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Patrick Klever’s Basement Renovation – Part 1

"Thanks! I'm a civil engineer in construction management, and my home is where I get to play, doing the things I would otherwise only supervise! LOL

While in college, I figured out that if I didn't have to worry about money, I would've designed and built houses for a living. I have a long-standing principle that the difference between C+ and A- is not that much; and I believe that people would be willing to spend the little extra that it takes a builder to get to A-.

These days (as I get older), I think that the ideal job would be to host one of those DIY TV shows. You get just enough "hands-on" combined with a motivated crew, a compressed timeline, someone else's money (and cleanup), and continual variety.

BTW, I'm also going to send pix of the retaining wall and paver patio that I completed in November during visits home from Bulgaria. :) It has a water feature that will be completed this summer. This was at the extreme end of DIY effort!"

Patrick T. Klever, PE

In a series of articles, Patrick walks us through his remodeling of his basement. The basement is a 1,000 square foot walk-out basement. The project included two bedrooms, one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen with all appliances, a living room, storage and closets and laminate flooring. He also installed a 200A subpanel.

The project took almost a year to complete. His cost was $13,000 and the only work he hired out was the sheetrock, and that was to save him six-weeks time.

In this first article, are two "before" pictures. "... the areas separated by the load-bearing walls running the length of the house didn't vary much from those two photos."

The bathroom project included granite tile and a granite-tiled countertop. It required moving the contractor-installed plumbing from the south side of the wet wall to the north side.

If you want to submit pictures and the story behind your project, CLICK HERE to go to the Before & After Submission Page.

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2 Responses to Patrick Klever’s Basement Renovation – Part 1

  1. I am wondering if you are using all new materials, including appliances for your renovations in your basement or are these "seconds" or wholesale materials from somewhere else? I have a basement (2.5 years old) that I am wanting to do complete renovations to as well but never imagined the cost being so low. Of course, I shop Lowe's primarily! : ) Any suggestions or thoughts? I live in PA, by the way.
    Thanks

    • Mike, your question requires lots of typing, plus I have some questions for you so I can give you the correct answer(s). I only do pithy answers here in the comment section. If you want to protect the investment you have in your house and not waste time or money *hoping* you make the right decision, you should talk to me on the phone for just 15 minutes. It'll be the best investment you've ever made in your home!

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