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

If you are just starting to think about developing out that empty space of encompassing cold concrete called a basement, the first question that always comes into consideration is "how much is it going to cost me?"

As with all things in, it depends. The range of options for a basement development varies based on what you want to do with it and what you want to include. It also depends on the size of the basement as well as many other factors.

This is why we have created pre-built and priced basement packages that keep this simple and logical.

Our basement packages start at only $45/sf and includes everything you need for a starters basement. If you take this number and multiply it by the square footage of your basement, this should give you a good starting point to budget around.

An average basement in Calgary is around 600 - 700 square feet. This give you a budget range of about $27,000 - $35,000.

From that point on, our packages are designed to be custom. We have partnered with all local suppliers and manufactures to provide you with one of the largest selection bases in the business. Each one of our basement packages starts with a base level selection which you can choose from, or upgrade to higher levels with even more options. The possibilities are endless, only limited by your imagination.

What is included in the basement packages?

Our basement packages are all-inclusive and move-in-ready. Each standard basement package includes:

  • Permits

  • Design

  • Framing

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical

  • HVAC

  • Drywall

  • Flooring (client choice)

  • Paint (client choice)

  • Tile (client choice)

  • Finishing and trims

  • Cabinets/Vanities/Mirrors

  • Final clean

More options!

In addition to the basics, you can add whatever else you would like. We have many local suppliers and partners that offer discounted pricing when building your basement with us. Here are a few ideas:

Wet Bar / Kitchenette

Wet bars are a great addition we see in many basements. Wet bars typically average around $3,000 and can be a great feature for your basement.


Fireplaces are a fantastic addition to creating a cozy space, especially during the winter months in Calgary.

Electric fireplaces start around $1,500 and are fairly simple to install. Traditional gas fireplaces are typically more expensive as they require additional structural additions such as a gas line, venting, permits, as well as a mantle with tile or stone. They look fantastic and are a great heat source. Gas fireplaces can usually cost between $6,000 - $12,000 all-in.

Home Theatre

A home theatre system is very popular in many basement developments and have come down a lot in price. Create your own personal home theatre for everyone to enjoy on family night, or for watching the big game. You can build a dedicated media room with ambiance lighting and all, or a simple built in speaker system in the living area.


Speaking of adding a home theatre system, you can also soundproof your basement from both the upstairs and between rooms. Soundproofing is a great idea if you don't like hearing footsteps while you are in the basement, and to prevent the noise from downstairs traveling up to the main living area.


Sub-flooring isn't required, but we usually recommend it in the basement and clients always tell us it is absolutely worth it, especially in the basement on the cold hard concrete floor. High-quality sub-flooring is only $5/sf installed and provides additional cushion and warmth to the floor that makes it much easier to walk on.

Heated tile

Tile on concrete basement floors tends to stay very cold, which isn't very comfortable to walk on. Upgrade your bathroom with a heated tile flooring for as little at $500.


If you are looking for a great feature in the basement, adding build in cabinetry can be an excellent decision. A bookshelf, or even a wine rack (or room!) can be a great feature.

Feature wall

A feature wall can be another great addition to add some dimension to the basement. A feature wall may be as simple as a different colour of paint. You can also opt for wallpaper, stone, tile, or panelling to really create a standout feature peice.

Much more!

These are just a few examples of the typical additions we see in many of our basement developments, but by no means is this everything. If you have any inspirations that you would like to add or are curious about pricing, just ask us and we would be happy to help.

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