Basement Remodel

Lakeshore Drive, Tallahassee


Elliot Holtom, Project Manager

Total Cost: $105,635. Time To Complete: 5 weeks


Kristi Williams, Designer

Basement Remodel Before/After

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We replace their old bookshelves and ikea cabinets with a custom entertainment center

McManus Kitchen and Bath is a full service remodeling company with an in-house design team and showroom right here in Tallahassee, FL.

If you’re ready to invest in your home and want to work with a company that pays attention to details and provides excellent customer service Contact us to schedule a consult. 

Basement bedroom
Basement bathroom with dark wood vanity
Basement kitchen with dark cabinets and quartz countertops

Project Summary:

This basement project was the first step in a whole home remodel. We updated the basement first so they would have a kitchen, bath and place for the kids to hangout during the complete remodel of the updstairs. 

Key Updates:

  • Replaced Drop Ceiling
  • Replaced Flooring
  • Update to Kitchen and Bath
  • Custom Entertainment Center

Initial Concept and Budget

We start each new client relationship with a design and budget consult. The design concept we create during that process gives us a good idea of what the final project might look like, though changes to happen during the design process.

Initial Design Concept

The basement was used as a guest room but also a play area for the kids. Big concerns were the ugly drop ceiling, updating the bathroom, adding a door for privacy, the need for an entertainment center.

Initial Budget

The initial budget for this project was $74,295. That budget would eventually increase in design as they decided to add updating the kitchen and investing in some nicer materials. 

Design and Planning

Design Challenges & Solutions

Originally we wanted to remove the drop ceiling and add drywall. But during design we discovered there was too much plumbing and wiring in the way and it would be cost prohibitive to move all of it. Instead we replaced the drop ceiling with a much nicer one.

Our Favorite Things

Every project has a few things that really make it stand our or were special to the homeowner. Here are our favorites.

Custom entertainment cabinets painted white. Part of a basement remodel.

Custom Entertainment Center with Samsung Frame TV

Chloe shower tile

Chloe Tile from Bedrosians in the Shower

Basement bedroom

The new drop ceiling made a big difference in the basement. 

Basement bathroom with dark wood vanity

The bathroom got a whole new look. 

Materials and Fixtures Used in This Project

  • Cabinets and Counters
    • We kept the original cabinets in the kitchen and bath and built a custom cabient for the entertainment center
    • We did replace the pulls with the Browning Pulls and Knobs from Atlas
    • Silestone Etherial Haze Countertops, polished
  • Plumbing fixtures
    • Signature Hardware Ridgeway Kitchen Faucet
    • Delta Cassidy Widepread Faucet 
    • America Standard Cadet 3 Toilet
    • Delta Cassidy Showerhead
  • Tile and Flooring
    • Triumph Whitehaven LVP Flooring from Flooring America
    • Anderson Tuftex Carpet for stairs
    • Tilebar Portmore tile in shower
    • Tilebar Meadowmere backsplash
    • Tilebar Paradise 2.0 White Cirles on shower floor
  • Other Fixtures and Accessories
    • Odette 2 Light Wall Sconce by Chloe Winston for the vanity light
    • Undercabinet lights from Task Lightings
    • Broan Surface Shield Bath Fan

Project Management and Construction

Once design is complete the project management team takes over. They will have reviewed the project details several times during design so they already know what to expect.

We order all your materials and our warehouse manager inspects them, labels them and stores them in our warehouse. Your project manager arranges permits and updates our subcontractors. About 3 weeks before the project starts he will schedule a pre-construction meeting with you at your home.

Project Timeline

The project started right on time….

  • Proposed project start date: March 20th, 2023

  • Actual Project Start Date: March 20th, 2023

And we finsihed about a week later than planned…

  • Proposed Completion Date: May 4th, 2023

  • Actual Completion Date: May 10th, 2023

Challenges And Solutions During Construction

There were a few hiccups on this project…

Challenge 1: Septic Issue

Challenge: After we replaced the toilet it started backing up. We had our plumbers scope the drain and discovered the septic tank was full. 

Solution: We had the septic tank serviced. 

Challenge 2: Carpet Issue

Challenge: The carpet was not installed correctly on the stairs the first time. 

Solution: Flooring America replaced it at the end of the project. 

Basement bedroom, bed and nightstand

Summary of Project Costs

Initial Estimate:  $74, 295

This was the estimate we presented at the end of our design and budget consult. It include a mix of Good and Better selections.

Fixed price proposal: $99,353

Some things were added during design like new countertops and backsplash in the kitchen and adding a door to the basement entrance

      Change Orders

      We put a lot of effort into design and planning to avoid unexpected change orders. On this project there were a few customer requested changes

        • Servicing the septic tank
        • Replacing all outlets and switches
        • Adding an exterior door to add serparation from the garage. 

        FInal Project Cost: $105,635

        After all change orders, etc…

          Cost Breakdown

          • Installation Labor 35% 35%
          • Materials and Fixtures 25% 25%
          • Design and Project Management Costs 20% 20%
          • Sales Tax and Shipping 4% 4%
          • Overhead and Profit 10% 10%
          • Change Orders 5% 5%

          Project Photos and Video

          Project Video

          Summary of video

          Before Photos

          Final Project Photos

          Estimate from a Remodeling Contractor

          Schedule a Design and Budget Consult 

          • Clarify Your Design Ideas with 3D Renderings
          • Detailed Estimate of Materials and Labor
          • Explore material and fixture options in our showroom