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.

Calgary Basement Development: Why Budgeting Matters

PictureSurprise, surprise! Budgeting matters. I bet you didn’t know that, did you?

(We’re not being serious.)

About you knowing, of course. Budgeting still matters.

It especially becomes important when you decide to take on the job of remodeling your basement. Because let’s be honest — it’s not a cheap (or easy) task. It tends to be a rather lengthy and costly one. Making a budget (and sticking to it) soon becomes your greatest asset.

But it’s not all: Learning how to save money should also figure high on your list of priorities. As should knowing what to buy used and where to buy these things from.

Here are 3 tips to help you along your journey:

  1. Overestimate costs. This way, you’ll end up with more money rather than less, and you’ll be certain never to go over your budget.
  2. Buy used materials and (maybe) furniture. This is a good way for you to save you money. Don’t forget that buying in bulk is cheaper too!
  3. Hire a basement development company. Lastly, this is not a tip to save you money in the short run, but maybe in the long run if things go wrong. Unless you are 100% certain that you can take on the job of remodeling your basement by yourself, sometimes it’s best to rely on professionals to do it instead. And for budget-minded people like you, you’re in luck as well because many companies like PLANit Builders offer financing options to ease the strain on your wallet.

Good luck and have fun!

Calgary Basement Development Ideas

CaptureInterested in developing your basement? You’ve come to the right place. Here at PLANit Builders we specialize in turning cold, moldy and damp basements into dream basements. Not only do we know basements like we know the back of our hands — we also happen to know people very well. When it comes to Calgary basement development, we know what people want. So why don’t you let us give you some ideas?

If you own a basement and you’ve always longed for a guest bedroom, then you might want to consider turning your basement into a guest bedroom. If you’d like something a little bit less… practical, then the sky truly is the limit. In the past, we’ve turned basements into entertainment rooms and even in-home bars! For the perfect mix of practical and personal, you might want to consider turning your basement into your own personal gym, or maybe the home office you’ve always dreamed of owning.

If you can dream it, we can build it.

Basement remodeling is amazing because it challenges the very concept of a basement. When you think about it, how often do you use your basement? Probably not that often. But more importantly… how do you use the space available to you? Like most people, you most likely use it as a storage room. But think about it for a moment… is it really worth using such a large amount of space for something so trivial, maybe even useless?

For us, the answer is a resounding no.

What about you?

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!


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!

Calgary Basement Financing Options: Where Can I Learn More About Them?

looking-up-1511545Let’s be honest — Calgary basement development can be expensive. It’s expensive when you do it alone and it’s even more expensive when you hire professionals to take care of it.

The good news, however, is that several companies of the likes of PLANit Builders offer financing options to people like you.

We know that financing options tend to have negative connotations among certain people. Not everyone likes the idea of being “tied down” to a contract — much less when that contracts extends for several years. Now we don’t know whether you belong to the aforementioned group of people. This is something that only you can tell. But if you are here, chances are that you are at least slightly interested in learning more about the financing options that are available to you — and to that we say bravo.

If you live in Calgary, you have numerous options to choose from. Among them is PLANit Builders, a professional company specializing in Calgary basement development as well as garage development. Unlike other companies, PLANit Builders believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the basement of their dreams, regardless of whether they can afford it or not.

To make this possible they have decided to start offering financing options to their clients. By partnering with bank-financed lenders they are ultimately able to approve 90% of their clients. They can approve you if:

  • You own your home;
  • Are currently employed;
  • Can afford low monthly payments;
  • And are interested in basement development.

For more information, refer to the website linked above.

Why Should You Remodel Your Basement?


Has the thought of remodeling your basement piqued your interest? We don’t blame you. Remodeling a basement has the potential to be extremely rewarding—and expensive.

Because of this fact, many people tend to remain hesitant for a very, very long time. The truth is that yes, basement development can be costly, but it is always worth it. Think of it this way: Currently, your basement probably makes up at least 10% of your house. If your basement is the typical dark, wet and moldy basement that we all associate the word with, then imagine the incredible potential that you are wasting by leaving your basement in its current state.

A remodeled basement turns that potential into something far greater than you could have ever imagined. Yes it takes time. It is costly too. But once it is done and you are able to enjoy your basement in its renewed state, we can guarantee you that you will not regret this decision.

In your mind, can you think of a type of room that you have always wanted your house to comprise but could not because of a lack of space? Maybe it’s a second guest bedroom. Maybe it’s an in-home bar. Or better yet, maybe it’s an office. Depending on your budget—and on your basement—the latter could turn into any of these rooms.

And if you needed one more incentive to remodel your basement, think about the way a newly renovated basement will increase the resale value of your house! Even if you don’t have any plans to sell it any time soon, then the enjoyment that a remodeled basement would bring you is absolutely unparalleled.

How to Baby Proof Your Basement

BabyLittle ones enjoy exploring. It is in their nature to wander around the house, opening doors that they should not open and crawling in spaces that they should not be in. Unfortunately, a basement could prove to be potentially dangerous to those curious little ones. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your basement is baby proofed. Here are some tips that might be useful to you:

1. Install a baby gate at the top of the stairs. This is the best way to prevent falls and to ensure that your baby does not stray where he or she should not.

2. Consider also installing a door lock. A door lock would give you peace of mind through its extra protection.

3. Inside the basement, ensure that every shelf and furniture is secured with a L-bracket. This will prevent those furnitures from tiping over and hurting your child.

4. Make sure that the area is devoid of mold.  While mold can be dangerous to just about anyone, mold is especially dangerous to infants and children.

5. Keep chemicals and potentially dangerous supplies at bay. Should your baby somehow manage to find his or her way into the basement, it is crucial that you learn to keep such chemicals and supplies away from their reach. Consider storing them on a very high shelf or locking them up in a cabinet.

6. Clear out the clutter. Even if you think that an object could never hurt a baby, it is always a good idea to keep your basement in order. You never know what might be hiding inside that box.

7. Finally, cover the walls if your basement is unfinished. This will provide a safer environment as exposed installations could prove to be dangerous.

Letting your baby wander the house is necessary for your baby to develop a healthy curiosity. It is the best way for them to experience and learn about the world. However, there are places that your baby should not explore, and your basement is among them.

Preventing Humidity in Your Basement


A high level of humidity in a basement is not only uncomfortable: It can also cause damage to the structure of the basement itself. What’s more, as you probably already know, moisture and mold tend to go hand in hand. Since mold can be dangerous to your health (and mold in the basement is probably the last thing that you want to deal with) preventing humidity in your basement should never be overlooked.

A dehumidifier truly becomes your best friend in humid weathers. Dehumidifiers prevent and can even repair damage to your home. How it works is fairly simple: A fan in the unit removes excess moisture from the air. When the air passes through the dehumidifier, the cooling coils proceed to pull the moisture from it. The air is then reheated and redistributed throughout the room. You can usually find the moisture that was pulled from the air in the unit’s reservoir.

If this is not enough to prevent humidity in your basement, it is always a good idea to speak to professionals. Your ventilation contractor, for one, might help you figure out whether your system is properly equipped to remove humidity in your basement.

Remember that small things help too. Try to leave the door to your basement open as often as possible. You might even want to consider buying a fan and running it every now and then.

If those tips still don’t work, you might be suffering from basement water leaks. In this case, you will need to call on the help of a plumber. Water leaks can signal important damage to the foundation of your home, so it is important that you never leave them untreated.

Enjoy your dry basement this summer!

PLANiT Builders – Calgary’s #1 Basement Development Company…

Owned and operated by two experienced shareholders who work at the coal face themselves, Sonny Belanger and Mike Huber, PLANiT Builders set out from day one in March 2008 to excel in just two things – basement development and garage building.

Rather than be all things to all men, the two co-founders realized that they could draw on their vast experience to offer homeowners award-winning expertise in these two areas and produce workmanship that would be superior to anything else available.

This has proved to be a winning concept since PLANiT Builders visits over 1,000 homes every year making the most of the client’s space with a professional approach to design, development and building that is second to none.

With a no nonsense attitude the team at PLANiT Builders work in cohesion to get the job done on time, every time, ensuring that every client gets maximum value with a top quality finish.

The design director has over twelve years direct experience in design and permitting, while the estimator has similar credentials in the fields of project costing and management, and direct construction experience. The construction team has 35 years of direct experience and/or project experience. Even the accounting staff and customer care team have a minimum of three years in the industry.

When you need a basement developed or a garage built it just makes sense to come to the people who specialize in that area rather than to use a company which may be jack of all trades and master of none.

At PLANiT Builders we KNOW basements and garages like the backs of our own hands. We live and breathe them every working day of our lives – it’s what we do.

If you want a basement or garage built with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of expertise, knowing that it will be finished on time and the site left clean and tidy, the team at PLANiT Builders is the team you need.