Album full of pics: [https://imgur.com/a/a2kCVcH](https://imgur.com/a/a2kCVcH)
I started this project on July 2, 2018 and just finished last week, so it took just a little over a year to complete. This has been a stressful, but very rewarding project that has taught me a lot of skills I didn’t have before, and allowed me to hone the ones I already had. I would never do it again, but I’m glad I did it once.
**Did you do all the work yourself?**
Yep, all by myself except for HVAC, which I contracted out since it was a somewhat complicated install.
**What rooms did you add?**
A living area, office, closet, mechanical room, storage room, and a bathroom.
**How much finished square footage?**
**How much square footage is the entire basement?**
**How much did it cost?**
The final budget was around $11,000 USD
**Why ceiling tiles and not drywall? It’s cheaper**
I really wanted the sound dampening, and the access for new wiring opportunities is a huge bonus.
**Why didn’t you just do carpet? It would have been a lot easier than leveling the slab**
Yeah…why didn’t I?
**Did you get an inspection?**
Yep, all the necessary inspections, and I’m glad I did. They found stuff I didn’t know about that could’ve been hazardous.
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