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.