I was sick as a dog yesterday. In fact, I was so sick that I actually slept through all the scraping and nail-pulling happening on the other side of our house as our old maple floors were torn out in preparation for installing the new oak ones.
This morning I felt better, enough to crawl out of bed and snap some photos of the post demolition for you.
It's always a shock to see your house torn up, but I'm getting to be kind of an expert at it. My first thought was that I was happy to see the guys had taped off everything well.
These are the original 105 year-old Douglas fir floors that were beneath the maple ones. (See those in my previous post here.)
After a lot of discussion with the flooring experts we decided this soft fir just wouldn't hold up to everyday wear in our high traffic areas, and we decided on white oak instead.
Now that we see them gouged, cracked, paint spattered, stained, mismatched from terrible past repairs (such as this one where a bedroom wall was removed to make the living room larger) and just generally abused, we're feeling okay about our decision to cover up the poor things again.
This was where a closet wall was.
Here, you can see the mix of wide and narrow boards which was a common practice to save money in the old days. The wider, cheaper wood went under the rugs where no one would see it.
It looks like the boards beneath the rugs weren't stained or waxed, either. It's interesting to see how the people who went before us lived here. (Sorry, but they were kinda sloppy.)
Now that we know the mysteries beneath the humps and bumps in our floor, our contractor thinks he can even them out a bit before laying the new one. We'll also be moving our heat vents and cold air returns to the outside walls for more efficient heat in our always chilly living room. And a really nice bonus to getting new floors is they'll be screwing down the subfloor tighter so the squeaks will go away.
Here's our old floor piled on the front porch. Bye-bye! (I'm happy to say this maple was given to a man on Craigslist who will re-mill it for new flooring.)
Next week comes the installation of the new floor. I'm so excited but nervous about picking the right stain color. Any input on colors from my wise readers would be appreciated very much.
Now, I'm going to crawl back into bed and snooze some more.
I hope you have a great weekend!
Read more about our new floor saga:
|New Hardwood Floors - Preparation|