What Is PLANit Builders?

gloved handIf you live in Calgary or surrounding areas, maybe you’ve heard of PLANit Builders. Maybe you’ve heard of a friend of a friend who has hired us in the past, or maybe you simply came across one of our ads online.

So what exactly do we specialize in?

It’s quite simple, really: We turn hundreds of cold, damp and moldy basements into dream basements. And by dream basements, we obviously don’t mean that literally. But we do take pride in the fact that we help make basement owners’ dream basements come to life, and we often like to say that if you can dream it we can build it.

We are known as a Calgary basement development company. Our team is comprised of professional architects and builders with dozens of collective years of experience under its belt. We know basements like we know the back of our hands, and it clearly shows in the way we approach each new project.

If you’ve grown tired of letting the amazing space that is your basement go to waste, it’s time to give us a call or drop us a line. And if you think that you can’t afford to hire a basement development company in Calgary, we encourage you to think twice about it. We offer several financing options that can be easily available to you if you:

  • Own your own home;
  • Can afford low monthly payments and;
  • Are currently employed.

For more information please visit www.planitbuilders.ca.

Why You Should Hire a Calgary Basement Development Company?

PictureWhat do you think of when you think of basement development?

For some people, basement development is synonym with the basement of their dreams.

However, some of these people do not know that companies specializing in Calgary basement development exist. As a result, they believe that the only option available is to remodel their basement all by themselves…

…which is never a good idea unless you have years of basement remodeling experience under your belt.

There are three main reasons why you should hire a Calgary basement development company instead of going the DIY way:

  1. It’s safer;
  2. It’s faster;
  3. You will be working with experienced professionals who know what they are doing.

These three reasons are self-explanatory, and quite frankly, they should never be ignored unless (as we stated above) a person has years of experience working in the basement development industry.

Sure, hiring a company tends to be a bit more costly than remodeling your basement by yourself. But trust us when we say that the risks far outweighs the benefits of going the DIY way. If things go wrong, fixing things that weren’t broken before can even prove to be more expensive in the long run than the initial cost of hiring a company. And of course, if your budget is a little tight this year, you can always count of financing options such as the ones offered by PLANit Builders.

As we like to say, if you can dream it, we can built it. And we believe that everyone, regardless of their budget, should be able to afford the basement of their dreams.

So what are you waiting for? Request your free in-home estimate to learn more about how we can help you! Visit www.planitbuilders.ca for more information.

 

Calgary Basement Remodeling 101

PictureSo you’d like to remodel your basement but you don’t know where to start from. Basically, you have two options to choose from at this point. You can either go the DIY way or hire a Calgary basement development company.

Which of these two options is right for you? It depends on several things, among them your level of planning and building experience, your budget and how much free time you have (or don’t have) on your hands.

Remodeling your basement is not the same as renovating your basement. We’ve covered the differences between the two before, but basically, remodeling your basement entails a LOT more than simple renovations. When people think about basement remodeling, they think about turning the basement into something completely different. Think: a in-home gym, a guest bedroom, an office, etc.

Sounds good? Well it’s because it is. We often like to say that the sky is the limit when it comes to basement development in Calgary. If you can dream it, someone can build it.

With that being said, we don’t recommend going the DIY way unless you have YEARS of experience planning and remodeling basements. Since basement remodeling often involves electrical and plumbing works, going the DIY way can often prove to be incredibly time-consuming and sometimes even dangerous.

Hiring a Calgary basement development company such as PLANit Builders is your bet. Sure, it might be a bit more costly, but you can rest assured that the work will be done, and that it will done safely and efficiently. For more information please visit www.planitbuilders.ca.

Calgary Basement Development: What If I Don’t Have Enough Money?

PictureIs Calgary  basement development expensive?

Each year, PLANit Builders visits hundreds of basements. Each year, we try to answer this question to the best of our abilities.

Basement development is much like anything else: You get what you pay for. Of course, this is not necessarily always true since companies are not always held to the same standards of quality, but generally speaking, the more you invest in a good Calgary basement development company, the happier you will be with the final results.

But what if you don’t have enough money to hire a company in Calgary?

If your budget is tight, you might think that basement development isn’t for you. We are here today to tell you that you are wrong. Here at PLANit Builders we believe that everyone (regardless of their budget) should be able to enjoy the basement of their dreams. This is why we offer financing options to potential clients. Are you one of them? If you:

  • Own a house;
  • Are currently employed and
  • Can afford to pay low monthly payments…

Then you are welcome to apply for one of our financing options. We can work with you to figure out payment plans and options, and to make sure that you will never have to experience the horror of a cold, dark and moldy basement again.

Each year, we make hundreds of basement owners happy. Will you be among them this year? For more information and to request a free in-home estimate, please visit www.planitbuilders.ca. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Calgary Basement Remodeling: Do You Need a Permit?

PictureDo you need a permit to remodel your basement in Calgary? This seems to be a common question among our clients — mostly because the thought of doing something potentially illegal is never a pleasant thought. Today, we will try to answer this question to the best of our abilities, but first let’s take a look at what exactly remodeling is.

According to the Dictionary of Construction, here is the definition of remodeling:

Making alterations to an existing structure such that it will be better suited to current needs. 

Unlike renovation, remodeling usually entails extensive modifications. These can range from changes to fixtures to the complete re-positioning of walls. This is why remodeling projects usually take longer to complete than renovation ones. They usually transform a room into something different. With that being said, do you need a building permit in Calgary to remodel your basement?

Yes, you do.

But here’s the thing: Unless you are remodeling your basement by yourself, you will not need to apply for a building permit. The company in charge of remodeling your basement (such as PLANit Builders) should take care of that for you.

Here at PLANit Builders we know basements like we know the back of our hands. If you are looking for a reliable and affordable Calgary basement development company to help breathe new life into your old and moldy basement, look no further than us. For more information and to request your free in-home estimate, please visit www.planitbuilders.ca.

What Are the Benefits of Developing Your Basement in Calgary?

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Have you been bitten by the basement development bug? Well you aren’t the only one, that’s for sure!

In the last few years, basement development has become more and more popular in Calgary. This is not surprising, at least when considering the vast freedom that it offers people. Because that’s right — basement development offers freedom, one of the many benefits associated with this “trend”.

But the good news is that there are many, many other benefits associated with it. By relying on the help of a Calgary basement development company such as PLANit Builders you will be able to discover them all.

Freedom aside, renovating your basement allows you to (obviously) enjoy your basement more. Whether you decide to turn it into something useful or something entertaining, you will no doubt find a better use for your basement regardless of which path you decide to take.

As we said before, the sky is the limit when it comes to basement development!

Another benefit that should never be overlooked is the way a developed basement increases the overall value of a house — assuming that you end up selling it down the road, of course. And as you probably already know, the more years pass, the more valuable your property becomes. So in a way, you can probably label basement development as a type of investment and get away with it! :-)

So if you are interested in remodelling your basement there is most likely no reason why you should not do it. Not only is it fun — it’s also incredibly rewarding in both the short and long run.

How to Develop Your Calgary Basement the Proper Way

looking-up-1511545In recent years, Calgary basement development has risen in popularity. This is because basement development offers people like you countless opportunities. As PLANit Builders likes to say, “if you can dream it, we can build it”.

But here’s the thing: There is a right and a wrong way to develop your basement. Don’t make the mistake of thinking otherwise, because it could well end up costing you more than necessary. If you are interested in developing your basement, here is the right way to do it:

  • Decide whether you want to go the DIY way or hire a Calgary basement development company to help you. This is the first and most important step as this decision will affect the direction things drastically.
  • If you decide to hire a company, spend some time researching your options. And find a company that is trustworthy, reliable and affordable. Don’t forget that many companies in Calgary such as PLANit Builders offer financing options — make sure to look into them!
  • Make a budget, and stick to it! We can’t stress enough the importance of making a budget, even if you are thinking about applying for financing help. Make sure to let your builders know about it so that they can help you stick to it.
  • Plan out your basement. At last, the fun part has arrived. Now is finally the time for you to decide what you will do with your basement. Whether you want to turn it into your own personal in-home gym or a simple guest bedroom, don’t forget to have fun! (And to be creative if you feel like it — remember, the sky is the limit!)

What To Do With Your Basement Space

rooms-3-1490843-1279x817Okay, so you have a basement… but you’re not sure what to do with the endless amount of space offered to you. Leave it be? No — too much of a waste. After all, just think about how big your basement is compared to the rest of your house. Chances are that it makes up at least 20% of it.

But here’s the thing that we like to say to our clients: A basement doesn’t have to be a basement. In other words, with a bit of planning and creativity, a basement can be anything. And yes — that includes yours as well!

So to go back to the original question… what should you do with your basement space? Well unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” to this question because the answer depends on many, many factors. The first one is your budget. Fortunately, many Calgary basement development companies such as PLANit Builders offer financing options to their clients, so if budget is an issue for you you might want to take a look into that.

The second factor is your personal needs. Keep in mind, however, that some people like to discard their needs and focus on their preferences. Those people usually end up with in-home gyms and entertainment rooms instead of… let’s say… spare bedrooms and in-home offices. Now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. In-home gyms are as awesome as spare bedrooms. It just depends on what you want in the long run.

Lastly, the last factor that should be considered is how much space is actually available to be used. If you want to build a spare bedroom in a space that could fit two in-home gyms, then you might want to reconsider your options before making a decision. Also remember that some companies in Calgary offer financing options to their clients, so if you think that you can’t afford that in-home gym please think again! :)

Calgary Basement Development: Do I Need a Permit?

PictureIf you are considering renovating your basement in the near future, you might be wondering whether or not you need to apply for a building permit beforehand. This is a valid question, and considering how many people seem to wonder the same thing, we decided to answer this question in today’s blog post.

In the city of Calgary, you are by law required to apply for a building permit if you wish to demolish, relocate, repair, alter or make additions to an existing building or structure. Of course, minor repairs don’t need a permit. (Think painting walls or building fences.) But if you are here, chances are that you are interested in repairs beyond the “minor” scope.

Applying for a building permit in Calgary can be bothersome, but it’s completely necessary. Being caught without a permit can prove to be very, very expensive. But here’s the thing — if you wish to hire a Calgary basement development company such as PLANit Builders to take care of your basement renovations, then you won’t need to apply for a permit. We will take care of it.

If you go the DYI way, however, make sure that you have some money set aside for a permit. On average, building permits in Calgary cost about $80. Also keep in mind that should anything go wrong along the way, the team over at PLANit Builders would be more than happy to lend you a hand. We know basements like the back of our hands!

Calgary Basement Development: 3 Signs It’s Time To Remodel Your Basement

PictureWhen you think of your basement, does the word “moldy” come to mind? If it does, it might be time to remodel your basement. If you live in Calgary, here are 3 signs it’s time to hire a Calgary basement development company such as PLANit Builders:

  1. It’s moldy, dark, cold… And anything else that instills fear and disgust in you. Yes, basements are traditionally dark and damp. But that doesn’t mean they HAVE to be this way! We live in the 21st century, and today, a basement can be anything. A personal in-home gym? You said it! An office? Of course! When it comes to Calgary basement development, the sky truly is the limit.
  2. Everyone you know is renovating their basement… except you. Don’t get us wrong: Peer pressure is bad — in most cases. ;) As we have said numerous times in the past, basement development is quickly gaining in popularity in Calgary and surrounding areas. As a result, there’s a good chance that you know at least one person who is renovating their basement or who has done so in the past. If everyone you know is doing it, what prevents you from doing it too?
  3. When you think of your basement, you only think of it as storage place. Here’s some food for you: Your basement most likely makes up between 15-20% of your home’s total area. Looking at it this way, do you see what’s wrong with using your basement as a simple “storage place”? Think of the vast, empty space that lies beneath your feet — and how amazing it would be to turn that space into something you’d actually use!