How much does a basement kitchen cost?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 10, 2018

Entertaining friends and family in the basement can be a great thing, however it gets old really fast when you need to climb up and down the stairs for the Nth time because you need to grab ice, or check the oven, and so on. How much can it cost to build a kitchen basement?

The basement kitchen cost varies between $4,000 to $13,000. The barebones cost includes appliances, sink, cabinets, countertops, lighting, and materials. The higher figure also includes professional design and installation. It adds value to your home because it makes entertaining easier, but also because it creates the possibility of creating a complete guest suite if your basement already has a bedroom and a bath - you could also rent it and make a few extra bucks. Keep on reading for specifics on what needs to be done when building your own basement kitchenette.

0. Planning and Permits

Proper planning is essential. The first thing to do is locating the hot and cold water, vent stack, and the electrical requirements. Locating your new kitchen near your laundry room will likely take care of the plumbing and the vent. You will need to understand whether your circuit panel needs upgrading or not - here the best thing is to consult with a local electrician, so you will know what and how you need to act and stay within the code.

Following code is important for two reasons. First of all, it makes your home safer. Second, it is easier to sell your home - and make more money - if everything is according to the rules. A buyer might not get approved for a loan if parts of your home are unpermitted.

While basement sinks and refrigerators are not a huge problem, stoves or ovens represent a potential hazard due to the risk of ventilation issues or a possible fire.

1. Plumbing

Plumbing is usually the most restrictive aspect of a new kitchen, so it is the first item that should be located. Call a plumber in order to locate your hot and cold water pipes, this way you can analyze your design possibilities based on the actual space contraints.

Once you decide on a plan, then it's relatively simple to clear the pathways and let the plumber do his thing - or get to working yourself. In any case, you have three main plumbing tasks.

The first one is to tie the new drain pipe into your home's existing waste system. The second is to vent the sink by tying into an existing vent pipe. And the third task is to install hot and cold water supply pipes. (Remember to turn off your main water supply!)

2. Wiring and Lighting

Even a small kitchen needs a lot of wire. That can become confusing and dangerous in no time. The best alternative is to call an electrician and let him do this job.

The basics on kitchen wiring codes are: (1) lights and outlets cannot be on the same circuit, because if a circuit trips while you are cooking, you would risk burning yourself trying to fumble your way in the dark; (2) each power-hungry appliance need its own dedicated circuit - that includes microwaves, electric cooktops, electric ovens, and garbage compactors.

Pay special attention to the lighting as well and make sure all the kitchen areas are lit. Group all your switches in a single place for extra convenience.

3. Cabinets and Countertops

The cheapest choice is to be flexible in design and visit either Ikea or your local home center. Ready-made stock cabinets are plenty and they can easily accomodade your needs. You can fill in gaps in corners or in between cabinets using "filler strips". Custom made cabinets can be a solution for an odd shaped space, however they will cost more.

4. Appliances

Installing appliances is mostly about reading instruction manuals and following instructions. Even sinks come with installation instructions these days.

Just make sure to pay attention before cutting any holes in yout countertop before installing a sink or a drop-in cooktop, because that could be an expensive mistake.

Another tip that will make your life easier: make as many plumbing hook-ups as possible before sliding your sink in place, because it will be easier to work with the extra space available.

And if you are using a gas cooktop, hire a pro to install the gas pipe, since a mistake here could have severe consequences.

5. Finishing Touches

Remember that the ideal tile covering can always wait a little bit longer and be temporarily replaced by a cheaper vinyl covering.

If you use moldings in other areas of your basement, using the same color and styling in your kitchen will make it part of the entire home, and not just an after-thought.

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