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Question DetailsAsked on 12/16/2014

Cost to dig out 2 feet of unfinished basement, waterproof, and finish with 1 bed, 1 bath, laundry and family room

We already have the architect designs and permits. We are looking for a total cost for a general contractor to manage the project: dig out 2 feet of basement, reinforce, waterproof with pumps/backup, move furnace then finish with 1 bed, 1 bath, family room, laundry room, add 2 windows, replace 2 windows, storage room, storage in closets under stairs.

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Sounds like you are almost ready for bidders - though the architect would usually have provided a construction cost estimate during the course of the design, both to evaluate bids against and to make sure the project was staying within your budget.

For a contractor you need (from Search the List) either a Builder (new home builder) because of the major structural and mechanical you are doing in the basement, or a Remodeling - General Contractor - and for a job this size and with the modification work you are talking, you are probably going to have to contact about 15-20 potential bidders at least to get the 3-4 responsible bids (responsive and in decent price range) that you are going to need to be able to be sure you are getting a fair price.

If am afraid you may get one other shock - you may find your normal remodel bidders don't want to bid, because the slab/reinforcement/drainage/waterproofing is remedial basement work,not remodeling - so I wouldnot be surprised if many of them suggest you get the basement structural and mechanical done first, then talk to them about the finishing of the resultant space. That is why I said a Builder may be necessary if you want it all handled under one GC.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


Can I ask if you ended up doing this project and how much did it cost? I am in the same process right now, have the designs and getting the structural engineer next. We have different archtect plans and are really worried about the cost. Looking for the same, dig down 2 feet, finish the basement with a bedroom, bathroom, living room and laundry room. Also if you don't mind, what state are you located in?

Answered 3 years ago by dgrblu1416

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