Basement Remodel

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Posted by: from Scarborough
2/24/2013 at 8:09:03 PM


I don't want to bother contractors to come out for quotes unless I have a general idea how much this will cost so I hope someone can give me a general idea.

I have a 1960's back split. When I bought the home it had a poorly designed basement layout which included the shower partially covering the window. I gutted the basement but I left the plumbing and electrical in place. Based on floor design I'm not sure if the previous owner used permits so I'm not sure how much of the current plumbing can be used.

Essentially the basement is two rooms, about 300 sqft each, divided by a 7" thick cinderblock wall with a 3' doorway. I attached a rough floorplan. The floor is concrete slab. What I'd like is very basic:

1) One room is family room with walls and laminate (or similar) flooring. Acoustic-type ceiling. Pot lighting.

2) One room is bathroom/laundry room. I'm expecting the floor drains might need to be moved, and maybe the plumbing vents, based on the previous design. Drop ceiling. Pot lighting.

3) Door between each room (obviously), and a door between the laundry room and the crawlspace.

4) I'd also like the stairs replaced with hardwood similar to the upstairs. It's only 5 steps.

I hope I included enough information.

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Date/Time2/24/2013 at 10:38:07 PM

Hi Michael,

You will be looking at $35 to $60 per square foot, depending on the level of finishes you want.

The best thing you can do is to actually spec as much of the scope of work as possible including the finish materials. That way you can get quotes that you can actually compare on an apples to apples basis.

Good Luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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Date/Time2/24/2013 at 10:41:22 PM


What you are looking for is pretty basic as far as todays basement renos go. You don't metion anything about all the little extras that everyone is looking for these days. Things like a bar, builts ins or a gas fireplace, the list goes on. These are not as important as a few other things that are not mentioned, like heat and cold air return, venting the bathroom and insulation. All of this being said you will require a permit for the electrical, plumbing and hvac work.

I would recommend moving your heat ducts to within twelve inches of the floor and cold air returns five feet from the floor. It would also be a good idea to confirm the size of the furnace and will handle the new finished space.

I guess to the point of your question depending on your location, access to the basement, and final level of finish I would say you should be looking at ball park numbers of 30 to 50 dollars per square foot.

I hope this helps.


Cousins Renovations inc.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time2/24/2013 at 10:48:51 PM

Standard wiring for a project like this with a licensed company and ESA permit (which are mandatory in every reno), would range from $1500-$3000 depending on lighting, bedrooms, washrooms, appliances, panel size, age of current wiring (knob and tube must be removed), etc.

Hope this helps.

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Date/Time2/25/2013 at 8:03:34 AM

Good morning,

According to the measurements that you have provided, your cost on finishing your basement according to your description would cost anywhere from 17 to 10 thousand dollars including all labor and building material.

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Date/Time2/25/2013 at 9:06:38 PM

If you base it on $35sqft @ 600sqft which would give you a very cheap and cheerfull basement, would be $21000 but with nicely equipped basement you would be more around $30000.

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Date/Time2/26/2013 at 2:02:04 PM


I really do not understand how contractors can quote you between 30 to 50 dollars a square foot. Having done this for 25 years now, you are certainly looking at over $100 a square foot for a turn key project based on the information supplied.

Thank you

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Date/Time3/3/2013 at 12:55:17 PM

Pricing can be so hard to do over the internet if anyone gives you a solid price by email or phone you probably will not like what you get.

I have written a good blog on this under The article name is "How Much Does It Cost To Develop My Basement?"

Pricing always the question and the answer is what kind of basement development do you want, a basement that looks like the rest of the house, a basement that looks like a 1960s trailer or a step up from what you have? Give my article a read, it may help a little.

MR. H gavacs

Owner of Man Zone Construction

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Date/Time3/3/2013 at 3:27:29 PM

Hi Michael,

As you mentioned, you are just looking for a general idea of pricing now before contacting companies in to provide you with a detailed quotation.

If you are contacting a reputable builder/contractor, their base price should start around $40/sqft. so in your case, approx. $25,000. This covers all the basic items (framing, insulation, boarding, taping, painting, woodwork, standard flooring, etc. Any additional items or upgrades with obviously increase the price but i think this information is enough for your to start to contact companies.

I would definitely research any company that will come in at a price under $20,000. If you were to contacted a smaller "handyman" company, then they will probably provide you with pricing less than $20,000. The decision for you would be determine if it is worth the risk to award to the project to smaller company that may not be able to handle the job.

If you had to choose between two car seats for your baby, I'm sure you would go with the more reputable one which would probably cost more. But that is a decision for you to make.

I hope this helps.

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