Wednesday, 10/26 – Gutters and Flooring and Scheduling, Oh, My!

We have gutters! They go into PVC piping that routes the water behind the house where we want it to go. I don’t think our leaf guards came in yet, but it’s very exciting to have gutters. When we moved here, most of the house didn’t have gutters. There were wires that hung off the roof like waves (VVVVVVVV) that you were supposed to turn on when it snowed to avoid ice dams (we did not avoid them last winter) but I don’t know what that was going to do for rain.

Our inspector way back when recommended removing the wires and adding gutters, but…we never did. When it rained, the rain just poured off the roof. The moisture stayed near the house, last year resulting in basement flooding. So seeing a whole system of gutters on our side is a wonderful thing.

The floor guys were back and they finished the back room. The “wedge” turned out to be fine. There are small differences between how the boards lie along the wall but they aren’t especially noticeable and when the baseboard trim is on it would take a very picky expert to see it. We definitely made the right decision! They also did a little bit of sanding between the new and old floor to try to get an idea of how it will look; “great” is the answer! Tomorrow they will do the sewing room. It’s a small room so I don’t expect it will take the whole day.

Early in the day we talked about the schedule for the sanding and finishing of the hardwood floors. We don’t love how it worked out, but it’s been scheduled for this Friday, next Tuesday, and next Thursday. This means we have to clear the floor of the current family room by Friday morning — everything out! Then it will need to stay cleared until three days after the final coat which is Monday, 11/7! That’s a long time for us to be without our family room! We also will have to be out of the house (it’s supposed to be give-you-headache-smelly) twice because of the gap between the first and second coats. The company could have done Friday, Monday, and Wednesday (or was it Thursday), but…come on!

Monday is Halloween! We have three children and plans to trick-or-treat with one or two other children. We can’t pack up and be gone for Halloween, one of the most important holidays of the year, according to my daughter. She thinks Halloween and the day after Halloween should be a vacation day. Children need to finalize their outfits on Halloween! The next day, they need to sleep late, sort through their candy, and try to make the very best trades possible.

So Friday, Tuesday, Thursday it is. We already have our weekend get-away planned (thanks S & D). And if your name is “Mom/Grandma,” you might want to think about if you can handle some guests next week…

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!