Basement Finishing in St. Louis
I am weighing the following two options for my 1850 SF basement: basic finish with a single powder room (no other rooms) in St. Louis.
a) Handyman: does all framing, wiring ( with licensed electrician connecting to mains), drywall, taping and painting himself. Plumber for powder room plumbing. Dropped ceiling with drywall around ducts, will lose 1 of 5 windows due to ductwork. No permits. Finish quality: average. $37000
b) Reputable and reliable builder: all permits, subcontracts all work to trusted quality workforce, drywall ceiling. All windows stay intact (will move duct work), provides all finishing touches such as skirts for stairs, frames window with moisture resistant drywall return, access doors for critical wall infrastructure (rather than access panel). Finish quality: excellent and comparable with main living area except that it is not fancy in any way: $53000