Once you’ve planned out your dream finished basement, the price tag can be staggering. Although cutting corners in construction to save money is a sure bet for problems down the road, reassessing your priorities can keep your basement renovation budget reasonable while still maintaining a high-quality basement remodel that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
In the end, the most important amenities will depend upon your intended use for your basement. However, because some features are more costly than others, it’s advisable to think long and hard about which amenities you’ll get the most use from.
If you’re a hardcore entertainer and regularly throw large get-togethers, a fabulous full basement bar may be just what you need. However, if you only have guests occasionally, consider toning down your bar a bit.
The sink is the most costly component of a full bar, so if you don’t anticipate frequent use, you can cut costs by simply installing cabinets and a fridge. This setup still allows you to serve drinks, but doesn’t require plumbing work.
A guest bedroom is frequently something you’ll only use a few times a year, such as for holidays or other special occasions. If you don’t plan on having overnight guests all that often, a basement guest bedroom may not be for you. However, if you frequently have guests or plan to expand your family, an additional bedroom may be just what you need.
The expense of doors, studs and drywall needed to create separate rooms quickly adds up. Having one large space is much cheaper, so unless you have a specific need to close certain areas off, this is a feature you might be able to do without.
Many basements span the entire floor plan of the home, and are thus very large spaces. It’s therefore entirely possible that you won’t need all of the space in your finished basement; just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to use it. Downsizing your plan will cut your budget, and you won’t enjoy your new space any less.
Purchasing Standard Sizes
Buying prefabricated, standard-sized cabinets and countertops avoids the extra cost of custom work. If it’s possible to use standard sizes for these features, be sure to do so.
Are you currently undertaking your own basement finishing project? If so, what factors influenced your final budget, and what are your own suggestions about reigning in your basement renovation budget? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section.