Sarah

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Redux: Basement Floors

Redux: Basement Floors

New Floors - All done.jpg

While I'm working on fresh projects, here's a 2015 Redux. 

Over Memorial Day weekend we finally installed the floor in our basement.  If you've been around for a while, you know that this basement remodel took a bit more time than we initially attended. We finally have the walls done with planking we painted white (I owe you an update), molding around all the doors and windows, a painted ceiling AND crown molding (thanks Jim-the-contractor!), so the floors were really the last thing we had to do.

We used the TrafficMaster Allure Hickory Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (describe on the box as "The Easiest Floor Ever!"). They have no idea who we are - we did some research about what floor we could install over the glue we couldn't get off the cement, and found this. We special ordered it from Home Depot about a year ago and we have to agree that this floor was pretty darn easy! And affordable, which really counted in it's favor for us. Look at us NOT overcapitalizing our house. :)

Overall, it took about 8 hours total to install our about 350 square feet of flooring.  The longest part was figuring out how to start (since NONE of our walls are square) and cutting the final little pieces around the doorways. Once we got into a rhythm the floor was definitely ridiculously easy to install!

Here we were about 30 minutes in (once we started laying the floors).

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And after about 60 minutes of putting planks down.

New Floor - 60 minutes in.jpg

This is where we found our rythm, so another 30 minutes allowed us to do pretty much the rest of the main room.

At this point we took a break to have a late lunch with friends (this was about 4 hours in).  We found that working really hard in the morning and then doing something fun in the afternoon makes us happier and more likely to be productive on Sunday. This night, we came back from lunch, lounged around for a few hours, and then worked from 7 to 11 pm.

The final long stretch along our back wall took a while as each plank had to be cut in a different width, and one even had to be cut at an angle! We made the turn and got most of the planks into the landing area. We realized we were going to have to make some complex cuts to finish the floor. Luckily we had to presence of mind to realize we were too tired to make these accurately, so we went to bed and saved the finishing touches for Sunday.  Here we are! The end is in sight.

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It took a lot of patience (and a little bit of cussing) to finalize the last 2 rows of planks, but it was worth it! The floor looks awesome.

New Floor - Finalized.jpg

We are so excited about the basement! And so is Penelope, even though the whole thing is like a giant slip and slide for her! We obviously still need baseboards, but the furniture is down there & it's a functional space. I'm hoping we'll get some art on the walls this weekend. I also need to order blinds ASAP so we can use the space as a guest room later this month.

2018 Update: We love these floors. They're easy to keep clean, and while we have a few scratches, they are hard to see if you're not searching for them. Highly recommend.

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