If you are starting to plan your basement finishing project, consider consulting with an expert from The Basic Basement Co.


We have provided thousands of New Jersey homeowners with a satisfying basement finishing experience, and we are happy to share that expertise with you.


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planning your basement finishing project

finished basement design

basement finishing materials

basement finishing project management

the basement build-out


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The experts from The Basic Basement Co.'s basement finishing experts can help you avoid many common basement finishing mistakes.


See below for recent questions submitted to our basement finishing experts:

Q: My husband and I are considering finishing the basement in our circa 1950 cape cod. I had read that the ceiling clearance must be at least 7 feet in New Jersey. We measured the height to the support beams (I believe that is what they are called...) and it's just about 6 feet-8 to 9 inches. It's higher to the actual floor boards. Does this mean we can't finish the basement to code without lowering the floor in the basement (i.e., digging deeper)? Thanks!
A: Ceiling height for new construction has to be a minimum 82 inches. The permit fo...Read More

Q: I'd like to get a rough idea for how much it is to install an egress window in central NJ. I realize the price may vary but a range would help.
A: You are correct in that the cost will vary depending on the complexity of the in...Read More

Q: Should I allow a basement with low ceilings and ducts protruding from the ceiling deter me from finishing my basement?
A: To maximize the available space for finishing your basement, you want to make su...Read More

Q: Hello. We are Angie's List members and found your company on their site. We are thinking about having our basement remodeled. Unfortunately, the previous owners of our townhouse thought that they would attempt to "finish" the basement, which only means more work since I would guess that all of their dreadful drywall will need to be removed, and the horrible dropped ceiling also. Really, it would be more efficient to have a bare, unfinished basement! My question is, will the "de-construction" add significantly to the cost of the project?
A: is always better to start a basement finishing project with a bare basement as t...Read More

Q: Will there be local Building Department filing and/or permits required for the basement finishing project and who would be responsible for providing this service?
A: All New Jersey townships require construction permits, which include building, e...Read More

Q: What is the difference in R values for insulation? Should I insulate the basement walls as part of the refinishing project, and if yes, what R value should I use?
A: R value is the measure of thermal resistance - a material's ability to transfer ...Read More

Q: How long on average does a basement finishing project take, from start to completion, for an area that is approximately 1,000 square feet?
A: On average, you should expect your project to last 4 to 5 weeks. ...Read More

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