How Long Will My Basement Renovation Take?

How Long Will My Basement Renovation Take?


After the question “how much is it going to cost?”, the most popular question is “how long does a basement renovation take to complete?”. While both questions are difficult to answer with complete accuracy without information from you about your project, we will document the average timeline we see for basement renovation projects.

There are several factors that come into play in determining how long a basement finish or renovation will take to complete. However, it normally ranges from 7 to 12 weeks from the start of the project. However, lately, supply chain issues have caused timelines to stretch beyond the average range so the estimate you receive from your contractor may be longer than 7-12 weeks. 

The outline below gives an idea of the timing for a basic basement finish or basement renovation.

  • Planning: 1-3 weeks
  • PSA: 3-5 Days
  • Permitting: 2-4 weeks
  • 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 into 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 more time frames may be extended. 

As mentioned above, it is difficult to provide an accurate timeline estimate without additional project details. That being said, we can provide some insight into certain basement finishing or renovation project elements that will most likely stretch your timeline. The items in the list below are typical basement renovation timeline extenders:

  • 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 to 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.

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