Finishing a basement that's 80% complete

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Posted by: from Pickering
2/21/2017 at 2:56:48 PM

Looking to find out what it will cost to remove existing carpet and lay down laminate and baseboards as well as laminate on the stairs. Move two walls which means removing studs and drywall and putting up new studs and drywall. Putting in a washroom (rough in exists) for sink, toilet and shower. Put in a small kitchenette which would be lower cabinets, sink, tile and counter.

Looking for approx cost.

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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 4:12:22 PM

What size is floor area? Electrical needed? What level of finish? How many steps?

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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 4:20:29 PM

More information are required? How big is the basement, how many steps on the stairs and most of the time we do not recommend laminate on stairs, do you need a tiled shower....etc.

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Dave from Crown Choice in Nanaimo
Date/Time2/21/2017 at 4:43:38 PM

Your list does not sound 80% complete. How many sqft in total and how many sqft is the bathroom for cabinets how many lineal ft

There to many unknowns to give you any kind of estimate. Bathrooms will run from $6000 minimum but count more like $8500. Cabinets run from $400 per foot counter and fixtures extra.

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Luc from T&T Renovations in Embrun
Date/Time2/21/2017 at 6:29:04 PM


It's pretty hard to give you an estimate with the information you provided.

Bathrooms are from $5000 to $15000 depending on what you want

Kitchenette, unknown size, $5000 to $20000

Laminate you can buy for $3 to $6 a sq/ft and its $2.50 sq/ft to install

Ceramic install $4 sq/ft

Most contractors labour range $30 -$50/hr

Most times your bathroom rough in is not properly located which requires a full day to break cement and relocate.

Good luck with your project, need more info.

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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 7:56:17 PM

As other posters have indicated, there is simply too little information here to give any meaningful guidance. Some suggestions:

1. Provide detail as to what is the size of area that needs to have carpet removed and laminate and base boards installed

2. What are the dimensions of the walls that need to be moved? And where are they located (i.e a furnace room that needs to be made smaller or larger?)

3. What finishes do you envision for your bathroom - ie. will the floor be tile? is it a pre-fab shower insert or a tiled shower surround? Is there any existing fan/ventilation system already installed for the bathroom? does the bathroom sit on an outside wall at any point?

4. RE: the kitchenette: is rough in plumbing already installed for the sink? If not, is the ceiling in most of the area open and unfinished, or, is it a drop ceiling, or is it drywalled?

5. Electrical: what new lights, receptacles, etc are needed? Does your panel have room for theM (probably, but you need to confirm this)

You really need to get several contractors in to review the site, and then provide quotes. What you think is 80% complete, is probably in reality 40-50% at best complete. The last few miles are often the longest/.

Good luck!


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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 8:22:14 PM


Roughly Approximately 6000/8000$. Depends on how big is your basement.

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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 9:03:49 PM


Bill McKinaly here again from BB Home Improvements. The best advice I can give you right now is to

1. Beware of contractors who give you a quote without asking a single question to qualify your project

2. Make sure your contractor is insured for at least $2Million professional liability. Ask to see a copy of their insurance certi

3. Make sure you check references: there are always issues in any project - will your contractor stick with you and work through them?

4. Ask yourself if you will own your part: when you change plans, or want something different, will yo accept the changes to cost/schedule?

5. What does the lowest bid represent? Maybe it is a new contractor willing to do a great job for the reference? Maybe it is someone who hasn't a clue what it will take to do the job, and will leave you with an unfinished mess and stack of materials to deal with yourself. We all want the most for the least; I am just saying that typically quality and responsiveness come with a cost. So don't run to he lowest quote; get at least 3 or 4, and then start asking questions.

Good luck - at the end of day, do you homework, and all things being equal, select a contractor you feel is the best fit.


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Date/Time2/22/2017 at 12:25:00 AM


I would estimate this project between $5000 and $6000 for labour only.



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Date/Time2/22/2017 at 7:29:39 PM

As others indicted in their replies there simply is not enough information. I will analogize this way. Imagine you sell apples. Someone asks you 'How much for apples?'. Of course you need more information before giving a price. Variety, how many pounds/kgs and what time of year are things you would need to know. The blog posting on our website for February touches on this topic.

There is some good advice in the other postings that I don't need to repeat. Good luck with your project.

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