How Much Does It Cost To Finish A Basement In Kansas?

While it’s somewhat true that the cost to finish a basement will differ from state to state, the price gap is not wide enough to consider location a critical factor that impacts the cost.

As with any home improvement project, the larger the space, the more it’ll cost to remodel. And the more premium materials you want, the more you’ll end up paying.

In short, it costs an average of $45 per square foot to finish a basement in Kansas City.

However, the implications are larger.

We’ll discuss how much it costs to finish a basement in Kansas, and we’ll uncover everything you need to know about your upcoming basement remodeling project.

Cost to finish a basement in Kansas with a vinyl floor and furniture

Cost To Finish A Basement Breakdown

At Mortise & Miter, one of the most common projects you’ll find us working on is basement remodels. We love bringing these spaces to their full potential, transforming them into large living spaces equipped with a bedroom and a bathroom.

But to do that, a lot of things need to happen.

Let’s look at a breakdown of all upgrades for an open-space basement and for a basement with multiple rooms.

600 Sq Ft Basement Open Plan With Rooms
Framing $796 $1,485
Trim $306 $572
Drywall $1,274 $2,376
Plumbing $80 $80
Wiring Installed $771 $1,441
Electrical Panel $800 $800
Ceiling $931 $931
Flooring $582 $582
Doors $60 $240
Bathroom $2,500 $4,134
HVAC 1.5 TON $1,700 $1,700
Insulation $2,756 $4,134
Egress Window $600 $600

Let’s talk more about some of the most significant upgrades.

Cost To Frame Basement Walls

When building interior basement walls, you first frame the concrete walls with a wood frame. The wood frame extends about 3” from the wall and is anchored to the basement subfloor.

Framing basement walls with 2’ x 4’ wood costs approx. $2.50 per sq ft of wall space installed.

Wall framing with wood in a basement

Cost To Insulate Basement Walls

Insulation helps control the temperature and moisture of the room and acts as an additional soundproofing agent.

There are many options that you can use to insulate your basement walls. The most common method is spray-applied closed-cell foam insulation. Foam is the most popular option for basement insulation because it is not air permeable, so it won’t cause condensation between the insulation and concrete walls. Meaning you won’t get any mold or mildew.

For 1″ thickness sprayed it costs anywhere from $700 to $4,000 or $32 – $80.50 per cubic square foot.

Insulating a basement wall

Cost To Drywall A Basement

The cost to drywall your basement depends on how many walls there are.

To find out how much drywall you’ll need, add up the widths of all walls together and divide them by 4 feet (the panel width).

You’re best off installing moisture-resistant drywall in a basement. This is the green type of drywall. Note that the green board is not waterproof, so ensure that it is not set up in a place where it is going to be near water. It costs from $11 – $25 per standard panel.

Here are the other drywalls options:

Drywall installation in a basement finishing project

Basement Ceiling Costs

Installing ceiling drywall is a complex process, and it often requires the use of additional tools to guarantee an easy installation.

There are three main materials used in basement ceilings.

On average, it costs between $3.50 to $4.30 per square foot to install ceiling joists, add R-11 insulation batts, and ceiling drywall in a basement.

Popcorn ceiling with traditional lighting fixture

Cost To Install Basement Flooring

Let’s take a look at different types of flooring for a basement.

Material Cost per sq ft 600 sq ft room
Carpet $1 $582
Polished Concrete $2 $1,164
Epoxy Paint $2.50 $1,455
Ceramic Tile $2.50 $1,455
Porcelain Tile $3 $1,746
Vinyl or Linoleum $3 $1,746
Laminate $6 $3,492
Engineered Wood $6 $3,492
Bamboo $7 $4,074
Hardwood $10 $5,820

Cost To Waterproof A Basement

The primary causes of moisture and water damage in a basement, along with the associated repair costs are:

What Else Goes Into A Basement?

This depends on what you are planning to transform this space into.

If you want the living space + bedroom + bathroom that many of our customers go for, you’ll need to look into different things.

Additional Costs When Finishing A Basement

This depends on what you are planning to transform this space into.

If you want the living space + bedroom + bathroom that many of our customers go for, you’ll need to look into different things.

Building permit for a basement remodel in Kansas

Finishing a basement is an extensive renovation project, and you’ll most likely need a building permit to proceed with your basement remodel. The permit can cost anywhere from $50-$2,000, depending on your project size and state.

Plumbing and electrical repairs are required to ensure your basement is 100% functional and livable. It costs between $1,000 to $5,000 to have both these systems properly installed and good to go.

Plumbing and electrical installation in a basement
Basement foundation repairs

Foundation repairs are common, especially in older homes. Most homeowners spend on repairing these kinds of issues $2,320 and $6,750. Minor cracks cost around $600 to fix, but major repairs will require hydraulic piers, and these can cost between $10,000 to $15,000.


An unfinished basement doesn’t boost your property’s value in any way. In fact, it’s often a reason for potential buyers to ask for a lower price.

According to Remodeling magazine, a finished basement adds resale value to your home and gives you a return on investment of 70%.

So, if a basement remodel costs $70k, you’ll get to sell your home for $49,000 more!

Naturally, this price can go up or down depending on the size of your basement, your choice of materials, and what you are transforming the space into. If you’re only adding the living space with regular materials, you can spend as little as $30k.

At Mortise & Miter, we’re offering a complete basement remodeling service in Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, and the surrounding areas. We’re taking care of everything, so you won’t have to move a finger.

If you want to find out more about the cost of your basement finishing project, contact us today via our form or by phone, at (913) 214-6211. Get professional insights on your basement right from your local remodeler.