If you’re thinking about finishing your basement you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you plan to do the work yourself, hire a contractor or a little of both this website should be able to help you out.
Two years ago I finished my basement without any previous construction skills or knowledge.
Now I’m taking all of my notes and photos and putting them online.
This Website is about Finishing Your Basement
Hello and Welcome. My name is Jason.
I’ve been working on this site to be your guide for great basement ideas, basement permits, framing, electrical, painting, trim, pool tables, dart boards, bars, man caves, women caves, kid corners you name it.
This website will show you:
- how you can finish a basement
- how to estimate the cost of finishing your basement
- how to get started with some simple starter projects
- which tools to buy and how to use them
- why you can and should do your own electrical work
Be sure to subscribe to the email list. You’ll get access to my basement cost estimation spreadsheet. Plus, I’ll show you a great tip someone gave me that helped my save over $920.
I also hope to show you how finishing your basement can give you tons of personal confidence and teach you all sorts of the new skills that have nothing to do with home improvement.
I Had Zero Experience Remodeling a Basement
Please don’t think that you have to be Bob Villa or some super smart uber learner to undertake a project like this. I was not a handyman in any sense of the word prior to this project.
I didn’t own any tools beyond a hammer and a drill. I had trouble just hanging pictures straight. I once tried to install a new dimmer light switch in our dining room and took the power out to half of my house.
I would not have even attempted to try such a large project without the help and guidance of my friends from work. They had both finished their basements on their own and then they helped me with information, explanations and inspiration.
I’m building this site to be the “friend whose just finished their basement” for everyone!
I still had to read a decent sized stack of books. I also had to get over the learning curves at each phase (and you will as well). But having a resource to get a jump start is critical. Having somewhere to go to ask specific questions and get ideas speeds up the cycle of learning significantly and makes the project much more fun.
Writing From a Different Perspective
It gives me a great perspective from which to write to you.
I’m writing about struggles and concepts that many professional blogs and books will gloss over because to them it may be obvious.
Don’t get me wrong, my work and knowledge-base is excellent. I also got all the proper permits and passed all of my inspections, not short-cuts here.
I’m not bragging but I got glowing feedback from the “pros” that said I was doing everything right. I can say now with absolute confidence that there isn’t a home improvement issue that I could not solve myself.
I’m including little tips and tricks that a homeowner with very little home improvement experience may relate to. “How to buy lumber” for example, or “How to use an air compressor”. These are both areas that I know some people will have questions about because I just had those same questions last year.
Through the website and the email newsletter I plan to share all of the notes, ideas and pictures I saved throughout my project. Yes, I made a bunch of mistakes but my basement still turned out awesome and was a really fun project. You can do the same, minus some of those mistakes!
Yes, But I Have No Time and Very Little Money
I started this project while working as an IT manager. I was limited to weekends and a few week nights. You can, and I might argue should, do it in your spare time in a slow and progressive manner. It’s something that can be done in stages.
My wife was also pregnant at that time. So I could not have picked a worse time to start a loud, messy, time sucking project.
In retrospect though, is was the perfect time. Our other two kids were 5 and 3 and needed some space to play in the dead of winter. They have a truck load of cousins which make for a level of noise in our house that almost drove me nuts. We also had baby stuff coming out of our ears so we needed the extra storage.
Budget for the basement was tight, which is one of the reasons I decided to try and tackle it on my own. So I started with just a small project to build a storage room and frame in the HVAC area to protect it from errant kids toys.
From there, each phase waited until the budget was right or I found creative ways to get things really cheap or even free. (signup for the newsletter to get my tip on to get free lumber).
Okay, so Why Do You Want to Help Me?
I’m sure, if you’re like me, then you want to know what the angle is? Why am I doing this? There are really three reasons:
- First, I like writing and I like social media and digital marketing. This site is kind of a test site for me for figuring out how that stuff works.
- Second, money. Hey, I’m not hiding it. There’s no shame in my game. I want to help you, that’s why there’s TONS of free content on here. I’d like to cover the cost of running the website plus put a small amount in my basement home theater fund. That’s the one part of the basement along with flooring, that I’ve yet to complete.When you’re really ready to start I hope you’ll check out My Book, Premium Video Series and Design Files .
- Third, I truly just want to pass on what was passed to me. I’m a big believer in keeping that healthy cycle going.
Cheers - Jason