7/14/10

Thank You Larry!

We've been really hard at work these couple of weeks because Justin's dad, Larry, is here to help with the renovation for two weeks. Boy did he come at the right time. He's helping us get a lot of stuff done. He and I worked together last week to prime the walls which took couple of days. Then we organized the garage while we were waiting for the mud on the sheetrock to dry. On Friday and Saturday, he helped our electrician install the housing for the recessed lights upstairs.  At the end of our Saturday workday, we made sure that the floor was cleaned and ready for the floor installation first thing Monday morning. I made sure that we had at least Sunday off to recharge for the long week ahead. 

Sheetrock with one coat of primer from Benny Moore.



1000 square feet of engineered hardwood floating floor arrived last week. We left them in the downstairs unit to acclimate to our house. After checking the average installation cost if we were to hire someone to do it, we decided to tackle the job ourselves. 

The subfloor after mopping. The gray square along the right wall is a spot where there was a height difference in the floor board. We patched it with mortar to level the floor. But as we later discovered, while laying down the floor; there were other uneven spots on the floor, though it was too late to correct them.

The underlayment that goes under the wood floor. Do you like our temporary "security system" on the patio door?

We tried out laying the floor across the room horizontally, but it looked too choppy in my opinion. So we did it my way, staggered in a vertical pattern.

We knew it would take a while to get the ball rolling on installing the floor.
It took us a whole day to do half of the living room. 

The living room was finished on the second day and the front bedroom done on the third. Our method has gotten better and the work has gone a little faster everyday. Our goal is to finish the master bedroom and closet tomorrow hopefully with some time to spare so Justin and I can go kitchen cabinet shopping!

Front to back view.


Partial view of front bedroom.

Living room, back to front view. I've noticed some minor mistakes on the floor, but not too shabby for us first timers. Love it!

Just a reminder of how far we've come. The light floor color has brighten up the living room so much!



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