The Pros and Cons of Building Your Home with a Finished Basement

When building your dream home, there is always the question on whether or not you want to finish the basement, or leave it unfinished for the future. We know a lot goes into the decision making process, so we created a list of the pros and cons of building your next home with a finished basement.


Resale value

A finished basement is a plus for resale, especially if you are one of the only houses on the block with a finished basement. We know you aren’t thinking of the time when you might be selling this house, but it is good to keep in mind what is best for your future, and a finished basement might just be that.

Increased living space

Finishing your basement will increase your living space, without causing disruptions in the future. Rather than adding an addition to your home later, your basement can add extra living space, often for a fraction of the cost.

Create what you want

You can turn your finished basement into anything you’d like! Extra space for visitors, a comfy place for the family to watch movies, or a kids playroom! The vision is yours and will only add to the design of the home you have dreamed of. You might also be able to design the perfect home office or home gym which we now all understand the benefit of.

Trust that it is done right

With Genesis finishing your space for you, you can trust the quality of materials and the craftsmanship you know you can trust.

It’s just done

Even if the cost may seem high or making the decision is hard when you’re building the rest of your home, if you get it done at the same time as the rest of your house, it’ll be there when you move in. You don’t have to worry about the headache of the renovation later when you’re already in and settled.



Building your home with a finished basement will cost more money up front, so this is something to consider. Look at your mortgage to evaluate what is right for your family. With current mortgage rates, the benefit of the cost may outweigh the risk of it costing more to do in the future.

Light restrictive

Because basements are below grade, they are darker than your upper floors. But with pot lighting, well designed spaces and intelligently placed windows, your basement can feel almost as bright as your main floor. Plus, they will stay cooler on hot summer days.

Finishing concerns

If a basement isn’t finished correctly, there can be risk of moisture leading to mold. With Genesis behind you, you can trust that your homes finished basement will be done right.

Even if you don’t want to finish your basement, we always recommend thinking about higher ceilings. This is something that can only be done during the build when they are digging and pouring the basement but can make a huge difference with the look and feel even if the basement is unfinished!

Still unsure? Connect with one of our sales reps to help you decide what is the best move for your family!

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