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Old 2009-09-15, 10:31 PM
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Hi, I spent the last couple of months working in my basement until it was complete. It took around 40 hours (average of 2-3 hours per day) with little help from friends. I decided to go with drop ceiling as it would give me access to ceiling for any repairs or future changes. We decided to go with laminate which we found at Costco at a very good quality and price ($1.5/SQ FT) for 15mm thick laminate.

Here is my basement before and after.
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Amazing job and you did all that only in 40 hours, pretty cool !
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Old 2009-09-15, 10:39 PM
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Wow, that's awesome!

Any ideal how much you spent on finishing the basement?
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Yes I'd love to know what you spent! After getting a ridiculous quote of $27,000 from Tamarack, I need alternatives.
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Cost:
Before closing: I asked my builder to finish all OUTSIDE walls with insulation, electrical and drywall ready to be painted. Cost: $4900. This made my job way easier.

After Closing (my work): including drop ceiling material, electrician, laminate, pot lights: less than 5100 (I am keeping track to make sure that I use the tax credit).

What is really strange, I put 14 pot lights in the basement. Total cost with dimmer switch (including remote control) and motion sensors is less than $400. My builder charged me $870 for 4 pot lights in the family room with a switch.

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Very nice!
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Minto prices pretty chip
for house 1600 sq.ft. $8000 for full basement
for 2600 sq.ft. $12000

full bathroom $5000
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Must be nice. Granted the house is 2600 sqft but still we thought $27,000 was INSANE!

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Minto prices pretty chip
for house 1600 sq.ft. $8000 for full basement
for 2600 sq.ft. $12000

full bathroom $5000
That's still pretty pricey considering it's just drywall and carpet. By code the perimeter basement walls are already studded and insulated.

$5k for a bathroom is pretty reasonable. We had to pay $1900 for a full rough-in (plumbing, framing, electrical, vented to the exterior) -- leaving drywall ($500-ish), fixtures/faucets/cabinetry ($2000) and flooring ($500)
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By code the perimeter basement walls are already studded and insulated.
not sure that's correct in the basement. energy star rating requires full length insulation. standard code it to the frost line I believe. nothing there for the requirement of studs.
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