Home Renovation Contractor Vancouver



Hallmark Projects Ltd. is a Home Renovation Contractor that provides top notch services across the lower mainland. Our team has the expertise to transform homes by modifying their existing structures to current industry standards and contemporary designs, while preserving some of their old-world charm.

While transforming your home or condo to achieve the look and feel you set out for, we also increase the comfort, safety, efficiency, and functionality of it to improve your home’s value. We don’t just make your home look better, we make your home perform better too.

As your trusted general contractors in Vancouver will work with you to plan and implement any required upgrades and improvements to ensure your remodel is completed with the utmost precision and care.

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Hallmark Projects is a Renovation Contractor & remodeling company. Our team works diligently with clients to deliver top-quality projects. The company’s core mission is to deliver optimum quality control and superior client management services.


At Hallmark Projects, no project is too big or small for our home and condo improvement services. With a full range of home remodeling services, each task is performed with superior craftsmanship.

With a focus on customer service and technical expertise, we are is fully equipped to be your first choice as a home remodeling company. Whether you are looking to put in a new home office, do a basement upgrade, a garage conversion, or anything in between, our team is ready and available to welcome customers who need to add further convenience and value to their residential properties.


Contact us now to discuss any required upgrades or improvement. As your preferred Vancouver general contractors, we can always tell you more about our services to help you get you started.

We are committed to quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen, add an extra bathroom, or just give your home a fresh new look, Hallmark Projects will get it done.

Home Remodeling & Renovation Services Vancouver | Hallmark Projects Ltd.

Hallmark Projects Ltd. is registered and licensed to work anywhere across the lower mainalnd. You can rely on our experties to deliver projects with superior craftsmanship and customer service.

How Much Does A Home Improvement Cost ?

Renovations cover a broad range of work; bathroom and kitchen upgrades, basement build-outs, creating a bigger space, converting a bedroom, garage, or office space into one of the other. And many things in between of course. For clarity, lets us define what we mean by renovations.

At Hallmark Projects, we consider a job to be a ‘renovation’ only when three or more scopes of work (flooring, painting, cabinets, etc.) are involved. Merely replacing your existing floor or refreshing your walls and ceilings with a new coat of paint is not renovating; it’s just replacing your flooring and painting. Throw in replacing existing cabinets, perhaps creating a bigger or smaller space by tearing down or putting up a partition wall; now we’re talking renovations. Add some plumbing and electrical work and you’ve earned yourself some legit bragging rights. Looking to do an addition or extension to an existing building instead? Well, now you’re in an entirely different league. MVP (Most Valued Project) level.

Return on Investments in Home Renovations
ROI of Renovations Chart Vancouver | Hallmark Projects Ltd.
How Much Does A Basement Renovation Cost?

Basement renovations come in two types – complete fit-out of a cold shell space to make it habitable or remolding of an existing habitable space. For clarity, remodeling refers to changing the layout of an existing space by either putting up new partition walls or making a space ‘bigger’ by tearing down existing partition walls.

Basements are renovated or remodeled to create habitable spaces for hosting, entertaining, fitness, or relaxing. Basement renovations and remodels are also a great, and less expensive option, for creating extra living space compared to a home addition. It is important to note though, that for appraisal purposes, square footage above ground, like additions, are valued more than the square footage of finished basements below ground. However, like many well-thought-out renovations, the cost of a basement renovation can not only be recouped when a house is sold, but it can also increase the value of a home’s potential selling price by up to 12.5% according to a survey by Royal Lepage Canada. Like most renovations and remodeling also, the cost of a basement renovation depends on the square footage and scope of work involved.

As a cost guide, current market pricing for a basement renovation cost can range anywhere from $30,000 up to $50,000 for a 500sq.ft basement area. This is for building out an open, cold, basement space into a habitable space such as for a basic den or ‘man cave’ with insulation, drywall, flooring, painting, lighting, and baseboard heating. Building Permit and Energy Upgrade requirements will impose additional costs.

Cost per square foot for basement renovations in Metro Vancouver

Description Size Cost Range
Building out an existing open, cold basement into a basic habitable space such as a den, with standard finishes. 500 Sq. Ft $30,000 - $50,000
Building out an existing open, cold basement into a basic habitable space such as a den plus a bedroom. Standard finishes 500 Sq. Ft $40,000 - $65,000
Building out an existing open, cold basement into a basic habitable space such as a den plus a bedroom, and a full-service kitchen. Standard finishes 750 Sq. Ft $60,000 - $120,000
Building out an existing open, cold basement into a basic habitable space such as a den plus a bedroom, full-service kitchen, and bathroom. Standard finishes 1000 Sq. Ft $80,000 - $150,000

The above costs per square foot for bathroom renovations in Vancouver all depend on the scope of work and materials/products involved.


Keep in mind, however, that not all square feet are created equal, and the above numbers are just a guide. Building Permit requirements may also impose additional costs.



Hallmark Projects – Basement Renovation Contractor Vancouver


When you choose Hallmark Projects as your Basement Renovation Contractor, you can expect a seamless enovation experience. We’ll handle all aspects of the project, from the initial design and planning phase to the final inspection, so you can sit back and relax while we handle the details. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing innovative and cost-effective solutions that will help you get the most out of your investment.

Basement Man Cave Renovation & Remodeling Vancouver | Hallmark Projects Ltd.


Secondary (Legal) Suites

A secondary (or legal) suite is a complete living unit with its own kitchen, sleeping area, and washroom facilities contained within another dwelling. The two dwelling units (the primary residence and the secondary suite) and any common spaces make up a single real estate entity that cannot be stratified or otherwise legally separated from the other.


Secondary suites are permitted in most single detached and some side-by-side attached homes across British Columbia and come with many benefits such as providing homes for aging parents, adult children or other family members, helping to pay a mortgage or investing in existing property and contributing to more long-term rental housing in communities.


Local government zoning and planning requirements, as well as certain building codes, and building permit requirements would dictate if a secondary suite can be built on a property and what building codes would apply. In the City of Vancouver (municipality), the Vancouver Building By-laws (VBBL) will apply. Elsewhere in BC, the British Columbia Building Codes (BCBC) is applicable.


There are very rigid building code and building permit requirements for converting an existing space into a secondary (or legal) suite. The newer the single-family dwelling containing the space for conversion, the easier it may be to do so. The older the single-family dwelling, the greater the number of requirements. There are also different types of secondary suites as shown in the graphic below.

Types of Secondary Suites

One of the more common conversions is from an existing single-family home basement suite into a secondary (legal) suite. Within the municipality of the City of Vancouver, the basic guidelines for creating a secondary occupancy (legal basement) within a home includes, but is not limited to, the following:


  1. Permits
    • > A development and building permit, together with applicable trades permit is required.


  1. Number of Secondary Suites
    • > Only one secondary suite is permitted per primary dwelling unit.


  1. Floor Area
    • > The proposed secondary suite (legal basement) must have a minimum floor area of 400 sq.ft., but it cannot be bigger than the main dwelling floor area.


  1. Ceiling Height
    • > A minimum ceiling height of 6’-6” must be maintained or achieved across all exit routes and, in 80% of the floor area of the suite.


  1. Doors
    • > Have interconnecting solid core doors that are unglazed or with wired glass between the main part of the house and suite.
    • > Have self-closing devices fitted to all interconnecting solid core doors.
    • > Have no exit doors (which lead to the outside or to common exit corridor) that are obstructed or locked from the outside.


  1. Windows
    • > Provide an unobstructed opening of not less than 3.77sq.ft in area.
    • > Have no bars on the windows.


  1. Level Below Grade
    • > The finish floor level of the suite must not be more than 6’ below the adjacent outside natural ground level.


  1. Emergency Responders Access Path
    • > There must be a 3’ wide, hard surface, access path from the main street to the entrance of the suite.


  1. Fire & Safety Systems
    • > A minimum of one hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detection alarm per bedroom (additional alarms must be installed throughout the primary dwelling unit and must be able to communicate with alarms in the suite).
    • > Alarms must be installed with a permanent connection to an electrical circuit, and must have a battery back-up and silencing feature.
    • > Have lath and plaster in good condition, or a minimum of 13mm (1/2 in.) gypsum wallboard on walls and/or ceilings between the main part of the house and the suite.


  1. Electrical
    • > Have a main electrical service sized to accommodate all electrical loads.
    • > A minimum of two kitchen counter duplex receptacles (electrical outlets) supplied by two appliance circuits.
    • > kitchen counter duplex receptacles either individually wired on separate branch circuits or collectively wired on a multi-wire branch circuit.
    • > A minimum of two duplex receptacles located on different walls in each bedroom.
    • > A minimum of three duplex receptacles located on different walls in the living room area.
    • > Receptacles (electrical outlets) installed within 1.5m of sinks, bathtubs, or shower stalls must be of the Class A ground fault circuit interrupter type.
    • > Electrical Permit


  1. Plumbing
    • > Have plumbing and gas fixtures that have been properly installed, with approved traps and vents, which meet current Safety Standards Act and Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code.
    • > Have furnace and hot water tank vents with proper clearance from combustible materials, (which can range up to 152mm (6”) depending on the manufacturer’s specifications).
    • > Have seismic straps fitted to any hot water tank.
    • > Plumbing & Gas Permit


  1. Parking
    • > Have onsite parking spaces for the entire property (main house and secondary occupancy)


These requirements are specific to the Vancouver Building By-Laws (VBBL) which regulates the municipality of the City of Vancouver. Other municipalities (Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, etc.) comply with the B.C. Building Code which has similar but less restrictive requirements compared to the VBBL.


The graphic below shows a pictorial summery of the different code requirements for secondary suites (and legal basements).

Summary of the different code requirements for secondary suites.

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Chose The Right Company – Hallmark Projects


Hallmark Projects is a trusted Home Renovation Company with an unwavering commitment to quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen, add an extra bathroom, or just give your home a fresh new look, Hallmark Projects can help.


Renovations can be a complex and time-consuming process, but with Hallmark Projects, you can trust that all work will be completed with professionalism and care. From start to finish, we will work closely with you to ensure that your vision and expectations are met. With our expertise in the industry, we know what it takes to make a project a success.


Hallmark Projects specializes in Home Renovation in Vancouver that has earned a reputation for delivering high-quality services to homeowners.  If you’re looking for a company that will provide you with the highest level of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and customer service, look no further than Hallmark Projects.


Basement Home Renovation Completed Project Vancouver | Hallmark Projects Ltd.

Home Renovations Specialists


Hallmark Projects is a trusted Company specializing in Home Renovations. We have earned a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy company for all of your upgrades and improvement requirements. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, remodel your bathroom, or completely transform your living space, Hallmark Projects is the company to call.


We also understand the importance of communication and collaboration when it comes. Our team works closely with each client to ensure that their vision is realized and their expectations met. Whether you’re looking to add more living space, update your home’s look and feel, or simply make your home more functional, give us a call!


Why Hallmark Projects LTD.?

Our team, experts in the industry and possessing the combined skills and knowledge, ensures the finest display of craftsmanship as your trusted home improvement specialists.

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