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Old 11-30-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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Default Ideas for a basement.

We are looking for ideas for flooring for a large basements space that will function as playroom/family room/game room, ect. Currently it is a concrete slab. I would like to use cork and my husband likes carpet. We know we won't get all our money back but I don't want to put something in that is a total waste of money in terms of resale. Thanks for any advice!
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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Ever had any water problems? If so, I would address that first. I would hate to see a nice basement ruined by even a little water and all the complications that go along with it.

I know that wasn't what you wanted to know but, it's a thought.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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If resale is a concern, go for carpet. I don't know what price range you are in, but most people seem to like carpet in the basement around here.
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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We haven't had the house long, but we were told there were never any water issue and the home inspector didn't find any symptoms of water damage.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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We haven't had the house long, but we were told there were never any water issue and the home inspector didn't find any symptoms of water damage.
Sounds like you are good to go then...have fun!
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:48 PM
 
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I'm with you on the cork if just for personal enjoyment, but I don't really know anyone who has that in the basement here. I certainly understand your worry about not getting back your money. But if you decide to go for it, post some pictures here so I can see it!!
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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Sounds nice - but double-check re water in the basement and ask your new neighbors first. The realtor told the nice new family next door that their newly remodeled, newly purchased house had no water issues, while everyone on the downhill end of our street has had multiple experiences of flooded basements in recent years. The new neighbors had to tear out and discard basement wall-to-wall carpet after their first flooded basement experience.

Much of Lexington has had similar experiences, due to suburban sprawl, poor understanding of karst topography and related issues, and inadequate storm sewers which were poorly maintained for years. We're now literally paying for the carelessness of the past.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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We did the 48 "plastic test" in 3 different areas of our basement during the past two days of rain and snow). So far there haven't been any signs of condensation. We taped 2sq ft 3.5 ml plastic to the concrete, like one of the local flooring places told us to do. Any ideas if this is a good enough test?
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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Do you have any way of finding out if the footer has drainage pipes inside and outside the footer? Is the house built on a level lot and does it have sufficient slope to drain away from the footer? The basement footer is probably as much as 10ft deep. I don't want to discourage you but it's things you need to know. Basements can be an asset or they can be a pain in the asset but, if constructed correctly and on the right lot they will work. I would ask the Realtor if he/she has any information on who built the house. I have known of a lot of basements that had water problems but, they were just holes in the ground without any way of letting water out of the hole.
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