I like this thread. I am trying to figure out how to finish my basement as well. I will look into cork ... so no plastic on the concrete? I'll do more research on that too.
Can I add to your question and ask about basement walls? Mine do get just barely damp in heavy rain, but not bad. Can I just seal and paint them? I don't think I'll drywall or anything ... I just want to brighten the basement up a bit so I can spend more time down there.
I have a pole in the basement and like to workout and practice on it, so I want some decent flooring and brighter walls... right now it is just a typical dismal basement.
By the way, the pole makes a good conversation piece. You can check out more about it on my own forum at Mollys Forum (Molly's Forum - Index
). You have to become a member to see any of the video or pictures (not of me - of women like Felix Cane, real world class pole dancers).
Help me make my basement a place I can dance and have fun!