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Finding the Right Basement Flooring
When finishing or remodeling a basement, homeowners often want something that combines practicality and innovation. First you need to decide what type of floor is best to put over concrete. For example if you plan on using your basement as a workshop or game room you'll want a sturdy floor like vinyl composition tile, stained concrete or commercial-grade carpeting. For a more formal living space like a family room, wet bar or office you'll want to use laminate flooring, engineered wood or ceramic tile.
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Inspiring Bonus Room Ideas
As you begin your search for a house plan, you'll want to look for a design that includes a bonus room or optional living space. Much like any bonus, a bonus room is an extra space in a home that has not been given a specific designation such as a great room or bedroom. A bonus room may be used for many different functions. Frequently it becomes a multipurpose room or a family room. But in many home designs it is made specific, such as being turned into a home office, den, family room, gym, media room, playroom or a craft and hobby center.
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Editor’s Favorite Products

Transform your otherwise cold surfaces into warm, inviting heated floors using a Nuheat® radiant electric floor heating system. This is particularly true in the basement, where the latest trend is creating an extended living space

Bamboo is twice as hard as oak, making it a great choice for busy homes and basements when durability is needed to stand up to the wear and tear of daily living. Morning Star® bamboo flooring is available at Lumber Liquidators®

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Green Living Tips
When it comes to energy saving, electric radiant heating is very economical because you can control it with a timer and thermostat to provide heat when and where you need it. This is a great option for basements, which most homeowners only heat when in use.
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