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The cost of an average basement renovation with no plumbing or electrical work is between 45 and 95 dollars per square feet.
Let's say an average basement is 1,000 square feet of finished space. So the cost of a basement is between $45,000 and $95,000. Now keep in mind that the Suffolk County & Nassau County Local Town Building Departments require multiple safety and/or sanitary upgrades prior to adding:
These factors could affect your renovation budget drastically so speak to an architect who has experience working within your towns’ local building code requirements.
You absolutely can, but you will be required to hire an architect and obtain a permit in order to do so. A bathroom install in your basement will run you $10,000-$25,000 on average. This includes materials and labor. If you’re adding it in a basement under an existing one some costs might be averted by pulling down the plumbing to save time and expense.
Running water down to your basement and back out again can pose a challenge. Installing water pipes is a big expense in any room. Installing it along with the waste lines require not only a pump but a place to add the pump. Usually with in the concrete to be compliant with the local building department codes.
Customers ask us all the time why so many requirements are set in order to add a kitchen to a basement. Adding a kitchen to a basement designates your basement as an accessory apartments and may require that you upgrade your sanitary system in order to install a kitchen. Your local town might also require the county health department approval as well in order to add another kitchen to your size property.
All residential building code requirements across the United States state that any habitable space must have at least one egress window. Specifically, an egress window is a type of window that is large enough that a person could escape in the event of an emergency, such as a fire.
Any of the windows in your current main floor bedrooms would be considered egress windows. The idea is that all sleeping spaces within a home need to have a viable escape route in the event of a house fire. This way, inhabitants can flee to safety or, at the very least, have the potential to be rescued by firefighters at the scene.
MINIMUM HEIGHT AND WIDTH REQUIREMENTS:
You’ll want to check with your local building codes to see exactly what the minimum height and width requirements are for an egress window in your area. This way, you don’t pay to have one installed, only to find that it’s not large enough. In many cases, an egress window must provide a net clear opening of 5.7 square feet. This means, for example, that a 24 inch by 34 inch window would be large enough to be considered egress.
Furthermore, an egress window must be operational from the inside of the home without the need for special tools.
If you want to increase the amount of living space in your home, remodeling your basement makes a lot more sense than adding on a new addition. A finished basement has an ROI of around 70%, making it one of the better investments you can make in your home. A typical basement remodel costs around $75-$110 a square foot, assuming moderate decor and finishes. With the average project size of 600 square feet, this puts the cost of the average basement remodel around $45,000-$66,000.
Unfinished basement vs. remodel:
An unfinished basement isn’t a very usable space. At most, homeowners with unfinished basements may use the area for storage. Unfortunately, unless steps have been taken to waterproof the area, even storage can sometimes fail as belongings absorb the humidity and moisture of the basement. A remodeled basement gives you additional living space without changing the footprint of your home. Basements can be remodeled to become in home theaters, children’s playrooms, entertainment areas, and family game rooms. Because the steps to finish the basement are similar for most of these purposes, you can gain a lot of additional space and use from your home simply by finishing this area.
Things to keep in mind:
Before beginning on your basement remodel, you’ll need to keep several things in mind that will pertain to the space.
Simply finishing the floors, walls, and ceilings of the basement can help increase the value of your home. But putting extra thought into what you want to use the space for now, will save you on fees later. For example, if you intend to use this as a children’s playroom, then building shelves into the walls, adding egress windows, and putting down carpeting can all be done at the time of the remodel, rather than added later.
The size of your basement may impact what you plan on doing there. Measure the usable space carefully to determine whether or not you have the room for what you would like to do there.
Basements are known for being damp. As part of the renovation, you will need to address this, either through sump pumps 2 ($1550), French drains 3 ($2,000 - $5000), vapor barriers 4 ($250), or other methods. Waterproofing your basement costs around $8,000 on average.
Your basement will only be as sound as your current foundation. A remodel is the best time to deal with issues such as cracks or settling, before more invasive work is undertaken. If necessary, foundation repair costs between $6,000 and $19,000.
Permits and codes:
Most cities and towns will require a permit for basement remodels. In addition, there are several codes that dictate what can be done in this area. For example, a basement must have a ceiling height of a minimum of 6' 8". Please take a look at the following page for New York State current building code requirements for finished basements HERE If your basement has a ceiling height lower than this, it may not pass code if remodeled. In addition, plan the cost of the building permits, around $400 -$600 on average, into your budget.
Simply putting up drywall 5 isn’t always an option in the basement, because of the moisture in the walls. Vapor barriers 4, or plastic sheeting that helps seal out moisture, are required behind any framing that you put into your basement to help protect the finished walls. Vapor barrier 4 costs around $50 a roll.
Framing will shrink the space of your finished basement room slightly, but about 4-6 inches on all sides. Plan this into your calculations for the space, particularly in small rooms. New framing typically costs around $5,300, while the drywall 5 will cost about $200 per room.
If you plan on using your basement during the winter months, you will need to invest in insulation as well. Insulating the walls of your basement will keep the rooms warmer, and your utility bills down. Insulating one room of your basement will cost around $1,200 to $1,800.
Most basements are poorly lit, having little natural sunlight making their way in. For this reason, you should expect to add recessed lighting 6 or another type of lighting to your basement remodel to evenly illuminate the rooms. New recessed lighting 6 runs around $1780 - $2000.
In most cases, your HVAC system should already extend to the basement. If not, however, plan on running additional ducts or vents to ensure the finished rooms are adequately heated. Running new ductwork through your basement will cost around $2,000. Radiant heat is another option for basements, as it can be controlled separately and used only when the basement is. Radiant heat costs around $6,000 - $14,000 depending on the method used.