finished basement

finished basementThe basement is often an abandoned, dark, scary space in many homes. But times have changed and more homeowners recognize the basement as a space full of endless possibilities.

Basement finishing means completing the basement to be just like another room in the home. Once finished, the basement can even be renovated to your liking or needs in the future.

Making your basement a livable space for kids to play, to host guests or install an entertainment system is a big project. It’s like renovating or completing any other room in the home and it requires everything from plumbing to electrical work. The cost of hiring a pro comprises mostly of labor costs and some homeowners lean towards DIY for the project.

DIY is a possible approach for your basement finishing project. It saves you a large chunk of the cost of hiring a pro for a while. If there are problems with your work, you would need a pro to do it the right way. You must have advanced skills in similar DIY projects to take on your basement renovation. We have put down the steps involved in a successful basement finishing project.

Prepping your basement

  1. Ensure the basement is clean to give a clear platform to work with.
  2. Perform a moisture test to determine if you need to waterproof your basement or fix any sources of moisture.
  3. Find out the building codes for basements and permits needed for the project.
  4. Gather all your tools and materials. These include items like;
    • Circular saw
    • Hearing protection
    • Caulk gun, Caulk or foam filler
    • Level
    • Masonry drill bit set
    • Framing Nailer or Nail Gun
    • Sawhorses
    • Safety glasses
    • Foamboard adhesive
    • Wall screws
    • Polystyrene foam insulation
    • Framing nails
    • Plywood
    • Cement Nails
    • Wire cutters

Start the project

  1. The basement walls

    Finished basement walls are important to make the space truly livable and complete. The first steps are to install the insulation for the basement walls. This is followed by framing the walls and installing drywall. With the walls finished and ready for painting, you can move on to the next phase.

    1. The basement floors

    The moisture tests let you know if there are any water leaks to be fixed. However, when fixing your basement flooring, a rule of thumb is to opt for waterproof materials because the basement is a flood-prone area. We recommend opting for waterproof vinyl for its impressive looks, durability, and waterproof quality.

  2. The basement ceiling

    Don’t be tempted to leave the basement ceiling in a mess of pipes and wires. Complete your basement renovation by installing a ceiling of your choice. You can either install a drop ceiling or a drywall ceiling. The latter is best if your basement is low and there’s little space for a drop ceiling.

  3. Don’t neglect design

    After these three top steps, your basement finishing project is as good as complete. The project might take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks but gets faster with professional help. Design your basement with trendy basement designs or put your creative spirit to work.

Call on Captain Electric of Utah, your local electrician, to complete your basement finishing project on time and within budget!

2021 Guide to Basement Finishing was last modified: February 7th, 2022 by Brian Hortin