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We are your reliable local home Basement Renovation & Remodeling General Contractors

(With more than 50 completed basement renovations to our credit)

If you can conceive it, we can create it and we’ll renovate or completely remodel your existing home basement into something so uniquely designed and special you’ll want to show it to everyone (including people you don’t even like).

offering the best in Creative Basement finishing, Renovation & Remodeling solutions

We Service Durham Region, Clarington, Northumberland County & Beyond

Completed Basement Project Videos

Here are some videos of just a few basements we’ve completed.

Hiring us To Finish Your Basement Means:

We Partner With Our Renovation Clients

We're partners

We’ll work with you by listening to your needs, ideas & offer our insights & experience to get you the best results.

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Budgets matter

We appreciate your commitment – along with the resources involved – and there won’t be any bloated surprises.

Contractors With Liability Insurance & Workers Compensation Coverage

Total transparency

You’ll always know where we are along the timeline & we’re always here to answer any questions or to explain the details.

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Next-level design

You’ll be left with an amazing & beautifully- crafted basement renovation that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

We're about a lot more than just renovations.

A lot more, actually.

In addition to delivering stunning and next-level basement renos, we also have a deft touch at selecting appropriate décor and all of the finishing touches.

Choosing such things as lighting, tiles, flooring, colours, fabrics, furniture, and more can be quite an overwhelming process and we’ll be more than happy to help you benefit from our experience with choices that will match your personal taste and help to enhance your space to its fullest.

At the very least, we’ll provide you with more options than you might have had otherwise.

Selecting the best general contracting company for your basement project can actually be a pleasant experience...

IF you know what to look for.

With no shortage of local companies calling themselves “General Contractors”, how do you really know that any of them will be a good fit for you and your home improvement finishing project?

 You’re going to be spending a lot of money, not to mention welcoming these people into your home, and you just want things to go right. It sounds simple enough, but we all know it rarely is.

We always want our clients to be confident in the choice they’ve made, so here are some tips on how to select the best general contracting company for your basement project.

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TL;DR Condensed Version:

Vince Gratton, Owner of MAX Improvements General Contractors in Newcastle, Ontario

Vince Gratton

Owner, MAX Improvements

Customer Testimonials

Kind Words from one of our basement reno clients:

Vince and Nathan from Max Improvements are awesome. For our full basement renovation, we called in quite a few contractors - and once we spoke with Vince, we knew who the right choice was.

But, the good vibes didn't stop there. He provided us with a professional quote, a computerized layout, and even left some samples on our door step after we asked to see what flooring would look like.

The top-tier experience only continued once the job started. Professional, courteous, and punctual. They had patience to chat with my kids when they would talk with them. When we went on vacation, they took out our compost and shoveled the driveway when it snowed. It's just the kind of guys they are.

And the all important cherry on top of this sundae... The work is absolute top quality and exceeded our expectations. Vince - you have a customer for life. Thank you!

Basement Renovation Client Testimonial
Tim Krzywonos
Basement Renovation Client

Transparency. Flexibility. Dependability.

We keep things simple with an organized & effective approach to each basement finishing project:

Home Improvement: Project Initiation

Project Initiation

Our first step will be to  schedule a visit with you and listen to your ideas.

Home Improvement: Existing Conditions Analysis

Existing Conditions Analysis

Then we’ll inspect the space and see which options will be most realistic.

Home Improvement: Initial Design

Initial Design

Then we’ll create a design we feel is best suited for your stated needs.

Home Improvement: Finalizing Design

Finalizing Design

With your input, we’ll put together a final design and schedule a starting date.

Home Improvement: Construction & Demolition

Construction & Demolition

Then we’ll get to work, closely following the timelines set out in our agreed-upon contract.

Home Improvement: Project Finalization

Project Finalization

Once the project is completed, we’ll have you walk through it to approve everything.

Renovating or remodeling Your Basement: Is There a difference between the two & what are the costs involved?

For most people, the terms “renovate” and “remodel” are interchangeable and essentially mean the same thing.

Technically speaking, or at least within the general contracting industry, there’s a big difference:

A renovation is when you revive or restore elements within an existing structure, while remodeling is when you make changes to the existing physical structure itself.

For example, with a renovation you’d be doing things like changing the lighting, installing new flooring, adding new bathroom fixtures, repairing drywall, painting, etc.

Remodeling, on the other hand, consists of tearing down existing walls, adding new rooms, doors, windows, plumbing, rewiring and more.

If you’re happy with the existing structure or layout of your basement, you’ll most likely be looking for a renovation.

If you want to change the layout or space in general, you’ll be looking at a remodeling project plus whatever features you’d like to include.

The total costs involved for either will depend on such things as the scope of the project, the skill needed to perform the tasks, the types of materials needed and the amount of time required to complete the work.

Generally speaking, however, a renovation is usually cheaper than a remodel.

If you’re unsure as to which will be better suited for your particular project, reach out to us and we’ll be more than happy to come by to discuss your options. 

Professional Basement Finishing Services

The benefits to upgrading your home basement include:

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Custom Bar Design & Installation Services

Custom Bars

You don’t have to hire us for a complete renovation just to have a custom bar area installed and we can design, create and professionally install just about any style of bar you can think of.

Custom Fireplace Design & Installation

Custom Fireplaces

A custom fireplace installation is always best done while working on a fresh renovation, but, depending on where you would like to have it placed, we may be able to work with your existing layout.

Customer Testimonials

More Kind Words from our Basement reno clients:

We had our unfinished basement completely renovated and our whole family absolutely loves the new space! We couldn't be any happier and would recommend Max to everyone!

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We were running out of space when our second child came along and we completely converted the basement into a total living area with an awesome space for the kids to play.

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We always wanted to turn the basement into an amazing entertainment space and Vince did an incredible job on delivering what we had asked for and even more! Five stars for sure!

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Basement Reno & Remodeling FAQs

People always have a thousand questions about their basement renos pertaining to costs, materials, project timeframes and just about anything else that’s involved in such a project.

We obviously can’t answer them all here, but we try to anticipate the most common ones and provide you with at least a ballpark answer whenever possible.

If you have a specific question and don’t see it below, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask.

Our #1 asked question and one that we really can’t answer without knowing your project details, unfortunately.

That being said, what we can confidently tell you is that it might not be as expensive as you think and that you should consider getting in touch with us to talk about it.

Once we have a better idea of what you’re thinking about, we’ll be able to offer you a ballpark amount and then go from there.

Our second most-asked question and one that we can never really give an answer to unless we know the specifics of your project.

What we can tell you is that we value quality over speed and that, as a ballpark statement, you should probably count on your basement renovation taking at least 30 days.

That’s a tricky question to answer.

Without knowing anything about your existing space, what you would like to have done and what your budget actually is, we’re unable to comment, unfortunately.

The best way for us to give you a ballpark estimate is for you to contact us so we can arrange a time to speak about your project in detail.

We can always accommodate mid-project modifications to the scope of work, but it would of course change things likes timeframes, completion dates and costs (which would also be adjusted).

Our experience enables us to anticipate many future changes and/or additions that homeowners might ask for, however we always want you to be happy with the end result and we’re more than willing to work with you to achieve that goal.

Quite a few.

It’s difficult to keep track of them all but we can confidently say it’s been more than 50.

We generally do the majority of work ourselves, however if a specialist is needed we will take care of that on your behalf.

We have developed great working relationships with some of the best tradespeople in the business and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

For permits, if needed, we’ll definitely take care of those on your behalf as well.

We’re located in Newcastle, Ontario, and routinely work with homeowners throughout Durham Region, Clarington and Northumberland.

Typically, our construction will begin within four weeks of the contract signing date.

We use that time to complete any ongoing projects and obtain the necessary materials to complete your basement project.

Together, we collaborate with homeowners to create a basement design.

After deciding on your basement’s intended purpose, an initial sketch with measurements is used to create a basement floor plan.

When the plan is completed, it is sent back to the homeowner for review.

Often, several back-and-forth revisions are made between the homeowners and the ourselves making refinements to the basement plan until everything is just the way you envisioned.

Once we are all in agreement, we move forward with the drawings and we will be ready to proceed with the basement remodel.

This is a common concern with homeowners and the good news is that we’ve got you covered. We do our best to contain the dust to the basement by installing a plastic partition to separate the basement entrance from the main floor of the home. We use “Ramboard” on the floors and we do our best to keep the jobsite clean as we go along: At the end of each workday we vacuum and clean any mess that was created in the finished areas of the house. By the time we’re finished, the only thing we’ll leave behind is ana amazing basement renovation that you and your family will love for many years.
We’ve been in business since 2006 and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with references and past clients to speak with.
Yes, we carry the required liability insurance and Workers’ Compensation coverage.

This is such a great question.

A finished renovated basement will definitely add resale value to the home and potential home buyers are generally more excited about a custom finished basement as it has more of a level of personality to it than the rest of the home.

Whether the basement has a custom bar, a home theatre, or even just a children’s play area, adding additional finished square footage does add value of your home.

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About Max Improvements:

Max improvements specializes in quality home general contractor services you can trust that include professional finishing, renovations and remodeling for bathrooms, basements, kitchens and more. We also offer custom fireplace installations, custom bar design and custom laundry room remodels. In business since 2006, we are a local and family-run home renovation and remodeling company and have worked with hundreds of homeowners throughout Durham Region, Clarington and Northumberland County. We never overbook clients, pay attention to the smallest details and work with our clients to ensure they get what they want, on-time and within their budgets.

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