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10 Things You Must Know: Finishing a Basement

A finished basement is a great addition to a home. Use these expert tips to make your renovation go smoothly.

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<strong>Tip 10: Build Up the Floor Before You Lay Anything Down</strong>

Since the basement is below ground, it gets a lot of coolness and moisture, so you need to warm it up. Put down a vapor barrier to protect the space between the wood and the cement. Next, lay 2x4s and frame it every 16 inches. Lay a strip, and between the 2x4s, place an insulation board and a piece of 3/4" plywood on top. This type of floor is giving and resilient, and it's warm enough that you can walk barefoot on it.

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