring they used is made out vinyl. Now in the beginning I had some doubts about it. To me vinyl is a cheap material found in old motels and washrooms. Good thing that with Harmony the selection of floor tiles that you can choose can imitate the look and feel of laminate and hard-wood flooring. In fact, I had a couple of people over and they thought my floor was laminate. I also had their sub-floor installed as an add-on and I'm glad I did, the floor feels much softer and warmer, and is comfortable enough to walk on it with bare feet. The floor is also under warranty, so if my hot water tank were to crack, the flood would not damage the floor.
My final comment is that my basement was transformed from a cold, mouldy, smelly, barely livable pit to a bright, beautiful, elegant living space. It practically looks like a Mediterranean villa now! Special thanks to Leo, Diego and their team for making this a reality.
- Company Response
At Harmony we often do Basements like yours which are older and pose a more detailed build.
Because we use very high quality materials and build to current building codes we are not at all afraid to take on this type of project. As you mentioned Graig we are more expensive than our competitors, however we believe our detailed work and experience in the field results in a superior build & finish which lasts a long, long time when done correctly.
Your basement had severe mold issues and leaks which we were happy to fix for you Graig.
Again we are very pleased that you are happy with your new Harmony Basement and we are sure that you will enjoy it for years to come.
Lawrence Anonychuk | Regional Sales Manager
Harmony Basements Corp.