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Question DetailsAsked on 4/9/2013

how much should a basement remodel cost

1988 home large empty basement. i want full bath non luxury. 1 bedroom, 1 storage room, rec room

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Unfortunately, I can't answer your question specifically, but I would highly recommend getting multiple estimates for your basement remodeling project to get a true idea of the cost. Many factors will likely go into a contractor's estimate, including the existing site, how "finished" you want the basement to be, existing issues like water intrusion, the products to be installed, how many square feet will be renovated and the current condition and/or need for systems like plumbing, electrical and HVAC.

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Answered 7 years ago by JP


The biggest single cost factor is going to be whether they roughed in plumbing for a downstairs bath when the house was built. If not, then running water to it and cutting down through the slab to connect to the sewer could run several thousand $, in addition to the actual remodel. You should also, if you don't have open floor drain in the basement, have a plumber check if the local water level is high in the sewer lines - in some low-lying areas, the sewer pipes at the basement level are actually full all the time (though that promotes clogging), so the basement is NOT roughed in on purpose, because sewage would back up into the floor drains and shower/tub during high rainfall events or during spring breakup. That was the case in a house we had in Buffalo, NY - basement floor drains and bathrooms were prohibited, and the laundry tub had a shutoff valve that you opened only to run laundry, then closed off the rest of the time.

Assuming you do not have that problem, then after any necessary rough-in of plumbing, and running additional electrical (probably $1000-2500), the cost of interior finish, flooring, etc depends about 1/4 on the type of materials you are using, and 1/4 on the quality - the other 1/2 is pretty much fixed labor cost regardless of materials.

Very ballpark numbers, because so much depends on materials and size of area: Taking a bare-wall downstairs to a finished rec room, bedroom, storage room, and bathroom might run $10000-15000 for ordinary drywall walls and ceiling with vapor barrier and carpet on a concrete slab, to double that for wood panel wall finishes and laminate flooring, to triple that for full true individual pieced architectural wood wall and ceiling finishes, hardwood trim, and hardwood or stone flooring.

Doing all but the drywall and bathroom yourself could cut that by half or more.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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