Sunday, November 1, 2009

DIY Basement Makeover: Part 2 - Flooring from Rite Rug + a Giveaway! - CLOSED

As I shared previously, my husband and I (more my husband than me!) started a DIY basement makeover project about 7 weeks ago. And like all of the home improvement projects we have completed, this one came with a tight budget. We have not really been saving up for this, so it has been a "pay as you go" project.

Thankfully my husband is great at figuring out how to do home improvement projects himself, and we estimate that we are going to save anywhere from 30-50% by doing everything except the carpet install on our own. I am planning on sharing a cost breakdown of the project at the end of this series.

To give you an idea of what this project entails - we are finishing approximately 500 square feet of living space in our basement. Because we have so many things in the basement, we divided the project up into 2 parts - a work out space (for our treadmill etc...) and a family room space. We chose to start on the work out space first. 7 weeks in, my husband has completed the framing, electrical, insulation, drywall (this took 3 weeks!), painting, and he has now started on the flooring.

As I mentioned previously, this whole project began with Rite Rug asking me to complete a review of one of their stores as a part of their 75th Anniversary Celebration. One of the first things we did was choose the flooring for our space, so it is really exciting to see it finally going in!

We have replaced nearly 2000 square feet of flooring in our house over the past 8 years, and I had never been to a Rite Rug store. I don't really have a good reason - we just never found our way there. The Rite Rug store that we worked with on this project was great - they were extremely helpful, giving us advice on what types of flooring would be best suited for a basement.

Rite Rug has a huge selection of flooring - tile, laminate, carpet, wood - and in my opinion, their prices are both reasonable and competitive. As I mentioned previously, we are on a tight budget with this project, and I loved that Rite Rug gave us the option of purchasing the wood flooring and installing it ourselves - this saved us approximately $2/square foot. The store we visited also had a small area for kids to play in - which was extremely helpful as we had to take our 3 year old shopping with us. In fact, she cried every time we left the store because she didn't want to leave the toys. :-) I also love the Rite Price Guarantee: If any store in the same city beats their price on the same product within 30 days of your purchase, they will refund you the difference plus 5%.

We are also planning on ordering our carpet from Rite Rug when we finish the family room portion of this project, and I will be sharing my thoughts about working with Rite Rug on the delivery and installation of the carpet.

I am really excited because Rite Rug has given me a $199 gift card to give away to one of you, so that you can purchase an area rug, or start a project of your own!

What am I giving away?

1 winner will receive a $199 gift card to Rite Rug. This card can be used on an area rug, or toward any item/project of your choice, and it expires in October, 2010.

How can you win?

You get up to 4 chances to win:

1) Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite type of flooring is. (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click "Post Comment". You must be on my site - you can't do this through a reader)

2) Become a fan of the Stretching a Buck Fan Page on Facebook. If you are already a fan, you can leave a comment letting me know that you are already a fan (thank you!).

3) Subscribe to my feed or email newsletter and stay on top of all of the deals I write about each week! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

4) Promote this giveaway and/or blog. If you don't have a blog, you can Tweet about it (follow me: I'm @stretchingabuck), post about it on your favorite forum, or tell your friends about it! However you decided to promote it, be sure to come back and leave a comment letting me know how you did it.

**In order to tally your entries correctly, please include an email address or link to your (VALID) profile with your contact information. If a winner with no contact info is chosen, the next person on the list will be the winner. If you choose to leave an email address, I recommend that you use a generic email address as this info is viewable by anyone who views my comments. I strongly encourage you to create a Google profile with this info in order to better protect you.**

Who is Eligible?

You must have a valid US address to be eligible. Please be sure that you have a Rite Rug near you and that you'll be able to use the gift card.

When does this giveaway end?

Friday, November 6th at 10 PM, EST.

The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at random.org and will be announced no later than Monday, November 9th. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 4 days that another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

Review/Giveaway Disclosure: Rite Rug provided me with approximately 150 square feet of Bruce Engineered Hardwood flooring. No other compensation was received. Rite Rug also provided the gift card for this giveaway. You can view my full disclosure policy here.

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142 comments:

strmywthr3 said...

I'm a facebook fan!

strmywthr3 said...

I'm a subscriber!

Danielle said...

Hand scraped hard wood flooring is my favorite! It looks so nice in a dark color! Hope I win!!!!!

Tracy Burleson said...

I LOVE hardwood flooring and will be installing some in the near future!

rebecca absher said...

I am a facebook fan.

Barbra said...

I am a facebook fan.

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Barbra said...

I am a subscriber!

Barbra said...

I love Pergo, Laminates and hardwoods!

missydawnrox said...

I subscribe! missydnichols@gmail.com

missydawnrox said...

My favorite flooring is good old thick, plush, comfy carpet! Wood is great, but carpet is just nice all around. missydnichols@gmail.com

missydawnrox said...

I'm a fan on facebook! missydnichols@gmail.com

mabrahamson said...

I love hardwood flooring. We just pulled our carpeting up in our dining room so that we could have the original hardwood flooring.

Mindy said...

I subscribe via email

Mindy said...

I am a fan on Facebook.

Mindy said...

I posted on my Facebook page how to win.

Torrance said...

We're fans of renewable flooring like bambo but would probably use the giftcard for an area rug. I'm a fan on facebook. Thank you! Email torrance dot powell at gmail dot com

antninny1 said...

I am a facebook fan

JustNikkiG said...

I love any type of wood like laminate.

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JustNikkiG said...

I am a fan on facebook!

JustNikkiG said...

I subscribe via email

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The Bookworm said...

I use to love hardwood floor - but, since having a toddler, I've found it's much harder to keep it clean and hard on her when she falls! Now, my dream house would have a thick carpet. We've been working on carpeting her room. I would LOVE this giveaway. :) Thanks!

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The Bookworm said...

I'm a Facebook fan.

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The Bookworm said...

I'm a subscriber via Google Reader.

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Ann Snarr said...

I just became a fan on facebook and I like hardwood.

rachelann said...

hi i love hardwood flooring but with 2 dogs, we chose pergo so it doesn't get so scratched. thanks for the chance to win. rachel armiz76@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to get hardwood floors in my dining room. I like the dundee natural flooring from their website. Thanks for the chance.
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hotmama0609 said...

i love hardwood floors im hoping for them in the near future lol

Amiss said...

Love Hardwood floors!

lauragr said...

Hardwood floors are my favorite- classic!

Amiss said...

Facebook Fan.

Amiss said...

I am subscriber:)

Summer said...

I love the hardwood!!

Summer said...

I am also a fan on facebook !

Summer said...

I am also a subscriber!

Summer said...

I have posted about your giveaway on my blog!!

Laura said...

I like hardwood floors!

Laura said...

Im a subscriber!!!

Jen Farris said...

Believe it or not...CORK floors in a kitchen. It's rare that you see them, but they're beautiful!

Laura said...

Im a fan on facebook!!!

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klesher1 said...

we could use some new laminate wood flooring in our kitchen and hallway.

klesher1 said...

subscriber

Billie said...

I posted on Twitter (OHVAMOM)!

Billie said...

I am a Fan on Facebook!! OHVAMOM

Billie said...

I love Laminate Flooring! We are looking right now for hardwood flooring in our Kitchen to match the rest of the house(older home) in a Cherry tone.

Arrie said...

I love wide, dark, handscraped hardwoods!

One Frugal Girl said...

I love bamboo flooring. If we ever refinish our floors I plan to use bamboo.

One Frugal Girl said...

I subscribe.

Jen said...

I subscribe!

Jen said...

I'm a facebook fan!

Jen said...

I posted a link to your blog in a recent facebook post.

Jen said...

I prefer carpet in licving areas, but am looking into replacing our kitchen and entry flooring with hard wood in the near future!

Chris and Don said...

My favorite kind of flooring is bamboo. Nice and durable!

Chris and Don said...

I'm a subscriber.

Chris and Don said...

I'm a facebook fan.

MH in OH said...

I'm not familiar with bamboo but it sounds great. I do like laminate for its durability with twin preschoolers. :)
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Lorianne said...

I LOVE wood flooring!!! loriannehooper(at) hotmail.com

Lorianne said...

I'm a facebook fan! loriannehooper(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lorianne said...

I'm a current subscriber!!!! loriannehooper(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

If I had my way, I'd have laminate EVERYWHERE! :)
*fingers crossed*
~Kirsten
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Anonymous said...

I subscribe.
*fingers crossed*
~Kirsten
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Mom24 said...

love to win this

Mom24 said...

I subscribe

Anonymous said...

ceramic tile is my very favorite and it will last a lifetime!

amber said...

I subscribed!
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thank you!

amber said...

I love carpet! My house is all hardwood floor and it is A LOT of work to keep up with!
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Troy and Rachel said...

We are currently workin gon our basement but we are also pay as we go so this gift card would really help out!

Troy and Rachel said...

Already subscribed!

McKenna said...

I'm a fan1

McKenna said...

Favorite flooring is real wood. It looks nice and doesn't nick like laminate floor does.

McKenna said...

And I told my mom about it!

sus said...

I love bamboo flooring!!

sus said...

and I am now a subscriber.....

M and M Madsen said...

Love Pergo around here!

Teresa M. said...

I have been following your website for about a month now, thanks for all the money saving hints. I love ceramic tile in the bathrooms and my kitchen easy clean up.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is hardwood. It's warm to bare feet. :)

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TB said...

I am a facebook fan!

TB said...

I am a subscriber!

TB said...

I have all wood floors in my house, but love some plush, soft carpet with texture and pattern.

I Do Faces said...

What an awesome giveaway!!! Flooring to me depends where it is. I love carpet in bedrooms, tile in bathrooms, and wood in the house!!
Tasia
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I Do Faces said...

I subscribe
Tasia
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kiwigja said...

I love hardwood floors

I suscribe

GaryBrandy said...

1) Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite type of flooring is: LAMINATE!

2) Become a fan of the Stretching a Buck Fan Page on Facebook: ALREADY A FAN

3) Subscribe to my feed or email newsletter: ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER

4) Promote this giveaway and/or blog: LINKED ON FACEBOOK

Birdie S. said...

my fav flooring is High Plush Shag - Rug.... birdson@roadunner.com

Birdie S. said...

Im a subscriber of YOUR$ birdson@roadrunner.com

rhjk4 said...

1. Love wood floors
2. Fan on Facebook
3. Already subcribe to email newsletter/feed (and LOVE it) - thank you for all you do!
4. Have email all my friends

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melanie said...

I LOVE Oak hardwood flooring!!! We are planning on installing it in our family room.

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melanie said...

I am a subscriber.

Intisar said...

Good old carpet, can't go wrong with a nice neutral carpet in my opinion.

Intisar said...

I became a fan!

Sharon said...

My favorite flooring is hardwood with an area rug in places.

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Sharon said...

I am a facebook fan

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Sharon said...

I am a subscriber via google reader

Intisar said...

I already subscribe to your blog! Thanks.

JBCHAP930 said...

I don't really have a specific flooring that is my favorite. I like certain flooring in certain rooms however. We have ceramic tile in our dining room and carpet in the rest of the house. I also like glue-less laminate flooring because it is easier to install than hardwood and looks like hardwood.

JBCHAP930 said...

I am already an email subscriber! Thanks

JBCHAP930 said...

I became a fan on Facebook!!!!

Courtney said...

I just signed up to read your emails!

By the way, I love your site and have passed it on to all of my family and friends and now they are addicted! Keep up the great work!

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Courtney said...

I love really dark hardwood!

Hope I win since we are buying our first house this week!!

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Jeannie Reffett said...

I'm a long-time subscriber!!

Jeannie Reffett said...

My husband and I have three rooms in our home that we're dying to replace with wood flooring -- the oak flooring is my favorite!

Jeannie Reffett said...

I am an official fan on Facebook!

Marti said...

We would love to redo our living room -- with little ones, carpet is easiest on the knees!

Marti said...

I'm now a fan on Facebook!

Marti said...

I'm a subscriber!

Jeannie Reffett said...

I tweeted about your giveaway on Twitter!

Tamara B. said...

I love tile in the bathrooms and kitchen, wood floor in the other areas of the house.
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Tamara B. said...

I am a fan on Facebook.
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Tamara B. said...

I am a subscriber .
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socksrcat1 said...

I love wood flooring since we moved to a new home with alot of carpet. I spend too much time trying to keep it clean.

socksrcat1 said...

I am a fan on facebook already. Thanks

socksrcat1 said...

I subscribe to your news letter. Thanks

Erin Coss said...

I'm a facebook fan and love, love, love our Armstrong laminate flooring. erincoss@columbus.rr.com

Jennifer Nick said...

I really like the look and (eco-friendliness) of the new bamboo flooring. Thanks!

Jennifer Nick
jennifer_nick@hotmail.com

Jennifer Nick said...

I am already an email subscriber. Thanks!

Jennifer Nick
jennifer_nick@hotmail.com

Yanneth said...

My favorite flooring is Cherry color Hardwood floors. Love the color and love how easy it cleans!

cryanx03 said...

My favorite type of flooring is oak hardwoods.

cryanx03 said...

My favorite flooring is oak hardwoods.

cryanx03 said...

I am now a fan on Facebook.

cryanx03 said...

I posted regarding the giveaway on twitter @cryan03

cryanx03 said...

I am already subscribing to the email newsletter.

Anonymous said...

My favorite flooring is carpeting, clean, unstained-by-children-or-pets carpeting.
Tara

Marianne Thomas said...

Ooohh...I'd love to win this! We could always use a flooring update with our three kids and a dog!

I do love laminate floors - your basement will be wonderful when it's done!

Frugal Femina said...

With pets and kids, I love hardwood floors. So much easier to take care of.

Frugal Femina said...

I subscribe, of course!

Frugal Femina said...

I'm a fan!

Mommy Daisy said...

Our whole house is carpeted, and I have to say I really like it. But I miss having linoleum in the kitchen.

We are thinking we'll do hardwood in our living area when we replace it though.

Mommy Daisy said...

I subscribe to your feed.

cksknitter said...

My favorite type of flooring is hardwood. It's easy to keep clean and good for people with allergies.
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cksknitter said...

I'm happy to be an e-mail subscriber of Stretching a Buck!
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Megan said...

I subscribe!!! Lurve the site!

Megan said...

My fav flooring is the laminate wood we did for our entire first floor. Its gorgeous!! I am saving for an area rug for the living room area to make is more cozy!

Lynette Clark said...

My favorite flooring is wood with an area rug. My daughter needs a rug in here room and this gift card would be wonderful!

Jeanne said...

I am a facebook fan!

Jeanne said...

I love laminate and shag carpet!

Ysenia said...

There is nothing like Carpet. Much more comfortable than hard floors especially with children. Thanks for the entry.

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Ysenia said...

I am also a subscriber.

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CrystalGB said...

My favorite flooring is oak hardwood.

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CrystalGB said...

I am an email subscriber with my university account.

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CrystalGB said...

I am a facebook fan. :)

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