Answers for the most commonly asked questions about basement construction

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Q: What is the cost of a basement construction project?
A: Basement construction projects generally start at $25,000 but it depends on many variables, such as the size of the basement, the construction work that needs to be done to repair existing problems (leaks or wet basement) and added features such as custom cabinetry.
Q: How long does it take to build a basement?
A: A standard basement development takes 6-8 weeks (from construction start). It varies with the size of the basement and what is going in to the basement. Extra time will be needed if you want to include a bathroom or kitchen. The same applies if you want to add features such as a Sauna, Home Theater, Bar (with water lines), Exercise Room, Work Shop or Laundry Room. A legal basement suite development generally takes 10-12 weeks.
Q: Do I need permits?
A: All basement developments require permits and the number of permits depend on the specifics of the basement project. At Burton Quality Builders we always place as much emphasis on legal requirements (such as pulling permits and calling for inspections) and following the Alberta Building Code as we do on the construction process. Should you go to sell your home and proper permits are not obtained and inspections passed, your basement development will not be recognized by the city and you may lose on the added value.
Q: What if I have a leak in my basement?
A: Any defects in your basement such as a water leak must be fixed before your basement project begins as it will be much more difficult and costly to make the same repairs after your basement project is completed. Burton Quality Builders has the specialists on hand to deal with any water problems in your basement project.
Q: Is it true that there are special building materials for basement projects?
A: When building on concrete, there are different requirements by law. This is just one of many reasons why you should have your basement work done by Burton Quality Builders, an Edmonton builder that specializes in basement and garage building projects.
Q: What is required to build a legal suite for renters in my basement?
A: Some of the many provincial requirements include: significant upgrades to the mechanical room, fire separation and other fire regulations and a separate entrance.
Q: Can you build a separate entrance for the basement?
A: Yes, there are a few different ways to meet this legal requirement. Contact a Burton Quality Builders representative to discuss the options for your specific project.

Refinishing your basement could add a lot of living space to your home. For example, if you live in a two-storey home, refinishing your basement could give you about 30% more living space and that number jumps up to about 40% if you have a one-storey home.

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