What flooring did you do in your finished basement?
We are in the process of finishing about 1200 sq ft of our basement, 75% done.
We have 3 kids who will be using a bulk of this area as a play area. There is a separate room for our exercise equiptment (husband wants rubber mats for this floor) and in another part of the basement i want to use as an art activity center for the kids (paints, messy stuff, etc) ..so we are thinking of using ceramic tile for that area. H wants to actually tile the entire basement in case there is ever a water issue- we built our home 2 yrs ago. I can't see us having any real issues where we are with flooding or whatever, but i suggested perhaps tiling the perimeter of the entire basement in case we ever got a leak of some sort this way water would sit on the edges where the tile would be, should water ever trickle in. Dumb idea???? Then use carpet for the rest. He really is kinda trying to sway me into agreeing on ceramic tile for everything, i just think it would be soooo cold in the basement, esp with a kids play area. I don't know. I just know I don't want to ever hear the "I told you so" from his mouth!! I want it to be comfortable for the kids. should i just let him tile the whole thing and use area rugs over it??? Anyone tile the entire basement? How is it? How cold does it feel?
And if you use carpet, did you put down padding first? Anything under the padding??
I can use some suggestions...