I'm getting different stories on whether I can count below grade finished area as living space. I have done many appraisals with finished basements and have not counted the living space as GLA per ANSI std (04/08/1996). However, I will be doing an appraisal later today on a subject where the children's bedrooms are ACTUALLY in the finished basement. I asked what the upstairs bedrooms are being used for, and they said exercise room and tanning room. SO, since they are actually living in the below grade finished area, can I count this as GLA???? Also, its not a customary practice for this to occur in this area. THANKS!