Renovate Away From the Frigid Basement Blues

Basements. They used to be the stuff of childhood fears, and even gave many grownups the willies. Dark, cold, and cobwebbed, they lurked beneath the streets of Calgary waiting to spook their next victim.

Not anymore. Calgary families have been demanding a whole lot more from their home’s basements in the past decade, and the custom renovation team at Malbec Homes & Renovations has been happy to help them. We can help you convert your drafty, unwelcoming basement to the room—or rooms—you really want, and make it far cozier than you might have thought possible.

Renovate, Insulate, and Invigorate Your Calgary Basement

If your basement is essentially a waste of space, used for a bit of storage, a few appliances, and nothing else, it might be time to put it to better use. Playrooms, media rooms, bedrooms, even bathrooms and kitchens can be built during basement renovations, and they can be made to feel as finished and luxurious as any other room in the house.

Controlling the temperature in your basement is easier than you might think, too. A higher R-value insulation against the basement walls, a decent heating system, and maybe a fireplace, and your remodeled basement will be nice and warm during the Calgary winters. In the summer, your basement will stay naturally cooler than the rest of your home, giving you a nice way to duck the heat without added air conditioning costs.

Whatever you dream of your basement being, we can help you build it! Give us a call today and see how you can turn off those frigid basement blues.

Tile After Tile of Custom Calgary KItchen Renovations

The professional custom home building team here at Malbec Homes & Renovations has been around for a while, and we’ve seen our fair share of Calgary kitchens old and new. From the tried-and-true to the new-and-improved, we’ve built and renovated kitchens throughout the Calgary area using a variety of materials—but you don’t have to take our expertise for granite!

Does Your Custom Kitchen Have the Right Stuff?

Ceramic, stone, stainless steel, or even plastics (they’re doing some surprising stuff with it these days) can all be used to give your custom Calgary kitchen the look, feel, and longevity you crave. Our design team can help you pick the perfect materials for your custom build.

You can make you kitchen a true work of art with a tile mosaic backsplash or countertop: go for the clean, austere timelessness of natural stone floors and surfaces; or opt for the ultra modern sterility of stainless steel as used in practically every commercial kitchen and Calgary restaurant. Whatever materials you select, you can be sure they’ll be measured with precision and cut with care to make your kitchen a seamless fit with the rest of your Calgary home.

Custom Kitchen Cabinetry and More

Of course, picking the base materials for your kitchen’s surfaces is just the beginning of a quality custom renovation. Cabinets, appliances, faucets, and an array of finishing touches can all be custom selected by you and custom installed by us. So don’t hold back—if you can dream it, we can build it! Give us a call today, and get on the road to the custom Calgary kitchen of your dreams.

Spice Up Your Calgary Bedroom with a Custom Renovation

We’re not trying to pry—and really, there are some things we don’t need or want to know—but have things been getting a little boring in your Calgary bedroom lately? Paint seems drab and dated, closets don’t seem to hold as much as they used to, lighting just doesn’t set your heart aglow?

Maybe it’s time you considered a custom bedroom makeover from the Calgary luxury experts at Malbec Homes & Renovations.

Make Your Bedroom the Envy of Calgary

A bedroom renovation can be as simple as redoing your walls and floors and removing “popcorn” ceilings, or as full-bore as changing the layout, rewiring speakers and lighting for a premium media experience, or converting an existing bedroom into something completely different that better meets you and your family’s needs.

Maybe you want a meditation room instead of a guest bedroom. Maybe you want a home gym instead of a home office, with custom nooks for all of your equipment and a layout that fits your workout’s style. Maybe you want a soundproof recording studio to encourage your son’s dream of becoming Calgary’s next great rapper without having to listen to him rap. Our home building team can make it all happen (except for the “Calgary’s next great rapper” part, of course).

Call Calgary’s Luxury Custom Home Builders Today

Malbec Homes & Renovations can handle every step of your Calgary bedroom renovation, from the first design ideas to the final lick of paint. Call us today, and the only time you’ll feel alone during your bedroom’s remodeling is when it’s done and ready for you to enjoy.

The Non-Basement Basement Renovation

This basement renovation is the most unbasement-like development Malbec Homes & Renovations has ever done in Calgary. The large windows allow for extensive light to shine in. And the room feels spacious and open since we replaced the staircase wall with a railing. Other features we designed and built:

  •  A coffered ceiling that integrates the dropped ducts but permits for more height where possible. Speakers and pot lighting also sit within the ceiling.
  •  The kitchen/bar has LED lighting in and under the shelving. It also has custom-made glass and aluminum cabinet doors and a ledgestone backsplash. Plus, a dishwasher, fridge, large-scale icemaker and a Kegerator (AKA sweet beer fridge with quick access tap).
  •  There’s hand-scraped engineered hardwood flooring in the main area, and the media centre is all custom cabinetry.
  •  Underneath the stairs, the area has been prepped for a wine room. This includes a glass window, accent maple paneling and a cooling system.
  •  The bathroom has a 6×4-foot, fully sealed steam shower with body sprayers and a bench, along with large-format tiles and glass tile accents.
  •  The spare room is a home gym with a rubber floor. The clickable flooring system can be easily removed.

Calgary Basement Renovations Bathe Your Bottom in Luxury

Though once used for little more than storage, and to keep a few appliances tucked away, luxury basements have replaced the luxury penthouse in many custom built and custom renovated homes in the Calgary area. Whether you want a man cave, a full-floor walk-in closet, a playroom for the kids or a decked-out gaming center that’s just for the grown-ups, we can help you dream it, design it, and get it done.

Calgary’s Custom Home Builders Banish Boring Basements

The bottom of your Calgary home should be as livable and luxurious as every other space in the house—and more so, if you can manage it. If your basement is still a cramped, dark, uninsulated cell, you owe yourself a basement renovation.

You also deserve to have it done right, and that’s where our professional renovation team enters the picture. We’ve been taking standard-issue Calgary-area basements and transforming them into customized luxury living areas for years, and we’d love to help you renovate your way to a basement that sets the tone for the rest of your home.

With everyone you need all under one roof, Malbec Homes & Renovations makes every Calgary custom build a breeze, whether it’s a basement, a bathroom, a basement bathroom—we’re that versatile! From the nitty-gritty details of plumbing and wiring to an understanding of your family’s needs and dreams to the finishing design touches that will make your renovation custom-suited to your taste, we will listen, advise, and execute your plans precisely.

That’s what quality home renovation is all about!

A Kitchen Renovation Fit for the Calgary Stampede

Game day for the Calgary Stampeders, get-togethers when the rodeo takes over the town, or entertaining family and friends during the holidays or just because: they all need a kitchen that can get the job done. With a custom kitchen renovation from Calgary’s premier luxury home builders, you can get the appliances, finishes, and layout you need to make every gathering a success.

Build a Kitchen to Rival Calgary’s Top Chefs

Double ovens? A six-burner gas range with a hood vent as powerful as it is quiet? Stone countertops with accented backsplashes that make cleaning a breeze and keep your kitchen looking stylish? If you can dream it, chances are we can build it in a custom kitchen renovation designed to meet your needs and to match your current Calgary home’s decor.

Renovating your kitchen can be as simple as swapping out countertops and upgrading appliances, and as extensive as pulling down walls and changing your kitchen’s entire layout to create more cooking space, better flow between your kitchen and living areas, and an aesthetic that’s suited to your taste from the ground up. Whether you want a minor renovation or a brand new custom kitchen, we can help give you the luxury cooking experience you deserve.

Custom Kitchens for Unique Calgary Families

They say the kitchen is the heart of any home. If your kitchen isn’t just the way your family wants it to be, a little open-heart surgery might be in order. Let us renovate and rejuvenate your family’s center, and help give you the kitchen of your dreams!

Custom Renovations When Calgary Kids Fly the Coop

Whether it’s college or a new career that has left you with an empty nest and some extra room in your Calgary home, having a kid move out means one thing: opportunity.

Sure, you’ll miss having them around, having them to cook for, might even miss picking up the piles of laundry from their bedroom floor…sometimes. But on balance, the custom home theatre or first-class workout room or private yoga studio will be worth it, don’t you think? Whether your child lives across town or somewhere outside Calgary altogether, when they’re done with the space you’ve given them it’s free for you to renovate however you want.

Reclaim Your Calgary Home With a Custom Renovation

You could turn your suddenly-free bedroom into a simple guest room, of course, but where’s the fun in that? Let your visitors crash on the couch or stay in one of Calgary’s great hotels, and let your golden years pay off in full.

Whatever you can dream, Malbec Homes can build, whether it’s expanding a master suite, installing a sauna, or wiring and soundproofing a room for you to launch your youthful rock’n’roll dreams. It’s not just your offspring’s life that’s changing; you’ve got a whole new world of opportunities opening up in front of you, as well.

So let your imagination run wild. When you’ve settled on a few of your favorite ideas, give us a call and we’ll make sure your custom renovation runs smoothly. Think of us as part of your extended Calgary family, except instead of taking up space in your home, we’ll make it up just the way you want it.

Custom Calgary Bathroom Renovations

What would make your Calgary bathroom perfect? A rainfall shower with side sprayers for that fresh-from-the-carwash feel? A soaking tub with hydrotherapy jets and touchpad temperature control? A set of dual his-and-her commodes (hey—they exist, and we’re not here to judge)?

If you have the space, or can knock down a wall to make it, we can put all of these features and more into your custom-renovated Calgary bathroom.

Calgary’s Dream Bathrooms Start With Calgary Dreamers

Indoor plumbing has been around for a couple millennia, but the things experienced Calgary home builders are able to do with that plumbing have grown by leaps and bounds thanks to the innovations of the digital age. Your bathroom renovation can be a whole lot more than swapping out tiles and sinks.

Low-energy, high efficiency floor heaters with automatic thermostats can ensure that your bare feet will feel cozy on your bathroom floor no matter how cold the Calgary winters get. Digital controls for showers and tubs can be programmed with multiple user settings, so you can get exactly the temperature and jet/sprayer settings you want for the perfect way to relax and get clean. Modern toilets cut your water use down dramatically, and science has even given us ways to keep your bathroom mirror fog-free.

It’s like we’re living in the future, even in a city like Calgary that regularly celebrates its pioneering past.

So, Calgarians, dream up the most outlandish, luxurious, and unexpected bathroom you can, and chances are a team of dedicated Calgary custom bathroom renovators can build it for you. All you have to do is ask.

Renovating Your Way to a Calgary Luxury Lifestyle

Home renovations are a great way to get the custom Calgary home of your dreams in less time and at a lower cost than brand new construction. Whether you want to preserve your home’s historic integrity and charm while making some changes to suit your modern needs, or just need a few adjustments to make your house perfect, the right renovation team can help you get the job done.

Understand Each Calgary Renovation’s Possibilities

Custom construction lets you design your dream home from the ground up; with a renovation, there are certain parts of the structure that will likely have to remain in place without extensive demolition and rebuilding, which might require more extensive permitting from the City of Calgary. If you’re looking at a renovation as a simpler way to get the job done, some changes might not be worth the hassle.

Before you get your heart set on tearing down a wall or adding a new entryway, check with a licensed Calgary home building team to make sure your dreams really can come true. This will save a lot of frustration down the road, and keep you happy during and after the home renovation process.

Let Local Calgary Experts Push the Renovation Limits

Just because each renovation has structural realities to deal with doesn’t mean you have to settle for less than ideal. You want your home to be your castle, and you want a team of Calgary-based renovation professionals that are willing to explore every option for giving you the customized home you envision.

Any job worth doing is worth doing right, and that goes triple for a custom home renovation. Dedicated homebuilding professionals know how to take a renovation’s constraints and make them work to your advantage, so keep dreaming—then get a little help with the design!

Building Custom Homes in Calgary: Step 5

It’s here. The fifth and final step in our quick guide to the Calgary custom home building process. You’ve made it all the way from dreams to property purchasing to planning and construction. Your dream home’s finishing details have all been approved by you and the Calgary powers-that-be, leaving only one question: what could possibly be left?

Moving, of course!

Moving Into Your Calgary Dream Home

So, if you want to get technical, moving isn’t really part of the custom home building process, but it’s a pretty important step when it comes to actually enjoying your new Calgary-area home. We haven’t taken a scientific survey, but we’d guess the majority of our clients decide it’s a good idea to move into the home they’ve had designed and built just for them. We have a few tips that can help, too.

First, if you’re getting new furniture and other design elements to go along with your custom built home, hold off ordering until the paint is on the walls. With as much of the built-in design elements in place as possible before you pick out accessories, you’re more likely to get a lasting look you love.

Second, keep your move-in date a little flexible. While your home building team will be making sure everything goes according to your wishes and to the plans you developed, Calgary inspectors can cause a bit of a delay, and there’s always the possibility that the Alberta weather can push things back a bit.

Finally, as with all steps in the home building process, keep your eye on the prize. Moving is often listed as one of the most stressful experiences people typically endure, so remind yourself that the final result is worthwhile. When you’re relaxing in custom-built Calgary-style luxury, memories of the move will fade quickly.