The basement was a project we put on the back burner when we moved in because it didn’t feel like a priority. Two years later, it had become a dumping ground for stuff, everywhere. It was stressing both of us out because we hate clutter and it felt like a waste we should be utilizing, particularly given how small our house is overall. Part of the reason we didn’t like the basement is because it looked so dated. The floors were about 15+ years old and were really loud to walk on (it was a weird raised underlayment with sticky tiles on top). It didn’t feel or look cozy at all, so for the most part we didn’t really use it. It also smelled like a basement, you know what I mean? After ripping up the old flooring we realized it was because of stains that soaked through and never got cleaned.
About a month ago we decided we needed to figure out what to do with the space, and at the same time got an opportunity with Home Depot for a flooring project, so the timing could NOT have been more perfect. We really wanted something that looked great but was also durable (scratch resistant) and easy to install. Home Depot’s Winterton Oak Laminate Flooring was the perfect solution. We really wanted creamy neutrals on the floor to compliment the existing paneling on the walls and to make the space feel more modern. It could not be a better fit with our beachy, farmhouse, slightly modern aesthetic at the Cozy Ranch. The best part though, is how well it holds up with dogs. We both agree, if/when we get another fixer upper we would use this throughout instead of hardwoods.
The entire installation took about 3-4 days. That’s including ripping up the old flooring, cleaning up old stains on the cement with an enzyme cleaner, putting down underlayment and then finally installing the floors. You can see the installation process in the highlights on the Cozy Ranch Instagram. You don’t need nails or glue, it’s pretty straightforward and Craig was really happy with how easy it was for him to install. The only tools you need are a circular saw or table saw to cut the pieces as you install.
Now we use the space all the time. It’s our podcast recording studio, workout space and movie night room. We also have a guest bedroom and laundry room but they aren’t quite done so I will share once they have the finishing touches. The dogs love it too, and anytime we have bad weather (which totally stresses Nora out) we just go hang out in the basement where it’s quiet and she can relax. We are both really happy with how the space turned out and would 100% recommend the flooring as a pet friendly option. When we do find that next fixer upper this will be our first choice for flooring. What do you guys think? If you have any questions about the flooring or the process let us know!
Huge thanks to Home Depot for sponsoring this project.