Our Basement Part 10: The Flooring & The Carpet

January 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

I will be posting up updated basement photos later but in the meantime I thought I would show you the plans for the flooring. We spent the long weekend installing new insulation at the sill/ top of the foundation. 10 cans of spray foam and 2 large bags of mineral wool and we are almost done! We have already noticed less draft in the house. Of course once we get the walls insulated down there, it should feel even warmer!

Inspiration 1 via Houzz

Inspiration 2 via homebunch

Inspiration 3 via Houzz

So in the meantime I thought I would show you the flooring that we picked out. We started with the idea of large porcelain tile for the bath and laundry area but we couldn’t seem to find anything to our liking that was also in our price range. So we expanded into looking at real stone and slate and also vinyl tile. I love the look of the slate, but not the maintenance (it is the basement after all). We are also challenged in the height department down there. So in the end we have selected a vinyl tile that looks like slate (plus you can grout it). It is thinner than tile or stone and should be a little warmer on the feet too. I know it seems a little “cheesy” but I like how it looks in person and it had good reviews so we are willing to give it a try.

12x24 Vinyl Tile in "Slate"

The photo is from my phone, sorry the color is a little off! The price is good about $1.69 sf. It is special order from Home Depot. It is from their TrafficMaster Ceramica line. They don’t list the slate color online but here is a link to a similar one called Coastal Grey. We will be using the 12×24 in a staggered joint pattern, similar to my first inspiration. We plan on using a mix of horizontal and vertical beadboard throughout the basement. I am leaning towards the horizontal beadboard similar to my second inspiration in the bathroom.

For the main room we are thinking of having some fun with the flooring. We decided that we wanted the warmth of carpet in this space. My preference is for durable carpet tile in this case, but the price on most carpet tile is expensive (especially for a basement) but I think we have found the answer!

Mixed Lot Carpet Tile in "Bright"

Mixed Lot Carpet tile in "Grey"

These are from Carpet Corporation of America based out of Georgia. These odd lots are priced in the $.29-.49 sf range. I still have to call them but I like it! The beauty is if one gets damaged you just put a new one in! They also offer random lots of matching tile in the $1.50 sf range. So stay tuned to see what i end up picking! It will be a big departure from our understated beadboard walls.

*For all of our Basement progress click here.

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