1. Set a goal for your renovation project
2. * Budget budget and budget *
3. Find the right contractor for your project
4. Be realistic in your expectation
5. Do your own research
6. Pay attention to your project details
7. Get the right advice
8. Don’t have any regrets after making decisions
9. Check-in on the project every day
10. Renovate for the future
11. Have fun
City Development Permit
Do I need a permit to develop a basement in the province of Alberta?
Yes you do, only the property owner or a licensed contractor can obtain a city development permit. Please follow the city guidelines.
Can I work on my own electrical home wiring?
Yes you can work on your electrical home wiring in the city of Calgary. Before you start any work you need to request an owner’s permit which covers both the electrical and plumbing work, you will also be required to do inspection at the rough-in and final stages in order to be compliant with city code.
Can I work on my own home gas system?
NO, you can not work on your own home gas system or any gas line , you need to contract a licensed gas fitter to do the work. Please follow the city guidelines.
If you are in doubt about the work you are doing it is best to hire a professional
What is the difference between a basement suite and a legal suite?
You need to obtain a city development permit for either a basement suite or a legal suite.
Basement suite can be extra living space, extra bed rooms, entertainment area, man cave etc., it is not considered a legal suite
Legal suite has to meet city code requirements some of which are listed below:
1. It must have a separate entrance from the main house
2. It must have a separate climate control system from the main house
3. It must be completely sealed form the main house
4. It must not have any open cavities or holes between the suite and the main house
5. It must have a separate ventilation air system and make up air system if required
Obtaining city permits from the city is a very important task that has many benefit:
1. This ensures all the work has met city code requirements and will give you peace of mind
2. Doing the work in compliance with city bylaws will increase the property's future resale value
3. This saves you money by reducing long term maintenance expenses
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapor pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air, a trait known as volatility. For example, formaldehyde, which evaporates from paint and releases from materials like resin, has a boiling point of only –19 °C (–2 °F).
VOCs are numerous, varied, and ubiquitous. They include both human-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds. Most scents or odors are of VOCs. VOCs play an important role in communication between plants, and messages from plants to animals. Some VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment. Anthropogenic VOCs are regulated by law, especially indoors, where concentrations are the highest. Harmful VOCs typically are not acutely toxic, but have compounding long-term health effects. Because the concentrations are usually low and the symptoms slow to develop, research into VOCs and their effects is difficult.