PRICING

When it comes to pricing out a basement in Eastern Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire whether it's a panel system or traditional construction, it is common to try to come up with a square foot price.  The problem with that equation is there are multiple items that carry a fixed cost whether it's a 200 sq ft finished space or 1500 sq ft finished space. 

FIXED COST ITEMS
  • Adding new treads and risers to your stairs ($2,800.00)

  • Adding a sub panel for your electrical box ($800.00)

  • Building permits ($1000.00)

  • Dumpster ($600.00)

  • Dehumidification/Air filtration system  ($1,800.00)

  • New windows ($430.00)

  • Support  Column wraps ($200.00)

  • Access Panels ($100.00)

When you do a Basement that is 250 sq ft of finished space that needs most of the above items, it may calculate to be a $25,000.00 project (which is $100.00 a sq ft). But if it's a simple project with nothing listed above, it may be $15,000.00 which equates to $60.00 a sq ft. As you can see, it is hard to judge cost by the square foot. Take a look below to see actual projects.

ACTUAL PROJECTS
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PROJECT
#1

This project was 620 livable sq ft - $45,880.00 ($74.00 a sq ft)

Which Included:

Fiberglass Panel System

Rubber Flooring

Armstrong Tile Drop Ceiling

1/2 wall for stairway

carpeted stairway

Air filtration/dehumidification system

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PROJECT
#2

This project was a 530 sq ft in-law apartment - $62,000.00 ($116.98 sq ft)

 

Which included:

Waterproof wall Panel System

Egress Window

Kitchen cabinets

Full bathroom

Oak Tread Stairs with Painted risers

Waterproof flooring

Air filtration/dehumidification system

PROJECT
#3

This project was a 1540 Sq ft of livable space - $92,000.00 ($59.74 sq ft)

Which included:

Densarmor Wall board with metal stud construction

Full Bathroom - tile shower

Tyroc Subfloor with carpet tile 

    Home owner purchased carpet tile

Air Filtration/dehumidification system

Nevada open stairway

carpeted stairway

Hard Blueboard ceiling

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ALL IN ONE COMPARISON

To compare the prices for the three methods of finishing a basement (click here to learn the difference) in an apples to apples kind of way, we will using the following specifications:

  • A 30' x 24' basement

  • Only finishing external walls (720 sq ft)

  • Carpeted stairway with sides solid walls (no railing or halfwalls)

  • All electrical to code, recessed LED lights

  • All building permits

  • Dehumidification/air filtration system

  • Waterproof flooring

  • One exterior door

  • Drop ceiling

  • Dumpster

  • Electric access panel

  • 4 decorative pole wraps

  • Electric baseboard heat

Traditional Construction 

$37,000.00

Fiberglass Wall Board

$46,800.00

Cement Wall Board

$41,000.00