5 Ways to Make a Basement Project More Affordable in Utah

Making Your Basement Project Fit Your Budget in Utah

Hello everyone. I’m Caleb with Dansie Design Build, and today, we’re going to discuss five ways to make your basement finishing project more affordable.

1. Opt for an Open Floor Plan for Your Basement

The first way to make your basement finishing project more affordable is to opt for an open floor plan. Why is that going to make it cheaper? Because reducing the amount of framing, walls, drywall, paint, labor, and materials you’re going to be putting into those additional partitioning walls will make the basement more affordable. So if you like an open space, that’s great because that will be a more affordable option.

2. Finish the Bathroom or Kitchen Later

Number two, finish the bathroom or kitchen later. You can choose to have the plumbing and the electrical installed in the walls and then opt to put in the cabinets and countertops later. That’s going to save a lot of cost upfront.

3. Install Carpet Where You Can

The third way to make a basement finish more affordable is to choose carpet over LVP or tile wherever you can. Carpet will be much cheaper per square foot for installing materials and labor than an LVP or a tile product. Hard flooring options take a lot more labor and materials to install.

4. Do Not Move Load-Bearing Walls

If at all possible, leave the load-bearing walls alone. Load-bearing walls are expensive to move because they require engineering, building two temporary walls, removing the load-bearing wall, putting in a beam, and doing a lot of work. So if you have existing walls, if it’s at all possible, figure out a way to make the basement floor plan work without having to move those walls. That will make the basement more affordable to finish.

5. Tie in the Existing Furnance for the Basement HVAC System

And lastly, tie in the existing furnace with the basement finishing HVAC system. So when you’re finishing the basement, opt not to have an additional furnace or air conditioning unit installed in the basement due to not having much heat load. Usually, the furnace installed in the home can accommodate the extra square footage of living space that the basement will add to the home.

Wrapping Up

So those are five ways to make your basement finishing project more affordable. If you want more information on how we can help you with your basement project or home remodel, contact us or call us at (801) 341-9690. Thank you for joining us today, and we will catch you next time.


Have you wondered what it costs to finish a basement in Salt Lake and Utah Counties?  Our basement finishing cost guide will give you everything you need to know.

  • Pricing for 1000 and 1500 square foot basement finishes
  • Pricing to include a bathroom, a kitchen, or open square footage
  • Pricing for Basic, Average, and Luxury Level Finishes
  • Basement walkout entrance pricing
  • Real project costs for basements we have finished
  • How to avoid the most costly mistakes while finishing a basement




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  • Pricing calculation for any sized basement
  • Pricing to include a bathroom, a kitchen, a laundry room, or open square footage
  • Basement walkout entrance pricing
  • How to avoid the most costly mistakes while finishing a basement