Utah Basement Finishing Costs Explained

Basement Finishing and Remodeling in Draper Utah.

So how much is your basement remodeling project in your Utah home going to cost you?  This is a very common question we are asked as a home remodeling contractor on an almost weekly basis.

Many homeowners do not realize how much effort, material and professional/skilled labor goes into finishing a basement in a Utah home. The basement is generally the largest unfinished space in your home and there are many structural issues along with finishing issues that will need to be addressed in order for you to end up with the basement you’ve been dreaming about.

Basement Remodeling Is Estimated By Square Footage

If you’ve done a little bit of research before hand you may have found that other Utah homeowners are paying anywhere from $35 – $100 or more per square foot of their new finished basement space.

So for example your 1200 square foot basement might cost an estimated $57,600 to finish (based on a $48 per sq ft estimate). This would be a very mid-range finished basement of that size, completed by a professional contractor.  The price will continue to go up as the scope of the project increases and the material choices get more luxurious.

Like any other remodeling project it’s the little details and materials that will greatly affect the final project cost.  So for example your 1200 square foot basement could easily cost you $120,000+ (based on $100 per sq ft estimate) if you are looking at lots of custom construction work and high-end material choices that will raise your price considerably.

This is why sticking with a rigid budget, or allowing for a small cost overrun is an important part of your basement remodeling project.

The cost to remodel or finish the basement is usually half what it would cost to build the same space onto your existing home with an addition, or new level added to the home. It’s for this reason that basement remodeling has become so popular, because it offers excellent value for your money.

Basement Remodeling Seems Expensive?

You may be already thinking the numbers quoted above sound very expensive. Maybe you’ve heard of someone else doing their basement on their own for much less, or another “professional” contractor offering to do it for much less. The pricing examples above (and they are only examples) would reflect having a true, licensed, insured professional remodeling contractor complete your project to high standard.

Everybody “knows a guy” that can probably do it for much less but is the quality going to be the same? Do you get a warranty? Do you get the knowledge of certified tradesman? Are you getting the materials you’ve specified?  Will there be any after-sale service if there is an issue with something?

There are so many unknowns and this is why it’s best to choose a professional remodeling contractor. Basements are not DIY projects and definitely not for someone who isn’t knowledgeable about basements in the first place.  Your basement is a sensitive structural area of your home. One wrong move like removing a column, cutting a beam or chopping out a footing could cause the upper level of the home to collapse or become a code violation and you’re in for a very expensive repair bill.

What Else Contributes To The Cost of Our Basement Remodel?

Every basement is different, and some homes will require more work than others to sometimes do a very similar job.  For example, if you’d like to consider your newly finished basement an official “living space” you’ll need to make sure you have properly installed egress (exit) windows in every room considered a bedroom.   This can raise the cost considerably by as much as $3000-$5000 per window, just to share on example many homeowners are not aware of.

Why Choose Bigler Construction To Finish Your Basement?

Bigler Construction Team

The Bigler Team

When you choose to work with Bigler Construction for your basement finishing project in Draper, UT you are partnering with a small, family owned, local company. We take great pride in the quality of our finished work and you can see this for yourself by viewing our portfolio.

We’ll treat your home as if we were working on our own. We work safely and we keep a clean worksite as to inconvenience you and your family as little as possible while we transform your basement into a beautiful new space for you and your family to enjoy.

If you’d like to receive an estimate to finish your basement please give us a call 801-619-1972 or fill out our contact form and we’ll be getting right back to you.


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