basement fix-up worth it?
I finished half of my basement several years ago and created a tv room with an adjacent craft room. The other half of the basement was tiled with the ceramic tile that runs throughout, but otherwise left untouched. I use it as as laundry room and for open storage. Now I'd like to do something with that area, but I'm not sure on whether it is worth it to spend money here. I don't have an attic or garage (this is a townhouse in Chicago), so it will continue to be used for storage. Any kind of ceiling would be a problem because of the furnace return, etc. is in this area. Does it make sense to paint the concrete walls and ceiling to brighten things up, or just leave it as is?