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  1. August 16, 2014
    Tia

    Wow!! Looks great. We would looooove to tackle this, but leveling our floor would take some SERIOUS work. Bravo! Step one done πŸ™‚

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, you have a wavy basement floor? How wavy? Have you seen the post I wrote about our previous crooked little house? All that aside, a few bags of self-leveller might go a long way in your basement!

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  2. August 16, 2014
    Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

    wow — it’s looking good! By the way, loving those flip flops girl! LOL

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  3. August 16, 2014
    Bethany

    Yay! Looks great! So exciting!

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      It’s VERY exciting! I can’t wait to share more basement stories!

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  4. August 16, 2014
    Jo-Anna

    Looks great! Can’t wait to get ours installed too!

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      I can’t wait to follow you on your own basement reno, Jo-Anna! It’s going to be a lot of fun!

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  5. August 16, 2014
    amy @ one artsy mama

    You go with your safety glasses and power tools! Rock on, sister!! Good for you…it’s going to look fantastic when you’re all done and you get to do it all just the way you want!!

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Amy! I can’t wait to share it when it’s complete. I’ll still probably have sunglasses on my head in those pictures too!

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  6. August 17, 2014
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    That looks like fabulous stuff and pretty easy to install. You go girl!

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  7. August 17, 2014
    Mary Stark

    Well done! And in two afternoons – fantastic!

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      It was so fast! In fact, Mr. Suburble did a great portion of it himself while I played with the kidlets on Sunday. Gotta give him credit where it’s due.

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  8. August 18, 2014
    Jen @ RamblingRenovators

    Looks awesome Tara and so quick too! We did a similar fix with some low spots in our basement: drilling holes through the DRIcore subfloor and filling with low expansion spray foam. Such an awesome product.

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      It’s SO quick! You can attest to the warmth of DRIcore, Jen, being in Ontario – do you find that your basement stays nice and toasty? I’m so excited to have a basement that will be finished so well!

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      • August 20, 2014
        Jen @ RamblingRenovators

        Yup, the floor stays a pretty even temperature. The laminate generally feels cool, not cold, year round. We had a pretty harsh winter and I expected it to feel really cold but that wasn’t the case πŸ™‚

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        • August 24, 2014
          Tara

          I’m so glad to hear that, Jen! We’re probably going to put vinyl plank down in the basement – which will probably be a bit cooler than laminate – however, we also don’t have harsh winters (typically). I’m really excited to get to the stage where we’re laying the floor. It’s going to be so surreal!

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  9. August 18, 2014
    Kristen

    Looks amazing! Wasn’t it super easy? Cant wait for you to get started on your walls!

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      Me neither! We’ll be tackling it within the next couple of weeks- I’m so excited!

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  10. August 18, 2014
    Melanie

    Excited to see your progress!

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      Thanks so much, Melanie!

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  11. August 18, 2014
    heather meads

    I’ve seen that on home improvement shows too! Good to see it how it works ‘in real life’ too and that you’re happy with it!

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      I’m really enjoying it so far (though we haven’t laid flooring down yet – that will be even better!). I am a DIY show addict, so I felt pretty confident when the pallets of DRIcore showed up. I’d already seen it done dozens of times! πŸ™‚

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  12. August 18, 2014
    Krista @ the happy housie

    Woot woot! You are well on your way… I love how much faster it is to read DIYs then to actually complete them. Glad it went as smoothly as it should have – can’t wait to see what’s next:). PS – that is totally my type of safety gear you were sporting. But you could have added a reflective vest. That would have definitely added an extra element of safety.

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      I actually have a reflective vest! (Of COURSE I do!) It’s in a box somewhere though. I promise to wear it in a future project. πŸ˜‰

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  13. August 19, 2014
    Shauna

    It’s coming together! It’s going to make a big difference having a good subfloor. One thing, may I suggest changing out your footwear when operating power tools! I don’t want to see you lose a toe in this process!

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, I know..sigh…. that was something I didn’t really think of until I picked up the saw. Foolish flip-flop wearin’ girl….

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  14. August 19, 2014
    Kirsten

    I must be losing my mind – I read this the other day and swear I commented but I guess not. So I’ll do that now! πŸ™‚ The basement is looking so fabulous! We have a finished basement and love it, and I wish we could go back and redo the floor with the Dricore tiles. We just have carpet on top of concrete, so it’s a bit chilly in the winter – although it doesn’t get too cold here in GA. Great progress girl!

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      I’m counting on the basement being a cozy spot! It’s getting there – slowly but surely. I’m really enjoying sharing it on the blog, though. (I love the encouragement from all of my gals!)

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  15. August 20, 2014
    Kara

    You are quite the handy lady!

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    • August 24, 2014
      Tara

      Bah… I just play one on the blog. πŸ˜‰

      I try my best, but I think that I’ve just gotten to the place where I shrug and say, “Hell, let’s try this…”

      And most of the time, it works out!

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    • August 24, 2014
      Tara

      Bah, I just play one one the blog. πŸ˜‰

      Honestly, I think that I’ve gotten to a place where I figure, “Hell, let’s just give this a shot.”

      And more often than not, it works out!

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  16. August 20, 2014
    Kadie

    It’s SO exciting!! I love love love that you have a sub-floor now! I truly love your comments on Mr. Suburble’s boots and socks…my husband does the same thing. πŸ˜‰ I think the photo of you is my fav though! You look so excited flip-flops and all.

    It really is impressive how quickly your sub-floor went in. One weekend worth of work is great!

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    • August 24, 2014
      Tara

      If I can dork-out, I will. It’s a truth of the universe.

      And Mr. Suburble just SO looks the part, doesn’t he? It almost made me feel more confident in our abilities… seeing those steel toes clomp around…

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  17. August 20, 2014
    Nancy

    Wow! This is a serious project! Can’t wait to see it develop!

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    • August 24, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, it’s SO serious, Nancy. I have to crack jokes just to break the tension. πŸ˜‰

      I am so excited to share the progress with everyone. I will admit – the blog really helps to keep me motivated. I want to take more progress shots!

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  18. August 22, 2014
    Adrianne

    I LOVE this, good luck!!!

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    • August 24, 2014
      Tara

      Thanks so much, Adrianne! We’re getting there…. slowly but surely…

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  19. August 26, 2014
    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project

    Looks like you’re well on your way! I just love that feeling of accomplishment when you accomplish a big job like this. Especially when it goes so much more smoothly than you originally thought it would. Great job guys! DRIcore is definitely on our list of products to try out when we tackle our basement – it’s be the first space plan to work on once the main Dreamhouse reno is complete.

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    • August 27, 2014
      Tara

      I can’t wait to see what you do with your basement, Tash. Ours has been quite the project, but it’s coming along nicely. I can’t wait until the kids are bombing around with their toys (and the boys are playing with the ping-pong table). We’re getting there!

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  20. October 8, 2014
    Marlon

    Wow! My basement at this very monmet looks like the photo with the floor all dug up! This is great inspration to keep plugging away although I sure hope it won’t take a year….I’ll keep buying those lotto tickets….

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  21. February 15, 2016
    Brisbane core drilling services

    Concrete is a very versatile material that you can shape any way you want before it hardens. Some companies just cut them on shapes you want or design for your home.

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  22. March 7, 2016
    Jennifer

    Hello, I’m considering using this flooring product. Can you provide us with an update and how you like it? Has it met your expectations?

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  23. April 21, 2016
    Hazel Owens

    I had no idea that a concrete drill and screws could actually make the floor level. That’s a pretty nifty tip if the concrete’s slightly uneven and you want a nice fix. It must have worked, since your basement now looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. August 17, 2017
    Macs

    I can’t wait to see the final look of your working. Rockin!!!

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