Saturday, January 16, 2016
Flooring for an enclosed-porch "man cave"
As part of our preparations for moving into our new home, we have a contractor fixing a few flaws and modifying a few features. One of them is an enclosed porch at one corner of the house. Whoever first enclosed it (I'm not sure if it was the previous owners, or someone before them) did an absolutely horrible job, mainly to provide shelter for their dogs (who proceeded to pee all over it, leaving an unmistakable odor behind them). The contractor has ripped out all the old enclosure work and chemically cleaned the floor and walls. He's re-framing the porch, insulating it, and installing exterior siding and sheet rock interior walls, as well as a proper ceiling. It's not very large (a little under 100 square feet), but that'll be big enough to serve as my office and "man cave".
Because the room started life as a porch, and so isn't fitted for central air-conditioning or heating (I'll use a window-mounted unit), I wanted to add a layer of insulation to the floor as well. After a lot of scouring around the Internet, I settled on a rubber flooring known as 'Elephant Bark'. It's widely used in gymnasiums, and in areas where hard-wearing flooring is required that's also relatively easy on the feet.
The cost per square foot is comparable to what we're paying for laminate flooring, and it doesn't have to be glued down - it can be laid out using double-sided tape, so that it can be taken up and re-used elsewhere if necessary. It should also be proof against things like gun-cleaning chemicals, so I can put my workbench against one wall. I've ordered enough to cover the floor, and it's on the way to our new home as I write these words. It should be ready by the time we arrive. I'll buy an area rug to put in the center of the floor, to lend a little tone to proceedings.
It's been a lot of fun researching all the bits and pieces we want to do to the house, and deciding what needed to be done before we moved in and what should be put off until we'd rebuilt our savings. (A back deck or porch extension is on the latter list, as is getting rid of the so-called 'popcorn ceilings' and replacing them with smooth sheet rock.) We've been blessed to find a good contractor who's charging us a very reasonable price to get the house ready for us.
I'm looking forward to moving into our own home in two weeks' time. After almost six years of marriage and rented accommodation, it's overdue.