Polished concrete and remodelling order-of-operations
Well, it seems I'm going to have to do my basement floor a lot earlier than expected. Thanks, winter.
We've pretty much settled on polished concrete - the foundation slab is in perfect shape & we like the modern look.
Now, it's obviously not a DIY project. We'll get a pro to do that part. But I wanted to know more about how that type of flooring would interact with the rest of my planned basement work.
First, we're not sure whether to just tear the basement walls down. I was thinking yes, then educated myself a bit and went to "not worth it", but now I have three large, irregular holes in my drywall anyway and we're kind of wary of the parts of the foundation we can't visually inspect so I'm back to "maybe tear everything down and start again."
So - to my questions.
1-Can I have the concrete polished only in the parts of the basement I want to be finished? I have a storage room and an electrical room that I'd rather keep rough. There's a clear separation with doors and everything, so there's no aesthetic issue, but is there a technical reason why that would be a bad idea?
2-As to the walls, would it be preferable to put up every wall (outside walls & room partitions) prior to polishing the floor, like you'd want to do with most floor products?