When to Consider Basement Development

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edmontonbasementrenoBasement development is the process or act in developing your standard basement area into a more usable space for the home.  The development process is more a like a renovation of the whole basement area where all the utilities installed there are moved to a particular space in the basement to free up some space for the area that will be developed there.  Basement developed has become a fad or hype in many communities that have basement areas structurally built in as standard.  Basically, the basement is renovated into a beautiful space that adds living space to the home. There are actually three ways you may want to consider basement development.

  1. You are planning to sell the property
  2. You home is cramped and want to increase living space
  3. You want some home improvement renovations done to your home.

If you are planning to sell your home and property and want to increase the overall value of it, one of the best ways is to have your basement developed into a desirable area for the buyers.  There are many desirable spaces you can have your basement area developed into.  The best part about having your basement developed into such is not only does it increase the overall living space of the property, but you also increase its potential overall value.

If you are finding your property to be somewhat cramped now that your kids have become teens and are occupying a lot of spaces in the living area along with their friends, you can increase the living space of your property through basement development.  This is particularly helpful if you do not have side space to expand your home and that you have an unutilized basement area that is only used for storing the home’s utility equipment.

Read PLANiT Builder Reviews

From the initial quote, transparency of the pricing we were confident we were dealing with true professionals.

Overall we are extremely pleased with Basement Builders. Through the design and finishing phase we were kept fully informed and involved in the process. The biggest compliment we would have to give is to our site manager, John P. Through the entire build he kept things running smoothly, ironed out any minor issues (there were not many) and delivered our basement exactly on the day promised. The quality of the tradespeople was also consistently good, and the work shows exactly what we asked for, for the exact price quoted at the beginning of the job. 10/10, 5 Stars, cannot say enough good things about Plan-IT Builders.

PLANiT Builders
5.0
2017-08-22T07:57:13+00:00
Overall we are extremely pleased with Basement Builders. Through the design and finishing phase we were kept fully informed and involved in the process. The biggest compliment we would have to give is to our site manager, John P. Through the entire build he kept things running smoothly, ironed out any minor issues (there were not many) and delivered our basement exactly on the day promised. The quality of the tradespeople was also consistently good, and the work shows exactly what we asked for, for the exact price quoted at the beginning of the job. 10/10, 5 Stars, cannot say enough good things about Plan-IT Builders.

My basement was just done today and wow I’m so glad is over because looks like summer is already here.

The outcome looks better than my expectation. The planit builders did a very good job thanks planit buiders. It was supposed to be done april 19 as per the contract but due to some back order problem it was move to may 2 but I perfectly understand sometimes it happen beyond our control. I don't mind atleast the site supervisor informed us in advance that finished is a bit moved forward. I would recommend to my co-workers and friends just like the way I come to know planit builder it was thru my friend from work. Thanks Brian for doing a great job as a site supervisor.

PLANiT Builders
5.0
2017-08-22T08:04:38+00:00
The outcome looks better than my expectation. The planit builders did a very good job thanks planit buiders. It was supposed to be done april 19 as per the contract but due to some back order problem it was move to may 2 but I perfectly understand sometimes it happen beyond our control. I don't mind atleast the site supervisor informed us in advance that finished is a bit moved forward. I would recommend to my co-workers and friends just like the way I come to know planit builder it was thru my friend from work. Thanks Brian for doing a great job as a site supervisor.

They met the schedule, the quality of the work was excellent, and the whole process was very easy.

We hired PlanIT Builders in February 2016 to develop our basement. The entire experience has been very positive. Our Site Coordinator, Dale, did a great job ensuring that the project was finished right on time (2 months from start to finish) and we appreciated his attention to detail. Everyone we interacted with from start to finish (sales, accounting, designer, interior decorator, trades) was friendly and professional. PlanIT Builders has a great process that allows them to be predictable and consistent in meeting commitments. We thought the pricing was very reasonable as well. As is to be expected, we had the occasional misunderstanding or issue along with way, but Dale always resolved any concerns we had promptly.

Overall, we would definitely recommend PlanIT Builders to anyone looking to have their basement developed. They met the schedule, the quality of the work was excellent, and the whole process was very easy.

PLANiT Builders
5.0
2017-08-22T08:09:41+00:00
We hired PlanIT Builders in February 2016 to develop our basement. The entire experience has been very positive. Our Site Coordinator, Dale, did a great job ensuring that the project was finished right on time (2 months from start to finish) and we appreciated his attention to detail. Everyone we interacted with from start to finish (sales, accounting, designer, interior decorator, trades) was friendly and professional. PlanIT Builders has a great process that allows them to be predictable and consistent in meeting commitments. We thought the pricing was very reasonable as well. As is to be expected, we had the occasional misunderstanding or issue along with way, but Dale always resolved any concerns we had promptly. Overall, we would definitely recommend PlanIT Builders to anyone looking to have their basement developed. They met the schedule, the quality of the work was excellent, and the whole process was very easy.

We would certainly recommend Plan It Builders for any basement development – their work speaks for itself!

We just had our basement developed and are extremely pleased with our service from Plan-It Builders. Our project Manager Joe Parker is fantastic! He went above and beyond and from start to finish he made sure all the trades people were on time and very professional.

A huge thank you to Joe for all his hard work, timely communication and his dedicated team of professionals who made our basement development experience a smooth and rewarding one!

PLANiT Builders
5.0
2017-08-22T08:11:07+00:00
We just had our basement developed and are extremely pleased with our service from Plan-It Builders. Our project Manager Joe Parker is fantastic! He went above and beyond and from start to finish he made sure all the trades people were on time and very professional. A huge thank you to Joe for all his hard work, timely communication and his dedicated team of professionals who made our basement development experience a smooth and rewarding one!
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If you have money to spend and would like to renovate your home to have a particular type of space that you desire to have in your home, then basement renovation may come into mind.  There are many ways you can develop your basement area and that the only limitations can be your budget.  In fact, if you have money to spend, you can even have your basement developed into your own personal bowling alley with one or two lanes. At basement development edmonton, they can turn any dream you have for you basement into reality.  They are very skilled in what they do and they can accomplish anything you want that you will truly be satisfied with.

All In The Details

A finalist in the 2009 Georgie competition for “Renovation under $100,000,” the refurbishing of this Burnaby home included the makeover of two bathrooms, with the master ensuite shown here.

The project reveals that overall costs can be kept reasonable while creating a sophisticated and more efficient space through smart design and the use of disparate materials. The room was first opened up visually by removing oversized and misplaced fixtures, such as the cumbersome bathtub, which was replaced with a contemporary freestanding tub.

The custom millwork, in a dark natural rift-cut walnut, was designed to frame the room and add a style element but also to dramatically increase storage, which now extends to a ceiling-height, yet unobtrusive, linen cabinet, and extra shelves and drawers beneath the counters.

The flooring is finished in affordable and long-wearing ceramic tile, while the countertops are high-quality Travertine marble. The raised rectangular sink is from Duravit, equipped with high-tech Toto faucets, creating a “wow” factor.

What could have been a basic shower stall is livened with a ribbon of recycled glass tiles, which are also used for the countertop backsplash.

“The goal was to upgrade an existing space and to elevate the overall design and feel of the room,” explained John Friswell of North Vancouver-based CCI Renovations Ltd., which handled the project.

The ceramic tile floor, for example, is set with alternating accent tiles, and the colour palettes are carefully co-ordinated to complement the dark stained wood, brushed nickel and chrome fixtures.

Sustainable features include low-flow toilets, the use of halogen and other low-voltage lighting and the upgrading of in-floor radiant heating.

Alpha Faucets

Once a modest appendage, faucets have become an alpha design feature in bathroom makeovers, often seducing the rest of the renovation.

Sleek, bold and sensual, the expressive designs released to bath decor outlets this spring are extending the European-inspired minimalism that has characterized the faucet evolution over the last few seasons.

German designer Arefakt, which captured the 2007 International Forum Design GmbH Award for its Moments line for American Standard, uses simple shapes, yet with a startling stark character. The faucet is meant to “always represent a modern image,”
according to lead designer Achim Pohl.

Pohl’s comment is telling: some of the new designer faucets are so cutting-edge they may appear dated tomorrow. It takes courage to choose a tap that may cost more than your Prada bag, and could slip out of style next spring.

That it is why it is important to go with well-known, respected manufacturers where even the dramatic designs are backed with durability – and the assurance the style will remain in the market mix.

On these pages, we present three of the best of the new contemporary faucet designs, from American Standard, Moen and Canada’s own AquaBrass, all stoic names that have, apparently, unleashed their design team. Moen, playing it safe, allows most of their faucets to be changed or updated easily with a near snap-out system.

Step Into Luxury

Bathroom makeover

Bathrooms often pose the most difficult challenges when it comes to renovations. The limitations of space make it hard to feel free in choosing design elements; and the fact that we spend a smaller fraction of our time in the bathroom than in any other room in the house can make it hard to justify spending the money that quality bathroom renos demand.
So, perhaps not so surprisingly, a shift is occurring where people are actually treating the “tub ‘n’ tile” room as more of a refuge in which they can enjoy spending time; a place to pamper themselves after a long day that is well suited to bathrooms’ new mantra – “Indulge!”
The bath as spa is moving into reno-consciousness, and it’s showing up in a variety of ways – from the overall impact of the décor to the choice of soaker tub to the selection of floor tile.

Bathroom makeover

“People are moving to a spa environment,” said Paul Coker of Innova interior design. “They’re returning from trips where they’ve experienced body-jets, steam rooms and the calming elements of nature.” And it’s those effects that they are trying to recreate in their own homes.
The question is, can you achieve that look without the need to mortgage the house to create it?

“You can get a tremendous amount done to turn your bathroom into a luxurious room for around $5,000,” said Jade Allen, co-owner of DirectBuy. “You can get fixtures, a new shower, even a Jacuzzi tub. Some people come in looking for specific brands, others are more concerned about money, but people can get any need taken care of.”

Bathroom makeoverFor those with a bit of space to play with, setting up separate areas for a soaker tub and for the shower space is important to create a feeling of lavishness, said Allen. Large rainshower heads in shower areas that have barely-there enclosures, soaker tubs with one-piece surrounds, and vanity sinks as opposed to
pedestals all add to the comfort that people are now looking for in what has traditionally been a purely functional room.

Bathroom makeover

While what goes in the room is obviously crucial, what goes on the walls is as important in achieving the right feel. You can get tiles that look like leather, porcelain, silk or linen, said Tracy Wheeler of Powerhouse Tiles. These days, according to Wheeler, the look is moving toward a cleaner, more linear edge that results in a more classic look.

Bathroom makeover

“People are considering wainscotting, a chair rail, a mosaic floor,” said Wheeler. “Think Jackie Kennedy; the ’50s and ’60s era.”

Shapes are changing, too. The tiles have moved from the standard four-inch by four-inch square to rectangles up to two feet by four feet.
“The taste of the consumer is becoming more adventuresome, so it makes it more fun for us,” said Wheeler.

Bathroom makeover

Before

The key issues to keep in mind when looking at bathroom tile is the difference between the durability of wall and floor tiles (floor tiles can go anywhere because they are designed to be tough); and the type of backing that’s going to be needed to hold the tile in place. A larger tile, 12 inches by 16 inches, for example, might need a special backing to hold it to a wall, as opposed to keeping it in place on the floor.

Bathroom makeover”That’s where choosing a good installation company comes in,” said Wheeler. “Get detailed, written estimates. No estimates over the phone or ballpark figures.”
The reason for a site visit by an installer is that they should be able to identify possible problems in floor deflection. Should a house begin to settle a little, the floor might twist, causing tiles to crack.

“We’ve seen that in as little as two months,” Wheeler said, adding that scrimping in this area of a renovation can lead to really major headaches. “Tile is not the type of thing you want to be redoing every two weeks.”

Bathroom makeover

Along with considerations for cost and quality, consumers wanting to create a special retreat in their bathroom are still concerned about environmental issues. Those calming elements of nature aren’t going to feel too calming if you’re wondering which old-growth rainforest tree had to be cut down to make your cabinets.

As consumers renovate, they’re constantly asking the green questions, said Coker. “In the past, we would have to initiate the conversation, but now, people are much more informed. It means people are more open to investigating new options.”

Bathroom makeover

Some of those options include water-based, non-VOC-off-gassing stains and grout; bamboo floors that are baked, not stained; recovered-glass countertops; and PaperStone vanities that use 100 per cent post-consumer recycled paper. Yet another way to make yourself feel good at the end of the day.

Softly Green

The makeover of this 15-year-old Coquitlam kitchen proved sensitive to environmental issues but also to the underlying reasons for the renovation: to create a contemporary space that had to look and work great.

ROn all points it proved a success, and a lesson in what should perhaps be known as “soft green” – sustainable yet stylish, green but not preachy about it.

The hardwood floor, for example, is handsome, hand-scraped, engineered Brazilian cherry, 6 1/8 inches wide. Engineered wood has double environmental credits because it only uses a portion of the wood, and it is extremely durable.

The cabinets are solid maple – a natural, green choice – and are hand-painted to complement the walls done in Benjamin Moore’s Spanish Olive, part of the company’s Natura line of environmentally friendly paint. Plus, all of the sealants used in the extensive cabinets are low-VOC, which means they do not emit volatile organic compounds.

Natural light pours in through new kitchen windows, which are all low-E, argon-filled, high-performance models that provide nearly the insulation level of a solid wall.

And all of the appliances are EnerGuide-rated for energy savings, including the six-burner, gas-fired, 48-inch Wolf Range. An energy-efficient Bosch 24-inch refrigerator and integrated Bosch 18-inch freezer are modestly hidden behind matching cabinetry.

The countertops are absolute black granite, a natural material, and the backsplash is made of long-wearing, hand-pressed Italian subway tiles, contrasting in bold white.

Tucked beneath the Kindred sink and its stainless-steel apron is a complete recycling station.

Best of all, perhaps, that is the renovation shows that superior sustainable features can be included without sacrificing design or practicality.

This kitchen makeover is by Barone Developments Ltd. of Coquitlam, which is a finalist for this project in the 2009 Georgie Awards for best kitchen renovation under $100,000.

Bathroom By Design

At the Design Northwest show in Vancouver this February, we had a chance to see some of the hottest new bathroom ideas now being created in the industry’s top studios. Intrigued, we drilled deeper and found some new designers so hot their products are still concepts, but that certainly will make a splash in the bath scene when they finally arrive. Resistance is futile.

It is rather guilty, our shared obsession with bathroom makeovers. According to a major national survey by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Vancouver homeowners are more likely to spend money on the loo than any other space in the house.

Form Meets Function

In some older homes the extra bathroom is a secret place, and for good reason. Installed originally for convenience and tolerated ever since, everyone tries not to think too much about it. That is until it is pressed into reluctant service for a house full of guests to the embarrassment of the owners.

Yet, as this low-key conversion shows, a small bathroom can claim glory through annexation and intelligent design.

Completed by CCI Renovations of North Vancouver and named as one of the top two ensuite renovations in this year’s Georgie awards, the makeover merged separate and feuding factions into a harmony of function.
Using the original location of a closet and the old sink/toilet and tub, the renovation created space, light and pride of place.