Here's the deal: My sister and I own both units of a duplex. Thanks to Calgary's incredible economy each side has made well over $100,000 in equity already (one gained over $100k in less than a year). Both have only partially finished basements. We'd like to totally finish both sides to make the houses that much more attractive when we sell, therefore giving us more profit. Nothing fancy, say 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a modest living space/rec area type thing.
Ideally I'd like to turn them into basement suits as both have separate doors from the outside leading into the basements, but my area isn't zoned properly for basement suites to be legal. Pisses me off.
Anyway, just want to know what costs were involved from people on here who have been through it. I'd like to hear from both people who did it mostly on their own, and from those who hired most of the work out to professionals.
Oh yeah, and there's no "stubbed in" connections for a bathroom. It would have to be totally done from scratch.