When one buys a house with a fully done basement, is it known as a furnished basement or a finished basement? I’ve heard both used, but I was always under the impression that the right usage is a furnished basement. I thought, being that the words sound similar, the two terms became confused and eventually interchangeable, but perhaps both are correct. Regardless, any logical, coherent answer to this question would be appreciated!
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Both expressions are used, they just refer to different contexts:
a basement that has floors, ceilings, and walls like the rooms in the main part of the house. (M-W)
A basement equipped with furniture so that you can comfortably live in it.
Please compare with a partially finished basement:
From Tim Wohforth Blog
A finished basement is one that has proper stud walls and plaster ceilings, possibly also plumbing etc...
A furnished basement should be just that furnished; having a full suite of furniture that defines the space as a functional lounge, workshop, bedroom or what have you.
I have often regarded this word as an eggcorn, as I have heard it used in both contexts to refer to the same thing. In the Southern United States this seems to be particularly true, as there are fewer basements and thus not as much care is given to terminology with respect to this topic.
Given that a basement is the lowest habitable part of a building (wholly or partly underground, were it not finished, it wouldn't be habitable, I'd have thought. But an ordinary room in a house above ground level may well be finished, but waiting for furniture, which, when it is installed, makes the room furnished. Without furniture, a room, anywhere, is said to be unfurnished. Therefore, a basement, or any room, can be finished, but unfurnished. If it was furnished, it pretty well has to be assumed that it was a finished room before putting furniture in it.
It is quite possible that an estate agent may massage things, and advertise a finished basement as a furnished basement, or vice versa, to encourage 'good' marketing...