What to consider with your East York semi renovation
Given in East York there are no shortage of semidetached homes. I thought it best to go over some things to keep in mind if your are looking to renovate one of them in the future. An East York semi renovation is challenging to deal with. Given you have proximity issues with your neighbour along with a whole slew internal issues to boot. Most importantly that wall that divides your home from your neighbours, is one that can be the source of some major problems. I will focus my attention with this article on that wall itself. It as we know is referred to as the party wall and there are 3 major areas that one must consider when doing any renovation work on that wall.
Not much to look at and seems like any other wall in your house but in a Semi it is a thin divide between you and the house next door. With an East York semi renovation you must account for the fact that there will be little to no fire proofing materials in or on the party wall. Which means in short that if your neighbours house caught fire you would have very little time before your home would have the same fate. In any East York semi renovation always strip back the party wall and plan to install as much fire batt material as you can and always make sure your drywall is fire rated. This also has to be coupled with a complete sealing of any air leaks or penetrations through the wall, with a combination of fire tape and caulk. These two things alone could not only save your investment but they could also help save your life. One major mistake people make with fire proofing is that they forget that the wall extends up beyond the floors. You must make sure your fire proofing goes everywhere your party wall is, which includes all joist cavities and attic spaces.
Now this is one you will see very soon into owning any Semi detached home in Toronto let alone East York. Well actually you will hear it more then see it. That party wall can mean just that if there is no sound proofing in it. Your neighbour is little more then a 2×4 thickness away from you and if they are making noise, it can sound like they are in your living room. Rarely is this factored into any East York semi renovation but I think it is a must. There is nothing worse then living under the constant worry of is your neighbour going to make noise tonight or worse can they hear everything you are saying as well. Sound proofing is a relatively simple thing to do once everything is open and it is something that will not only give piece of mind but also some piece and quiet.
Too many times have I opened up the party wall of a home, only to find drain pipes, dryer ducts and various other plumbing and or heating feeds. The party wall is not the place for these items to run. Sure electrical is fine but keep in mind that even that can cause a problem. Given the each item creates a penetration in the party wall itself. Those penetrations can cause fire spread issues and sound problems. With your East York semi renovation please try to remove as many of these types of things from within your party wall. If they are your neighbours, try and speak with them about removing them also. Keep the party wall penetrations to a minimum and your fire and sound proof will preform as it should.