Friday, March 4, 2011

Basement Floors

Before the arrival of baby Logan, we got started on finishing the basement.  The first step was to deal with the floors.

In the laundry/utility room, we decided to paint the concrete floor to clean it up.  We used a concrete primer and paint to finish the floor.  This will brighten up the room and make it easier to clean.

Here’s the transformation:


In the rest of the basement (the area that will become our family room) we plan to install carpet.  To prepare for the carpet, we needed to install subfloor.  Dave did some research and found a new product that has a half-inch profile which will save headroom. 

The product is called Tyroc.  The base of the subfloor panels are rubber, made from recycled tires.  The surface is magnesium oxide which is resistant to moisture and decay. 


Although it was hard to find in Toronto, it was worth searching for.  It was relatively easy to install and, so far, we’re happy with it.  Here are the before and after shots:


We’ve chosen our carpet from Lowes and will have it installed once the painting and trim is done.  Progress is much slower now that we have a baby who we’d rather spend our time with.  However, Dave is starting to find some time to work down there, so hopefully Logan’s play room will be ready soon!


LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Ooh looks so good! Do you have good ceiling height in your basement? Ours is so low - we are worried about putting subfloor in because we'll lose precious headroom.

Can't wait to see your progress!

Jen and Dave said...

We were pretty lucky because our ceilings were a decent height to begin with - Approx 80 inches. The reason we chose this product was because we wanted to keep that height and this was the lowest profile available.

m @ random musings said...

omg I got so excited about the tyroc product (looks so much better than the dryloc sheets w/ osb....)

only to find they're not in my state. =/

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Neat - where did you end up finding the Tyroc?

Jen and Dave said...

We found it at Metro Home Hardware on Wilson Ave. near Hwy 400.

Homeowner Insurance said...

Great progress! I appreciate you revealing the “ugly” parts of redecorating–things we sometimes forget about when we’re too busy being excited about a new look.
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diver2anne said...

Wow. I had not looked for a long time because I assumed all attention was focused on the little one. Great work (on both).

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With these renovations, the house interior will turn into a modern and beautifully designed house.

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Wow, its good to see the progress happening in this room.

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