It’s go time! We’re tackling our basement.

So we have this room in our house that I can’t even deal with.  It’s a dark, dreary, cat hairy space.  And I rarely venture down there, except for when I need something from the deep freeze…I have a path to the deep freeze and fridge and I don’t dare stray from it.

It’s the basement.  Cue the psycho music.

Our unfinished horrid basement where mattresses and wreaths go to die.

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Old cribs, Christmas decor, mattresses, lamps, wreaths…so much junk.  It’s like the scene out of the Griswold’s Christmas when Clark is stuck up in the attic.  You could spend a week down here dressed in old Halloween costumes and baby blankets to keep you warm.  True story.

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Anyone need an old bike tube?  Or perhaps some university textbooks?

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A mess.  But soon it’s going to be transformed!  Squeeeee!

Recently we were given the opportunity to work with DRIcore® Products to update our basement and make it useable with the installation of DRIcore® subflooring and SMARTWALL.  The timing of this was so perfect because we are in desperate need of space for our kids.  As you know we have 3 kids who are tucked into 2 bedrooms, and it’s time to get them each into their own rooms.  My older 2 are coming to an age where they need their own space and privacy, so our solution to this is to add a bedroom in the basement.

So it’s go time…our basement is getting a renovation!  The first part of this basement renovation is to clear out the junk, then lay down the DRIcore® subfloor.  But first, let me introduce you to the product that we are using in our project….you may recognize DRIcore® from Bryan Baeumlers’s home renovation show…he loves this product and uses it in his basement renovations all the time.

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DRIcore® is a one-step engineered subfloor solution that is specifically designed for basements.  The raised moisture barrier covers cold, damp concrete to protect, insulate and cushion finished floors.  Once this subfloor is laid you can add on hardwood, laminate, carpet or ceramic tile.  Or you can even leave the DRIcore® as it is and cover it with a few coats of polyurethane to create a great storage area or place for the kids to play!DRIcore-Tile-2

We feel really good about laying this subfloor in our basement.  I love that it will make our basement warmer and accessible and no longer a pit of despair!  Not only that, it’s easy to install and ready to use so we don’t feel overwhelmed by this project.  I can’t wait to share the progress with you as we finish our basement…I’ll share tips & tricks & lots of pics as we install the DRIcore® subfloor and SMARTWALL.  Stay tuned!

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Wish us luck!
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 Disclosure:  DRIcore has generously provided us with the DRIcore subfloor system that makes this project possible!  Thank you!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Tara November 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM Jo-Anna! I can't wait to see how your project comes along! You're going to love it!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM Thanks Tara! We're super excited for this project! It's been fun watching yours come together too!
  • Reply Brooke November 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM OK, for an unfinished basement that is highly organized. I can't wait to see your basement finished! A friend of mine used those same underlayment things and his floor felt so warm. Not like a basement at all!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 6, 2014 at 9:07 PM Hahaha! I guess it really could be worse couldn't it! I can't wait until it's all complete!
  • Reply Heather November 4, 2014 at 7:19 AM I can't wait to see the progress and finished space!! It's so important to have a warm basement in our weather!!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM I can't wait until it's all done! It's amazing how much warmer our basement is already with the DRIcore subfloor down...it's awesome!
  • Reply Virginia Fynes November 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM It is going to feel so good (and look so good) to have a finished basement! The processes looks like it is going to come together really easily!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM We can't wait! It'll be so nice for our kids to each have their own rooms!
  • Reply Kristen November 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM Now that space has potential! Cant wait to see the finished product. You are going to love working with DRIcore, so simple to use! Here is my basement tip, add lighting, lighting and MORE lighting! Basements can seem dark and dreary, and nothing helps more than adding more light. Soon your space will feel like an addition of upstairs!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM Great tip! We're definitely focussing on lighting...lights lights and more lights! I can't wait until it's all done! So far so good...the DRIcore subfloor is super easy to install!
  • Reply Shauna November 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM Ours looked pretty much the same a couple years ago before we finished it. You will LOVE having it done. Things will go wrong and there will probably be some break down moments (trust me), but it's so worth it in the end. We enjoy our space so much!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM Renovating is really quite a process isn't it? We're looking forward to having a liveable space down there!
  • Reply Heather in Heels (@HeatherNHeels) November 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM oh my awesome!!! I can't wait to hear all about it!! We have a very old house and the basement is completely unfinished. I would eat up the opportunity to even have proper floors, so can't wait to hear all about how the DRIcore product works:) good luck!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 6, 2014 at 9:09 PM I can't wait to share it...this floor is truly amazing. And SO perfect for an old home...it would absolutely change your basement!!
  • Reply heather meads November 5, 2014 at 4:18 AM Oh, I need something like that... our 1920's basement floor is concrete - SO cold on the feet!! Thanks Jo-Anna!!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM This would be PERFECT for your floor! We've now installed ours and we cannot believe how warm our basement feels now!
  • Reply Vanessa@Decor Happy November 7, 2014 at 10:39 AM I'm pretty sure my basement space has 10x the junk that you had. My daughter is 12 and I still have her crib and even the diaper genie for goodness sake! Love Dri Core and if I ever do my basement, will definitely use it. Can't wait to follow along and see the floor and walls go up. My tip would be lighting as well - but not just pot lights and always on dimmers. Also a lighter paint colour. Good luck - so exciting!
  • Reply Jonathan Pound October 5, 2015 at 12:19 PM That's a great idea to put insulation between the floor and the concrete. Our basement is always a little chilly in the winter. Way to stay organized with your project.
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