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Old 02-20-2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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i am sure this as been a topic many times, but what is the average cost to finish a basement. its a small to medium sized space. plumbing for the bathroom is ruffed in, and we plan on some nice wood work. but the costs i am most interested in is for everything but the bathroom. i understand that can be very expensive. any ideas are appreciated. thanks for all the advice, hope to give back some day when i can.

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Old 02-20-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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$45

$35 for the paint
$5 for roller and pan
$5 for drop cloth
$0 your sweat


You gave no info at all on what you want, what you have, or where you are. How can you expect an answer. Is nice wood work paint mdf or brite worked mahogany? Small is under 200 sqft or over 1000 sqft

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Old 02-20-2008, 05:15 PM   #3
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I finished my basement, it was pretty involved, I say I spent over $40 grand but that included furnishing it, I did all the work myself except installing the carpet, new stairs, taping the sheetrock and painting...

Basement ended up 1200 sq. ft.

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ok, some one was a little upset there . The basement is around 800 square feet. i plan on doing the basic wood, not too pricy. Its a starter home so i plan on matching the oak up stairs.
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need a lttle more still, please, What is basice wood to you? Wood paneling, baseboards, or something else. If you what someone to guess you need to lay out the vision a little clearer. Chris gave you an example and included the scope of work it covered. Do you have drywall up already, is in concrete block, brick, old stone. I'm sure if I stopped by you could show it all to me but here you have to paint me a picture
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ok, i plan on using oak baseboard. The dry wall is not up yet, electrical is not done, its a half block wall on one side for about a total of 60 feet. i plan on putting in two bi fold solid oak doors, not sure the dimensions and one regular swinging door, oak solid. a suspended ceiling and bathroom will be installed as well. the bathroom can wait because i believe this will be the more expesnisve portion of the remodel. For carpet i plan on using a good quaility carpet. not sure the cost on that at all, so bear with me. the only thing that is really done is a couple of stud walls. i have not framed out by the blocks yet. the plumbing is also roughed in. i hope this gives you a good idea. sorry for not enough info earlier.
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still need a sq ft # for the area, a size like 20' x 30' format would work great.
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Sorry, can't help you. These questions come up all the time on here.

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"There is no blue-book-value to remodeling."

In order to properly ascertain the costs of finishing a basement at a given home, the actual property, the utilities (like heat and/or plumbing), the obstacles in the area, and more, have to be viewed and all things inspected. There are WAY, way, too many factors and variables. Actual dimensions, finish materials, unseen issues, regional needs, etc, have to totaled up, and greatly affect costs.
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:02 PM   #9
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This is somewhat like calling a body shop and asking how much to fix my wreck.
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First you make a list of all the materials that you require. Next calculate the quantity of each item and multiply it by the cost of each product. Last you will add up the price of all items. If you do not know the cost call a lumber yard or walk around HD.

Example: (20) 2x4s x $2.00 = $40.00

This formula is for materials only, not labor. I take it you will do it yourself.

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When ever am trying to figure a project. I write down my shopping list of everything, go to the cheapest place and price each thing on my list, total it all up and DOUBLE IT.
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First you make a list of all the materials that you require. Next calculate the quantity of each item and multiply it by the cost of each product. Last you will add up the price of all items. If you do not know the cost call a lumber yard or walk around HD.

Example: (20) 2x4s x $2.00 = $40.00

This formula is for materials only, not labor. I take it you will do it yourself.
The problem with this, is that most newbis do not know how to properly calculate linear feet, square footage, amount to properly cover areas, waste percentages, etc. They also, very often forget (or don't realize) additional materials needed, required sub-layer materials, costlier-custom order items, etc.
It's not unheard of for such things to balloon a newbi-estimated budget -50% or greater (on the average newbi-DIY remodeling project).

Thus, they often miss judge the required budget, and take a big hit in the end, when onsite help could have walked them thru, and either pointed out all that was needed, or helped them to adjust and make cost-effective changes where useful/appropriate.

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