Example 1Existing basement: Roughly 800 sq. ft basement in a relatively new building with cement floors, studded exterior walls with builder installed insulation, 8 ft ceilings with moderate amounts of duct-work, electrical panel with available breaker space and “roughed in” plumbing in general location for the bathroom, basement window of the appropriate size for bedroom. Project Scope: One bedroom, 3-piece bathroom (vanity, toilet, and shower), closed off mechanical room, all electrical by code plus pot lights, all plumbing by code, framing for all rooms, bulkheads and ceilings. Drywall on walls and ceilings, partition doors, window, door and base trim, paint, vinyl flooring. All accessories. Cost Estimate: With labour and all rough materials, you are looking to spend upwards of $35,000. For the choice of your finish materials, you will spend roughly another $4,000 to $6,000. So, in total, a project like this can cost you roughly $41,000. You are roughly spending $51.25 per sq. ft to have 800 sq. ft of finished living space. In contrast, if you take the cost of construction of a new home, for the year 2020, the prices have started at $250 per sq. foot. That does not include the acquisition of the land.
Example 2Project Scope: Around 2010, we completed a huge basement project. It was over 3,000 sq. ft. of living space. It included a 3-piece bathroom, two bedrooms with one having a window enlargement and exterior interlocking to dress it up, gym room, office, kitchen, living room with a huge amount of custom built-in cabinets, and a gas fireplace covered in decorative stone. In addition, there was a laundry room with custom built-in cabinetry, floors were finished with tiles, laminate, and custom hardwood stairs to the basement. All in all, it was a massive project that took us close to 6 months to complete from start to finish. Every possible trade was involved—electrician, plumbers, framing and drywall, as well as finishing carpentry. Cost: The total project including all finished materials cost around $250,000. It was a second house. The project cost was in the range of $85 per sq. foot.
How to Estimate Your Basement Finishing Project Costs and TimelinesAs you can see from the examples above, prices may vary depending on what you are looking to do with your basement, and what type of finish materials you are looking for. We generally do not price these types of projects on a per sq. foot basis, as each project is so different. Two basements with the same scope of work may have completely different prices. To help you plan your basement finishing project, here’s an idea of what you can expect:
- A basic basement without a bathroom can start from roughly $35 per sq. foot.
- A basement with a bathroom and standard finishing’s can start from roughly $52 per sq. ft.
- A high-end basement will start at about $80 per sq. ft. and can go much higher.
- A basic basement without a bathroom can take 5-7 weeks to complete.
- A basement with a bathroom can take 7-9 weeks to complete.
- High-end projects can take from 2-6 months depending on what is being done, availability of materials, etc.
Start by getting in touch with us using our contact us form. Select the basement project from the drop-down menu. Add a few pictures.
We will call you with questions and set up a virtual tour of your basement. After we have virtually seen your basement, we will give you a preliminary estimate. If what you see is to your liking, we will set up a site visit, to take measurements and go over all the details.
There is a $200 design fee that we charge for site visits for basement renovations. However, this fee is credited to your contract, so it’s technically a part of the job.
Once we have visited with you, we create a project plan and present you with a final accurate estimate/contract. It usually takes about a week to turn around a final estimate.