The basement in my new Michigan home is not what you call finished. It has been water proofed, but I still get an occasional dribble during a hard rain if I have a downspout not attached (maybe blown off).
I do want to eventually finish my basement. What can I do about the dribbles? I like carpet, should I seal the floor first? What do I do with the drains in the floor?
As for basement design, I would love to have a pool table and a little home theater as well as the laundry area and storage. Itâ€™s a small house, only 1300 sf., itâ€™s a bungalow with a dormer or extension on the second floor making room for two small bedrooms and a full bathroom. The first floor has one bedroom and full bath. As you can figure the basement wouldnâ€™t be that big, but I think there is enough room for what I want to do. As with anything else all the design magazines out there tend to focus on bigger houses with very large basements. Is there any resources for a do it yourselfer with a smaller basement? I would like to see other designs before I start. Maybe some examples and unique ideas on boxing around things like water pipes, furnaces, and A/C vents.
Also, my ceiling is not that high in the basement, and I have a few vents that make it even lower in certain areas. What is the best ceiling tile to use because of this? I really donâ€™t want a drop ceiling. 1) I donâ€™t like the look. 2) I donâ€™t have room to drop. The other thought is that I would still want access to the valves and connections for any servicing. So I guess I would need a drop ceiling in that case. I would have to find some other kind of tiles though; I hate the traditional ceiling tiles. My son plays guitar; so I would need acoustical tiles.
All of these issues have probably been discussed in the past and I apologize for my request for repeating the discussion.