My upbringing is such that when an animal continues to exhibit poor behavior, that animal has forfeit its breathing rights. That was my upbringing, my experience is; i like my cats, and ending their furry little existences over some urine would have put undo stress on my marriage, soooooo they had to stay. The basement carpet on the other hand HAD TO go. We had been talking about updating the basement for a while, the flooring was a sticking point.
All pet mess aside, carpet in a basement in our neck of the woods is a poor idea, please refer to our post " A little Wetness problem solved." Our house is damn near 50 yrs old built in a swamp - it will get wet, it's not up for debate. Couple that with a kiddo (by the way another one on the way in Feb. so, well, we have been, er....cough cough, busy? I digress) and the subsequent messes generated and carpet was as good a flooring choice as broken glass, that is to say a poor choice. Becky got wind of a linoleumesque product that was supposed to be all things to all people and hold up to every thing short of a nuclear war. I was totally against anything linoleum. When i think of that particular flooring, I think of shag carpet, Nascar races, and grits with more cigarette ash in them than actual corn meal. I did not want a plastic floor underneath my bar and pool table. My hand was forced however when I arrived home one Friday to see Becky acting as if she was intensely interested in my day, how it went, what went on, what I would prefer to do for dinner... I knew this level of interest could only mean one thing. There was a project underway I was not privy too.
|Sorry for the crappy photo, Basement post carpet removal pre refinishing|
|Getting Started Putting Down the Flooring, REALLY EASY|
The install was a breeze- roughly 6 total hours of work from start to finish, easily the least amount of work to change ratio I've ever been a part of. We painted the walls prior to putting the floor down, and decided to finish off the look with a prefinished white baseboard that looked sharp against the dark floor and walls. I am finally able to showcase the guitars that I play (poorly) and the Adam Turman posters that are the chosen art of the basement (I don't like to plug things unless I can really say I support them, Adam Turman does awesome work, he did a great poster of a great beer and great pin up girls, sorry, but I like his stuff) .
|Post Base Board and every thing back in place|
|Behind The Bar|
WA LA updateed basement. We didnt go too nuts, no wall moving, no real carpentry work, just surfaces, but it makes a huge difference. We love it. Now we just have to toss a massive party to break it in.