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Old 02-26-2013, 11:44 AM   #1
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Cost to finish basement?

looking to do a very basic finishing job...I have a room that is basically a cellar now (concrete slab and floors) and wanted to finish off for a media/family room. the room measures 13 x 22, need to level the floor (it slopes to drainage), carpet, frame, insulate, drywall (perimeter only), run outlets throughout the room (10 or so) and install 6-8 canned lights between joists. I'll probably do a drop ceiling since its an old house and there is always a need to get under the first floor flooring...any guesses as to total labor hours and material costs to do this? I know rates and finishes will vary widely, but a guess on labor hours and material costs would be very helpful!

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Old 02-26-2013, 01:08 PM   #2
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Basic Materials? About 2-3K (no carpet?)
Labor? Dunno. I do it all so free

Sketch it out on paper, make a materials list, get a price per item, sq. foot, etc of materials, add up what you need, etc.

Labor? Depending on the skill set and task 50-100/hr
Most of that is REALLY easy to DIY
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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Like JJ said, get a material list and find costs...General rule of thumb is labor costs are close to material costs....Material = 3k, labor and material = 6/7k

You're looking at $400 -500 max for studs, $20 for 4x8 ply/osb for the subfloor ect... Drop ceiling will be the priciest IMO.

I'm finishing mine right now, 1100sq ft. Framing with soffits and tray ceiling was only $670, I did the labor. My costs come in when I sub out drywall and start buying amd installing my finish wood (crown, base, built-ins) and 2zoned 7.2 surround.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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Yea I started finishing mine too. Everything is studded out and insulated. Started putting the drywall up and then SANDY exposed a leak in the wall.

Blessing really... I get a chance to fix it before I put the walls/carpet in.
I wouldve been P!SSED, if I finished it and then got the leak so I'm not complaining.

When the ground isnt frozen, I'll dig it out and fix it...

ho hum
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Yea I started finishing mine too. Everything is studded out and insulated. Started putting the drywall up and then SANDY exposed a leak in the wall.

Blessing really... I get a chance to fix it before I put the walls/carpet in.
I wouldve been P!SSED, if I finished it and then got the leak so I'm not complaining.

When the ground isnt frozen, I'll dig it out and fix it...

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Poured concrete with a crack?

When would you work on it? I'm finding the work is easy but finding the time is the hard part. 2-3 hours a couple times a week night, 8 hours on the weekend has been my schedule.

Did you hang your own drywall?
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Poured concrete with a crack?

When would you work on it? I'm finding the work is easy but finding the time is the hard part. 2-3 hours a couple times a week night, 8 hours on the weekend has been my schedule.

Did you hang your own drywall?
Poured solid concrete wall in basement. Have to fix it from outside which involved digging out the dirt against the wall, patching, covering, tarring, etc.
Easier when the ground isnt frozen so I guess April/May?
Knock it out in a weekend

I'll hang my own drywall, but I don't finish it. F That
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:00 PM   #8
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Who do you think you are... sollyd?

I have found from some of the flooding that most of our landscaping and minimal drainage that I still get a bit of water, but only when it floods. I'm going to put drains all around the area to keep the water out. Not sure I can easily dig down low enough to where the leak is, if I can even find it.
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Just a tip if you are afraid of electrical work you can still save a TON of money by popping in your own outlets, and running the wires to them. Just have an electrician tie it all together in the breaker box for you. Some 12/2 wire, and the plastic boxes that level the box with the stud automatically. It's real easy but a licensed electrician would probably be the bulk of your labor cost on an easy job like that.

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