Finishing our basement- Is there a good way to piece meal it?


We want to start finishing our basement, but don't have the capital to do it all at once. Is there a good way to piece meal it?

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  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 30, 2018
    Whitney, You bet! Start with the wiring, any plumbing and the insulation first. Move on to the cooling and heating. There are now great products such as electric fireplaces and stand-alone cooling units that you can use instead of having to beef up your existing units to heat and cool an additional large space. Next should be the wall and ceiling covering. Last, the flooring. Before you know it, you're done. But remember to stay on budget and don't "just do" to get it done. You'll just have to redo a surface job later on and it'll cost you more $$ in the long run. Happy DIY'ing!
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 30, 2018
    Plan out of graph paper just what you want to do with the basement. Make sure you allow the thickness of the walls and where you plan on having doors, etc. I would start on whatever is the most important room that you will be putting down there. It could be an extra bedroom, a family room, laundry room, whatever. You may want some pros in on parts of it, especially if you have to put in any electrical or plumbing. Check on local codes, you may need inspections, permits, etc.
  • Absolutely! Have a plan. Do the project in stages as funds permit. What does it need? Start from the top down. First thing, clear out and / or stack items in the middle of the room. If you need to install or move any utilities, electric, gas, water, this is your starting point as it makes a mess. Next, paint. Wash, prime and paint the entire room / area, ceiling and walls. Or install insulation and drywall and paint, depending on your situation. Then comes flooring. Now purchase or move any furniture into the room. And last, start decorating! Shop your house first. I guarantee you have stuff you already own that can be used, moved, upcycle or diy'ed to suit the space before going out and purchasing more, possibly unnecessary items. Save that money for food and beverages to entertain your family and friends at your reveal party! Now you have an easy, common sense order in which to complete your space! Have fun! 🤗
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 30, 2018
    Take measurements and make a plan. Remember you have to have windows and a closet in every bedroom you plan to put in.
    Check city/county ordinances to see standards and requirements for permits. Some places are very strict and others are not. If something is not permitted as required, you will have trouble selling the house later on. There are all kinds of rules!

    Right now we are facing putting up some horizontal boards across spindles on our covered porch that were acceptable when permitted, but are now too far apart. We will leave some spaces between the boards for ventilation but will are glad to put up the boards because it will help keep trash from blowing onto the porch.

    Do some investigating on Google about how to finish out a basement...what sequence to do things. I know how I would do it, but it may not be the right way for your area.

    You can also watch some of the fixer upper shows to see what sequences they use!
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