How can we make living in our nation’s capital even better? Ask a Penguin. Penguin Basements, the largest basement renovation specialist in Ontario, is now in Ottawa, and feeling right at home.

Penguin came to Ottawa in early 2019 with a mission to redefine the local renovation industry to not only improve the lifestyle and community for Ottawa residents, but to also help them create new and enormous value with their property.

With a proven method used in the greater Toronto area since 2013, Penguin is bringing that know-how to our nation’s capital.

So, what makes Ottawa a great habitat for Penguin? Well, the head of Penguin Basements studied at Carleton, has many friends in the area, and visits frequently.  Guy Solomon, the CEO and founder, is no stranger to Ottawa. He’s lived there, knows the market, and loves the city. This was enough to inspire setting up an office there, complete with a design studio, a local project manager, and a growing firstrate construction team.

So what’s the Penguin difference?

For starters, the company takes an uncommon and disruptive approach to construction by unearthing innovative solutions that unlock value in peoples’ homes. As the creators of The Second Suite. Solution, a bold approach to helping people generate income with their homes, they’ve been delighting homeowners by revealing new paths to equity to help them achieve financial security.

Another reason to like penguin? Their uncommon approach puts the homeowner squarely at the centre of the process. Their team comes to your home, thoroughly inspects the basement, and go deep to learn the nuances around your specific needs. What functionality do you envision? What’s your budget and how can you optimize it?

What exactly would the long-term financial upside look like? From there, the design team draws up to three customized layout plans to best address all the variables at play, as no two basements and requirements are alike.

What about the quote? “That does not happen on the phone, or on a square foot basis. The estimates are meticulously line-itemed, and finely detailed. No one likes surprises,” says Mr. Solomon.

For peace of mind, Penguin only works with permits, which they know protect the client. Over the years, they’ve established a wellearned reputation based on building it right, on time, with the right materials. Mr. Solomon will not budge on that. He’s adamant and adds, “Using only basement appropriate materials such as steel framing, engineered vinyl flooring, and water-resistant wallboard, we ensure homeowners get a sound investment that stands the test of time. After all, our reputation is riding on every build.” Penguin Basements back this up with a 2-year warranty on service and a lifetime warranty on select materials. Moreover, all builds are constructed against a very regimented Gantt schedule which details every step of the renovation process to ensure everything in on schedule and budget.

Speaking of reputation, as a RenoMark® certified contractor and HomeStars Verified Builder, Penguin Basements is an award-winning builder (BILD Basement Renovation of the Year, Best of HomesStars, Consumers Choice GTA, 2017, 2018, 2019, Consumers choice K-W Area, 2019) that you can count on.

According to Mr. Solomon, Penguin exists to lead the charge in finding brave and unexpected building solutions that help people grow and maximize the value of their homes. With this mission in mind, Penguin is hard at work making Ottawa home.