So you’ve got a basement and have decided that it’s time to turn that space into some kind of livable arrangement. Whatever it was that brought you to that decision is certainly going to drive you into what type of room you are trying to create. Whether it’s a workout room, a bedroom or possibly a new entertaining space that you want to use, you’re going to have to at some point think about the flooring that your going to lay down to make that space useable.
You can use a rough figure of $39.00 to $45.00 a square foot for basic and complete basement finishing for basements 1000 square feet of larger. You will see some internet sites quoting lower rates, but after seeing hundreds of proposals in the last year $45.00 with carpet is about the average. For a higher quality finish with extra features (wet bar, built in cabinets, higher end fixtures) you will start around $50.00 a square foot and up.
Cork: although not widely used, cork is a great flooring option for basements. Cork is very much like bamboo in that it can be installed in below-grade spaces and is earth-friendly. Cork is soft, which makes it perfect for a space with small children or those who prefer to sit on the floor. These kinds of floors are made with a veneer of cork on high-density fiberboard.
Here are pictures of both of these little cabinets above our counters in our kitchen. My husband put shelves up all around the kitchen. I have a large collection of kitchen items and I’m not ready to get rid of them. So this is how we display them. This kind of shelving is very popular in country decorating. It works well for a small house. It also looks open and makes the kitchen look larger. I keep curtains off the windows to help with that open look.
I love buying items cheap and doing what I can with them. I really love old furniture. Whatever I can reuse I will use. I will redo an old cabinet, dresser or table. Oh, don’t get me wrong it’s not that I don’t believe in new at all. There are times when you have no choice to buy new. When appliances go out you’re better off to buy new their energy efficient. New appliances are energy efficient. New mattresses, I won’t buy them from yard sales.