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.