Basement Finishing Steps You Should Know About

Basement Finishing Steps

Hello, everyone. I’m Caleb with Dansie Design Build in Draper, Utah. I wanted to talk to you about the basement finishing steps.

Step 1: Establish Your Values

So the first step in starting to finish your basement is establishing your values and what you’re looking to get out of the project. It would be best to do that with the other people essential to the project and your life. That could be your family, your wife, your children, your parents, or even your animals that would be in that area as well. 

People will want many things in their basements: kitchens, bathrooms, walk-out basement entries, living rooms, bathrooms, theater rooms, and storage rooms. There are many different ways to use the space, so figure out what’s more vital for you and what you want to enjoy in the area.

Step 2: Set a Budget

The next step in the process would be to establish a realistic budget. We made a pricing calculator on our website. You can download that to help you select a realistic budget for a basement finish. Once you have the budget you’re looking to work with, you can go through and establish your priorities. This way, you can dial in what you’ll get and what you prefer to have in your basement. 

Step 3: Get Blueprints Drawn

After that, the next step would be to get the blueprints drawn for your project. This is essential because we’ll measure the space you’re working with. Then draw up the existing structure and where those walls are for the basement layout. We’ll also be able to put in the interior walls where the bedrooms, bathrooms, theaters, or whatever the project will end up. 

We put a lot of detail into the doors, the insulation, the electrical plan, the lighting plan, and some of these different things that help the project shine.

Step 4: Get 3D Renderings

The next step is to get some 3D renderings produced so you can visualize what those different areas will look like. With a lot of our clients, we put together renderings for kitchens and bathrooms. Those are high-touch areas that many people care about, and they want to visualize and anticipate what they will look and feel like once the basement is complete. 

When we put together those renderings, you can see everything in color and get a good idea of the materials, the size, the layout, and the lighting.

Step 5: Get Building Permits

The last step you’ll need to take before starting the construction is to get the permits from the local city or county where you live. So this is something we also handle in-house and take care of for our clients before we start any construction projects. 

Anytime you do anything that requires electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, framing, or structural work, they all require a building permit from the city or county. Securing the necessary permits is essential before building the basement. 

Need Help With Your Basement?

You can request a project consultation on our website if you are looking for help with any part of this process. From there, we can help you create an excellent plan to get from where you are all the way through to enjoying that finished basement you’re looking for. 

Have a great day!


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




Download the basement finishing cost guide

Download our FREE basement finishing cost guide. Inside we go over everything you’ll want to know.

  • 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