basement redo on the cheap?
We're doing a basic update of our 1969 basement. New HVAC, drywall, ceiling, and flooring. Replacing the HVAC and adding vents and return in the cold basement is eating up our budget. We have a reasonable bid for the drywall but we're wondering about the ceiling (w/ lights) and flooring. We currently have hideous 2 x 4 ceiling tiles. I'm assuming using tiles again will be cheaper than drywall. And friends have a new tile ceiling and it actually looks great, so I'm not opposed to it. Am I right about it usually costing less?
And as far as flooring goes, are carpet tiles usually about the same cost as wall to wall? We'd like something soft (i.e. not regular tile). I like the idea of carpet tiles since we have 3 kids and a dog and they are easy to replace (the carpet tiles, not the kids or dog!) or is there another inexpensive option out there? and sadly, but most importantly, could 1 semi-handy woman and her very not-handy husband handle the installation of carpet tiles?