The Grey Room: Before & After

I took this photo–of what has become the “Grey Room”–back in June 2015 when John rented an electric jack hammer to install a French drain. To read the blog post, click here. Between this room and the basement, he removed about 3,000 pounds of dirt.

Fast forward to mid-January when I took this photo of the original 9″ tile floor.

In 1954, when this house was built, most 9″ tiles had some form of asbestos. Therefore, it’s best to not disturb it. It’s recommended to leave it and simply cover it. It’s not necessary–and it’s too risky–to break it up.

For all this time, it was a hideous floor to look at but at least we didn’t have to worry about it during the construction phase.

When John installed the floating/engineered flooring a couple weeks ago, it was a major transformation.The light-colored floor really lit up the room.

Baseboard will be next!

I think I mentioned previously that we have enough engineered flooring left to finish the mudroom. All along I wanted tile in the mudroom but now I’m debating whether I should have John install the floating floor.

John will make a hinged door for the opening next to Coco where the French drain leads down to the basement. 

When it’s time to add furniture, a couch will go against the above (east) wall.

By the time we started installing the flooring in this ground level room, we were out of the 6′ wide underlayment. We purchased a 3′ wide roll at Home Depot. It required taping which added another step and was a bit of a pain.

If you’re installing flooring in more than one room, the 6′ wide roll is worth the hefty price. For us, it covered the master bedroom wing, three bedrooms plus a hallway. The cost for 2 rolls of 6′ wide underlayment was $600. It has a vapor barrier, sound insulation, and when walking on the floor, it creates a slight bounce.

A curious pug who just turned one year old!