Basement Floor

Today we went to our local big box emporium to scope out bathroom supplies. The only things we’re keeping are the tub and toilet (although we will be getting a new seat). We found a white vanity for $98 that we think will work well but decided not to buy it.
Bathroom Vanity?
It wasn’t on sale, so we can go back whenever. We did come home with a few sample tiles for flooring but the trip was more of a fact finding mission, a baseline for comparison.

After brunch, my father-in-law found 28 13″x13″ tiles in his shed. They’re leftovers from his big outdoor kitchen project and a nice neutral beige (Keyera Beige, to be specific).
Backyard Kitchen
(Picture by my father-in-law, who built that whole thing himself. props to that!)

Close-up of tile (which is darker under inside light):
Basement Bathroom Floor Tile 2

I think there’s enough to do the floor and the price (FREE) is perfect. But finding bathroom floor tile led to a larger discussion about what to do with the basement floor.

The basement floor is concrete with linoleum on top in the “kitchen” and square white tile in the bathroom; neither of which are staying.
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(Is it weird that I get some twisted sort of amusement from posting these disgusting pictures??)
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The concrete is uneven; more so in some places than others but uneven nonetheless. We’ve discussed some options and, if you have any other ideas, I’d love to hear them.

Our Options:
1. Jack hammer out all the concrete, excavate a foot (so we get 8′ ceiling height), install radiant heat throughout, and repour new concrete. Install whatever surface floors we want in the various areas. (We share a furnace with the basement apt. Radiant heat is incredibly efficient and would keep things at a nice even temp throughout the winter.)

2. Pour a new skim coat on top of the existing floors to even things out and just deal with the 7′ ceiling height.

OR leave the floor as-is, install the needed backer board and tile the kitchen & bath (cracked tiles stink!). In the main living area:

3. Lay carpet.
I think carpet would add a nice warm and homey-ness to a basement apartment. It doesn’t appear that we have water issues (water stains seem old) but, it is a basement rental, so I guess you never know what could happen to it. Of course it could be an indoor/outdoor carpet; easy to clean and not a huge issue if it gets wet.

4. Paint the floor and call it a day.
This is obviously the easiest and cheapest option. It will also be the easiest to clean after a tenant leaves. I’m worried that it’ll seem to cold and basement-y but I suppose the tenant can provide their own area rugs.

Are we missing any options? What would you do??

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13 Responses to Basement Floor

  1. Tepp says:

    “(Is it weird that I get some twisted sort of amusement from posting these disgusting pictures??)”

    no….you just want to be able to show us the “after” shots 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    I love before pictures.

    I’m so excited that you got tile for free. Score!

    I wouldn’t jackhammer the floors… that is a lot of backbreaking work for an area you aren’t living in. We have 7 ft ceilings upstairs (it was converted from an attic) and it’s totally liveable.

    I would kinda vote for a really durable carpet, or a linoleum in areas like the kitchen. We got a really nice looking linoleum for our downstairs bathroom. It looks really nice and was a breeze to put in.

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  5. bathe says:

    Fascinating! Especially the carpet in the bathroom!

  6. We have carpet in the bathroom on the 3rd floor and it’s completely disgusting. But we were briefly considering putting carpet in the main living space of the basement.

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