The Take-Apart House 2014 Edition

Here we go again!

Our take it apart/put it back together house is undergoing one more project! The big projects always seem to kick off around Good Friday, and the 2014 project is no different.

When we bought this house we carpeted the upstairs and put cherry laminate Pergo in the family room and kitchen. We left in place light blonde parquet floors in the living room and dark parquet in the dining room. Dubious installation and perhaps some questionable under pinnings had us shimming some of the stationary furnishings like our entertainment unit and the china hutch. So.. I promised Lisa that one day we’d put in nicer floors throughout the house, and someday has arrived.

We’ll be pulling up all flooring and fixing a few low spots, several squeaks in the underlayment, and taking the bounce out of the living room floor. In addition, we’re putting new finishes on a couple of the ceilings, adding some crown moldings in the living room and dining room, and…if the budget stays close to projections, we’ll pull up the laminate countertops in the kitchen and update them with granite.

We’ve budgeted for engineered hardwood flooring, new subfloor, structural materials and paint. Labor will be self inflicted, but I would like to thank my advisors David Bruce of West Harwich, MA and Glenn Dow of Gilsum, New Hampshire. A shout-out to our financial planner too, Bill Caruana of Stifel Nicholas in East Longmeadow MA who gave us the fiscal green light to make it all happen!

The living room floor in disaray

The living room floor in disaray

So that’s the snapshot. Click on the New Floors Project page for details.