Basement Development

Basement development is always relevant these days. Either more space is needed for a growing family or a suite is required to help pay the mortgage to cover the rising cost of houses. We can help.

Like every project, we do we will want to arrange an onsite visit to assess your wants and needs and gather the information we will need to develop a plan. There are a few scenarios people may have with their existing basements. They may be undeveloped, they may be finished decades ago and need to be updated and improved, or perhaps it may be an in-law suite or a legal suite you want to make the most of the space you have.

Project Home Improvement is your complete source for all your home renovation needs. We can work with you to create a project description, floor plans, requirements for a building permit, and of course a detailed cost estimate breakdown to create a budget. The time we spend working closely with our clients before any tools come out is key. This is how you will know exactly what you will get, how much it will cost, and how long it will take before you start. Our first visit is free and we can talk rough numbers to help establish a budget.

For a complete detailed estimate, this requires time to choose all the fixtures and finishes and get the sub-trades on site to get real estimates for their work. We do require a small deposit to take it to that step and that deposit will be applied to the cost of the project when the build phase moves forward. We also provide our customers with a transparent cost report to track all transactions along the way.

Here are some common things people need to make the most of their basement space:

-Adding new windows, or separate entrances is common. You may need larger windows if you plan to build a suite as bedrooms require windows to be large enough to escape out of in case of a fire.

-A bathroom in a basement without one is always money well spent to improve the use of space.

-The most common use of this space is to develop a legal suite or an in-law suite. An in-law is for a family member. This creates their own living space separate from the rest of their space. The only thing the city doesn’t allow in an in-law suite is a stove.

-A legal suite unfortunately has many requirements and restrictions imposed by the city. They are constantly adding more and more requirements making it cost more to build a legal suite. Due to the cost of such requirements This is why suites without legal status are common in this market. Whichever direction you want to go or whatever the development of the basement you would like to make we can help you from start to final completion.