It turns out buying our new floors was the quickest part of the project. The 40 boxes of flooring ended up sitting in our music room for a while before we did anything with them. When we finally got to the "Put in new floors" part of our "Things to Do Around the House" checklist, we decided to have our handy next door neighbor take care of the installation.
While our house quickly turned into a construction zone and a complete disaster, it was nice to have brand new floors in all four rooms in just five days. We shoved most of the furniture and accessories into our room to make it easier for them to lay the floor.
See what I mean, it was a wreck!
Then came one of my favorite parts of the project. Ripping out the
the brown carpet. I don't think we were even a bit sad to see this go.
It would have been amazing, if underneath all the old flooring we found hardwood; but instead we found this hospital-like linoleum tile throughout the entire house.
After the carpet and vinyl flooring was ripped out, a moister barrier was laid. Then came a slightly padded underlayment for cushion and to help with sound, since we are on a slab.
Of course, this is the only in-between picture I took, probably because it was a pretty quick process after the doorways were cut out.
It was so fun to come home one evening and see this in our living room!
Some people cautioned us about putting the flooring in the kitchen because of possible swelling from spills. Well, Drew Babe decided to perform his own MythBusters by soaking a scrap piece of flooring in a bucket of water for several hours. While our floor will hopefully never be "soaking" for several hours, we found the scrap piece had no swelling at all.
Myth: Does laminate wood flooring swell when in contact with water?
Finding: Busted! (at lease with our floors)
(side note: I promise I don't usually decorate our kitchen table with swords:)
Once I get the house cleaned and straightened up, I will post a complete "before" and "after" of The Martin House flooring project.