Basement drywall

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Posted by: from Guelph
5/31/2012 at 3:21:51 PM

I have a 15x18 room in the basement no windows, all stucco cement walls, need it to be framed, insulated and drywalled plus a framed for two closets.

How much should that cost. Thanks.

I get that this a a rough estimate, thanks for your time.


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Aaron from A.M. Bates in Burlington
Date/Time5/31/2012 at 4:11:31 PM

There are so many variables that go into basement pricing it is impossible to give an accurate quote. You will need:

- weather barrier

- framing

- electrical

- plumbing

- lighting

- a heat source

- insulation

- vapour barrier

- drywall

- paint

- flooring

- trim


Assuming basic finishes and no surprises I would look for a quote in the $50-60 / sqft range for a licensed contractor to finish your basement with permits.

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Date/Time5/31/2012 at 4:15:48 PM


I would suggest that you do this properly with insulation, vapor barrier, blue wood and for the lower part of the drywall use waterproof drywall, otherwise your really setting yourself up for mold and mildew growth.

Make sure you have no cracks in the foundation and if you do, use a product called CN2000, @ with this product you can seal from the inside and stop any water from coming in, in the future...yes i know this will cost more but think of the health factors, rot and so on, especialy if you have kids.


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Date/Time5/31/2012 at 4:18:40 PM

Hi Raquel,

Basic framing will cost: $1800

Insulation & Vapour Barrier: $1300

Drywall & Tape/mud: $1450

$4550 Total

These are rough estimates.


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Date/Time5/31/2012 at 5:19:50 PM

Hi Raquel

To have a basement that size framed with drywall and insulation r14roxul is mold resistant with vapor barrier you should be in the range of 5800 .

Thank you


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The Home Crew in Milton
Date/Time5/31/2012 at 5:30:35 PM

Rough estimate. For the basics expect to pay $4-$5K.


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Sebastian from Taping Excellence in Markham
Date/Time5/31/2012 at 5:58:05 PM

Hi Raquel my name is Sebastian Gravina with Taping Excellence.

We special in drywall installation and drywall finishing only. As you can see there are many contractors that have given rough quotes to the work your looking at receiving. They are all in the area that you should be willing to pay, the most important decision you have is to determine whether you want to act as your own general contractor or have someone to complete the entire job for you. Pros and cons to both scenarios, do you due diligence when interviewing and making your decisions and most important see your contractors finished work and speak to previous clients so you know what to expect.

Lastly every contractor has there own level of quality finishing so be sure to find the one that works with your budget and expectations. We have worked on hundreds of contractors jobs and there are very few good ones out there so be cautious in your decision.

Good luck

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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time5/31/2012 at 9:33:05 PM

Hi Raquel,

My name is Gabriel,

Certified Contractor and Inspector

Sorry to bust your bubble but you can't call it a room, (Legaly) I hope no one will sleep in there? if so you realy need to add a window which as to be 2.5 % the square footage of your room. You can do does reno but just saying nobody can leagaly sleep there, Just to give you a heads up so you dont have any suprise when your done your reno.

Good luck and have fun with this one.

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Date/Time6/2/2012 at 7:56:36 AM

First thing, in Winnipeg you can have any bedrooms without escape windows.

The price can very as much as 10,000 to 50,000 depending on your choices.

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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time6/2/2012 at 2:27:26 PM

In Canada that's a law even in winipeg,

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Date/Time6/2/2012 at 5:39:32 PM

Hi Raquel,

While I am not a contractor, your question sparked some questions in my mind. I am an interior decorator and home stylist. My question popped up when you mentioned that the existing space is stuccoed, and that there are no windows in the space. First of all, is the stucco painted? (if it's not you should be able to spray it with water and use a putty knife or metal trowel to scrape it off) and what type of surface is the stucco applied to?

You could save yourself some expense if you wanted to attempt a DIY project and remove the stucco yourself. It is a messy job but depending on your budget you could use the savings somewhere else. Also, not sure what your intentions are with the space but if the intention is to use it as an extra bedroom you HAVE to have a window installed with at least a 24" window well. As for an estimate? I'm sorry I can't be of more help!

Jackie Nordeman

Limelight Interiors

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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time6/2/2012 at 9:56:03 PM

Hi friends,

Gabriel here again,

Thanks Jack, to make sense. Its sad to say but imagine having that contractor at your house? no windows needed? Its contractors like that who makes use look bad, sorry to say but if you didn't know about the window (SO SIMPLE) change carrere please because I can imagine the rest of your work! its not a bad thing I'm saying bud its just to save you a law suite and keeping people safe in there house, if some of you agree please let me know or maby I'm not right? just saving you troubles.

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Date/Time6/13/2012 at 9:03:02 PM


It is impossible to give an accurate; even a semi-close; quote to such a scope of work as this without seeing it first. The no windows concerns me as it seems odd that there are none. Perhaps its because this is the left over space in the middle with the windowed rooms around the edges, I am not sure but it sounds as though it is outside walls, therefore there should be windows in them already.

Aside from the window issue, you would need to keep in mind that PERMITS are first and foremost the important thing. If you don't have permits then its likely the job will not be done correctly. You don't want to find yourself in a half way or complete mess of work and have to pay to have it all ripped out and redone.

Next you need to remember that this needs to be framed, vapor barrier, insulated, electrical, possibly plumbing, drywall, tape, mud, paint, flooring etc.

I understand the desire to know approximately what it should cost so when you get a quote done you know if it is reasonable or not. However, without a contractor coming in to see the scope of work and taking the time to price everything out you are likely not going to get any kind of quote that is close to correct.

The best way to feel that the job is priced right is to get several quotes from different contractors. If the quote is excessively low, chances are they are leaving out important tasks or will tack on expenses throughout the project, if the quote is extremely high then maybe they are over charging or maybe they are simply making sure its done right the first time with no surprise costs throughout the process. If its in the middle then maybe its worth taking the chance that its the best one on both sides. For very best choices I would say to get at least 5 or more quotes as 3 leaves a lot of guessing still, if most of the quotes are high then one of those is probably your best choice, if most of them are lower, then one of them are maybe the right choice, and the same for the middle.

It is hard to choose based strictly on price, also watch for the list of the scope of work as well as PERMITS, no permits, no work. If it feels the price is comfortable, the list of work is including what you feel it should and permits are being obtained then they are probably a great choice.

Thank you,

Sherri & Dustin Depatie

Seamless Finishing Inc.

Office : 780-760-3852

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