Would love to re-do our basement. Our house was built in 1925 and it's not a "scary" basement, but one that's not that attractive to hang out in. We have a tv and couch down there and it is used sometimes by someone who wants a tv and the other 2 are in use, but would love to have it decent for the kids to take friends down there and WANT to hang out.
Currently the walls are a crabby old knotty pine (sorry, I don't like it) - the baseboards are in bad shape. The floors are not the most even, but are covered with a tile square that is old and scuffed but not cracking or anything. Only time we have had any water down there is a couple times we had torrential rain for an extended period we had a couple of very small drips/mini-puddles of water. The space we would do over is not large, kind of "L" shaped with the largest part of the "L" being say, 8 x 15 or so.
I don't want to spend a fortune. My husband COULD probably do much of the work, but don't know if he WILL, so thought about calling in a basement refinishing place at least for an estimate. What I picture is just some drywall with beadboard on the bottom half and some neutral berber carpeting. My husband redid the ceiling tiles a few years back so those are fine.
The basement is the coolest place in the summer (we don't have central air just units) and the cozy place in the winter (we have radiator heat and the big furnace of course is in the basement) so it sure makes sense to be able to use it more. Plus, now that the kids are older, we'd sleep alot better not hearing them on the main floor when it's late at night.
What can you advise me as I build up the nerve to pursue this idea with my husband? Ideas on wall type choice, who do get to do it (a basement expert vs. handy man perhaps), cost you might have incurred for a similar re-do, etc.