Basement Development — Do You Need a Permit in Edmonton?

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As you probably already know by now, rules and regulations when it comes to renovations cannot be ignored. No matter how troublesome they might be, they are there for a reason — to keep you and your family safe.

If you live in the Edmonton area and are thinking about remodeling your basement, then you may need to first apply for a basement development permit. Likewise, you may need to apply for other permits if the work that you are planning to do involves plumbing, heating, gas and electrical work. For more information, we encourage you to visit the city of Edmonton’s official website.

Discouraged yet? Don’t be. While it might seem like a lot of work (and money), the truth is that it’s extremely worth it… assuming that you know what you are doing.

Once again, we are not trying to discourage you. But here’s the thing: Basement development can be tricky. It requires a lot of skills and experience, two things that certainly cannot be bought. In order to ensure the best possible results, it is always wise to rely on the help of professionals such as PLANit BUILDERS.

We are a professional company dealing in Edmonton basement development. We have years of experience under our belt and it clearly reflects in the way that we deal with projects and customers. If you need us to, we will take your basement to the next level. Regardless of whether you want to build an extra bedroom or your own personal office, if you can dream it, we can build it.

And the good news? We will take care of that pesky building permit so you don’t have to! :-)

Basement Cooling Ideas

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In the middle of summertime, it is sometimes easy to forget the importance of keeping your basement cool. After all, everyone is always talking about the different heating options available to basement owners. But what happens when your basement becomes too warm?

When a person thinks about cooling a room, air conditioning is usually the first thought that crosses their mind. While this is certainly a good method to keep a basement cool, the truth is that air conditioners can be incredibly expensive to buy and run. If you can afford it, however, by all means do so. Air conditioning is completely unparalleled in its ability to cool down a room, or even an entire house for that matter.

Fortunately, there exist other methods to help you cool down your basement. Low-cost options include floor fans or boxes fans. The latter are especially useful when installed on open windows as they help push the warm air outside. Ceiling fans also do the trick quite well, although we always recommend relying on the help of professionals to install them.

Lastly, you might want to take a look into ductless mini-splits systems. While they fall into the air conditioning category, they are much easier to install, and much cheaper as well (minus the installation costs). Quite simply, those systems can be used to make rooms either warm in the winter or cool in the summer. For more information, you might want to refer to this article.

At the end of the day, keeping your basement cool is easier than keeping it warm. Fortunately, plenty of other resources can be found online. If you have a problem with your basement temperature, calling a professional company to examine your basement is also a good idea.

Is Finishing Your Basement a Good Investment?

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As basement developers, one of the most common questions that our clients ask us on a regular basis is whether or not finishing their basement will end up being a good investment.

While we can’t talk for everyone, a professionally developed basement almost always ends up being a good investment. Yes, the initial costs might seem a bit high at first, especially if you like to rely on the help of good companies such as PLANit BUILDERS. But the truth is that a finished basement will most likely always result in a payback.

To  make the idea even more enticing, think of how much value a finished basement adds to your home. Should you ever decide to sell it, then you can expect it to sell at a higher price.

Still not fully convinced? Then wait until you hear that: According to the last annual “Cost vs. Value” Report from Remodeling magazine, the latter puts the average basement remodel at $61,303 with a 70.3 percent payback. If remodelling your basement is not worth it, then we don’t know what is.

There are so many reasons why you should remodel your basement. From extra space to a new and exciting functionality, remodelling your basement gives you the opportunity to take back what was yours all along. It does not matter whether you want to build a gym or an office of your dreams—if you can dream it, then you can most likely build it.

So go ahead and do it. While the initial costs might prove to be tough on you at first, the resulting happiness and payback will be absolutely priceless.