Convert Your Basement Into a Rental Apartment

In many homes, the basement is a messy space where you find seldom-used sports equipment, an oversized chest freezer, out of season clothes, and broken appliances waiting for repair. Often, the only area well utilized is the laundry and furnace room. So why not make that huge space work for you? Create a rental apartment as a source of supplemental …

What Makes a Basement a Great Man cave?

The man cave; a place in which a man can relax and pursue his hobbies, a space away from the family where the male of the household can find much needed me-time. There are many areas of a home that can be used for this retreat, but the basement is the perfect choice. So what makes the basement such a …

Is My Basement Suite Legal?

You created a basement suite as a source of supplemental income, to help pay off your mortgage, offset your property taxes, accommodate visitors, or as a home for your adult child or elderly parent. The question you need to ask now: “Is my basement suite legal?” Legal basement suites are built after all necessary permits are acquired and in compliance …

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Finished Basement Value

With Calgary’s housing market slow at the moment, should homeowners move or renovate? Will finishing or updating your basement change the home’s value? Instead of moving, why not finish your basement? Basement development adds more useable space for you and your family to enjoy your home. Add a bathroom, bedroom, workspace/craft room, entertainment area for you or the kids. If …

Why Hire A Contractor

It’s no surprise that hiring a contractor to finish your basement will cost more money than doing the work yourself. Typically, a contractor will make 20% of the total costs for the work being done. For example, on a $30,000 basement, your contractor is making $6000. However, when you really break it down a basement development is typically a 12-week …

Why are windows important when developing my basement?

When considering the layout for your basement development, windows need to factor in as a major consideration. Basement windows are regulated the Alberta Building Code as well as the Rules and Regulations regarding safety from City of Calgary. Windows become a deciding factor in permit approvals when it comes to Bedrooms. Bedroom windows in a basement must have an opening …