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Lake House Basement Project – Update Five – Flooring

Last weekend’s lake house basement project was installing flooring.  What a difference adding flooring to the space makes. The rooms are now beginning to take on a finished look.

Skulina Smith Mountain Lake House

If you need to catch up on what we are doing in our basement, check out these posts:

Installing Flooring in our Lake House Basement

Last weekend we got started installing the flooring in our lake house basement.

We started laying the flooring with a full piece of planking, a 1/3 length piece, a 2/3 length piece and a 1/2 length piece of planking for the first four rows so that the seams between the boards will be staggered along the length of the floor. From this point forward, boards cut at the end of the room are used to start the next course of flooring. This maintained the staggered look of the boards throughout the basement. We used 1/2″ spacers to maintain a gap between the floor and the walls to allow for expansion movement.

We got this far when it was time to pack up and head home.

Basement with walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden and floor installation with Mohawk Crest Loft in Prairie Oak

Choosing Our Flooring

The flooring that we are using for our basement project is Mohawk Crest Loft in Praire House Oak ordered through Piedmont Floors in Lynchburg, VA.

We chose to buy our flooring at Piedmont Floors for a number of reasons. We started our floor search at big box stores and didn’t especially like what was available.

While shopping, I remembered going to Piedmont Floors with my friend, Leecy, when she was shopping for backsplash tile, bathroom tile, and flooring.

Leecy’s home was 100% destroyed by an F-4 tornado that devastated her neighborhood in nearby Elon and as a result, her home had to be rebuilt from the ground up. My neighborhood also suffered damage, in fact, a home two houses up from me is still not completely repaired.

I remembered how great both the selection and customer service were at Piedmont Flooring when I shopped there with Leecy, so we decided to shop there for our project.

Piedmont Flooring had a great selection of samples and they allowed us to take home several large floor samples that we liked. When we placed those samples in our basement, it didn’t take us long to decide on Mohawk Crest Loft in Praire House Oak.

Underlayment

Since we are installing vinyl flooring over concrete, it is necessary to use an underlayment over the concrete. We are using DMX 1-Step underlayment purchased from Home Depot. It is a dimpled hard plastic with a thin layer of cushioned foam underneath. This allows air to flow underneath the floor and provides a vapor barrier to the wood floor. After installing the initial course fo DMX parallel to the flooring, we installed the remaining sections perpendicular to the direction of the flooring. We like the feel of the floor installed over the DMX underlayment.

Basement with walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden and floor installation with Mohawk Crest Loft in Prairie Oak

I need to give a huge shout-out to our lake neighbor, Don, who volunteered to help us with this project on Saturday. This wasn’t Don’s first installing a floor rodeo and he jumped in, knowing exactly what to do.

Don got to work in the extra room while Mr. SP and I finished laying down the underlayment.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

The underlayment comes with tape used for the seams.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

We used boxes of flooring to weight down the underlayment segments.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

Installing the Flooring

Don started his work by installing a flooring piece that starts in the family room and continues into the extra room.

Don came equipped with tools to help with the job. He used this handy tool to help mark where to cut to make the floor plank fit around this wall. We wanted the flooring to run straight into the other room without a break or threshold.

How to cut a vinyl floor plank around a door opening.

The tool molds to the wall and keeps that shape.

How to cut a vinyl floor plank around a door opening.

Don marked where he needed to cut with a Sharpie.

How to cut a vinyl floor plank around a door opening.

He then cut on the Sharpie lines using an oscillating multi-tool .

How to cut a vinyl floor plank around a door opening.

The plank fit perfectly. From this point, he worked from the wall to this board so that we could have the flooring run straight from one room into the other.

How to cut a vinyl floor plank around a door opening.

Don discovered that it was easier to pound the boards in place using a scrap piece of flooring.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

Don installed the floor in the extra room until it matched up with the flooring that was installed last weekend in the family room.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

He and Mr. SP got into a floor installation rhythm.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

I helped by taping underlayment, placing boards where they were ready to be used, and vacuuming.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment
Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

I also learned how to mark a board that needed to be cut to fit.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

We are incredibly grateful to Don for helping us with this project. Without Don, we would have only been able to complete less than half of what was completed over the weekend.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

By the end of the day on Saturday, most of the extra room was complete.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

The family room flooring was complete other than a small strip next to the wall.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

Later in the evening, I sat on the steps to admire the floor.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

All of Saturday’s work wore poor Sherman out.

Exhausted Sherman Skulina

Continuing the Flooring the Next Day

The next day, after taking Sherman for his morning walk, we set up our work station and got busy.

Dewalt Sliding Compound miter saw on a stand

The first order of business was to cut 1/4″ concrete backer board to place under the toilet in the bathroom. This is the same thickness as the DMX underlayment. DMX will be placed to the edge of this backer board for the rest of the bathroom space. We intend to run the wood floor into the bathroom from the hallway in a similar manner in which we installed it through the doorway between the main room, and the extra room shown previously.

Adding underlayment under toilet before vinyl floor installation

We glued this in place with liquid nails and then weighted it down while we the adhesive dried.

Adding underlayment under toilet before vinyl floor installation

A small section next to the wall needed thin strips of flooring.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft floor in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step Underlayment

Cutting Thin Flooring Strips for the Edging

A table saw would have been a handy tool to have to rip the thin long pieces needed for the section of flooring next to the wall.

We don’t have a portable table saw, so Mr. SP developed a method to cut the strips using frog tape and a circular saw.

After measuring the width he needed and marking the floor plank, he applied a strip of Frog Tape where he needed to cut.

How to cut narrow strips of vinyl flooring

The plank was clamped to the workbench.

How to cut narrow strips of vinyl flooring

Mr. SP cut along the Frog Tape with the circular saw.

How to cut narrow strips of vinyl flooring
How to cut narrow strips of vinyl flooring

He removed the Frog Tape and the piece was ready to be installed.

How to cut narrow strips of vinyl flooring

This also shows the 1/2″ gap we left between the flooring and the walls. The baseboard and quarter round will cover a good bit of this small piece once they are in place.

How to cut narrow strips of vinyl flooring

It didn’t take long to get this portion of the family room complete.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

Flooring in the Extra Room

We then did the same process in the extra room and finished the closet.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

This room is ready for baseboards and quarter round.

I picked this light for this room and we hope to install it this weekend. Adding it will make the room much brighter.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

There is electrical work to be done in this space and also touch-up paint where you see the Frog Tape pieces.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

I’m glad that we chose one floor type for the entire basement space.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

Flooring in the Family Room

We envisioned a cozy cabin feel for our basement and we both love the rustic look of our floor.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

Mohawk RevWood Plus flooring has waterproof joints and a waterproof topcoat making it a great floor for lake life (and a wet dog).

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

The waterproof features will make it easy to clean with a wet mop.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

The flooring also has a protective wear layer that resists scratches and scuffs.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

I’m delighted with our floor and love that it looks like old oak.

Mohawk RevWood Praire Oak Flooring

What’s Next?

Next in the basement project will be to finish the flooring in the hall, closet, and bathroom.

Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak and Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

We could have finished this work last weekend but it was Super Bowl Sunday and we had to get home for the game.

Installing Mohawk Crest Loft flooring in Prairie Oak with DMX 1-Step underlayment

After we finish the floor, we hope to get the vanity, sink, light, and toilet installed.

Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Charcoal Grey

It’s slow going since we only work on this project on Saturday and Sunday, but we are making progress.

I’m looking forward to sharing more of the bathroom on my next update and also the lighting in the extra room.

Lake House Basement Project - Installing Mohawk RevWood Praire Oak Flooring

23 Comments

  1. I LOVE what you’ve done, Paula! What a beautiful home. And seeing the sunlight cast over the outdoor work space just makes you even more anxious, I’m sure, to get the job finished and be able to enjoy the rest of 2020 and many years to come there. And what a great neighbor in Don to help you guys! Happy weekend. Hope you get lots accomplished, and I can’t wait to see more.

    1. Thank you, Rita! We were just out toilet shopping on my husband’s lunch break. (Exciting times!) I hope we get a lot done this weekend.

      Paula

  2. Wow, Paula. Everything looks great and is coming along so nicely! I know you’re excited to get this part of the project finished. I’m enjoying watching the progress!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! It’s definitely a labor of love and when it’s finished, we’ll have the pride of knowing that we did it ourselves.

      Paula

  3. It’s fun watching the progress of this project. There is a took for everything and I have seen the one Don used. I love the floor it’s so warm and cozy feeling. It’s so great that you can mop and be done. I can’t wait to see more.

    Sherman steals the show though, apologies. I’m such a dog lover.

    Cindy

    1. Sherman tolerates a few hours of work and then he starts whining for attention, especially if we are working when he thinks it is dinner time. 🙂

      Paula

    1. Thank you, Laura! I’m enjoying sharing what we accomplish each weekend and it’s fun to look back to see how far we’ve come in the process.

      Paula

  4. Thanks for the heads up on your flooring source. My husband and I aren’t crazy about flooring options in the big box stores, either. Pinning so I’ll remember! Visiting from Tuesday at Our Home.

    1. I highly recommend going to a local flooring shop. We found the choices to be great and the customer service outstanding.

      Paula

  5. That floor is beautiful! We recently swapped out carpeting in our son’s room for laminate and found a scrap piece was perfect for hammering it into place too.

    1. The scrap piece works like a charm! Installing this was a lot of work but the end result is well worth the effort.

      Paula

  6. Paula, this is beautiful and so well thought out and explained! Thank you, gives me encouragement that my hubby and I can tackle his office and our powder room this summer!

    1. We both have learned so much through this process. My husband has watched YouTube videos before many of the projects and has found that very helpful.

      Paula

  7. We installed new hardwood floor in our cabin in the Shuswap, so I know it is a ton of work. Well done on a big project. The results are so gorgeous in your lovely lake house.

    1. I really am looking forward to having it finished. I think we have another two months of weekend work ahead of us before we can call it finished.

      Paula

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