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What to Expect Videos

  • Hiding Basement Poles
  • How to Frame a 45 Degree Angle Wall
  • How to Design a Basement (around typical obstacles)
  • Basement Ceiling Ideas (Planning Your way Around the Obstacles)
  • Basement Finishing Student Gives You A Guided Tour of his basement!
  • Before and After Basement Finishing Design Ideas!

Basement Finishing University


Your search for how to finish your basement, basement finishing ideas and basement finishing project cost has led you here… I have 23 years of basement finishing experience that I would like share with you during your basement project.
Together we’ll save money, time and avoid the costly mistakes beginners sometimes make. And we’ll have fun doing it!

Besides Getting Started with the Design and necessary tools, you’ll also learn

Basement Finishing University

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We’re one big basement finishing family here at the Basement Finishing University! Come on in and join us. It’s a one-time-cost to join and you’re a member for life. There’s over 100 basement training videos and counting inside with more being added every month.

Plus…I personally coach my students through their project! That’s right- you and me until you got the project 100% completed. Plus a ton of other cool training materials are waiting inside. What are you waiting for?

  • Step-by-Step Basement Finishing Videos (over 100!)
  • One-on-One Project Consulting with Me 7 Days a Week
  • Materials and Tools List (for every stage of the job)
  • 8 Cool Basement Designing Videos!…and much more!

Basement Finishing Articles

Learn How to Get Your Project Started

    How To Light A Basement (6″ recessed lights)

    Let's face it...most basements are dark by nature! For most of us our basement is starved of natural light from a lack windows and doors that just aren't present. So a finished basement space needs to be artificially lit with plenty of light fixtures. But what fixtures work best in the basements? What light fixtures will...

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    How To Hide UGLY basement poles! (Inside a wall or pillar)

    Who here wishes they didn't have any of those UGLY basement support poles to deal with? If you said yes...that makes two of us! And these columns seem to everywhere we don't want them to be! Like right out in the middle of our home theater or in the middle of the bathroom...they seem to always be in...

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    Finishing Your Basement and Updating Its Design

    A finished basement can make for some great extra space in your home. Whether you’re looking for a place for the kids to play, an extra entertaining space for guests, or a place for visitors to stay, a finished basement can be looked as like an extension without making major changes to the structure of your...

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Top Questions Readers Are Asking

Here are the Answers!

How much will my basement cost me to finish?

What is the cost of a basement? Well, that depends on one major factor…are you doing the project price to finish a basementyourself, or are you hiring a basement contractor to do the project for you? The price range between the two options will range from $10.00 a sq. ft. upwards to $35-45.00 per sq ft.

Basement Permits and Inspections – Do I need to get them?

The old question…”Do I need to get a building permit to finish my basement?” is a question I get a lot from my basement clients, and the answer to the question is YES if your city, town, municipality requires you to “pull” one. They always say “Pull a Permit” around my neck of the woods, although I’m not quite sure what we’re “pulling-on”? Anyways… that’s the answer to this mystery question.

How Do I Design a Basement Floor Plan? What Products Can Help Me?

The Basement Design…Hmmm…dream, dream, dream! The design possibilities are virtually endless for the unfinished basement. You probably have a good idea of what you would like to materialize down there in that now empty space, so now it’s time to put all those ideas together and create the basement Floor Plan. Check out the BASEMENT DESIGN section inside the MAIN STAGES drop-down menu at the top of this page for Basement Design help!

How Do You Waterproof a Basement?

Before starting your finished basement project the very first issue you need to address is:
“Is my basement wet?” “Is my basement damp?” , or Is my basement “bone-dry”? If your answer is “bone -dry congratulations you can start construction immediately! If not you need to correct any water issues immediately before any work begins!

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