Oh the Floor…

I have waffled back & forth about what to do with our basement garden apt. floor more times than I care to admit. {mmmmm….. waffles…} The decided solution was to just slap a coat of paint down and call it a day. Well I’m back to making breakfast {that too much of a reach reference?}.

The latest inspiration comes from Katie Bower‘s awesome basement reno. Drool-worthy.

katie b's basement
(pic courtesy of Katie Bower)

Right?! Mostly because it doesn’t look like a basement and I think a lot of that has to do with the floors. The engineered hardwood they installed makes the place look like a normal living space. Not the inside of Rikers.


I don’t think paint isn’t going to cut it. I have the paint. I have the ability to put down the paint. It’s the easiest solution; I’m just not sure it’s the right solution.

The goal is to rent the space out. I feel like we could get more money for it if we spend a little more on the front end to make it look as nice as reasonably possible.

This DRIcore stuff looks pretty interesting. We don’t seem to have huge (if any) moisture problems in the basement {there’s no mold or mildew} {knock on wood}. It’s a subfloor that creates “a permanent air space which keep concrete floors dry, warm and comfortable.” The reviews I read have been very positive. Plus we could lay a laminate “wood” floor right on top {how homey would that be?!}. Check out the video here.

The only thing is that the concrete floor needs to be flat. Flatness has been the bane of our existence since the very beginning but I think we have to bite the bullet. Ugh.

I’ve been researching self-leveling floor leveler. I found the following sites helpful:

Heading to Home Depot after work to take a gander at what they’ve got.

Anyone ever leveled a concrete floor? Want to recommend your favorite leveler?? Tips or tricks?

Ever used DRIcore?

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10 Responses to Oh the Floor…

  1. Your basement looks like it has the bones to be a great space!
    I don’t know much about floor leveling, but I do know that it will be worth it to learn how to do it yourself. I hired it out and the guys chared me an arm and a leg because they kept coming up with more spaces to fill in. Good luck!

  2. Mom Liv says:

    Paint is perfect! Tenant can put down area rugs.

  3. Thanks for taking a look at our site…

    We’ve got a lot more on the site about SLU besides the post you listed. You can visit http://www.oneprojectcloser.com and use the search feature in the upper right. Just search for “self leveling” or something like that and you’ll find everything I’ve written about installing SLU over a concrete slab… about 8-10 articles or so helping out with everything about it.

    Feel free to reach out if there’s any way we can help — fred@oneprojectcloser.com.

    Best of luck!

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