5 Things To Keep In Mind To Get The Best Basement Finishing Project

If you’re planning a basement remodel, it’s of utmost importance to decide what you are hoping to accomplish with your new basement. Transforming this room into a livable space takes a lot of work and considerations, so you’ll want to get it right from the first try.

In this article, we’ll discuss 5 things to keep in mind for your basement finishing project so this room reaches its true potential and allows your home to be valued at a higher price on the market.

Let’s begin!

A basement with a pool table

1. What's The Basement Transforming Into?

This is the most important thing you need to ask yourself before starting a basement remodeling project, and so you need to think this through.

Designing and doing the layout of an office will be different than the layout of a guest bedroom. And a bedroom will have nothing in common with an in-home gym.

Think about what you’d like to do with your new space, and go from there.

No matter what the basement transforms into, this is the first thing you’ll need to decide before finishing your basement, and everything else will work depending on this.

2. Figuring Out The Design And Layout

We talked about how the layout and design of a bedroom will be different from one of a playroom, but let’s see how.

Naturally, in a playroom for the little ones you’ll want a lot of free space, while in a bedroom, you want to make sure every corner is put to good use, without sacrificing functionality and aesthetics.

Besides this, kids need a safe space if you don’t want to constantly keep an eye on them. This means furniture or other heavy things need to be far away from them. A bedroom, on the other hand, is a living space, so you’ll need furniture and storage space.

Also, the basement walls, basement ceiling, and the floor joists will need a contractor’s attention before the actual transformation.

An empty, unfinished basement ready for a basement finishing project

3. Consider The Total Cost Of The Basement Finishing

Your budget is also an important factor that you’ll have to keep in mind. You don’t want to go over it, but at the same time, you need to budget a little extra for unforeseen issues. Keep in mind that this is just a safety net, and if everything goes smoothly, that extra money won’t be spent.

In any case, transforming a basement into an in-house gym and equipping it with everything it needs will be way more expensive than transforming it into an office. Of course, the upgrades you’ll choose will also impact the final cost.

Here at Mortise & Miter, we offer the most cost-effective solutions for your basement finishing project, without sacrificing any quality. We’re focused on giving you a new space that’ll match your lifestyle, all while keeping the entire project within your set budget.

4. Find The Right Basement Remodeler

Working with the wrong contractor can transform your basement finishing process into a never-ending nightmare. It can become overwhelming and even stressful at times.

On the other side, if you’re looking to DIY the entire project, think twice. Going back and forth with the city building department to obtain your building permit will be frustrating enough to make you change your mind very quickly.

Here at Mortise & Miter, you’ll go through a process that focuses on your peace of mind and keeping you in full control of your project at all times. Your needs and preferences remain our top priority, and our communication lines are constantly open, so you can always reach someone from our team.

We offer professional basement remodeling services in Olathe, Overland Park, Lenexa, and more of Johnson County, so if you’re looking to get a new basement that fully satisfies your lifestyle, get in touch today!

A winery in a basement with a white couch

5. Your Choice Of Materials

Materials play a big role in the budget of your project, but also the functionality that they’ll bring to your new space.

When money is not an issue, you’ll definitely want to get the best possible materials that’ll make your basement look high-end and function at 100% capacity. If you’re on a budget, you’ll want to find the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics. With our help, this won’t be hard, and you can get an amazing finished basement, all while making sure your project stays within your budget.

For example, your unfinished basement will have wood floors, which are not necessarily ideal in a damp space like this.

For most basement flooring upgrades, homeowners choose luxury vinyl plank flooring, as this can mimic the look of wood and make the room feel comfortable.

Let’s see some other basement floor materials for different finished basements:


Basement finishing is an exciting project, but it’s also a major project that will take time and money.

Keeping these things in mind, finding the right contractor and trusting him with your home are some of the most important things to do in any home improvement project. Right now, finding the right contractor has the highest urgency.

If you want a smooth process with a basement builder that’ll listen, understand, and advise, you’re in the right place. Mortise & Miter offers professional basement remodeling services for homeowners in Olathe, Overland Park, Lenexa, and more of Johnson County.

Request your free quote and we’ll reach back to you, or call us directly at (913) 214-6211 and let’s discuss your upcoming basement finishing project!

A basement finishing transformed into a home office