Tuesday, 10/25 – Hardwood Floors, This and That

Today two men came to put the hardwood floors in the new rooms. In the family room they need to join up with the existing hardwood floor . Luckily, this is running lengthwise so they can just run new pieces alongside the current floor. They’ll stain the new floor to match the old and refinish all of it together; hopefully it will look like the floor has always been that way.

We ran into a problem, though. Apparently the current floor wasn’t all that straight (or rather, the wall wasn’t). From one end of the house to the other, there’s a two inch difference in the width we’re covering so they need to do something funky with the flooring. If we were building a brand new house, I imagine that everything would be “just so,” with all lines straight. But we’re adding on to a late 1970s house that has either changed shape a bit (I have since the 70s, too) or maybe wasn’t built all that well to begin with, and we have to work with what we have.

One option was to put a wedge piece in what will be the middle of the family room. Then on the other side, everything would look orderly. We decided against that. We will continue to have parallel lines down the family room. Once it gets to the other side (the long back side of the house), the floor guys will do what they need to do to fit the difference. That side of the house will be broken up a bit. At the garage door end, there’ll be a built-in over the hardwood. After that there are baseboard heaters down to the sliding doors to the outside; a puzzle table will be along that wall in the family room as well. Then there’s a built-in to separate the dining room from the family room, and baseboard heaters in the dining room all along that wall. Hopefully a weird little wedge somewhere won’t be noticeable in all of that! If it is, at least it’s not in the middle of the family room.

By the end of today, one board more than half of the back room was done. The sewing room (exterior size 10′ by 14′) wasn’t touched. I’m interested to see if they can power through the rest of the back room tomorrow and do the sewing room, too. I’m guessing no, especially since they’ll need to deal with the aforementioned wedge situation.

Jamie was working on his list of little things that need to be done. Chris asked him about the new screen/storm doors; those will be installed at the end so there’s the least likelihood of them being damaged by any other work.

It seems like the scheduling we hoped would work out for sanding and coating the hardwood floors isn’t going to work out, and the alternate schedule suggested wasn’t good at all. I’m hoping my 2nd plan will work out…

Tune in tomorrow!