Calgary Basement Development Ideas

gloved handHere at PLANit Builders, we know basements like we know the back of our hand. This is because we have been remodeling basements in the Calgary and Edmonton areas for many, many years. We’ve seen dark basements. We’ve seen moldy basements. We’ve seen humid basements. And we’ve also seen all those basements being turned into something completely different.

If you are the proud owner of one of these aforementioned basements (or a combination of them), you might be considering hiring a company like us to remodel your basement. If you are here, chances are that you probably also need ideas.

Here’s the thing: If you can dream it, someone out there can build it. Calgary basement development does not have limits, aside from the ones imposed by your budget. Some people like to go the creative way while others prefer to stay on the well-trodden path. From in-home gyms to in-home bars to simple guest bedrooms, we’ve seen it all.

So how do you know what YOU would like to do with your basement? Nobody can tell but you. What we suggest that you do is this: Brainstorm, brainstorm and brainstorm more. Also begin by answering these two questions:

Do you want to turn your basement into something practical or into something more… out there?

What do you need and what do you want?

These are the questions that will ultimately help you make a decision. Once you’ve figured out these two questions, then it’s when the fun begins.

Good luck!


What Are the Benefits of Developing Your Basement in Calgary?


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.

Calgary Basement Development Financing Options: What You Need to Know

signing-the-contract-1512122-1279x917Let’s be honest: Developing your basement in 2015 (soon to be 2016) can be expensive. When hiring a company in Calgary, not only are you paying for the materials that you need — you are also paying for services that you receive. Of course our goal is not to discourage you. Basement development in Calgary is popular for a reason (and only keeps getting more popular as time passes). Plenty of people are able to renovate their basements as well. So what prevents you from being among them?

But here’s the thing: You would be surprised at how many of these people mentioned above would have been able to afford developing their basement had they not decided to apply for a financing option.

So now our question really applies… what prevents you from being among them?

If you are considering applying for a financing option, here are 2 things that you need to know about it:

  1. Not every company offers them, and that’s okay. In Calgary, you will soon come to realize that many basement development companies are willing to offer you financing help. You will also come to realize that many are not. What that means for you, as a customer, is that you should first and foremost try to sift between the companies that offer them and the ones that don’t. Remember that you have plenty of options to choose from so don’t be afraid of getting a good headstart!
  2. PLANit Builders offers financing options… and we are able to approve 95% of our clients. Yes, you read that right. Ultimately we are able to approve 95% of our clients. If you own a house, are currently employed and can afford low monthly payments, then take a look at our website to learn more about the Calgary basement development financing options that we offer.

Calgary Basement Development: 3 Common Questions Answered

PictureLove it or hate it, Calgary basement development is here to stay. Don’t believe us? Just ask any of our clients who have had the opportunity to work with us in 2015. They’ll tell you exactly what we just told you.

If you are new to the world of Calgary basement development, then here are 3 commonly asked questions and their answers:

  1. How expensive is Calgary basement development? Regardless of what your opinion on money is, there is one thing that doesn’t change: You need money to survive. And you need money to renovate your basement. But how much money do you exactly need? Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to that question because it depends on the company that you are hiring. Keep in mind, however, that many of them (including PLANit Builders) offer financing options. So if your budget will be tight in 2016, you can always resort to that!
  2. What can I do with my basement? If you are here, chances are that your basement is cold, dark and moldy. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t have to be that way. Your basement can be anything you want it to be, from a guest bedroom to your own in-home gym. If you can dream it, we can build it.
  3. What company should I hire? In Calgary, you will soon come to realize that there are many basement development companies. Which one you end up hiring depends on many things, among them your budget and what you would like the end results to be. Generally we encourage people like you to request a free in-home quote from us to give them an idea of what working with us would be like. Of course though we aren’t the only company in Calgary to offer free in-home quotes, so feel free to start with any that you feel would work for you.

Good luck!

Learn More About Calgary’s Best Basement Development Company


In recent years, the city of Calgary has seen an increase of basement development companies. Despite this, a few among them continue to remain unparalleled in the quality of service they offer to their clients. PLANit Builders is among them.

For years now we have been remodeling old and moldy basements into in-home gyms, offices, guest bedrooms and even in-home bars. By working closely with our clients we are able to develop a plan and act on it without forgetting the most important thing… that at the end of the day, the client always has the last say.

This is why here at PLANit Builders we take the planning process very seriously. Because we know basements like the back of our hands we are able to give sound and honest suggestions to our clients without forcing them to do anything that they are not comfortable with. Once we are completely certain that our clients will be happy with the final results, we can then move on to the construction process.

We know that welcoming strangers into your home for weeks on end isn’t the most convenient thing for you. This is why we allow you to create a schedule so that we can work around it and figure out with you when would be the best time for us to come over. Of course it also goes without saying that we will treat your home and your family with the utmost respect.

If you are interested to learn more about what we could do for you and your basement, then we encourage you to request a free in-home quote from our website today. Until then, keep the basement development ideas coming!

Calgary Basement Development: 3 Things To Do With Your Basement

sofa-1233675When it comes to Calgary basement development, we certainly have our fair share of ideas. After all, we’ve been renovating basements in the Calgary and Edmonton areas for several years now, and we know basements like the back of our hands. If you are considering renovating your basement but are not sure what to do with the space available to you, then here are 3 ideas for you to go over:

  • A room that you need. Have you ever wished that your home could have a spare bedroom for guests? Well now you can build one! Or even better… have you ever wished to have our very own in-home office? You can have one too. In our opinion, one of the best usage of a basement is to turn it into a room that you need. But then again, there is nothing wrong with a little bit of fun in your life… which brings us to our second idea…
  • Something fun! In the past, we’ve changed plenty of basements into in-home gyms or entertainment rooms. We’ve even created in-home bars! If you would rather turn your basement into something fun and exciting, then this is more than doable.
  • Anything else that you want it to be. You see, the sky is the limit when it comes to Calgary basement development. If you can dream it, somebody can build it. It’s as simple as that.

If you are currently looking for an affordable and reliable Calgary basement development company, then PLANit Builders might be the one you are looking for. For more information, visit

Calgary Basement Development: Renovating vs. Remodeling

gloved handIn the field of Calgary basement development, there seems to be a common misconception among people.

Is renovating the same as remodeling?

No. Renovating and remodeling are two different things. Certainly they share some similarities, but at the end of the day they both have different purposes. If you are here, then we can at least assume that you are familiar with the meaning of “renovating”. But for the purpose of this blog post, let’s go over the definition of this word anyway.

Quite simply, “renovating” means to make something (in this case a basement) new again. It means to repair, to restore something to good condition. Renovations can be big or small, but their purpose is always to alter something for the better.

Which is brings us to the definition of “remodeling”…

Unlike renovating, remodeling entails a lot more. In fact, it entails so much that people go as far as altering the structure of something in order to make it better or completely change its use of space. As an example, it is not uncommon for PLANit Builders to turn basements into in-home gyms, offices, bedrooms and even in-home entertainment rooms. All of these projects fall into the category of “remodeling” because their purpose is to change the use of a space.

Remodeling is far more complex than renovating, and this is why you should never remodel a room (let alone a basement) by yourself. If you live in Calgary, then let PLANit Builders breathe new life into your basement. For more information on how we can do just that, give us a call or drop us a line — we’ll be sure to contact you as soon as possible.

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!

3 Things You Need to Know About Basement Development in Calgary

Basement development. What’s the buzz about it? If you live in Calgary, chances are that you’ve heard about it… or that you know someone who was lucky enough to develop their basement. But if you are here, you probably don’t have a very good idea of what basement development is. We are here to change this.

Here are 3 things that you need to know about Calgary basement development:

  1. Calgary basement development has no limits. Here’s a little known fact that we love to share with readers: A basement doesn’t have to be a basement. In other words, a basement doesn’t have to be cold, dark and moldy. It can be anything you want it to be. Ever dreamed of working out in your own personal gym? We can arrange this. In dire need of a guest bedroom? We can arrange this too. As you can see, basement development has no limits.
  2. Calgary has its fair share of basement development companies. As we indirectly mentioned above, basement development is quite popular among residents of Calgary. As a result, the city is home to several professional basement development companies of the likes of PLANit Builders.
  3. Calgary basement development doesn’t have to be THAT expensive. Well, okay… we’re not going to lie: It is expensive. But it doesn’t have be THAT expensive right off the bat. What most people don’t know is that plenty of companies in Calgary would be more than happy to offer them financing options, PLANit Builders included. So if you’ve always wanted to build the basement of your dreams but had no idea how you could afford it, nothing is stopping you from doing it now!

Calgary Basement Development: Is It Better to Hire Professionals?

gloved handWhen it comes to basement development in Calgary, there seems to be an enduring myth that hiring professionals is ALWAYS the way to go. While this might be true for most people, it isn’t always the case for everyone. Here’s when you should hire professionals to take care of your basement and when you shouldn’t:

When you should:

You should hire a professional Calgary basement development company of the likes of PLANit Builders when you don’t have any previous experience renovating or building anything. The first mistake that people make when they want to develop their basement by themselves is overestimate their abilities to do so. Unlike what some people like to advertise, the DIY trend is a lot more difficult than simply picking up a hammer and some nails and then going to work. It entails many different processes, and some of them are better left to professionals. (Hint: The planning.)

Keep in mind that while developing your basement by yourself might seem less expensive at first, mistakes can prove to be very costly.

When you shouldn’t:

You shouldn’t hire a Calgary basement development company when you have plenty of experience building and renovating things. If things go wrong along the way, you should be confident in your abilities to fix them OR in your abilities to find someone to help you fix them. On another note, you should avoid hiring a company if your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to welcome strangers in your home for several weeks, if not months on end. Remember that finding a company that is trustworthy and reliable is the key.