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Thinking about finishing your basement in Vaughan? That’s smart. A finished basement is not only a great way to expand the living space in your home; it is also a sound financial investment that will make your home much more attractive and valuable if and when you decide to sell in the future.


Or maybe you are considering adding a second suite or basement apartment in the future for an in-law, live-in nanny or as a source of rental income instead?* 


In either scenario we say — don’t just think about it finishing your basement — just do it. And we’ll help every step of the way with great advice, great design and excellent project management to ensure your basement not only meets your expectations, but exceeds them.


The fact is, whatever your basement plans are, Penguin Basements can help you realize them. With services such as basement planning, finishing, repair, waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space encapsulation and basement health and mold treatment, there is simply no basement project in Vaughan that we can’t handle.


So if you are looking to hire a basement contractor in Vaughan or anywhere within the York Region, give Penguin Basements a call at 416-633-7180 or fill out the FREE ESTIMATE form on this page and we’ll promptly arrange an in-home appointment where we’ll examine your current basement and sit down with you to discuss your wants and needs and exactly how you need your basement to function to determine the very best options, whether that’s for second living rooms, theatres, home offices, game or play rooms, basement apartments, or just about anything else you desire.


*Although not currently approved in Vaughan, The City is currently developing what it calls a “made-in-Vaughan” approach to secondary suites, or basement apartments based on citizen feedback to a meeting held on March 3, 2017 and in response to provincial policy from 2012 requiring municipalities to establish official plan policies and zoning by-law provisions allowing second units in detached, semi–detached and row houses, as well as in ancillary structures. The latest news we have from Vaughan is that the second suites zoning by-law should be enacted in September of this year, 2017. So book your build soon!


Limitations on Secondary Suites in Vaughan are as follows:

  • There can only be one secondary suite per dwelling;
  • There must be parking for at least three vehicles;
  • The home must have more than a nine-metre wide frontage;  
  • The apartment must have a separate entrance at the side or back of the house;
  • The basement apartment must not take up more than 45 per cent of the home’s total floor space;
  • Basement apartments will not be allowed in homes with boarders, a home business, a daycare or private tutoring and;  
  • The basement apartment must comply with the building code, fire code and all city bylaws.
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