So it was on to #146 on The List- Replacing the Flooring. The carpet had to go because it had an unbeatable animal urine smell, but instead of putting new carpet back in, we decided to use something that would fit more with the room's use.
We found this foam flooring at wesellmats.com*, and even though it might not be the best choice for future home buyers, it's perfect for how we want to use this room right now. We figured that in the future if we ever go to sell (Lord help us...) that we could just replace this one room with carpeting and stage it as a bedroom.
The one thing that was important to us is that this flooring fit the room perfectly, to make it look like it fit the space. We started by laying a pattern the length and width of the room so that we could figure out the best plan to arrange the tiles and not leave any too skinny scraps on one side or another.
Unlike actual tiles though, this flooring was super easy just to snap in. After a bunch of research, we found you can lay them directly on top of your concrete subfloor.
The tiles came with 2 straight edges per tile to cover up the zipper grooves on any straight edge sides. The only tricky part was cutting around the groves for the corners, door jams and floor vents. Hubs declared that this part was my job, while he plopped in the full tiles. Why do I always draw the short straw?
Here I am showing off my ingenious method (ifIdosaysomyself...) of first cutting a piece of paper to fit the corner exactly, and then tracing the paper onto the tile. This works when laying real tile as well, and can save dozens of frustrating wet saw cuts.
Like a glove...