Our water heater bit the dust. But not before it spewed it’s contents all over the basement. It could’ve been worse and we made memories so I’m not too terribly upset. Sort of.
If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook then you’ve seen some of these pictures. I apologize in advance as some of these were taken with my cell phone and some are the listing photos from when we purchased the home.
Let’s start at the beginning. When we moved into our home the basement, which would be considered a mother-in-law suite, looked like this:
Blue carpet. Oak cabinetry. Drop ceiling. Not quite cream, not quite tan walls. From the other direction:
Nice brick fireplace
Lovely wall paper in what is now the media room.
We pulled up the carpet, stripped the wallpaper and painted some of the walls. You can see some of that process here. Then we installed new laminate floors.
Here’s what those pretty floors look like now:
We ended up having to uninstall, aka hurriedly rip up, about 300 sq ft of floors. You can see how wet the concrete is. All because of this:
The water heater sprung a leak.
Thankfully we caught it as it was starting so we were able to get the water turned off quickly and start cleaning it up right away. That saved us from having too much drywall damage, just a spot right behind the water heater. But it didn’t save the floors. That water seeped under the walls and under the vapor barrier. We had water between the floor and the vapor barrier and between the vapor barrier and the concrete. It was a mess. You can see the water coming up through the joints in the floor and the resulting swelling. It got much worse.
And because we are so thrifty, we purchased the flooring at the Habitat for Humanity and had just enough to finish the basement. The little bit we had left over will not be enough to replace what was damaged.
So, the guest room redo is put on the back burner while we get the basement back in order. We are trying to decide what type of flooring to put back in. The easiest for us to do ourselves is to put laminate back down. My preference would be wood look tile but that stuff is expensive! I do know that whatever goes back in will not be as dark as what we have now. We have three dogs and a cat and dark floors show every speck of dust and pet hair. And also every scuff and scrape. Even though we don’t have scratches through the finish you can see if anything has been scooted across the floor.
I would love something like this:
Something a little lighter but still old looking.
So, any suggestions? Laminate or tile?