Thinking about finishing your basement in the Tri-city area of Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo?


The regional municipality of Waterloo is home to the cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo. The municipality as a whole is a large metropolitan area in southern Ontario, established in 1853 and formerly known as Waterloo County.


The area is home to a number of popular museums, parks, and galleries, along with a variety of post-secondary educational institutions famous throughout the country at large. With a low crime rate and an active real estate market, the tri-city area of Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge is the perfect place to settle down and establish your roots for a long-term place to call your own as a homeowner.


Once you’ve settled into your home, it may be time to consider some extra renovation work in order to bring your vision for your dream design to life. Beyond working on the main floors and primary living areas, a finished basement can also be an excellent way to expand the living space within your home, and can be a smart financial investment that will increase the value and desirability of your home, should you decide to sell in the future.




At Penguin Basements, we’re here to help you bring your dream designs for your basement renovation to life, no matter the size or the scale of your project. As the winners of the Basement Renovation of the Year award in 2019, along with numerous other Consumer Choice awards, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve everything you’ve hoped for and more.


An unfinished basement is a valuable resource full of untapped potential. We’re here to help you turn it into anything you can imagine, from a personal space perfect for some time alone to a family room ideal for sharing perfect memories – you could even opt for a second suite to rent out for some extra income.


We work with every single customer personally, with a business model built on our Smart Basements approach to creating quality basements on time and with excellent standards of communication and customer satisfaction.




One of the best potential new uses for your renovated basement project is a room for personal use, whether that means a private space to get away from it all or a family room to connect with the ones you love. No matter your budget or style ideas, we can help you turn your basement into the ideal space for personal use.


From accommodations for a growing family to a new family craft room, your personal use space can have it all. You could even opt to renovate the space into your own home cinema or private gym to suit your exact interests and preferences.


Your personal use space could also be the perfect room to set up for elderly members of the family or older children home for the holidays, or even a children’s playroom to keep them entertained while they have the time of their lives in a space just for them.


Alternatively, you can cash in on your basement now by adding a second suite or basement apartment to your home as a source of rental income.




If you’re more inclined to renovate your basement into a second suite perfect for renting out the space to help you make some extra income, we’re happy to help you every step of the way on your journey to setting up your second suite unit to the highest standards of quality and regulatory compliance.


We can help you turn your unfinished basement into a space that complies stringently with all legal, practical, and provincial requirements, allowing you to focus on letting your ideas come to life while we work on bringing them to reality.


Our team of experts will handle all the details of the zoning, fire, and building code requirements needed to set up a legal rental space. Invest in the future of your home by setting up a self-contained second unit with its own private kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area to help you generate an extra income to benefit you and your family.


Second suites can also work to make a positive impact on the economy of your area, as they bring in an additional workforce to local labour markets. The addition of a second suite can also help you subsidize your income, and increase the supply of affordable housing in the neighbourhood. Setting up a second suite in your basement will allow you to get back 100% of the income, as you will be the live-in property owner.


From student housing spaces to Airbnb setups, renovating your basement into a second suite can be the ideal way to help you make the most of your home with ease.


Regardless of what you decide to do with your basement, we can help every step of the way with great advice, great designs, and construction management designed to exceed your expectations, rather than just meet them.




Whatever your basement plans are, Penguin Basements can help you realize them. With services such as planning, design, custom finishing, water damage repair and waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and walkout builds, to name but a few, there is simply no component of a basement build project in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo area that we can’t handle.


At every stage of the renovation project, from first contact to the finished product, we will be with you every step of the way to help you overcome every obstacle and bring you closer to the space of your dreams. You will be connected to your dedicated project manager right from the start who will guide you through the process and help you with any challenges you may face, all the way up to your final design, which we will walk you through with a virtual 3D tour before beginning construction, allowing you to make sure you’re 100% satisfied with your new space before we proceed.


Most importantly, we handle all the legal responsibilities for you, making sure everything about your project is completed above board and to the highest standards of safety and quality as per local, municipal, and governmental regulations.


When you are ready to hire the best basement contractor in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, give Penguin Basements a call at 519-900-4353. Or, you can fill out the FREE In-home Estimate form on this page when it suits you.


We’ll call you back to arrange an in-home appointment where we’ll discuss your needs, examine your existing basement, talk budgets, and draw preliminary basement plans to provide you with an exacting estimate inclusive of ideas such as an expanded living space, home theatre, wine cellar, home office, games rooms and/or guest rooms or rental space as you see fit. Penguin Basements is currently involved with builds on Trussler Road, Selkirk Drive, and Eden Oak Trail in Kitchener and Forest Gate Crescent and Pelham Street in Waterloo.


Watch for Basement Showcase Open Houses in town to see the best of what Penguin Basements has to offer you and your new basement renovation project.




What can add the most value to your basement?


There are a number of ways to add value to your basement through renovation and remodelling, especially when starting with an unfinished basement. From setting up an additional bedroom or bathroom to increase the property value of your home to installing a second suite you can rent out for extra income, the possibilities are endless.


How long should it take to remodel your basement?


Basement renovation projects vary in how long they can take based on a number of different factors, ranging from project scope to the level of complexity required in making the changes needed for your design ideas. As a general rule, renovation projects typically take anywhere between 12-16 weeks from start to finish.

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