Basement Renovations Calgary

Want to turn your basement into a home theatre or games room for all the family?

Or maybe a home office or guest bedroom?

Perhaps you need more living space and don’t want to go to the expense of a home addition or just feel you should be making more use of the space?

No matter the scale of your basement development project or your reasons for going ahead, we can turn your grand basement idea into a reality with our 40+ years of experience in home renovations.

A basement renovation can help you make efficient use of all that extra space to start enjoying it as a family or for the kids to enjoy, or maybe that home office you always craved.

We project manage your basement renovation from start to finish to minimize disruption and ensure it’s ready on time.

Our process is simple. You just need to let us know what you need and we will:

  • Take care of everything including framing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, flooring, HVAC, millwork, and painting, as required
  • Get your entire basement looking how you planned
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We believe in seeing projects through with high quality craftsmanship and personal service at every stage.

Peace of mind

You can trust our established and respected Calgary renovators with all work backed by warranties.


We’re used to helping Calgary homeowners on tight budgets and keeping within them!

Safety & Care

Clean work environments that ensure the safety of your family, your property, and our team.

Basement Development Calgary

Basements in Calgary homes are really diverse.

From small rooms that make perfect home offices to spacious areas that can comfortably create a new space for all the family to enjoy, we can assist with all.

We want your new basement to look and feel as good as the rest of your house – sometimes even better than the upper floors!

As you make the big decisions about your home, it helps to have a listening ear and an experienced pair of eyes by your side.

We’ll help you select all the right moves for your basement renovation and be at your side from dream to completion.

What to know before hiring a basement contractor in Calgary

It is important to make sure that you check building licenses, permits, get written references, and agree on the project scope in writing.

It is also important to talk to the references so you know if they can provide you with the quality you are hoping for.

That will help prevent making expensive mistakes.

Our team at Litwiller will manage the project from concept through to completion as you create a space that adds functionality and value to your home: better for your lifestyle and better for your finances.

We can:

  • Help you create an entirely new basement, building walls, adjusting floors and ceilings, etc.
  • Complete all building, electrical, plumbing, painting, and other work required from start to finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to build a basement in Calgary?

You won’t be surprised to hear that costs depend on the extent of the project and the finishes you choose.

We can work within most budgets but a typical project would be in the region of $65-70 per square foot and up.

Basement renovations and basement developments usually take a minimum of eight weeks to complete.

Do I need a permit to develop my basement in Calgary?

There are bylaws in Calgary for home renovations and basement projects. 

However, if you’re renovating a basement, it is unlikely that you will require anything more than a building safety approval.

According to the City of Calgary:

“Typically, interior renovations and changes to existing basements do NOT need a permit when the work consists of minor cosmetic upgrades.

In most situations, your interior renovation or basement development will only require a building safety approval (building permit). 

If your design or location does not meet land use bylaw specifications, you will also require planning approval (development permit). ​”

We look after all the necessary paperwork for any approval and permits you may require for your basement project.

What is the legal basement window size in Calgary?

Special regulations apply to windows in Calgary basements, as set out in the Alberta Building Code. 

All basement windows must comply with egress (fire) window codes. 

As such:

  • They must have 3.8. sq. ft. of clear opening for a person to crawl through
  • No dimension can be less than 15 in.
  • Maximum recommended window height above finished floor: 5 feet

The Litwiller Process

Working with us is as easy as 1-2-3:

01You contact us

Contact us to begin the conversation. If the scope of work, timing, and budget are right for both parties, we will gather some initial information and arrange a convenient time to visit your home.

02We visit you

During our visit, we will assess your space(s), discuss more about what you want, and provide recommendations. It will be followed up with a written estimate including a target start date.

03We transform your home

Upon acceptance, we sign the agreement, perform a final check of scope, and agree dates to begin. We then manage the project from start to finish until you are entirely satisfied at the walkthrough.

After your renovation is completed, we will leave your home as clean as we found it!

Why Choose Us

Fully licensed

We are fully licensed with the City of Calgary and Service Alberta – with a $50,000 bond that goes towards a deposit and performance protection for you.

Quality of workmanship

Whether a basement renovation, addition or whole house alteration, the quality we provide transform dreams into beautiful, functional homes.

Decades of experience

We’ve been serving Calgary families for 40 years. This experience gives you the peace of mind that you, your family, and your home are in safe hands.

Personalised service

We take the time to get to know you and what you want. That helps us tailor every renovation to the needs of you and your family.


We believe in communicating with you every step of the way and will keep you informed of where we are at and what needs to be done.


We believe that dreams shouldn’t be priced out of reach. Our long history in the industry allows us to create beauty within the tightest of budgets.


You have our commitment to your satisfaction from the start. But all work is covered by warranties to protect your investment and provide added peace of mind.


No need to stress about obtaining the necessary development permits. We will take care of all permits needed for your project, including demolition permit, development permit and occupancy permit.

Industry Affiliations

We’re only as good as our reputation.

Proudly partnering with organizations who bring the same integrity and honesty to Calgary’s home renovation industry as we do.

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Successful renovations start with honest conversations.