May 24

Wood Floors for the Great Room

Concrete FloorsConnecting our back two bedrooms to our kitchen with actual flooring instead of concrete foundation has been high on our to-do list for a long time.  Finally, we were able to get it accomplished.  What we find so taxing on our DIY projects is the fact that we are living in the space that we are trying to remodel.  So, that means we have to move everything from one room to the next which shortens the square footage that is livable as the furniture, belongings, accessories, and junk have to go into another space making that space impossible to move around in.  To top it off, when Karen bought her home she bought EVERYTHING so even though we have had two garage sales we still have things from the previous owner that we really do not need.  It will be so nice once the whole house is finished and things have a place and all the stuff that we do not need is finally gone. 
Quiet Walk

Well first things first, after moving all of the furniture out of the room it was time to lay the “Quiet Walk” underlayment.  Karen and I do not recommend kicking your underlayment to unroll it which is contrary to what the picture below shows, we were just having a little too much fun.  The underlayment for our wood floors helps with a few things- it provides a moisture barrier between the concrete and the wood floors, and helps keep the wood from sounding all clackity when we walk on it.  We have been in a few homes that have wood floors and we have no idea what they used if anything and a person could hear somebody clear across the house. 
Kicking the Quiet Walk

After laying the underlayment and using regular ol’duck tape to seal the seams and keep the underlayment from bunching up it was time to lay the wood floors.  Now that I have done a few rooms and laid flooring around some tricky corners and doorways in the hall, it was all old hat.  If you have ever laid wood floors before it is pretty much becomes a routine.  Karen and I use Schon Quick Click Copper Maple because we have a concrete foundation this type of wood flooring allows us to float the flooring on top.  That way we do not have to mess with any plywood, glue or nails and it goes down pretty fast and easy. 
One Board at a Time

The only tricky part that we came across was pushing the wood boards under the veneer stone fireplace.  Karen and I knew that we were going to lay wood floors throughout our house so when we were putting the stone on the fireplace we raised the bottom stone by using an extra piece of wood flooring on top of some underlayment.  This gave us the measurement of how much height we would need to slide the wood flooring underneath when they time came.  To get the wood flooring in place I had to click it together on one side of the fireplace and then use a rubber mallet to gently tap it down the line into place underneath the stone veneer
Under the Fire Place

Overall the process went pretty quick and for the most part painless except for the few times that I dropped a board on my foot, which from all of our posts dealing with our exploits in the realm of remodeling I tend to not have any shoes on.  I am thinking that I might want to remedy that for our next project.  As you can see we are by no means professionals and are learning as we go which in my reckoning is what life is all about.

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