Monday, April 29, 2013

Floor Work


So for a quick summary of where we're at: The drywall is up, taped and textured.  It's been a long, tedious process because we kept the original ceilings and they needed a lot of attention.  Now we are turning our attention to the floors.  We have red oak flooring in the bedrooms, hall and living rooms (really old photo, the floors are currently to covered with sheetrock dust to take a picture)

 The kitchen floors were a hodgepodge of hardwood, plywood and particle board covered by damaged laminate flooring.
 To improve the flow of the house and make all the floors the same level we have decided to replace the kitchen floor with hardwood.  After pulling up the laminate floors we could really see what a mess the floor was.

The hardwood on the right was covered in a thick layer of glue for vinyl flooring.  We stripped the room down to the subfloor but saved the hardwood in case we run short.  The shiplap subfloor was terrible squeaky so I screwed it down.  3 pounds of screws later the floor was squeak-free.  It says something about your floor when tar paper is an improvement. 

This winter we bought some red oak flooring salvaged out of the University of Montana ballroom in Missoula.  Installation was tedious and we still have a lot of sanding and planing to do but even in it's unfinished state the floor really make a difference in the room.

This is the transition between the kitchen and living room.  We have to plane down a small hump in the living room but the flooring height is actually a pretty good match.

After the kitchen was finished we turned our attention to the hallway.  The floor is a pieced together mess with hardwood and particle board floors, peel and stick tiles and a patch on the side where we widened the hallway

The hallway is L shaped.  The front section suffered water damage from the old bathroom which caused the floor to have a wavy profile.

We removed all the flooring from the back section and about 1/3 of the front hallway.

I'm still pretty new to installing hardwood floors.  This weekend was only the 3rd time we've put them down but I will share a little trick we learned.  Chalk lines to mark joists will wear off of the tar paper as you work.  Draw the lines in silver sharpie marker and they will last forever.

We wove new flooring in with the old.  This wood is #2 grade so it has a lot more coloring than the #1 we put in the kitchen.  It's a better match to the rest of the house and I prefer the more mixed look.  Plus it makes the hallway so much brighter and more attractive.

We ran out of flooring a little after ten last night.  Fortunately we have some old oak flooring that we can clean up and use to finish this small gap.

Luke and I each put in about 30 hours this weekend and we still have a lot of work to do before the floors are ready to be refinished.  I'll keep you posted but there won't be much to show for a white.

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