Here we have a basement remodel job in Havertown PA on a set budget, and the homeowner had a plan.
As you may be able to see in the above pictures, the AC unit was on the opposite wall of the water heater (AC originally at back left in first picture) before the project began. And to maximize floor space utility the HVAC contractor was asked to move the AC unit next to the water heater (far right in third picture), which opened up the floor plan. Now it’s time for the basement remodeling crew to go to work.
This project entailed drywall for the walls, vinyl plank flooring, and spray painting of the ceiling. In addition we were to add shelving behind the stairs enclosed by 4 bi-fold doors, another smaller door under the steps, and a couple of access panels. One was for the water meter and other for a crawl space storage under the back porch. We also enclosed the mechanical area behind doors.
Frame it First
Firstly we began to frame the basement parameter, as can be seen in the next set of photos. The storage area and mechanical closets have framing with doorways in place. The rest of the room was framed as well so we could finish the basement with drywall.
Paint the Ceiling
We paint the ceiling first, then the walls. The ceiling was painted a soft gray tone, which looked great! And painting the ceiling is a good way to save money, as the alternatives cost more.
Install the Doors
Below you can see the drywall and doors have been installed. There’s the closet under the stairs with flush doors and the mechanical closet. To the right of the mechanical closet we left a space so as to not block the window, which is necessary for both light and air flow. And you might need a basement exhaust fan and some way to get fresh air into this space. Please see our full basement remodeling article for the importance of air flow.
Besides the framing we added a dozen electrical outlets. Also we installed 2 banks of 3 recessed lights on separate dimmers with 3-way switches added at the top of the stairs. As you can see in the right picture below, we boxed in the center support column and add an outlet.
And finally we replaced the step treads and risers, and painted the walls and trim white with the ceiling a medium gray.
Budget for Basement Remodeling
You’ll also want to know that the price tag for this remodel was $7,500 and that it was a 400 square foot area. What a transformation, not bad for a budget basement remodel!