Can I develop my basement myself?
You can, but we don't recommend it. There are many aspects that go in to developing a basement, so it's best to have a professional managing the job. When it comes to permits, inspections, all the trades you must coordinate, site clean ups, before you know it, developing your basement has turned into your full time job. Many times, do-it-yourself renovators take several years to complete their basements. We'll have the job done in months, plus
Rocket Renovations provides you the Calgary home owner with a warranty on all workmanship, so if something goes wrong, we'll fix it. You don't get that kind of peace of mind with a do-it-yourself project.
Is it going to cost me extra money to hire a contractor to develop my basement in Calgary?
No. The trades we hire are giving us a contractor's price because of the volume of work we give them. So, you're saving time and money in the end by paying a contractor to manage the trades, rather than searching for each trade yourself. Especially in Calgary's construction industry, it can be very hard to find someone reliable and that you trust. We have a great working relationship with these guys, and we only hire trades that are fully licensed and insured.
Can the plumbing rough-ins for the bathroom be moved?
Yes. We can jackhammer the concrete, move the plumbing and fill the concrete in again after City inspections. It's not as expensive as you might think. In fact, we often simply include this service in our contractor's fee.
How much will it cost to develop my basement in Calgary?
Basement development ranges widely depending on the size of your space, the extras you want, and your material choices. For example someone might want all designer bathroom fixtures, where as another person is perfectly happy with fixtures from the hardware store. Similarly, extensive built-in cabinets and flat ceilings are going to cost considerably more than simple drywall and stipple ceilings. There are endless extras you can add to your basement to make it your perfect living space. The best way to get a true idea of what it will cost is to call us for a free quote.
Do I need City of Calgary permits to develop my basement?
Yes, but don't worry Rocket Renovations will manage this process for you. For insurance and other reasons, it is very important to obtain the required permits from the City of Calgary. We're familiar with building codes and regulations, and experienced at providing detailed drawings and application forms required by the permit office. So, no long lines at City Hall for you, and no waiting for building, plumbing, electrical and gas inspectors to come by your house. We take care of it all.
What extras can I add to my basement to make it unique and functional for my family's needs?
There are endless extras you can add, but here are some ideas that have really added value for our customers:
- Theatre systems
- Sound proofing insulation
- Steam showers
- Raised sub floors for a warmer environment
- Wet bars and custom cabinetry
- Wine rooms and humidors
- Fireplaces, gas or electric
- Built-in cabinets and entertainment systems
- Window enlargements or additions
- Heated tile floors
- Specialty lighting
- Home gyms
- Wood working or craft rooms