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Couldn't find an older thread so starting a new one.

I bought a house (yay!) but have some projects that I'd like to do myself (yay?).  But this house has some oddities for sure, like the basement bathroom has carpeting, so that has to go.  I actually think the reason they put carpeting in there is because of a concrete stair/ramp that is right at the door.  It's not a normal stair, it's definitely more like a gradual ramp.  I'm thinking I have 3 options:

1. Tear apart the concrete.  But, not sure how that would impact the concrete floor and a bit worried I wouldn't do that well myself.

2. Build a wood step to cover the ramp.  I could probably do this without too much hassle, but space is limited and not totally sure how it would look, plus would need to consider the height of the top of the stair and the doorway/rest of the basement floor.

3. Keep it there and install flooring over it, I'm thinking vinyl would be the best choice, but still worried how that would look and it definitely limits my flooring options.

 

Anyone have any thoughts?

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Just bought 5 blinds from SelectBlinds.com. $660. Woof. But to be fair we have a giant living room window that we got a motorized smart lift for. That alone was about $400.

We are definitely in about $10-12K on renovations for this new house that my girlfriend originally agreed was "move in ready". Apparently not.

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Bigruss, is the step in the bathroom or outside the bathroom? Depending how they mounted the carpet you may have glue residual to worry about. 

I was thinking finishing the concrete by either acid or paint.

Pictures would help. 

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We own a pretty small house, with the main level being about 600 sq ft. We currently have half of it (living room) carpeted and other half (entry way and kitchen) with tile. We hate how the divide limits our living room space and where we can put our couch as there is a solid 2 ft of tile that could be living room space and the tile is just terribly cheap. It cracked in a couple spots and had to get those tiles replaced, then the installer used the wrong color grout so it doesn't even match the rest of the tile! We are debating having all of that torn up to install a wood laminate across the entire main level. We had an estimate done and it would cost $2600 for them to tear up what we have an install the flooring of our choice (flooring price is in addition to that). Couple questions here: Does anyone have wood laminate and what are your opinions on that? Does that price seem reasonable?

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On 8/7/2019 at 11:08 PM, bigruss said:

Couldn't find an older thread so starting a new one.

I bought a house (yay!) but have some projects that I'd like to do myself (yay?).  But this house has some oddities for sure, like the basement bathroom has carpeting, so that has to go.  I actually think the reason they put carpeting in there is because of a concrete stair/ramp that is right at the door.  It's not a normal stair, it's definitely more like a gradual ramp.  I'm thinking I have 3 options:

1. Tear apart the concrete.  But, not sure how that would impact the concrete floor and a bit worried I wouldn't do that well myself.

2. Build a wood step to cover the ramp.  I could probably do this without too much hassle, but space is limited and not totally sure how it would look, plus would need to consider the height of the top of the stair and the doorway/rest of the basement floor.

3. Keep it there and install flooring over it, I'm thinking vinyl would be the best choice, but still worried how that would look and it definitely limits my flooring options.

 

Anyone have any thoughts?

IMO, your best option is the LVT, luxury vinyl tile. It's easy to lay down and it snaps together. It should be flexible enough to accommodate the ramp. It's nice in the basement because it has it's own backing to provide cushion and some insulation for the basement floor.

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4 hours ago, kevo880 said:

We own a pretty small house, with the main level being about 600 sq ft. We currently have half of it (living room) carpeted and other half (entry way and kitchen) with tile. We hate how the divide limits our living room space and where we can put our couch as there is a solid 2 ft of tile that could be living room space and the tile is just terribly cheap. It cracked in a couple spots and had to get those tiles replaced, then the installer used the wrong color grout so it doesn't even match the rest of the tile! We are debating having all of that torn up to install a wood laminate across the entire main level. We had an estimate done and it would cost $2600 for them to tear up what we have an install the flooring of our choice (flooring price is in addition to that). Couple questions here: Does anyone have wood laminate and what are your opinions on that? Does that price seem reasonable?

I'm assuming you live in the Chicago area. Since this is labor only lets break it down. Two workers should be able to remove your old stuff in one day. The carpet will be fast, the tile show. So 16 hours of labor. One worker should be able to install 500 square feet in one day. So two guys, one day, 16 more hours of labor. I'm at 32 hours. I don't have a calculator but I think that's around $75 per hour to the company.

It seems like it's in the ballpark. 

Have you considered doing some or all of it yourself? 

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3 hours ago, Texsox said:

I'm assuming you live in the Chicago area. Since this is labor only lets break it down. Two workers should be able to remove your old stuff in one day. The carpet will be fast, the tile show. So 16 hours of labor. One worker should be able to install 500 square feet in one day. So two guys, one day, 16 more hours of labor. I'm at 32 hours. I don't have a calculator but I think that's around $75 per hour to the company.

It seems like it's in the ballpark. 

Have you considered doing some or all of it yourself? 

In the Denver area now actually. I gave it a quick thought of doing it myself, but I don’t feel 100% confident in my ability to do that.  Could probably find someone I know that has done it before to have around and help though.

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On 8/8/2019 at 9:32 AM, joejoedairy said:

I don't know anything about home design, but a picture of what you're talking about might help. 

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I ripped up the carpet to take a further look, looks like it isn't concrete but subflooring, it's not super smooth so will have to add some layer of something to smooth it out in the main part of the bathroom no matter what.  Second image has the ramp.

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On 8/13/2019 at 3:48 PM, ptatc said:

IMO, your best option is the LVT, luxury vinyl tile. It's easy to lay down and it snaps together. It should be flexible enough to accommodate the ramp. It's nice in the basement because it has it's own backing to provide cushion and some insulation for the basement floor.

I would love that, but not sure how they would do with the uneven floor.  I bought some for the rest of the basement and hoping I can install it myself, if I don't like how it looks I'll probably get new carpet for the basement.

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I had a house built last November and to save money I didn't have the basement finished or the deck added. I just did a VA streamline (after 7 months) and got to skip 2 mortgage payments in a row, so after I get my escrow refund that's gonna be about $10k to spend. It's been driving me crazy that I have a sliding door in the back of my house that I can't use, it's like a big part of my house is missing, but thanks to this unforeseen mini-windfall I can go most of the way to the ~$14k or so the deck will cost.

Ordinarily I would've just taken that money and put it back on the mortgage but thinking about it, that doesn't really make any sense, plus the deck is gonna go right towards equity on the house so it's basically the same thing as if I had just built the deck on my original purchase in the first place, but with a lower mortgage payment.

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11 minutes ago, lostfan said:

I had a house built last November and to save money I didn't have the basement finished or the deck added. I just did a VA streamline (after 7 months) and got to skip 2 mortgage payments in a row, so after I get my escrow refund that's gonna be about $10k to spend. It's been driving me crazy that I have a sliding door in the back of my house that I can't use, it's like a big part of my house is missing, but thanks to this unforeseen mini-windfall I can go most of the way to the ~$14k or so the deck will cost.

Ordinarily I would've just taken that money and put it back on the mortgage but thinking about it, that doesn't really make any sense, plus the deck is gonna go right towards equity on the house so it's basically the same thing as if I had just built the deck on my original purchase in the first place, but with a lower mortgage payment.

Good call. You will enjoy the deck and it probably won't get all of your 14 back but it will increase the value.

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2 minutes ago, ptatc said:

Good call. You will enjoy the deck and it probably won't get all of your 14 back but it will increase the value.

And I'm not trying to sell a house I just moved into, so not really too worried about it. (That and we just put solar panels on it)

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