What whirlwind it has been moving into the end of our third week with this Fall’s One Room Challenge. We hope you’ve enjoyed all our content thus far, and that you’ve had an opportunity to check out the other amazing Featured and Guest designers participating in ORC. We think everyone deserves extra kudos for going all in during such unpredictable times.
If this is your first time checking us out, welcome! We are Clark + Aldine, an upscale Design + Build firm specializing in residential home remodeling, design and styling. And while we spend most of our time in our client’s homes this project is being done in our home. We’re finally tackling a 6 year project we’ve continued to push…our basement. Take a look at what we started with in our Week 1 ORC post and our design direction highlighted in Week 2. This week we’re doing things a bit out of order, and that’s ok we’re rolling with it (you have to in the design and construction industries). We’re going to be talking all about our flooring, how we chose it and how we installed it.
We recently wrote a post all about choosing the right basement flooring, but want to highlight both “the why” and “the how” for all of our ORC readers. For us, choosing the right basement flooring breaks down to 3 key areas of consideration: Design Aesthetic, Durability and Comfortability. And our flooring delivers on just that. We worked closely with our partners at NovaFloor to choose the perfect flooring options for our basement space. They not only needed to flow with the rest of our home, they had to fit our vibe from a design and environmental sense. The flooring looks amazing and they are rigorously tested to meet the highest indoor air quality standards through FloorScore® testing for VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Their product certifications include GREENGUARD Gold, Indoor Advantage Gold Standard and ASSURE Certification which tests indoor air quality, heavy metals, phthalates and performance with a 100% phthalates-free product! This is very important to us and our brand…major win win over here.
In the main area of our basement we landed on the Barrel Oak / Henley 6mm Plank that creates a very realistic hardwood flooring look. In the laundry room we selected the Luna Marble/Willa, which resembles more of a concrete look and represents exactly what I was looking for. Both materials have a lighter look than what I have throughout our upstairs, but pair together perfectly.Given the lack of natural light in our basement space we wanted something both light and airy, and with these floors we were able to achieve that.
When it comes to durability and comfortability we had to keep the use of the space and those who would be occupying it the most (our boys and dog) in consideration. The Barrel Oak / Henley planks are 6mm thick with their High Density Core (HDC) that’s waterproof as well as dent resistant! The NovaShield® Enhanced Protection works against scratches, scuffs, abrasions, stains and fading…amazing! We all know how our kids and dog are about to get down in this basement space together! So for our basement we know the location has the potential to see water…hello Michigan weather, plus our laundry is housed in the basement. And our basement tends to be cold…very, very cold. One thing I love about the Maybree with HDV Technology Flooring is it has attached foam underlayment for both a sound barrier and comfort!
Now we are going to walk you through how we installed the plank flooring in our basement. First and foremost, make sure your floor is clean and clear of any debris. And if you need to self level your flooring (we’ll write a post about that some day) be sure to plan for it as you want to ensure the product has time to cure for at least a month. Once your surface is set, make sure you have all the right tools on hand.
That’s all there really is to it. It can feel repetitive quickly, but once you get into a groove you can fly through it.
You can follow along on our journey over on IG. And remember, be sure to check out all the other amazing Guest Bloggers participating in this Fall’s One Room Challenge!
Much love –