I think we may be a little insane…
Derek thinks it is insane that he is now responsible for hauling 2 pallets of tile into the basement. Box by box by box. Or just not use his side of the garage for a couple of months. His choice I guess.
Yep we are starting another project. The basement. And from the beginning of this project, I am announcing that it is going to be the longest DIY project in the history of our house. Because we now have a baby which infringes on marathon weekends of work. And because we don’t need the space, so it will be quite easy to close it up and not work on it for awhile. And we are starting it before we had originally planned meaning that the cash for the entire reno plus the furniture plus the electronics is not all there yet. So expect a renovated space with old ugly furniture for awhile. Unless we win the lottery.
So why the basement? Well for two reasons…a sump pump and a baby. If you remember we had a bit of a flood back in March.
The good news? The insurance company is helping contribute to the renovation of what was ugly carpet. Back in March I was bummed that we lost the laminate we installed in the workout room as well as the timing of the whole thing. Renovating a basement while you are 7 months pregnant and trying to juggle working full time and baby showers was not going to happen. But actually the timing was a blessing in disguise as it gave us a couple of months to think about what we really wanted. And to decide that laminate in a basement was a bad choice because a little bit of water makes for an entire new floor.
The baby’s role? One he has a whole lot of stuff that has already invaded all parts of the house. Which we are currently trying to corral in baskets, but we know as he gets bigger the size and amount of toys is going to follow suite. And the family room is not big on space for things like train tables. And since Carter needs to eat about every three hours and he is lazy/slow nurser and I am currently on maternity leave, we are watching a whole lot more HGTV than usual. The DVR is my new best friend.
Lots of HGTV makes me want to start new projects.
I have always loved Candice Olson’s designs. Especially because she is not afraid to make beautiful basements. I even blogged about it back in the early days.
So when I was watching an episode of Candice tells all, I was excited that she used a flooring choice that I had not thought of. Vinyl plank flooring. Waterproof and it looks like wood. And if it was good enough to use in her designs, it was good enough for ours obviously. Bonus? It was cheap. And easy to install.
I tried my best to find a picture of this particular makeover or even a screen shot from a video. However the episode “family room fundamentals” is not to be found online. Sigh. Trust me, it looked great, just like all her other makeovers.
So why then do we have tile sitting in our garage? I am getting to it.
Carter got to have his inaugural trips to Home Depot and Lumber Liquidators. He was super excited.
We picked up tons of samples of vinyl plank flooring to take home and consider. But since we were in the neighborhood, we decided to stop at our favorite local tile warehouse just to see what they had on closeout. And surprisingly they had one of our former favorites, a gray quartzite, there at a much reduced price. So then we had to consider this and make a decision quickly because we were dealing with a close-out and we needed a lot of it-
Pros- Slightly cheaper, easier to install, easier to store until ready to install, could bring more color warmth to the room, and warmer on the toes
Cons- The product is waterproof, but if we had a flood like we did in March, we would most likely have to air it out and reglue the whole floor. Would it be lost, no, but it would be a lot of work. Also it is vinyl so no matter how good it looked, it was not real wood and that would be apparent. Dog nails could also possibly gouge it.
Pros- Only true waterproof option, loved that it was a natural stone not an imitation of something, and pretty much indestructible
Cons-More difficult to install and could get a little cold underfoot in the winter
The winner? (I know I already gave it away….pretend to be surprised)
The water thing was the most important, especially to Derek. I think the idea of moving a basement full of furniture and regluing an entire floor was not appealing to him for some reason. And the fact that we loved this tile months ago, but until it was reduced to approximately the price of the vinyl, it was not an option. Because when we need 1000 square feet of something price is very important. But on the flip side Derek scored us a even better deal because we were buying two pallets of it.
So there you have it…the first basement decision done. Hopefully you don’t think we are crazy for going the tile over vinyl plank route. Unless of course you want to give two pallets of gray quartzite a good home.