Drainage is important in any remodeling project. Whether it’s a kitchen being remodeled or a bath being remodeled, we trouble shoot any issues with a building. With all the recent rains people have been putting up with a perpetually wet basement and are fed up to the point of doing something about it, nobody wants water in the basement. During the remodeling process we usually find other issues and a big one is Waterproofing.

Waterproofing by itself is rarely effective, and waterproofing applied on the inside of a slab or foundation is never effective. Waterproofing applied to the outside has a better chance to succeed, for the pressure of the water pushes it into the wall, but anything applied inside will be pushed off by the pressure of the water. The only way to have a dry basement is to give the water someplace to go other than your basement. The walls and slabs must be drained. There is no other way.

The traditional drainage system is a French drain on the outside at the base of the wall. In an urban area such as ours, with zero lot line building, there is no way to install such a system. Many homes in the Bay Area don’t have any drainage system at all. The subterranean space was never intended to be living space and seasonal wetness was acceptable. With our modern lifestyles we often want to utilize these basement spaces.

And we need to design a system that makes them comfortable and dry.

When we remodel a home or just a kitchen or bathroom we use drawings, or “plans”, and they serve two functions. They are an invaluable tool to use in creating the idea and vision for the project, and they provide a means of communicating this idea to all the involved parties. [It’s easier to erase a line that removes a wall built in the wrong place] Every project [kitchens, bathrooms, basement build outs, new closets even moving windows in the same wall] requires that many, many, questions be resolved. There is a tendency to resolve these issues as we go, in real time, and with real materials. Sitting at a table with a good cad program, one can draw dozens of wall arrangements and erase them until the optimal arrangement is achieved. Scale drawings allow one to insure the appliance will fit in the space, and that there is enough room for the door to clear the sink etc. Working out ALL these issues on paper in the beginning of the bath room remodel is the only way to insure the quality project everyone expects. At the onset of a project, it may appear that it is cost-free to design as you go, [bad idea] but the cost to have everyone stand around while a decision is made, and then to have to make a decision when all the good options are precluded, is the most expensive way to build. Every page of drawing, for that bathroom or kitchen, produced will save many, many times what it costs to draw. And figuring out every issue on paper is the ONLY way to insure the high quality project that everybody wants, and that all the pieces fit together correctly the first time. This is one of the reasons we are a design build firm, to ensure that each project no matter how small, just a bath remodel or an entire house remodel, has a full plan that is signed off on by all parties. In the end the $1,000.00 – $10,000.00 you spend will save money and time in the duration of the project.