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what would you like/don't like in a finished basement?

Posted by karenminbrooklin (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 2, 06 at 13:30

We're thinking of finishing our basement this winter. Mostly for resale, we don't exactly need the space. We will do almost all the work so it'll be done at a very reasonable cost. We don't plan on billing it as an apartment, but more of a family/teen/entertaining space. What worth putting in and not putting it? What do you wish you had in your basement or wish you didn't have.


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RE: what would you like/don't like in a finished basement?

Light! Light colors and as much window as you can.

Also tile on the floor. It is much easier to keep from getting musty and to clean after a problem.

Also be sure the heat works well for the winter and the dehumidification for the summer.

I wished I had put in more closet and shelving space and tile instead of wall to wall.


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RE: what would you like/don't like in a finished basement?

If you aren't skilled in doing the basement work, leave it to a pro. We passed on several houses recently due to basements that were DIY that we would have to completely "do over." Don't do a wood floor. It's a mess if your sump pump fails. Don't do a dry wall ceiling. Looks great, but --- we've been in the house less than a year and have pushed up ceiling tiles for numerous repairs, home theater speaker runs, ethernet, fire alarm, plumbing problems, etc.


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RE: what would you like/don't like in a finished basement?

We have finished our basement in our old house and again in our new place.

Most important - lights - we put in 1.5 more high hats in our basement that we did on our first or second floors where we have more natural light.

We put in a half bathroom if we had the room I would have put in a shower stall - a half bathroom is nice when you have company or if you have children their friends are over and they can stay in the basement and leave the adults alone and vice versa.

We also put in a lot of built in storage areas with doors.

We put in carpet and as long as you have good HVAC system you won't have any musty odors.


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