How Long Does A Basement Finish Take To Complete?

After, how much is it going to cost and when can you start, the next popular question is how long does a basement finish take to complete. In this post we aim to answer just that!

Basement Finish Project Outline

There are several factors that come into play in determining how long a basement finish will take to complete. However, it normally ranges from 4-8 weeks from the start of the project. Use the outline below to get an idea of timing for a basic basement finish.

  • Framing: 3-5 days
  • Electrical and Plumbing Rough Ins: 3-5 days
  • Rough In Inspection: 1 day
  • Drywall: 5 days
  • Trim: 2-5 days
  • Painting: 2-3 days
  • Flooring Install: 2-3 days
  • Finish Touchups: 2-3 days
  • Final Inspection: 1 day

Many factors will come in to play, but the above guidelines will give you a general idea of what to expect. Obviously, the larger the basement or the more customization, the time frames may be extended. Just remember, this timeline outlines the time it takes from the time the hammer starts swinging. There is a lot of pre-work happening prior to then to ensure a successful project. You can read about the steps HomeWorx takes to prep for a successful project here.

Typical Basement Finish Timeline Extenders

Some typical features we see in basements that extend timelines are the following:

  • Bar & Bar Countertop: Typically, bar cabinets can be installed within a few days (after drywall is complete). However, countertops normally cannot be templated until after the cabinets are in place. Templating is when the countertop fabricator comes in to get exact measurements for your countertop and this is not done until the cabinets are set in place. Once the template is complete it can take 2-3 weeks for the countertop to be installed. Only after the countertop is installed, can the sink and other items be hooked up. This would also delay any backsplash you plan on having for your bar.
  • Tile showers: Tile showers take additional time to install over a typical fiberglass shower. However, this work can be done as other items are being completed in the outline above. Most times it will not cause a project to take any longer unless the tile work is very custom.
  • Customization: Our craftsmen love do customized work but with it comes additional labor and time to complete. Whenever projects add customized features such as built in cabinets, wine cellars, etc. you can expect the project to take longer. The customized features may be the focal point of your basement so don’t cross them off the list, but do be aware your contractor will likely need additional time to complete the customized work.

This should give you a starting point to determine how long a basement finish may take to complete. A basement finish relies upon several skilled trades to accomplish a quality job. With that there comes a certain amount of unexpected surprises. Be aware your contractor may not be there every single day as a needed trade might have been delayed at a previous job. However, your contractor should still be keeping you up to date on the plan as things progress. If you are becoming uncomfortable with the timeline let the contractor know.

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