The last week has been all about flooring prep.

Kitchen floor sanded

The flooring subcontractor went through and sanded all the floors. This worked great in the kitchen (the former dining room). The floor in this room is not in as bad a condition as in the older part of the original house, as in you can't actually see through the cracks in the floor.

They had less success with sanding in the bedroom, where we also encountered this horrific result from sanding:

Our bedroom floor just shatters under the sander

In addition to sanding, they were evening the floor out with flowable floor filler.

Floor filler in the bedroom

That gives them a completely flat, solid surface to attach the underlayment.

Lots of filler in the hallway

Some areas, where the floor was in the worst shape, needed a lot of filler. The hallway had the original flooring and it was terribly dented up and damaged, plus the gaps between the boards were up to 1/4" wide. There's quite a lot of filler there.

Accordion Room floor

They weren't quite done in the Accordion Room, so you can see the sacks of filler here. This room will have a tile floor in the future (because it's becoming a bathroom, and I generally don't like wood floors in rooms with a tub). That tile should be on site this week, at which time all the tile will be here and done, unlike the doorknobs.

If you're wondering why they are going through this business instead of just lifting the floor boards, it's because the floor boards run under the walls and are integral to the structure of the house, so they cannot be lifted, they cannot be tightened up to each other, and they cannot be easily repaired. I didn't like the idea of completely gutting the interior of the house, but something had to be done about the flooring. Our only option was to go up. So up we go, which does require some modifications to the doors and such, but given the insane things the previous owners did to the doors that isn't too drastic.

Upstairs hall with skylight

And just one final image to show you the best tiny decision I've ever made: the skylight in the upstairs hall. This brings in so much light. The dark, sad hallway is bright and pleasant. And yeah, look at all that floor filler.

posted by ayse on 02/23/17