It’s been a busy weekend with Cinco de Mayo celebrations and lots of work on the house. Saturday wrapped up with completion of the underlayment, a general cleanup, and the start of installing finished floors.
Flooring starts in the dining room.
In the background you can see the blue padding under the existing Pergo kitchen floor. I’ve removed that so we can create a continuous floor from one end of the house to the other, so it was time to rip up the kitchen floor too.
A lot of measuring went in to ensuring we’d have a nice transition between the dining and living room. Here’s a shot at some of the math!
Cutting the line between the doorway gives us a visual center for the new floor.
Equally important is lining up the Kitchen starter strip with the Dining floor
All good by the end of Sunday. Here’s where we end the project this weekend. Hope to get the living room done by Mother’s Day!
Dining Room showing finished floor and custom baseboard.
Easter Sunday and time for a rest. Not only that, Lisa and I both have to leave vacation week and head back to our real jobs… the ones that pay for all this fun! Plus, I’ll be traveling the next few weeks and won’t have much time to dedicate to this. So, just like real contractors we’ve ripped the place up and now we leave for a few weeks.
The Living Room, Easter Sunday 2014. Note the foam insulation at the floor/wall gap & the crown moldings installed.
Jim MacFeat shows up on Tuesday to spray the ceilings which will be the next big visual change. Lisa’s been busy painting again:
The final Dining Room colors start to take shape. Crown moldings updated in here, too.
The color on the lower half of the wall will follow into the Living Room. That too may happen next week while I’m with my Vistage group on retreat.
So, stay tuned. Not sure when the next update gets posted, but we’ll continue making progress!
We’ve decided to add paint and crown moldings before putting in the finish floor and ceilings. This way, I can make mistakes and cover them up without having to have to re-finish the walls!
Lisa is the painter, as well as decorator. The first coat is on the dining room and in this shot you can see we truly need a second coat (maybe even a third). Paint was 40% off at Sherwin-Williams, so when our ceiling guy Jim recommended we go there… we went. Staff was great, and the paint is going on nicely.’
The first coat on the top half of the dining room is done!
While she was doing that, I learned how to install crown molding. Debates exists as to whether it’s right side up or upside down, but we wanted to match cove molding in another room so we went with the cove up on this install. Hey… if this is the reason someone doesn’t buy the house when we put it up for sale…well – that’s their issue. Holes still need to be spackled and the seams caulked, but it’s up and nailed into studs. Can’t wait to see it with fresh paint on the walls & the new ceiling finish.
Cove molding mostly installed in the Living Room ceiling.
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
So that’s the snapshot. Click on the New Floors Project page for details.