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Basement Finishing and Renovations Has it been 2 years already? Time to work on finishing the basement into some extra living space.


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Old 2017-09-22, 09:05 PM
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Wow. love the integrated cabinets! Are those ikea? They look like the same family as my nightstand. I have some deadspace I need to fill, where the useless bathroom rough-in is, this looks like something I may consider.
Yup, pre-built IKEA cabs recessed and trimmed out to look like built-ins!
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Old 2017-09-30, 01:55 PM
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Finishing stage takes quite a bit longer than anticipated - LOL!

Cabinets are now completed and built into the wall, trim work is complete and painted (only thing left to paint are the baseboards). Bathroom is finally operational (just need my wife to go find a mirror, towel bar and TP hanger), and the endless wood filling and caulking is complete too...I didn't realize the amount of work involved in that...haha! The counter top for the desk between the cabinet walls is purchased, just need to rip it down to size and build a support for it.

Will finish up the baseboard painting this weekend and look to finish the feature wall w/ TV mount and electric fireplace - we'll see how far I get as we have company coming over.

Almost there...
That looks awesome!! Great job!
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Old 2017-09-30, 06:20 PM
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Looking good darryl! When complete, if you don't mind, I would like to see a cost tally, doesn't have to be exact, a ballpark estimate is fine

I have heard various people saying it will cost $25K - $30K to finish a basement, maybe less with DIY so I am curious to hear about the savings!
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Old 2017-10-01, 06:44 PM
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Looking good darryl! When complete, if you don't mind, I would like to see a cost tally, doesn't have to be exact, a ballpark estimate is fine

I have heard various people saying it will cost $25K - $30K to finish a basement, maybe less with DIY so I am curious to hear about the savings!
Great timing canabiz...I'm finally done!!

Aside from some paint touch-ups and hanging a bathroom mirror and a TP holder, the space is clean and livable! Now we just need some furniture, LOL!

In terms of savings, yes, it was quite substantial in my opinion because I did 90% of the work on my own (with my wife helping out) and I brought in a few contractors for certain work (plumbing, mud/tape, electrical panel, finishing carpentry) but it was the perfect balance. That said, I did take ~4.5mths to complete it and we have a 15mth old so there were many late nights after he went to sleep...so the savings came at a cost, so to speak.

Here's a rough breakdown:

Tools - $900
Materials - $10,250
Contractors - $4,500
Permits - $325
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Total of $16k for a 600sqft basement with a powder room and some character!

*Bonus: Ebates.com gift cards ($310)

It was a tremendous learning experience and something I am quite proud of given I had never tackled a project that large or complex before. We were able to put out own stamp on it, add in some fun creative ideas and since we did the work ourselves, didn't pay added labour $$ for "custom work" (picture niches, under stairs nook, etc.)

Now time to watch for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and holiday sales to fill up the space. In the meantime our lil guy is sure to make great use of the new area which was the primary reason for taking on the entire project in the first place!
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Awesome work darryl! I know how rewarding it is to DIY (for the most part) this type of work so kudos to you and I am sure you guys will enjoy this new space for a very long time!
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Awesome work darryl! I know how rewarding it is to DIY (for the most part) this type of work so kudos to you and I am sure you guys will enjoy this new space for a very long time!
Appreciate the comments!
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Excellent

Another big plus is that you dont need to worry about poor workmanship hiding in the walls causing downstream problems.
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Excellent

Another big plus is that you dont need to worry about poor workmanship hiding in the walls causing downstream problems.
You darn skippy!
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Excellent job! Looks awesome!!
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Great job xdarrylx.
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