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The split level remodel has been completed and today I am sharing why we love vinyl plank flooring in the basement remodel. Not only did we use this same vinyl plank flooring in our own basement remodel, we also used it in our pool house remodel this past summer (that post is coming soon). We partnered with Select Surfaces for this basement remodel and we couldn’t be happier with how the basement floor came out.
Best Vinyl Plank Flooring
For this basement, we installed the color Morning Fog by Select Surfaces and the color is perfect!
Vinyl Plank Flooring Review
Features that I love about this luxury vinyl flooring:
- Waterproof which makes it great for kitchens, bathrooms and basements
- Quick and easy installation
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Stain-resistant for low maintenance
- Hides slight subfloor imperfections
- affordable and looks like hardwood
Ok so are you ready for a pretty crazy before and after basement remodel?
Here is the basement before the remodel.
As you can see, the basement was indicative of a typical 1960’s split level house with a somewhat low ceiling.
The basement before was dark, dreary and in need of major TLC.
We decided to remove all the partitioning walls to create an open concept basement and add a full bathroom and laundry room.
Vinyl Plank Flooring Installation
The installation of the vinyl planks was very simple and took 2 days to install.
The first step of the installation process is to snap a chalk line along the wall to get a straight line/starting point as Jim is demonstrating below.
Start by clicking the vinyl planks together and tapping into place with a hammer.
You can use a scrap piece of flooring as a buffer to tap the planks into place. This will avoid any hammer marks on the vinyl plank flooring.
Work your way around the room until you have completed the flooring installation. It’s somewhat time consuming but a very simple process.
Here is a closeup of the morning fog color. It’s perfect for a modern farmhouse look.
We used a small pry bar lifting tool to pull the vinyl floor out from the baseboard and hammer to tap in place. The baseboard will cover any gaps.
You can also see our other basement remodel floor installation for more tips and flooring ideas. We used the color Harvest Oak in our own basement a couple years ago and the floor is still as perfect as it was the day we installed it.
As you can see, the process moves right along! The vinyl flooring can be cut with a stanley knife or with a saw.
The smaller cuts you can just use a square tool to mark your line and score the flooring with your knife and it breaks off very easily.
We used a table saw to cut longer pieces of flooring.
The flooring is very easy to work with and has a rubber like backing which provides a cushion between the concrete and floor.
How much does vinyl plank flooring cost?
This particular Morning Fog Rigid Core Vinyl Plank Flooring by Select Surfaces costs 2.49 square foot. It took approximately 1.5 days and two men installing it (about 11 hours total). So for roughly $2500 with tax, you can cover roughly 900 square feet of floor. You can also save money by installing it yourself. If you have time, I highly recommend it. It’s so simple!
As you can see, the flow of the flooring looks great and provides a fresh modern look in the basement.
The most time consuming part of the flooring installation was cutting around the lally columns and bulkhead area. Getting the cuts to line up and run straight takes a little extra time but all in all, the installation process is very simple.
Here is the basement floor after we installed the Rigid Core Vinyl Floor Planking.
As you can see, it lends a sleek modern look offering a neutral backdrop for the basement.
Pretty fabulous right?
Vinyl Plank Flooring Cleaning
The buyers who purchased this house have two little boys and this basement will serve as their playroom and I cannot think of a better flooring system for kids as it’s so easy to keep clean! I have had this same floor (in a different color) installed in our basement for almost 2 years now and we always clean it with either water and Mr. Clean or a Bona mop with Bona floor cleaner. The floor cleans so easily and drys fast. Also perfect for pets.
The lally columns are wrapped with column wood wraps that we painted white and square trim pieces were added to the top and bottom to create a custom look.
Looking to see all of the home remodeling projects we did in this split level home? See them in order below.
Split Level Home Renovation Series
- Split level home remodeling project – how it all started and the home before we tore it apart
- Small 5×8 bathroom remodel with cost and how we saved money by keeping the same layout
- Kitchen demo + adding a load bearing beam between the living room, dining room and kitchen
- Split level kitchen renovation before and after (you will not even recognize it!)
- Kitchen cabinet review at the split level home and how we packed storage features into the new space
- Installing shiplap on the new vaulted ceiling in the kitchen and living room at the split level
- Opening up a load bearing wall in the kitchen
- Split level entry way foyer makeover (before and after)
- How to increase front door width and height – front door makeover
- Installing solid core interior doors for a modern look
- Split level house exterior makeover before and after
- Why we picked black windows with white interior
- How to modernize a split level home exterior
- Finished basement vinyl floor plank installation
- Split level front door ideas
- BONUS – See another split level home that sold 80K over asking price
The existing basement had a walk out bulkhead that was brick so we ended up tiling over the brick with gray veneer stone to freshen up the area. I will be sharing more the basement after the holidays featuring the Masonite 2 panel doors from Horner Millwork and bathroom area.
Stay tuned as I will be sharing the entire before and after of the split level renovation/remodel after the holidays. This basement remodel is nothing short of amazing in my book as it’s a drastic before and after.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Select Surfaces. All opinions and words are 100% my own.
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