- Old asbestos tiles in the hallways, bedroom, and bathroom
- Cracked and peeling sheet linoleum in the ex-laundry “room”
- A random drain in the laundry
- Areas where the pro’s had to cut through raised foundations (new bedroom and laundry (doorways)
- Slope into the living room
After discussing with the guys in the flooring store, we determined that the floors needed to be ‘flat not level” aka, a marble may slowly roll across a room to a low corner, but the floor had to be smooth with minimal lumps and bumps.
|Old asbestos tiles prepped and ready to skim coat and the living room slope at the doorway|
- Old asbestos tiles
- leave and cover with new concrete . Due to the asbestos and super strong glue they’d used getting them up would be very expensive
- We would take care of the removal
- Cover and remove the slope with self-leveling concrete- which would also seal it
- Self-leveling concrete
- Some feathering out with a skim coat to reduce the slope's angle and make it less obvious
|removing old laundry lino|
On day 1 of the floor "flattening" our flooring guy asked what our plan was for the old drain... a quick call to our contractor later determined that the drain was not necessary and we could cover over it (a round of high fives and fist pumps - and weird looks from our flooring guy!- may have occurred). A little on the fly imaginative problem solving later and our flooring guy was ready to even out the whole sloped section of the floor.
|Our high tech drain cover|
With the “flattening” done, all that was left was for the flooring to dry and cure and then we could tackle the flooring install. Unfortunately it was in the middle of the winter, and we had to get the temperature in our, at the time, unheated basement above 20 deg C ….. Ummm, yeah small problem there when the temperatures were around 0 deg C. Luckily thanks to my company’s old poorly heated temporary accommodation during a recent office reno (sigh, the joys for working for a small tech company...), I had access to several small space heaters, so we hooked those babies up and a week and a half the floor was cured and we were ready to roll.