Hello everyone. My Wife and I are in the process of finishing our basement. It is roughly 2650 sq ft, with another ~600 sq ft (Unfinished) under a suspended garage. So yeah, a lot of sq footage for a rather small family.
Anywho, work is underway, and I'll try to get more pictures as needed/requested and as work progresses. I wanted to have a place to document the progress, $ spent and of course, get some ideas. So, any ideas/comments are always welcome. I plan to track the spend here as well (I keep track b/c I am relocated quite frequently for my job, and the relo pkg entails "capital recovery" if I take a loss on the sale of the home).
Currently, we are focusing on the "bedroom" side of the basement, which will have 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. My parents wanted a space outside of our office to sleep during Christmas, and we hope to at least get a quasi-livable space with a working toilet for them.
Spend to Date - $11,561.94 Seems high for just some framing, insulation and a bit of wiring run thus far. But the major expense has been about $9000 for new cabinets everywhere in basement (2 full baths, storage area, and a 2nd kitchen. Another (minor) financial pain was to find my ceilings were 9.5' tall and 2x4's were $3.29/board. Also, paid my brother in law to help with the framing (who came with tools, nails, etc). Having a forced air system installed as well (work is complete, just need to finish the wiring, hook into breaker and turn on before contractor gets paid).
Next up, finish up the framing (tray ceilings in all 3 rooms), seal rim joists properly, run wire for lights/outlets, insulation for between studs on outside of "envelope", run vents for dryer/bathroom exhaust (2 separate vents). Probably not in that order.
Thanks again for taking the time to look. I'll get better pictures of the overall area this evening.