Finally, a chance to catch up and blog the latest project; it was a big one and took a good part of December to complete. I looked back to the last post and it was in late October! I must get better about posting more consistently. For this project I’m going to break it out over a few separate blogs, it’s too lengthy to all be in one post.
For years we’ve been trying to figure out our flooring issues. We live in a smaller home so consistency in the flooring was key; multiple surface changes can make a home feel smaller. Our biggest problem was the original tile/carpet transitions were cut in a curve. Since our tile was no longer available, we were stuck with finding a surface that could replace the carpet and adjoin the existing tile in a seamless way. Nothing would work because there are no options to create decent looking curved transitions. We finally resigned ourselves to re-doing the entire floor, except the bedrooms which remain carpeted.
Options came down to hardwood, tile or staining the concrete. Carpet was definitely out. After years (literally) of debate we finally settled on stained concrete, the choice I pretty much wanted from the start; I’ve always loved the look of it in commercial applications.
Sept. – Oct. we obtained estimates, four in total. Along the way we discovered a vendor who places a coat of concrete right over the existing surface, typically tile. It proved to be pretty expensive per square foot, (over $9 which included demo) and I also questioned how long it would last before it began to crack or peel since it would be laid over uneven surfaces. We finally came across a referral for a company called BC Coatings. They arrived with a four inch portfolio of their work in both residential and commercial applications and explained very clearly what we could and could not do, not what they thought I wanted to hear. After another few weeks of debate we set them up for a December 1st start.
They told us it would take 7-10 working days (not counting the weekend) and we should not live in the house during the process. We would have no hot water heater (it sits in the laundry room, not the garage), wouldn’t be able to get around and the smell of the sealant at the end would be too toxic for anyone to stay in the home for any extended period of time. Since they don’t work weekends we made arrangements to be out of the house a full two weeks. Thanks to my wonderful parents we had a great place to land. It was a full house, with four adults, two kids, three dogs & three cats and, although everyone got along well, I’m sure my parents were happy to get their home back after we left – 18 days later! Turns out staining concrete is a serious remodeling project – but proving to be well worth it from our perspective.
The company we contracted is BC Coatings, owned by Ray Aycox. I was extremely pleased with Ray’s professionalism while always being friendly, as was the crew he sent in every day for two full weeks. Their website it limited but it gives you a great idea of what they can do to transform your indoors and outdoors. For a sneak peek, here’s their website http://azconcretecoatings.com/ If you contact Ray, please be sure to tell him I sent you. A referral is such a great compliment so I’m sure he would appreciate it.
Once we nailed down the vendor and the timeline came day one – demo.