Developing Your Basement in Calgary: What You Need to Know

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When it comes to basement development, there is no right way to approach it. Likewise, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question:

“What now?”

If you are considering remodeling your basement, then you are already on the right path. Just how long the path will be depends on a few factors, among them whether or not you are relying on the help of a Calgary basement development company such as PLANit Builders.

Of course, remodeling your basement by yourself is doable. Plenty of people have done it in the past and plenty of people are doing it right now. But are you willing to invest a LOT of time in it?

Sure, it might be cheaper to remodel your basement alone rather than hire a company. But there are so many things that could go wrong along the way that in the end, you can’t say for sure whether it’s worth it or not.

Basement development companies such as PLANit Builders exist to simplify the process of remodeling basements. It’s as simple as that. Not everyone has the experience required to create the basement of their dreams and not everyone is ready to invest the time needed to do so.

(And of course, not everyone has the money to do so… but that’s another story.)

If the idea of remodeling your basement has piqued your interest, then it’s better to leave it to professionals… most of the time.

It’s up to you to decide whether or not this applies to you.

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!

How to Dry Out a Wet Basement

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Basements don’t always have a good reputation, that’s for sure. While they are known for being cold and dark, they also often tend to be wet. Sometimes, all a basement needs is a musty smell and a high level of humidity to classify as a wet basement. Fortunately for many people, drying out a wet basement is not as difficult as it sounds. Unless you are experiencing a major case of basement flooding, there is most likely a way to fix it by yourself.

The first thing that you will have to do is remove the water, if there is any. You can do that with a mop and a few towels. Once this is done, we recommend that you open the windows and air the area out (assuming that the weather outside permits it, of course). If you do not own one, we also recommend buying and running a dehumidifier in your basement to remove the excess moisture present in it. Some people also like to run fans regularly to circulate the air.

Keep in mind that to avoid mildew problems, sometimes getting rid of water-damaged furnitures and possessions is inevitable,

After having dried your basement properly, the next step consists of figuring out the source of the water. Depending on your basement, the overall health of your house and where you live (among several other factors), a wet basement can be linked to a number of issues and problems that can prove to be costly in the long run. Finding the source of the water and fixing it should therefore be your main priority. Thankfully, numerous resources to help you along the way are available online such as this one.

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.

Best Calgary Basement Development Company in Calgary

PictureAre you interested in developing your basement in Calgary? We can help you.

For years now we have been renovating basements and garages in the Calgary and Edmonton areas. Whether you are thinking of turning your basement into your own personal in-home gym or a simple guest bedroom, we can help turn your basement into the basement of your dreams.

Here at PLANit Builders we know basements like we know the back of our hands. Each year we visit hundreds of different basements. Our incredible work ethics, combined with our knowledge and responsive customer services are what has allowed us to remain ahead of other competitors for so long.

Don’t believe us? Just take a look at what some of our past clients have to say about us. If you’re still hesitant after reading through these testimonials, then we encourage you to request a free in-home estimate today. The latter will provide you with a general idea of what working with us would be like. Keep in mind that estimates are available on weekends and evenings as well and they come with absolutely no obligation.

And if money is the problem, remember that PLANit Builders also offers financing options to potential customers. If you are currently employed, can afford low monthly payments and own a house, then you are eligible to apply for one of these financing options. More information can be found on our main website. You can also call (403) 452-2839.

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 http://planitbuilders.ca

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! :)

How To Save Money While Renovating Your Calgary Basement

PictureIf you’re like most of us, money is tight sometimes. But even if money is tight sometimes, you still want to renovate your basement. The good news is that saving money while renovating your Calgary basement is more than doable. Here is how you can do that:

  • Look for affordable Calgary basement renovating companiesWe just can’t stress this enough. If you want to go the DYI way, make sure that you have a ton of experience under your belt. Also remember that paying more doesn’t always guarantee quality, so be sure to spend a good amount of time researching the options available to you.
  • Request financing options if money is really tight for you. This one’s a bit self-explanatory, but unfortunately many people seem to overlook this advice. Several companies in Calgary, including PLANit Builders offer financing help to their clients. Make good use of this fact!
  • Be smart with the materials. Think outside the box. (And use Google too, it helps.) You will find that recycling materials saves you a lot of money in the long run, so don’t be afraid of being creative!
  • Keep track of everything. The most successful people are always the most organized. Before hiring a basement development company, make a budget. Over the course of the renovations, keep track of EVERYTHING and make sure to stick to your budget. On the same note, you should know beforehand where most of your money will go.

Go luck and remember to have fun! Renovating your basement might be stressful, but at the end of the day it’s a HUGE investment that will completely change your life. :)