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How Much Does a Basement Remodel Cost in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs? [2023]

How Much Does a Basement Remodel Cost in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs? [2023]

One of the most cost-effective ways to increase your home's usable square footage is to remodel your basement. Unlike a second-story addition or a ground-floor addition, a basement remodel doesn't typically require any alterations to your home's basic structure. Basements are full of potential. While they can be used purely for storage, they can also be converted into a home office space, a family room, a playroom for the children, an at-home theater, an extra bedroom and bathroom, or an additional living space complete with a bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchen for adult children, in-laws, or renters. It's also worth noting that a basement remodel can come with a high ROI of around 70%.

What's Included in a Chicago Basement Remodel?

A basement remodel can include whatever you'd like, but for this blog post, we'll refer to the 2022 Cost vs. Value report for the most recent basement remodeling cost estimates for the Chicago area.

According to this report, an average basement renovation would include finishing the lower level of a house to create an entertaining area with a wet bar of approximately 20 by 30 feet, along with a 5' x 8' bathroom. A 24 linear feet partition would enclose your mechanical area in the basement. This estimate includes painted drywall for the walls and ceilings throughout the basement. 

Remodeled Basement Living Room Area With Tray Ceiling by Patrick A. Finn

basement bar area with bar stools


This basement renovation example includes factory-painted hardboard doors, updated electrical wiring to code, painted trim, and insulated exterior walls. The basement's main room has recessed lighting features and surface-mounted lighting as well. Laminate flooring appears throughout.

The basement bathroom renovation includes a standard toilet, cultured marble top vanity, vinyl floors, fiberglass shower unit, fan-light combination, vanity lighting, medicine cabinet, towel bars, and toilet paper holders.

The basement bar has a stainless steel sink with a single lever faucet, raised-panel oak cabinets with laminate counters, an under-counter refrigerator, and vinyl floor tile.

Basement Remodeling Cost Estimate for Arlington Heights & the Northwest Suburbs

While many other sources, when you search "Chicago basement remodeling cost" on Google, may show low estimates, it is essential to know that these estimates typically don't include all cost factors and are meant to catch your eye. They often leave out the cost of labor and only consider the low-end material costs, so you pay more the second you decide to invest in quality materials.

Finished Basement Remodel Image of Shiplap Ceiling and Lighting


The 2022 Cost vs. Value report provides the most accurate estimate for remodeling your basement in the Chicago area, including the northwest suburbs and towns/neighborhoods such as Arlington Heights, Barrington, Inverness, Deer Park, Mount Prospect, and more.

According to this report, the average price of a basement remodel in the Chicago area is $88,281. The cost recouped for this midrange basement remodel would be 52% at resale.

Other Remodeling Estimates for the Chicago Area

It's important to take into account more recent basement cost estimates. While the Remodeling 2022 Cost vs. Value Report (www.cost vs. value.com) does not list cost estimates for a basement remodel, it does offer price comparisons for other standard home remodel projects that give an idea of the cost difference between an average project cost in the Chicago area versus an average project cost across America.

For example, a mid-range bathroom addition costs an average of $75,158 in Chicago, while a midrange kitchen remodel costs an average of $88,796 in the Chicago area. So, when you plan your budget for your Chicago-area basement remodel, be sure to add some additional funds to the numbers listed above to adjust for location.

How Much Will My Basement Remodel Cost in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago?

While this blog gives many estimates for various sizes and scopes of basement remodels, remember that the most accurate way to prepare your budget is to schedule a consultation with your personal contractor. At Patrick A. Finn, we have extensive experience in remodeling basements to include family rooms, bedrooms, exercise rooms, kids' playrooms, wine cellars, home theaters, home bars, and much more. We'd love to hear about your goals for your basement remodel and discuss how we can help you achieve them.

wooden basement flooring with booth seating and table-1


This article uses data from the most recent Remodeling Cost vs. Value report, which pulls averages from 2021. Due to unprecedented market volatility and supply chain irregularities last year, some projects' residential construction prices in Chicago have increased up to 25%. Discuss with an experienced builder to know the most accurate and up-to-date building cost estimates. Now, hiring a professional contractor with longstanding supply and labor relationships is more important than ever.

To learn what it takes to properly budget and plan for a successful home renovation project, download the eBook "The Ultimate Step-by-Step Home Renovation Transformation Guide."