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Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting Discuss Different Types of Basement Foundations

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, share the types of basement foundations.

TYPES OF BASEMENT FOUNDATIONS

There are 3 main basement foundations found in Saskatoon and the area, they are: 


  1. Full Basement Foundations 
  2. Daylight Basement Foundations 
  3. Crawl Space Foundations

FULL BASEMENT FOUNDATIONS

This type of basement is generally found on a 2 story or a bungalow home.  A bungalow is a home in which you walk up to the front door, and generally, there are only 1 or 2 steps to the door. Once you walk into the home you have a full staircase to go into the basement.  A full staircase is 13 to 16 steps. For both a 2-storey or a bungalow the windows in these types of homes are smaller, generally the opening about 24 inches at ground level. 

Full basements can either be finished or unfinished; finished basements are insulated and installed with drywall and flooring, providing living and storage space. Unfinished basements are not insulated and their walls and floors are left bare. 

This type of basement is one of the most expensive foundations to build and can be susceptible to mould and moisture. 


DAYLIGHT BASEMENT FOUNDATIONS 

This type of home is generally found in a home with a walk-out basement. As their name suggests, daylight basements let in some natural light and aren’t as susceptible to mould or moisture. This type of basement is perfect for a homeowner who wants a patio or access from their basement to outdoors.  


CRAWL SPACE FOUNDATIONS

Crawl space foundations are elevated several feet off footings, leaving a small protected space (usually three or four feet) between the ground and the base of the building. The foundation walls are built partially underground and shorter than basement foundation walls, making crawl spaces a happy medium between standard foundations and basement foundations. They are deeper than standard foundations and more shallow than basements.

Though they eliminate the possibility of having a finished basement, crawl spaces provide easier access to piping or plumbing than standard foundations. They also encourage more airflow underneath the building, which helps keep things cool in warmer climates. Crawl spaces are the least expensive type of basement foundation since they don’t require as much excavation. 

Do you know what type of basement foundation your home has and if it’s susceptible to moisture?  If you aren’t sure,  we recommend you call Steve immediately and ask him to provide you with the information you need. Not sure if you should purchase the home if it has foundation issues, check on Steve’s blog here. 


How to Finance A New Hot Water Heater/Furnace By Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning & Furnace Pros at Gibbon

Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 40 years. They are a "total service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their plumbing, air conditioning, and heating (HVAC) related requirements. As an Independent Lennox Premier Dealer, the Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning team are proud to provide prompt, courteous, and professional service that is required by Lennox’s Quality standards. They are regularly evaluated through an independent customer satisfaction survey process. They are trained to design, install, service, and maintain home comfort and indoor air quality systems in Saskatoon. In their latest tip article, they discuss how to finance a new water heater/furnace.

How To Finance A New Hot Water Heater/Furnace


Often when the hot water or furnace breaks down, it doesn’t seem to happen when our bank accounts are flush. It always seems to be at the worst of times.  


The financing for a new hot water/furnace at Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning is completed through 3rd party company called FinanceIt.ca. Before starting the loan process you can review what your payments would look like based on their finance calculator


To start the application for the new hot water heater/furnace application – you will need the following information.


What are you looking to finance, your options are:

  • Heating, Cooling & Water 
  • Pool & Spa 
  • Interior Improvements 
  • Exterior Improvements 
  • Retail
As you are looking to finance a hot water heater or a furnace, we recommend you pick the Heating, Cooling & Water option. 

After that, you have basic information to complete, i.e. your name, address, date of birth. At the end of this first page, you have the option to click off Consent to Obtain Credit Report and Consent to Electronic Disclosures, we recommend you check off both options. Once you hit the Submit option, you will need to advise the amount of the loan you need. We recommend that you have the quote from Gibbon’s available so you can pick the right range for the loan you need. You will also need to advise which fixture you need: hot water heater, furnace, or air conditioner. 

Hit Submit!

Wait about 5 minutes — you will receive an email once your application has been received with FinanceIt and your computer screen will have a large green square at the top of the page that says 

YOU MEET OUR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA! 

Next, you have complete information about your job and your income. Please note at this point you need to know how much your monthly mortgage or rent payment is. If you own, please include your monthly property taxes. 

Hit Submit! 

You will be advised if you are pre-qualified or not. If you are pre-qualified you will need to continue on from this point to set up your payments, confirm your identity and sign your loan agreement. Your loan is pre-approved for 6 months. 

Gibbon’s will contact you within 24 hours of your loan submission, if you have any questions about your loan and the equipment you need. 

From start to finish the process of how to finance a new hot water heater/furnace takes less than 15 minutes. If your hot water heater or furnace quits, Contact Gibbon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today to get a quote on your heating and air conditioning needs.  And complete your financing application to be approved for your loan.  

See more of Gibbons Air Conditioning Articles and Tips here.

 Gibbon's Services Include

"A History of Professionalism, A Foundation of Trust"

Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning are TRUSTED SASKATOON Air Conditioning & Furnace Professionals


How Often You Should Clean Your Furnace By Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning & Furnace Pros at Gibbon

Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 40 years. They are a "total service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their plumbing, air conditioning, and heating (HVAC) related requirements. As an Independent Lennox Premier Dealer, the Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning team are proud to provide prompt, courteous, and professional service that is required by Lennox’s Quality standards. They are regularly evaluated through an independent customer satisfaction survey process. They are trained to design, install, service, and maintain home comfort and indoor air quality systems in Saskatoon. At this time of year, they often get the question: how often should you clean your furnace.

How Often Should You Clean Your Furnace?


When it comes to furnace maintenance, it’s important to consider the climate in which you live. With our Saskatchewan extremes of hot summers and cold winters, it’s crucial to have your furnace inspected, cleaned, and potentially replaced on a regular basis.


First and foremost, it is recommended that you have your furnace inspected annually by the professionals at Gibbon’s Heating & Air Conditioning. This will ensure that your furnace is in good working condition and that any potential issues are caught before they become a problem. During the inspection, a technician will check for things like leaks, cracks, and wear and tear, as well as perform routine maintenance, such as cleaning the air filter.


In addition to annual inspections, it’s also important to have your furnace cleaned on a regular basis. Dust, dirt, and other debris can accumulate in the furnace over time, causing it to work harder and less efficiently. A professional cleaning from Bridge City Duct Cleaning will help keep your furnace running smoothly and can even extend its lifespan.


If your furnace is more than 15 years old and it’s not working as efficiently as it used to, it may be time to consider a replacement. With new technology, furnaces are becoming more energy-efficient and can help you save money on your energy bills in the long run.


Overall, the frequency of furnace maintenance will depend on the age and condition of your furnace. It is important to have your furnace inspected and cleaned annually and if it is not working as efficiently as it should, it may be time to consider a replacement. By keeping up with regular maintenance, you can ensure that your furnace will keep you warm during the cold winter months and running efficiently all year round.


Have Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning do a check-up on your plumbing, air conditioning and furnace today.  


See more of Gibbons Air Conditioning Articles and Tips here.

 Gibbon's Services Include

"A History of Professionalism, A Foundation of Trust"

Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning are TRUSTED SASKATOON Air Conditioning & Furnace Professionals


Advantages of a Walkout Basement By Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, share the advantages of a walkout basement.

ADVANTAGES OF A WALKOUT BASEMENT

Walkout Basements are designed so you can walk out the main floor of your home. Quite often, this basement design incorporates a wall with windows and a door that you can walk out of on the ground level, and it may have a raised patio or covered roof from the upper floor of the house to cover this entrance.


Some of the advantages of a walk-out basement include full-size windows in your basement. Full-size windows allow more natural light into your space. If you are looking to grow plants or use a portion of this space as a workspace, it is always well lit naturally. 


MORE LIVING SPACE

Generally, a walk-out basement is the same square footage as your upper living space, based on this, you have more living space. Walkout basements can be transformed into mudrooms that neatly hold shoes, backpacks and other items for coming in and out of the house. When put to its best use, a walkout basement provides endless ways to gain square footage in your home without enlarging its footprint.

ACCESS TO THE OUTDOORS 

Because you have built your home with a walk-out basement, you literally have access to the outdoors from this level. Typically you will have a door that allows you to walk right into your backyard creating a hosting space or second living room that leads into the backyard for seamless entertaining; or as an indoor/outdoor playroom for the kids. 

SEPARATE APARTMENT FROM YOUR WALKOUT BASEMENT

Based on the amount of space you have in your walkout basement, many people use this space to create a separate apartment. A private door to the outdoors makes a walkout basement ideal for a standalone apartment where older children can live or as a complete in-law suite for flexible multi-generational living. If you’re looking to supplement your income, you might consider turning your walkout basement into a rental apartment where the tenants can come and go as they please without needing access to your home from the side door.  

There’s a lot to think about when you are picking a home design, do you know the advantages of a walkout basement? If you don’t we recommend you call Steve immediately and ask him to provide you with your options and costs

Congratulations Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath Celebrating 10 years as Trusted Saskatoon Fireplace, Bathroom & Outdoor Living Stores

TRUSTED SASKATOON RECOGNIZES OUR PARTNERS WHO HAVE BEEN TRUSTED FOR OVER 10 YEARS!


     
In this series of recognition articles, we continue to shine a spotlight on the businesses that have been Trusted Saskatoon Partners for over 10 years. This year we recognize the partners that joined us in 2012. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are identifying each of them individually for providing 10 years of OUTSTANDING service to the citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area! This latest article celebrates and recognizes Chuck, Mike, Stephen and the rest of the hard-working team at Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath.

Better Living Begins Here


Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath


Wheatland is a locally owned family business with showrooms in both Regina and Saskatoon. They have a long history in Saskatchewan and are known for only bringing in the finest fireplace, bathroom, kitchen and outdoor living brands from across North America. When we first met the owner Chuck Le Page, back in 2011, they sold fireplaces, Jacuzzi spas, BBQ & smokers. Since then they moved away from hot tubs ( as they take up a lot of space ) and moved on to offering more amazing fireplaces, stunning Canadian made bathroom products (show stopping baths, showers, vanities and other bathroom furniture), faucets, sinks, fire-pits, fire tablesBBQ's and smokers. When you walk in you feel the warmth and comfort of their fireplaces and you can browse their stunning products in person.  If you want ANYTHING from any of the brands they carry …they will order it especially for you! 

Established in 1982, With Humble Beginnings. 

Wheatland began selling Glow Boy wood-burning fireplaces out of a garage, and they had local firemen installing the fireplaces for their customers. After noticing a significant demand for the product they were selling, two years later they decided to expand the business and move the operation to Regina. 

In 1984, Wheatland Fireplace was established and soon became the leading, and now oldest, hearth retailer in Saskatchewan. In 1987 Wheatland opened a store in Saskatoon and both stores have had extensive and ongoing showroom renovations in the last few years to include the large range of bathroom and kitchen products.

Wheatland's founder is Chuck Le Page and his youngest son Mike Le Page ( pictured on the right in the Saskatoon showroom that is currently getting another amazing facelift)  is the Saskatoon store manager,  and he also oversees the Regina operation with Regina store manager Stephen Moon.


In 2023 they will also be offering yard reno's as additional services, everything from decks to pergolas. If you have seen some of their outdoor kitchen set up's we can assure you that you will understand how amazing their backyard transformations can be!!   


BEST PRODUCTS AND OUTSTANDING SERVICE! 


A quick Google will reveal Wheatland's stellar reputation, the customer feedback is consistently excellent and they are always in the pursuit of excellence!

What Their Clients Say...


" Mike and the team at Wheatland in Saskatoon were great to work with. Very knowledgeable and great customer service. We had a unique request for a custom gas firepit and they worked with us to build out a pan and burner combo along with some beautiful media to create a gorgeous firepit. We couldn't be happier with the end result. "- Ryan Holowaty
" I can't say how awesome my experience was with wheatland fireplace. I was like a kid at Christmas when getting the fireplace installed so of course I had to watch the install. I know a customer watching you install something is less then ideal but they humored me and I got to shoot the breeze with them. watching the install and all the conversations leading up to the installed I know I made the right decision going with Wheatland!" - Justin Bisson


"When our clients take the time to share their satisfaction with us it really means everything to our team. We understand that long-lasting relationships are built on trust. Our team is so grateful for the loyalty of our wonderful customers. To provide good customer service, you need to know what you’re selling, inside and out. Our team understands how our product work and what sets them apart. We can answer most questions and we strive to provide 100% customer satisfaction." - Chuck Le Page

A word from Sara, the Trusted Saskatoon founder, about her personal experience with Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath.


I first met Chuck Le Page  in Regina in 2011, I had heard about the business and went in to check out the showroom and the products.I was very impressed with what I saw and heard. That day Chuck was in the store and he was gracious enough to give me some time to explain the Trusted Directories concept,  and why I thought they were a good fit. He really liked the idea and made the decision to sign up in both markets. Over time, I have been a customer and worked closely with both Chuck and his son Mike. We now do additional marketing services for them at Trusted Marketing Services,  and I am proud to promote and support such a wonderful local company and team. I can say hand on heart that if you choose a product from Wheatland, they stand behind it and you will not be disappointed. Better living certainly does begin at Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath!  - Sara Wheelwright 

Thank you for TRUSTING us Chuck & Mike at Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath . You have provided 10 years of AMAZING service to the people of Saskatoon, Regina & area as a Trusted Saskatoon Partner in four categories - Fireplaces, Bathrooms, Kitchens and Outdoor Living . We are proud to support you and to share that they have diligently upheld the 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service. 


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