basement finishing cost variables

Basement Finishing Cost Variables: Size, Desires, Permits

If you’re looking into the process of finishing your home’s basement, naturally one of the most important elements you’ll be considering is the cost you’ll have to pay for this project. There are a few major factors that will play a role in determining this final cost, and being cognizant of them during your planning is important.

At Crown Finish, we’re happy to offer the very best basement finishing and remodeling services you’ll find around Orem and nearby areas, this in addition to numerous other remodeling and general contractor services. In this two-part blog series, we’ll look at some of the chief variables that tend to play a role in your final costs for any basement finishing project, plus what to keep in mind while considering each of them.

Basement Size

Naturally, one of the largest factors that will drive cost here is the size of your basement. Square footage is a big part of this, and will correlate pretty directly with factors like materials, labor and others. However, there are also other dimensions to consider within the space – ceiling height, for instance.

You should also be aware of any local or city regulations related to the size of basements. Some areas may have restrictions on how large a basement can be, which could impact your costs.

Level of Current and Desired Finish

Within the world of basement finishing, there are a few categories of finish level that may be discussed. A fully unfinished basement, as you may have already assumed, is the most basic and affordable option.

On the other hand, a fully finished basement will be one that’s essentially like any other room in your house – it has all the necessary utilities, plus flooring, walls and ceiling. In many cases it can even function as an independent living space for family members or guests. And in between is the partially finished basement, which is generally the most cost-effective option if you’re looking to balance affordability with quality.

Permit Considerations

In some cases, depending on the specific work you’re having done, basement finishing projects may require a permit from your city or local municipality. A few kinds of work will be limited by this requirement.

If you are planning any electrical or plumbing work for your basement, these are almost certainly going to fall under the purview of permits – and this is an area where Crown Finish can help you arrange all the permits and other necessary paperwork.

In part two of our series, we’ll look into some other potential variables that may impact your basement finishing costs, plus some tips on how to prepare and control these areas. In the meantime, reach out to us at Crown Finish for more information about any of our services!