Yes, that’s right. The Marble family home renovations have reached the fourth round. However, this project is a bit different than the others, mainly because I didn’t do any of the work. Well, except the demo.
The wife and I decided the remaining carpet in the house needed to go. It didn’t look that bad, but one could tell it was of poor quality. Various options surfaced including new carpet or wood floors. But, after meeting a contractor who specialized in concrete staining, we knew this was the route to go. Given my limited skill set (especially in this area) I opted to hire out.
Our home was built with a slab on grade concrete foundation. Simply put, this means our sub-floor is made of concrete which was poured directly onto the earth. So, once the carpet and pad is pulled up, all that remains is a concrete slab. First, the contractor slightly grinds the floors and applies a primer to accept the sub base. Then two separate sub bases are applied. Next the stain was added and finally a wax sealer was buffed for a durable finish. I’ve attached a few photos (click any of the photos below and they will be enlarged) which shows the existing carpet, a few progress shots and finally the finished product. Also included is a picture of our living room, which quickly turned into a “multipurpose room” given the fact that the new stained concrete floors took up over half the house, including all three bedrooms. What a mess!
We are really pleased with the results. Often times it can be easy to think about moving into a new house or neighborhood. However, with these new floors it seems (God willing) we will be in this house for the foreseeable future.
Let me know what you think.