Posted on 02/20/15 11:54 AM
Ideas for a new Edmonton basement development:
Do you have an uninspiring basement that you have no idea what to do with? Don’t know where to turn, but are open to suggestions? Perfect, with PLANiT BUILDERS the opportunities are endless! Turn that lower desolation into something fresh and new. There is always some reason for family to come to town for a visit – why not offer your home as a place to stay next time? Remodeling your basement and adding a guest bedroom and bathroom would be perfect for friends or family that need a place to stay when they are visiting. They could have their own space and would be far enough away from your room to grant you privacy. Not into having the family stay at your place? Us either – maybe sticking with dinner and evening plans are a better idea. Offer up your place with your beautiful new entertainment room and wet bar downstairs. That will certainly keep the family merry and having a good time. Just be prepared to answer a lot of questions about your recent renovation. (searching for Calgary’s best basement developers?? You found us!)
Leaving your space undeveloped or outdated downstairs drastically reduces the amount of useable space you have available in your home. Old basement designs are generally created around the premise of storage: a lot of space for your junk and not a lot for function. Get rid of that idea and add on the room you always wished you had. Wine cellar? Theatre room? Home gym? All the above and more are possible when you go through with giving your basement a much needed face-lift. If you have children and want them close-by, but not right in your space, a play area downstairs is a perfect compromise. The basement is the most unique space in a home in terms of its malleability. It can be turned into anything you desire as long as you have the imagination to think it up.
A basement renovation is by no means a small task. Finding a company that has experience with the designs you have in mind and a trustworthy background is a must. At PlaniT Builders, we have been redesigning basements into the most sought after room for years. We visit hundreds of basements a year in Alberta and have a great deal of experience working with homeowners like you to develop the basement you fantasize about. Just because the lower level is a dark and dingy mess right now doesn’t mean it must stay that way. Book your free estimate today and see what PLANiT BUILDERS can do to make your basement your new favorite room.
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Posted on 02/20/15 11:52 AM
Let’s be honest: dealing with a bug infestation is something that most people would like to avoid. It is—quite literally—the stuff that nightmares are made of. Fortunately, while those tiny pests are often a reality for many of us, eradicating them is not as difficult as one might think. If you find yourself in that situation, the team over at PLANit BUILDERS hopes that this article will bring you some degree of comfort. (PLANit BUILDERS is an Edmonton basement development company. You can find more about the services we offer on our website.)
Before going any further, let us make one thing clear: it does not matter whether your house is clean or not, or whether your basement is finished or unfinished. Stop beating yourself up for not having cleaned your basement enough in the last few months—it’s most likely not your fault.
With that being said, the first thing that you will want to do is a thorough assessment of your basement. In order to properly eliminate those crawling creatures, you will have to know what kinds of insects inhabit your basement. (Find them here?) If your basement is damp, buying a dehumidifier might do it some good. In many cases, bugs are attracted to damp basements—and even if the dehumidifier does not completely stop the infestation, you will still be able to enjoy the many benefits of using it. (PLANit BUILDERS recommends taking a look at this article detailing how to deal with a damp basement.)
Once this is done, proceed to seal any entryway from the outside into your basement. If you see any cracks or holes along the foundation, fix them. Don’t forget the floor drains and the windows. During the elimination process, avoid storing furniture in the basement. Keep the floors clean and free from clutter and try to vacuum the area at least once a week.
Spend time doing some research on what products would work best for the type of bug infestation you are suffering from. If you are worried about the health hazards associated with commercial bug sprays, try using vinegar instead. Many people have found a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to work as well—if not better—than most commercial products.
Finally, don’t panic. Remember that bugs love three things: dampness, food and shelter. (And that at the end of the day, they might be really creepy—but they are still totally harmless.)
Posted on 02/20/15 11:51 AM
If you know anything about Edmonton garage development, you probably already know that choosing the wrong kind of garage flooring has the potential to be extremely dangerous. Fortunately, the team over at PLANit BUILDERS is no amateur when it comes to garage floorings. If you are planning on renovating your garage, PLANit BUILDERS has prepared a short article detailing three different types of floorings for you to consider.
The quickest type of garage flooring comes in the form of a garage mat. The latter does not require any installation and can simply be rolled out. Ideal for covering up stains and cracks, garage mats are incredibly easy to maintain. Quality mats should be able to resist chemical spills and be strong enough to withstand heavy traffic. They should also be slip resistant.
Like garage mats, garage tiles are used to cover up stains and cracks. They also are quite easy to install and even easier to remove. Garage tiles come in a few different sizes, with 12 inch by 12 inch being the standard size. While they are usually a bit more expensive than garage mats, they give garage owners the opportunity to create interesting and attractive patterns.
Probably the least common type of garage flooring, epoxy flooring consists of multiple layers of epoxy. The latter, in its simple definition, is a system that is made of resins and hardeners. When those two ingredients are combined, they react chemically and bond together to create a rigid material. Epoxy floorings are one of the most endurable floorings available on the market and tend to be much cheaper than garage tiles. They are perfect for garages as they are both chemical and oil resistant.
Having difficulty renovating your garage? PLANit BUILDERS can help you! Give us a call today to see what we can do for you.
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Posted on 02/20/15 11:49 AM
Because of the often damp nature of basements, mold is a problem that many of us will encounter at one point or another. The simplest way to fix and prevent basement mold is to call on the help of a Calgary basement development company. However, if you would like to tackle the challenge of ridding your basement of mold by yourself, here is what you should know before.
Mold is dangerous. We are sure that you already that, but are you aware of how dangerous mold truly is? According to Health Canada, mold has been shown to cause severe infections to people with weakened immune systems. Even if you do not have a weakened immune system, PLANit BUILDERS highly encourages you to put on a respirator before going anywhere near the affected area as mold has been linked to allergies and other respiratory problems.
Clean the surface. Once you have taken the proper safety measures, it is time to get rid of the mold. First dampen the affected surgace with water, then mix water and dish detergent in a bowl. Scrub the surface until all visible spores are gone. Don’t forget to rinse the walls again with fresh water.
Find and fix the underlying cause. Do not merely treat the symptoms otherwise the mold will reappear before you know it. Do not hesitate to rely on professionals to ensure this step is done correctly—they do that for a living, after all.
Keep your basement in good condition. Maintaining your basement in good condition is the surest way to prevent mold. Don’t forget that mold also thrives in a humid basement. According to Health Canada, a basement should have a humidity level of 50% in the summer and 30% in the winter. If necessary, you should look into purchasing a dehumidifier. Also be aware that mold often accompanies bugs. If that is the case with your basement, you might enjoy this article detailing how to fix this issue.