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Economic way to remodel for short term

thegiz | Posted in General Questions on

So saving up for a complete kitchen remodel in 5 years but want to do some remodeling in area without spending too much money.  Just need an opinion on a few things:

1. My kitchen floor is linoleum tile could I leave it and cover it with peel and stick vinyl wood flooring.  Will it look good for a few years?

2. I’m removing a bathroom on 1st level (above basement).  The floor is concrete and the floor, ceiling, and walls are all tiled.  Can I glue 1/4 drywall over walls and ceiling and carpet right over concrete floor?  This is not slab level so I think moisture is not an issue.  Only thing I would probably need done professionally is some electrical outlets so I can make this an office for now.

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    Brian Pontolilo | | #1

    Hi Joe.

    The answer to your first question is yes, you can do this. However vinyl is not a particularly green product and a peel-and-stick will not be as easy to remove as a floating floor when it comes time to get into the more involved remodel you are saving floor. I can't comment on durability as it will probably vary from one product to the next.

    As far as the second question goes, you probably can glue drywall to the tile, but I am not sure what you are saving, only the labor of removing the tile, which you can do yourself. And gluing the drywall to the tile only means an even messier demolition process down the road. I'd remove the tile and hang the drywall properly.

    If the concrete is not in contact with the ground, carpeting over it will probably be fine.

  2. thegiz | | #2

    Thanks Brian, you are right in that there is no point in not ripping the tile off. Can you glue drywall to directly to studs? As far as flooring I would rather use a floating floor, right now I do have a 1 inch step from living room into kitchen. I was worried about adding additional height with a floating floor but they are so thin I don't think it would make much of a difference

  3. walta100 | | #3

    If the old floor is unsafe for use I say cover it with one of the snap together wood or vinyl floors. They go down and come back up with ease.

    If the current floor is merely ugly I say live with it until you are ready to do the job right.

    Cheap short term fix are a total waste of money and do not add value to a property.


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