I’m back to penny-pinching but this time NOT in the basement bathroom or in reference to tile.
Earlier this week, I tossed out some solutions for the floor in the main living area of the basement. I read everyone’s comments (thanks commenting, btw!! It makes me feel special.). You guys really got us thinking.
We’ve decided not to jack hammer out the floors. It’s too much work for a space we’re not living in. Not that we don’t want our tenant to be happy and comfortable; we totally do! But we’ve recently learned that a woman lived down there very comfortably for about 20+ years before the previous owners took possession of the property (or so we’re told). Guess it can’t get that frigid.
I’m sick of talking about tile, nor do I care to level the concrete in a space this large. (Excuse the lame pic; I haven’t taken any since we closed.) The space is larger than is shown here but it gives a decent representation of the space.
If you had talked to me Monday, I would have told you we were painting the floors and calling it a day. And we still might do that. BUT. . . While we were at Home Depot looking for tile, we spent a significant amount of time perusing the vinyl flooring section.
You can’t really tell from the picture, but it’s totally flexible!
It comes in 12′ widths, which is perfect for our 11′ wide space. We can roll it out with no seams.
While I gravitate toward darker woods (if it wasn’t already obvious), it is a basement space. I think a lighter floor would make it seem more open & spacious. Possibly something like this??
Also $0.88/sqft. Cha-CHING!
And then there were the flexible options that came in stick-together strips (so you almost feel like you’re laying a real hardwood floor). (Except by “hardwood,” you mean totally fake plastic). Averagely priced, if not slightly more dusty:
So now we’re down to 2 choices: Vinyl Flooring or Paint. If we choose vinyl, it would probably be glued straight to the not-completely-level-concrete. But because it’s already flexible, I don’t think it would be a huge deal. If we paint, we’d probably go a lighter color but I’m looking for suggestions. It would be up to the tenant to provide area rugs (should they want them).
What’s your vote (vinyl or paint)??