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With 2021 finally arriving, the time to start renovating your home has begun. Although many people opt for traditional projects, such as bathroom or kitchen renovations, we’re going to focus on your home’s lower level. 

 

In this segment, we look at a few innovative basement development ideas that will completely transform your home. You can experience the next level of comfort, style and value with these stunning 2021 ideas. 

 

Three Basement Renovation Ideas For 2021

 

Create An Open Concept For Your Basement 

Many basements can be cramped spaces, so one way to maximize space – and design – is to opt for an open-concept basement. By removing walls, you’ll create a barrier-free space that allows you to move freely around your lower level.

 

An open concept basement will use the naturally spacious structure of the basement, allowing you to create a multi-purpose room that suits your family’s needs. You can use it as a theatre room, man cave, gym or an enlarged workspace. 

 

The additional room throughout the basement will allow you to push past your design and creative limits, ensuring you have more flexibility to combine and mix styles (your Calgary home renovation company can help you with this if you struggle to find a delicate balance between styles). 

 

Significantly, the reduced level of confinement means that you and your family will breathe freely, enjoy movement and be able to experience a sanctuary with additional light and space.

 

Entertainment & Theatre Room 

If 2020 told us anything, it’s that homeowners are opting for stay at home entertainment. The rise of streaming services and newly-released movies being available for immediate purchase at home means that homeowners want to maximize their viewing experience. 

 

This is why choosing to transform your basement development into an entertainment and theatre room. You can include everything to truly bring home that cinema experience: sealed walls for soundproof, a projector screen, reclining seats, surround sound, popcorn machine, smartly-positioned lights, and advanced home automation systems. You can even add kitchenettes, bar areas or unique bathroom renovations so that the whole basement is your own little cineplex.   

 

You can also use it for more than movies. You can watch live sporting events or can catch-up on the latest binge-worthy shows. It’s a fantastic option for the whole family as you’ll all be able to experience the joys of the room. 

 

A High-Intense Gym Or A Relaxing Spa 

You can maximize the space of your basement in two very different ways. 

 

Firstly, you can use it as a gym thanks to its wide-open space and optimum position. Load up the equipment, create a space to work out and set up the areas within the basement where you do specific exercises. But it’s more than adding equipment to it; it’s about creating an atmosphere where you can truly thrive. 

 

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Change the painting, add layers of different lighting hues, install new windows for natural light, add in a TV or sound system, place a few inspiring quotations on the walls – whatever you see fit (no pun intended!) to help you create an authentic gym atmosphere in your basement. 

 

Secondly, you can opt for a more relaxing experience: creating a spa with all appropriate luxuries. You can include a steam tub, sauna, and massage room. Once again, choose lighting, designs or daily encouragement designs in the form of decor pieces (words like “relax”, “breathe”, “enjoy” are always helpful) to create a relaxing environment. 

 

It is even possible to set up a home gym and spa in the same basement space (especially if you maximized the open concept design we discussed above).

 

Why choose these options? It’s going to inspire you to maintain a balanced mind and body. And there’s nothing better than that! 

 

Whether as part of your complete home renovations in Calgary or just a standalone project, transforming your basement can elevate the atmosphere, quality of life and value of your property.

 

Ultimate Homes & Renovations is Calgary’s only 11- time “Renovator of the Year”. Our mission is to bring your home to life. For over 40 years, we have established ourselves as the industry’s elite team of contractors for complete home renovations in Calgary and Edmonton. Our quality craftsmanship, superior customer service and our ability to exceed expectations are how we have established ourselves as the renovator of choice for homeowners. Contact us at (403)-287-3122 (Calgary) or (780)-430-6441 (Edmonton). 

For many residents, a basement is a large, cold, damp space serving zero interest to their home. However, investing in a basement development in Calgary can turn this sad part of your home into a profitable component that benefits your lifestyle and home’s value. 


To transform your basement into a thriving new part of your home, you have to focus on the critical features of the development. These features are the building blocks of your basement, and without them, you won’t be able to maximize your design and layout. 


Before we get to that, let’s look at the benefits that you can experience with a basement development in Calgary


Calgary Basement Development Benefits 


A basement development offers many benefits, both financially and socially, including: 


  • Space Creation: The additional usable space can be worked to your liking, opening up more opportunities for you to maximize it. 
  • Versatility: Your basement development can be turned into any room you desire. It can be separate living quarters or be used as guest suites, bedrooms, entertainment rooms and office space, to name a few.
  • Increased Home Value: A refurbished basement is like having an extra bedroom or entertainment section in the house. Basement finishes and renovations are guaranteed improvements that increase your home’s value and curb appeal. 
  • Energy-Efficiency: Many basements are suckers of energy and heat. But you can remodel yours to make it more energy efficient, resulting in reduced costs and increased comfort.
  • Extra Income: Many homeowners turn their basements into mini-apartments and rent them out to earn extra income. You can do this by yourself or with the help of a property manager. 
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Four Key Features of a Basement Development in Calgary 


There are many factors that homeowners must consider when it comes to engaging in complete home renovations in Calgary. But for your basement development, there are four key features that will have the most impact on it: 

 

Framing & Layout 

  • In many situations, basements are created as vast open spaces with little construction. Therefore, starting a basement development requires creating an appropriate layout. The layout is not merely a blueprint but a plan meant to establish where framing will be positioned. Framing is needed to determine where to place walls so you can create more rooms out of the vast open space. These two factors will act as the foundation of your basement, where everything else will flow. Without them, you won’t be able to proceed with your additional rooms, be it a bathroom or bedroom, as well as aid with other basement renovations. 

Plumbing & Electrical Upgrades

  • Once the layout has been completed, plumbing and electrical systems need to be installed. This is a critical part of the development as you have to ensure that these systems connect to the right rooms (plumbing to the bathroom, for example) and work as they should. Failure to do so will result in your basement being poorly connected to central home systems. 

Flooring & Ceiling 

  • Your floor and ceiling will have a significant impact on the comfort levels in your basement suite. When choosing these sections, you have to consider factors such as increased humidity, cooler temperatures, and how limited lighting can influence your material choice. You should also consider the maintenance of these products, as it will vary in cost and time required. For flooring, you can choose from vinyl, linoleum, laminate, hardwood and carpets. As for ceilings, consider whether you want to have a suspended ceiling or not. It can give off a very “basement” feeling, so consider other options available to you. 

Adequate Lighting

  • As basements are underground, they typically receive little, if any, natural light, compared to other rooms in the home. Therefore, the amount and type of lighting you install in your development will impact the aesthetics of your basement, the cost (in terms of installation, the lights itself and the energy bills) and the atmosphere within the suite. Ensure your plan is geared towards ensuring the entire basement receives adequate lighting.

All in all, investing in your basement has its benefits, as long as you can focus on the key features that will impact its development and long-term outlook. These factors must be considered when you speak to your Calgary home renovations company, thereby ensuring your investment is maximized.  




Ultimate Homes & Renovations is Calgary’s only 11- time “Renovator of the Year”. Our mission is to bring your home to life. For over 40 years, we have established ourselves as the industry’s elite team of contractors for complete home renovations in Calgary and Edmonton. Our quality craftsmanship, superior customer service and our ability to exceed expectations are how we have established ourselves as the renovator of choice for homeowners. Contact us at (403)-287-3122 (Calgary) or (780)-430-6441 (Edmonton).