The toughest part about finishing your basement is just getting started. Thinking about how you could use that extra space, all the fun you could have down there, what great shape you’ll be in and how you might design your basement. That ‘s the easy part.
Trust me though. As fun as it is to dream and cut out pictures of your ultimate basement, it’s even more fun to build it yourself.
If you finish your own basement you will never look at another basement or even another house for that matter the same way again.
6 posts to get started finishing your basement:
Imagine the benefits – Increasing your home’s value by thousands. Complete design flexibility.
Basement Permits and Inspections – Don’t let the permit process scare you. Read through this post to put your mind at ease.
Design Time - I loved the design phase. Once I learned how to do the design and how helpful it was to have a design I spent tons of time planning my new basement space.
Working Solo - Tips and tricks for literally finishing on your own. As in 1 person. As in, my wife is upstairs pregnant and watching movies.
One Small Wall - Get going already. Forget all the stuff above and just build a wall for kicks. You can hang some pegboard on there and have a spot for some tools – here’s how.
Finishing a Basement – There a 8 major phases to finishing your own basement. This article will give you an overview of each and links to detailed posts. Plus, the one secret skill that you’ll need to complete the job. Hint: You used to have it when you were a kid!
Perfect Basement Finishing Weekend - What’s that you say…? You can only work on the weekends? Welcome to the club. No problem, if you follow some of these tips you can still finish your own basement even if you only work on it on the weekends.
Once you get started and gain some confidence in your ability you’ll be ready to tackle the other major basement phases electrical, plumbing, and finishing.
The only big phase that I contracted out was the drywall phase. When I priced it out I just couldn’t do the work for less and I knew I could save months and months of time by letting the pros do that step. It took them about a week and they did a fantastic job.
Cheers - Jason
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