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Old 01-29-2008, 09:56 AM
 
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I was curious if anyone could give me a very rough idea about the cost to finish a 1000 sq ft basement. I have the electric and the HVAC done, but I need the wall panelling and a ceiling and flooring. Any guestimates on the cost per sq ft?
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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I was curious if anyone could give me a very rough idea about the cost to finish a 1000 sq ft basement. I have the electric and the HVAC done, but I need the wall panelling and a ceiling and flooring. Any guestimates on the cost per sq ft?
Wall paneling? You mean sheet rock? Dropped ceiling? Bathroom/plumbing? Carpet, tile, hardwood or pre-engineered wood flooring? Water/moisture issues? Rooms or one big room?
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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I guess I need to talk with a contractor since all cases are different. The basement is 1000 sq ft. All I need is the ceiling to be installed (drop tiling would be OK), carpet down (or something on the floors), and drywall or some kind of wall panneling. No plumbing would be needed.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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I guess I need to talk with a contractor since all cases are different. The basement is 1000 sq ft. All I need is the ceiling to be installed (drop tiling would be OK), carpet down (or something on the floors), and drywall or some kind of wall panneling. No plumbing would be needed.
Well, it all depends on the specs. We have had one finished - but did some of the work ourselves - at about $17/sq ft. Had neighbors who contracted theirs, but it was a lot more elaborate than ours - $31/sq. ft.

If you can do any of the work yourself, it will help lower cost, of course. Even if you drop the ceiling, you have to install the framework . . . and resale is much better if you actually put in a ceiling.

Just be careful about codes and permits. Your can run into problems w/ re-sale if you have not pulled all required permits and built to code.

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Old 01-29-2008, 04:34 PM
 
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I was curious if anyone could give me a very rough idea about the cost to finish a 1000 sq ft basement. I have the electric and the HVAC done, but I need the wall panelling and a ceiling and flooring. Any guestimates on the cost per sq ft?
I can give you a tip whenever you finish your basement.If you have a older house with a garbage disposer replace the pvc pipe before installing drywall ceiling.
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:36 PM
 
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You can always estimate the costs using a crude formula that is 3x the cost of materials. This has always served me well in the past to get me in the ballpark. Sounds like you are doing nothing elaborate and without needing electrical and plumbing, that will keep your cost down. Why no electric though--are you an electrician or know someone that will do the work? If you just don't want electric because you don't think that you will need it or want it, think again. When it comes time to sell, you will be sorry because you didn't. Don't go against code and pull the permits, you won't be sorry. It always costs more to do the right thing the second time! Good luck!
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:33 AM
 
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You get what you pay for- anywhere from $35-$50 a square for a contractor.
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:33 AM
 
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You get what you pay for- anywhere from $35-$50 a square for a contractor.
Are you serious? He is talking barebones here. That is too high.
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:58 PM
 
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Sorry didnt see that the HVAC and electrical were done.
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:58 PM
 
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Sorry didnt see that the HVAC and electrical were done.
WHEW!! You scared me for a minute there. I thought - surely surely that was too high . . . thanks for clarifying!
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