Basement Renovation Photos
Explore photos of various new basement renovation styles to inspire your next renovation and find the contractors that did the work.
What's involved in a basement project?
Basement renovations add livable space to the home, which is great for growing families. However, not all basements can be renovated and finished easily—some not at all. Basements must meet a minimum ceiling height requirement in some municipalities. One solution that homeowners consider is excavation.
Basement renovations involve electrical, plumbing, moisture tests, insulation, and HVAC work before adding the finishing touches. Most homeowners will break up the floor plan into various rooms, install carpet or other flooring options, windows, and paint before they use the space.
How much does a basement renovation cost?
Basement renovation quotes can start off small and then quickly grow as problems arise. For example, after working with the foundation, your contractor may realise instability, moisture, and cracking. Appropriate remediation could cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. See price estimates below:
- Basement renovations can run anywhere between $15,000 - $40,000+
- Homeowners can pay anywhere between $29/ft2 - $75+/ft2
- Add 20%+ to the initial average for higher grade finishes
Items that increase the project price include:
- Moisture control renovations
- Adding electrical, HVAC, plumbing, gas line (bathroom, wet bar, fireplace, central heating, lighting)
- Adding renovated rooms
It's easy for costs to rise in large renovation projects. Even if your contractor promises to stay on budget mistakes can still happen. These will add to the project cost. Be prepared with a 10 – 20% contingency fund that you can access tomorrow!
Is this a DIY project?
A handy person certainly could renovate their own basement. However, when it comes to licensed trades (plumbing, electrical, gas fitting, HVAC), it's best to call in the pros. Mistakes could put your family's safety at risk.
Get your basement inspected for possible moisture or foundation related problems first. This stands true regardless of the age of your home. Doing so could save you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs and remodeling in the future.
Get your basement tested for radon gas before you remodel. Your contractor may be able to make structural changes to prevent radon from leaking into your home. Or, they will factor radon removal equipment into your basement reno design.