Calgary Basement Development Ideas: The Do’s and Don’t’s

CaptureOkay, so you want to develop your basement. Good on you! Basement development offers countless opportunities to people like you. But here’s the thing: Just like with many other things, it has its do’s and its don’t’s.

If you are trying to come up with basement development ideas, then we can help you. But before, let’s take a quick look at what you should do before and while developing your basement, and at what you should not do.

Do’s:

  • Do spend some time searching for the best Calgary basement development company;
  • Do make a budget and stick with it;
  • If you can’t afford to pay everything upfront, do hire a company that offers financing options;
  • Do have fun and be creative! Basement development has no limits.

Dont’s’:

  • Don’t go the DIY way unless you know you can actually do it;
  • Don’t think it’s not for you if you can’t afford it straight away;
  • Don’t choose the first good company that you find. 

As you can see, basement development is very, very straightforward. All that is requires is a bit of planning ahead and creativity. In the past, we have helped plenty of people turn their cold and moldy basement into their own personal in-home gym, office and even in-home bar. When it comes to basement development in Calgary, the sky really is the limit.

Of course, since you are faced with so many options, this can also make things harder for you. Here’s what we recommend: Choose between functionality and entertainment first. Which one is more important to you? Once you have figured this out, it should be fairly easy to move up from there.

3 Questions To Ask Prospective Calgary Basement Development Companies

PictureOkay, so if you are here then we can (probably) assume that you are interested in hiring a Calgary basement development company… but that you don’t exactly know where to start from. If we are right, then we have a good news for you: We are here to help you.

To make the process a little bit easier for you, we have compiled a list of 3 questions that we recommend you ask prospective companies before hiring them. Remember that developing your basement is often a life-long investment, so don’t be shy and ask away!

  1. What are your qualifications?  Sometimes, Calgary basement development companies don’t cover this very important topic on their website. This is why we urge you to bring it up with them before even considering hiring them. Ideally, the company that you end up choosing would have been in business for several years already.
  2. Do you offer financing options? Yes, basement development is expensive. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be that expensive. Often, companies like PLANit Builders like to offer financing options to their clients. If you suspect that your budget will be tight this year, make sure to check the options available to you before signing anything.
  3. What can you do for my basement? It doesn’t matter if you have an idea in the making or whether you almost have the plans for your new basement ready. Before hiring a Calgary basement development company, we suggest that you ask this question first. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about what said company specializes in, what they don’t, and whether or not they are a good fit for you.

Good luck!

Basement Development Calgary — The Possibilities Are Endless

pictureFor years the idea of turning a basement into something else than a basement has been ignored. Meanwhile, thousands and thousands of people in Calgary were not aware of the incredible amount of space that they were wasting.

If you are not familiar with Calgary basement development, now might be the time to change it. As we have said countless times in the past, basements don’t always have to be basements. Sure, they are known to be cold, moldy and dark spaces. But who said that they couldn’t be something better? Something more useful?

Think about it for a moment. How big is your basement? Usually, a basement makes up about 20% of a house’s structure. Now answer truthfully — what do you use your basement for? Most likely to store things.

Do you see how much space you are wasting by doing this?

Now imagine that your basement became a gym. Or maybe an office. Or no — wouldn’t a in-home bar be better? It’s up to you.

Not only would developing (also known as remodelling) your basement increase the overall resale value of your house. It would also allow you to enjoy your house more. It would give you a space that is completely yours. Or if you prefer, it would give you a space that would be useful in both the long and short terms. That guest bedroom that you always wanted? You can have it now.

You see, the possibilities are endless. This is what makes basement development such an enticing idea. And you know what the good news is? Nothing prevents you from remodelling your basement.

So what are you waiting for?

Calgary Basement Development: Should You Choose PLANit Builders?

By now it’s no secret that basement development is quickly gaining in popularity. This is mostly attributed to the freedom that developing your basement offers. While developing your basement by yourself is very doable (plenty of people do it all the time), it’s not always easy. If you don’t believe yourself able to tackle this challenge by yourself, then you have (fortunately) a few options available to you.

One of these options is known as PLANit Builders. In case you did not know, we are a Calgary basement development company operating in Calgary and Edmonton. As we like to say to our clients, we know basements and this fact clearly reflects in the way we handle customers and projects. If you are interested in learning more about what we offer, we encourage you visit our website where you will also find several financing options available to you.

With that being said, why should YOU choose us out of the dozens of other basement development companies in Calgary? Simply put, we are not like those other companies. We focus on quality and it is this quality that constantly drives us forward. Not only do we have the tools and the partnerships to build the basement of your dreams — we also have the passion for it.

And passion, as you probably already know by now, is often overshadowed by the love of money. Here at PLANit Builders we build basements because we want to first and foremost. We just happen to be very good at it. :-)

Calgary Basement Development: What is the Process Like?

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Developing your basement does not happen overnight. If you’ve ever thought about developing your basement, you might have wondered about the process. What exactly does it entail? How much does it cost? All of these are questions that probably have popped up in your mind at least once.

The truth is that it varies a lot. Of course, if you decide to renovate your basement by yourself, the process will be completely up to you. But if you decide to let a Calgary basement development company take care of it, then you will naturally expect something else from them.

If you live in Calgary, then PLANit Builders would be more than happy to take over the task of designing a new basement for you. Our team consists of builders and designers with years of experience under their belts. Of course, they would love to share their knowledge and expertise with you.

After completing and submitting your quote online, one of our representatives will contact you within two business days to arrange a free estimate of your home. Once you have reviewed and signed the estimate, you can expect a few days to pass. Over the course of those days we will assemble everything that we need to kick off your project.

Once this is done, a designer will schedule an appointment with you, followed by an interior designer. From there on end, your project will remain on hold for one to two weeks. This is necessary to receive a Building Permit.

After receiving it, the process of remodelling your basement can begin! To make the idea even more enticing, we even offer an online scheduling tool. During it all our contractors will be sure to treat your home and your family with the utmost respect.