Tuesday, December 1, 2015

telling stories

Old floor, transition framing and underlayment 
(for vinyl flooring in the kitchen) 
at the top of the stairs to the basement.

This week it's all about the floors. When we bought the place we were delighted to find hardwood oak under the carpet. Gretta and I spend many, many hours the very first weekend we were here (8 years ago, as part timers) pulling up the carpet and yanking staples.

The old house was a warren of little rooms. Now that all the interior walls are gone, the crew is working on repairing the old flooring in a few spots and creating a smooth transition between the hardwood floors and the area for the vinyl in the new kitchen. (The entire first floor is "open plan". We have decided to use vinyl flooring in the kitchen...both to save money and for its ease of clean up. This will be a very hard working kitchen).
Here's a bit of patching where the tiny old hallway used to be,
and the framing between the wood floors and 
the underlayment for the vinyl.
The demo of an upright in the old bedroom closet left an odd hole in the floor.
I told the guys not to sweat this spot, no need to "feather" it in.
This funny little patch will most likely be under the sofa anyhow.
This puzzle is at the bottom of the new stairway going to the upstairs.
A very tricky spot to repair, as it's where the original hunting cabin
and an addition were integrated.

The floors going in upstairs will be brand new, of course, and the old floors downstairs will be refinished. We will have the best of both worlds...unmarred floors up, and floors that tell a story down. 

Later this week? A peek at the downstairs wall color and the installation of the kitchen cupboards. See you then!

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