Average Basement Remodel Cost in Connecticut (2024)

Remodeling a basement can add valuable living space and increase the value of your Connecticut home. As the price of houses continues to rise in the state, finishing a basement is a more affordable option than moving or adding a new wing to your home to accommodate a more prominent family. You can utilize your basement if you need an office space for remote work, a full-fledged entertainment center, or more bedrooms. Let’s get into the average basement remodeling cost in CT in 2024.

What is the Average Cost of Basement Remodeling in CT?

The average cost to remodel a basement in Connecticut ranges from $30,000 to $75,000, depending on the size of the basement and the extent of the renovations. If you are looking for a multi-room remodel with luxury finishes, your cost range will increase from $45,000 to $90,000. 

You can find the typical cost breakdown in the table below. 

Basement Size in Square FootBasic RemodelMulti-room Remodel
300$9,000 to $15,000$12,000 to $18,000
500$15,000 to $25,000$20,000 to $30,000
800$24,000 to $40,000$32,000 to $50,000
1,000$30,000 to $50,000$40,000 to $60,000
1,500$45,000 to $75,000$60,000 to $90,000

Factors That Impact Basement Remodel Costs

Several essential factors impact the cost of remodeling your basement in CT. We have listed them in detail here. 

Preparation Work

Addressing moisture, installing insulation, replacing wiring, and adding ventilation raises the initial price but prevents issues down the road. Avoiding proper preparation work can lead to problems that become much more expensive later. It can result in mold, mildew, dampness, and even flooding. 

You must also have all the required permits before starting the remodeling project. Permits typically cost 1-2% of the total project cost in Connecticut. Individual towns charge a flat fee of around $200-$1,000. You must meet all requirements, such as height, egress, emergency exits, etc, for a safe and enjoyable living space. 

Size of the Basement

Generally, you can expect to pay $30-50 per square foot for a basic remodel. For larger basements exceeding 1,500 square feet, the total cost could surpass $75,000 or more, depending on the finishes and features. 

For a multi-room remodel, the average price range is $12,000 to $60,000. If you have a large basement and want luxury finishes and appliances, you must budget upwards of $90,000. The more space you have, the more you spend on materials and labor. But it also means you have a larger living space to do more. An experienced contractor can help you utilize the space wisely and get more out of your basement. 

Scope of the Renovations  

If your basement remodels only include installing new flooring, painting walls, and adding lighting, your budget should not exceed $15,000. Add a few thousand dollars for an excellent multimedia center or a game room. 

The more extensive your renovation is, the more you must extend your budget. Converting the space into a climate-controlled wine cellar and adding more rooms with attached bathrooms and closets are complex projects that require a significant investment from you. 

A climate-controlled wine cellar means installing a wall, package, or a split system for cooling. Factor in the materials and customization the setup could run you anywhere from $15,000 to north of $100,000. The national average price for a wine cellar is $33,750. 

A bedroom with an attached bath and closet will cost you between $20,000 to $30,000. A simple bedroom and closet can cost $12,000 to $15,000. There are some essential things to remember when building a basement bedroom for safety and from a legal point of view. It must have a closet, window, and doors and have an egress window or door for emergency exit. Your contractor can help you understand the requirements during the design phase.

If you are building a game room, expect to pay $3,000 to $34,000, with an average price of $18,000. A bar will cost you $1,000 on the lower end and more than $22,500 for a high-end bar with custom countertops. They are usually built with an open layout and do not require extensive layout changes.

Here is a detailed look at the average cost to finish a basement.

RoomCost to Finish
Living Room$6,000 to $16,000
Bedroom(Each unit)$3,000 to $12,000
Bathroom(Full)$10,000 to $25,000
Bathroom(Half)$2,500 to $12,500
Kitchenette$5,000 to $20,000
Hallway$1,000 to $2,500
Office$4,500 to $8,000

Layout Changes

Extensive changes to the layout, such as moving walls, building additions, etc, are more expensive when compared to an open concept. Creating multiple rooms adds to the expense of your basement remodel, but it also gives the space more versatility. If you have the space, you can add bedrooms, kitchenettes, dining area, wet bar, etc to your basement. 

Knocking down a non-load-bearing or a load-bearing wall can cost you $0.40 to $6.40 per square foot. Drywalls are cheaper to knock down compared to stone walls. It also includes the removal of pipings, wiring, and insulation. 

Finishes and Features

Opting for higher-end finishes like custom cabinetry and tile will raise the price over standard carpeting, drywall, and paint. Choosing custom-made countertops and cabinetry in premium material for your bar or kitchenette can cost upwards of $20,000. High-end appliances, luxury fittings, etc, increase your budget. Always plan so that you avoid overspending. 

Proper planning and execution by a capable contractor can create a prime living space in your basement. It is a major home improvement project that adds value to your home and enhances your living quality. 
For all your basement remodeling and renovation needs, remember Sublime Renovation and Design. We have been serving the East Coast for over 35 years, providing quality service at a reasonable price. Contact us today for a free quote so that we can help you remodel your basement into a versatile and functional living area.

Ready to Reimagine Your Space

Let's make your renovation dreams a reality