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  1. August 15, 2014
    Kadie

    You are so lucky to have a basement! Because of the high sub water around here we can’t build basements, but I love them. It’s kind of lucky that it isn’t finished now you get to create the space you want it to be! I love the subfloor you are using.

    I know I said we don’t have a basement but our sub-floors are the cheapest of cheap. We have had to replace some or all in 3 rooms now, which isn’t fun. Starting with a really good sub floor is such a smart idea! I can’t wait to see what you do with all your space!

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    • August 15, 2014
      Tara

      Thanks, Kadie! It’s really exciting for us; though bummer that you can’t have basements in your area. Do you also have issues with flooding, then?

      We really like the DRIcore; it was easy to work with and we’re SO excited to have it all finished. It’s pretty skookum stuff.

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  2. August 15, 2014
    Melanie

    Our basement is gigantic! Half is for storage, lawnmower, additional garage, etc, and then a quarter is the hubby’s work room, and then a quarter is a finished exercise and ping ping table room.

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    • August 15, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, that sounds absolutely wonderful! There’s a GARAGE down there? I have to see pictures, Melanie! This sounds like a dream basement!

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  3. August 15, 2014
    Christine

    Yay for basements and the possibilities they bring!!! Thanks so much for sharing the video on how to install a DRIcore Subfloor! I’m in AWWW of DRIcore and their fabulous products! I can’t wait to read tomorrow’s post!!

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    • August 15, 2014
      Tara

      Christine – it was such a straightforward video – after I watched it, I knew that I could easily tackle the basement. Definitely watch it before you tackle your own!

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  4. August 15, 2014
    Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama

    SO cool!! I could really use this in our bathroom that we’ll be remodeling soon!!

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    • August 15, 2014
      Tara

      Oooh…. a bathroom remodel?!?! I can’t wait to follow along with that, Lindsay!

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  5. August 15, 2014
    Virginia Fynes

    I totally wish we would have put plumbing in our basement. Its a large space, but the kiddos have to trek upstairs to use the washroom. The Dricore looks like such an easy solution to finishing a basement space!

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    • August 15, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, there will be a post about this next week. We DID put plumbing in our basement, but after the slab was laid down. This meant that we had to jackhammer up a bunch of the slab. It was a lot of hard work – for Mr. Suburble. 😉

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  6. August 15, 2014
    Kirsten

    We have a finished basement, which is definitely a treasure. This is the first house I’ve ever owned with a basement and it’s awesome-sauce! I am seriously giddy with excitement about all the projects your doing and cannot wait to see more! Good luck!!

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    • August 15, 2014
      Tara

      I love hearing that other people love their basements, too. We looked at a few two-storey homes – which is the norm in our neighbourhood – and when we found the gem of an unfinished basement, we jumped right on it! I’m just as thrilled to share our progress in the house – renovations are so much fun (though dusty and calamitous).

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  7. August 15, 2014
    Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca

    Over here in Ont. I actually never even knew that you westerners didn’t commonly have basements. I can’t wait to see how you transform it. My one little tip, from doing mine, install a dustpan central vac outlet in your kitchen -if you have central vac. This thing is so great, you sweep your kitchen floor and kick the little opening to the dustpan thing with your foot and sweep in the junk -no big central vac hose, and no annoying dustpan. Best invention ever.

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    • August 15, 2014
      Tara

      That is a fantastic idea, Dannyelle! We have open floor joists right now, which means that we’ve been running wires and lights and ductwork all over the place – and when I say “we” – I mean licensed professionals, because I would shock myself, I know it! – so these tips are coming at the right time!

      Yes, in the West, we usually have two storey homes, with three storeys being kind of a new thing. Oftentimes, it will be a split-level entry, with a top living space, and a bottom “basement”/rec room with a spare room or two. I’m SO excited to share the next steps in our renovation!

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  8. August 15, 2014
    amy @ one artsy mama

    Such a big job, but an exciting one! How fun that you get to finish the basement however you want to!

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  9. August 15, 2014
    Bethany

    This looks like a pretty awesome product! Where I live, there aren’t many basements, so if I ever had an opportunity to buy a house with a basement, I would definitely want to make sure that moisture didn’t seep in through the floor. Thanks for the info!

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      You must live in a similar-style neighbourhood, Bethany. Are basements starting to become more common in your area? They are here- probably in the last 10 years. And yes, we’re loving the subfloor so far – already the basement feels more finished!

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  10. August 15, 2014
    Adrianne

    I love reading about your projects. You have the best “voice” when you talk about what you have going on! Good luck on your project, I can’t wait to see how it shapes up!

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      Thank you, Adrianne! I think I might be writing a post about the reality behind the renovation soon… there will be a lot of “voice” in that one. 😉

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  11. August 16, 2014
    Sky

    I remember that “angels singing” feeling in our first house when I saw the huge tree out back- what a great feeling! Your new home is looking amazing- all of the work your doing is inspiring! What a perfect product this sounds like 🙂

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Sky! Sometimes the angels sing while I walk through the house. And other times, I hear “dun dun dunnnnnn” as I stare at holes in the wall or nails in the floor. I can’t wait until I get to sit in the living room and sip some tea. 🙂

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  12. August 16, 2014
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    I have never heard of this, but then, I’ve only had one home with a basement….years ago! CAn’t wait to see how you finish this off and a ping-pong table is a must isn’t it??!

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    • August 17, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, a ping-pong table IS a must! We’re really loving the DRIcore so far already – it’s made in Canada, but has made its way down to the States just recently. It’s a way to keep your basement warmer and drier (which is definitely something I want!).

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  13. August 18, 2014
    Krista @ the happy housie

    I think the dricore will make such a difference for temperature – the people before us finished the basement in our house and the floors can be super cold in the winter. Bet they didn’t use dricore.

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      I’m really excited for the finished basement. It’s going to be so much space! Right now, in the summer, I don’t appreciate just how warm and toasty the basement is going to be in the winter. I hate cold feet!

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