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When you want to develop or renovate your basement in Calgary there are certain permits that you will need depending on the use to which the basement is going to be put. Permits are there for your protection and are the result of years of experience, testing and feed back. The proper permits ensure that what is being built is safe and that the appearance and use of it is consistent with other properties in the neighborhood.

A development permit is required if you are renovating to use the area for a business, changing the use (developing a suite with a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen) or changing the exterior walls or size of your house. If you are making structural changes to floors or beams for example, building a bedroom or bathroom, or if the value of the development is over $5,000 (which it likely will be) then you require a building permit. You may also need plumbing, heating and electrical permits. Any structural changes such as moving a post or beam will need detailed drawings.

Fortunately, Calgary basement developers are familiar with these permits and once you have agreed to have your basement built they will produce all the designs and plans for you and obtain the necessary permits on your behalf.

Of course, there are all sorts of things you can do when developing a basement. Some people just want a play area for the kids, others may need an extra bedroom or bathroom or even a whole suite for a relative. Still others want a games room, a basement wet bar for entertaining family and friends, a home office, or even a man cave with a huge plasma television and all the latest electronic toys and gadgets.

Whatever your requirements you can be sure that PLANIT BUILDERS have the knowledge and the skills to provide a finished product that is exactly as you had dreamed it would be.

Three builders of new homes in Calgary have been awarded the title of J D Power Builders Of Excellence for 2013. They are Innovations By Jayman, Sterling Homes and Brookfield Homes.

All three businesses were rated highly for providing outstanding customer satisfaction and service.

The study, which is conducted in co-operation with the Professional Home Builders Association of Alberta, measures how satisfied customers are through the purchase process and early occupation. All performed very well in construction team/site; workmanship and materials; home readiness; service and staff. According to J D Power, levels of customer satisfaction in Calgary in 2013 are the highest that they have been since 2008.

Jayman have a range of quick possession homes if you want to move in fast, but equally will let you design your own home from a choice of floor plans, innovations such as their Quantum Performance energy saving system, and a dream kitchen which includes the optional Chef’s Fit. They currently have developments at Currie Barracks, Auburn Bay, Mahogany, Douglasdale and Chaparral Valley, in addition to New Brighton which is described as reminiscent of the English countryside.

Sterling Homes have communities in Drake Landing, Mountain View, Ranchers Rise and The Hill in Westridge – all in Okotoks – together with others at McKenzie Lake, Panorama Hills and Airdrie. More developments are at Legacy – SE, Kinniburgh, Sequoia and Silverado – SW and Nolan Hill – NW.

Brookfield Homes are presently building in Cranston, McKenzie Towne and Riverstone of Cranston, Auburn Bay as well as Bridgeland in the North East. They have Condominium Town Homes, side-by-side Homes and Single Family Homes at prices ranging from $200,000 to $430,000. A side-by-side show home at Auburn Bay has very recently opened. They currently have no fewer than 16 homes ready for immediate possession in Cranstone, Riverstone, Auburn Bay and McKenzie Towne. Brookfield do point out on their webstite that the show homes shown are of the same floor plan as the ones available for quick possession – not the actual home for sale – but you can nevertheless get a very good idea of whether a particular home is likely to be for you and is worth following up.

Hard on the heels of these three is another Calgary developer, Riverview Custom Homes. This company has been doing renovation projects and estate developments from $50,000 to over $5,000,000 for the last ten years. Apart from their skills as craftsmen, one of the things that is unique about Riverview is that they keep every invoice and receipt for clients to view at any time. If they say that the bill for door fittings, for example, was $710.47 then you know that is exactly what it cost. You can be absolutely certain that you will never be overcharged.