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The existing cement floor was professionally leveled using hydraulic cement and then an Acoustical Under pad was laid on top. Batt insulation was used on the exterior walls.

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I could only wish for a make over in my basement. It has low ceilings and oh it's not level.

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Webado Webada

We had our basement finished over 25 years ago. It was a new house (in 1986) so there wasn't anything bad lurking in the unfinished basement.

At the time we hired 2 young fellows who'd built our fence and who SAID they were able to finish a basement too. That was a bit of an overstatement, ours was the first eve basement they did.

Luckily my husband was armed with several video tapes and books on how to finish basements, which we lent them. They were good and fast learners, so they did a great job overall. They did run into a bit of an issue with the ceiling in a passageway which was very low (big air ducts running above them). They had to do that ceiling twice to gain 3-4 inches in height, but in the end it was good.

The finished area of the basement is about 1000 sq ft, with 5 wide windows (not too short either at about 2 feet high each). It's quite bright. It's finished with gyproc and light oak parquetry. We have many pot lights throughout. Generally the ceiling is high (8ft and over). There's a very large L shaped "playroom", a small suite with a small bedroom, a tiny sitting room and a bathroom (with shower). The small suite was used by a live-in babysitter we had for a few years when the kids were small. Later our teen-aged daughter made it her domain and when she moved out, our teen-aged son made it his man-cave until he too moved out.

There are signs of wear and tear though: dinged walls, pot lights and heat/AC registers that don't stick up any more in the ceiling (so much duct tape is being used to hold them up LOL), and the shower needs to be replaced as it's not too sturdy any more - don't know WTH my son did there ...

The basement was repurposed last year to create a music room where our daughter teaches piano and had band rehearsals a few days a week. She lives downtown but teaches out of both locations, while band rehearsals can ONLY be done in our basement, else she'd be kicked out of her building.

It's nicely furnished and decorated throughout, including nice big oriental (yet modern looking) rugs. We do need to fix the few problems we have there and paint the walls (always white, I prefer to add color with rugs, paintings, cushions) before I can declare myself satisfied.

My only regret is not having a door to the outside from the basement. It could be added but at great cost for excavation and building stairs. I don't think we want to go that far. Maybe if we ever re-landscape the overgrown front yard, as the eventual entry point could be right at the side of the front steps (where we have a cold storage room underneath which could become the entrance to the basement).

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