Flooring options for 101 year old basement
About to start basement reno in our 101 yo urban semi. Concrete in not great shape (old paint flaking, a little uneven). 6.5 ft ceilings only. Tight budget. Basement living area's function will be multipurpose: teen hangout, occasional guestroom, man cave/chick cocoon, yoga/workout room.
To date (10+ yrs in this house) no serious water problems down there. But our neighbours all have some moisture issues and we are only a few blocks from Lake Ontario, so wall to wall doesn't seem like the best idea.
My husband wants tile directly on the concrete (COLD! we're in Toronto). I'm thinking patch up & paint concrete and lay a low pile carpet w/ bound edges and no underpad on top. Minor marital strife ensues.
Would love to hear ideas for economical flooring that won't eat up inches of height. No sub-floor planned. Electric underfloor heating planned for bathroom only, not living space. Thanks all!