Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Great Flooring Project of 2014 - Part 1 - the Destruction!

Hello Friends!
I am a wee bit behind on posting.
I have some very good reasons, of course!

The destruction and re-do of the Great Flooring Project of 2014
 started last week or was it the the week before?
I think the dust has addled my brain a bit!

We live in an older home. It was built in 1924!
I think that was a very good year as that was the year
my Dad, Al, was born!

We knew we had original wood floors in the living room and dining room.
We believed there was some wood in the entry way and maybe in the kitchen and hallways
under a few (4+) layers
of vinyl (vinyl was so good in its time, wasn't it?).
So, we decided to refinish the wood wherever it was,
tear out the vinyl and replace with new wood and have all the flooring 
on the main floor be the same.
What a project!!

First, we had to have all the furniture and appliances moved to the garage.
Remember -- the house is old . . . the garage is not attached and 
has 5-6 stairs down to the driveway and garage.

Then the tear-up started.
Two phone calls at work that morning made me nervous . . . very nervous!

There weren't 4+ layers of vinyl -- after 3 layers, there was concrete!
Seriously -- concrete!!!
So, that had to be jackhammered out and a new subfloor installed.
Oy vey!! 

Every day returning home was a mystery as to what we
would find.  After the 2 calls that first day, the flooring guy decided to
spare me and stopped calling. 
Thank you Pete! :)

The dust and mess was everywhere and there was no dishwasher,
no refrigerator, no first-floor potty and no way to find anything.
So, we did what anyone with a sane mind would do 
. . .
we left for Disney World!

To be continued!


Laurie said...

okay, I am ROLLING!! Why the heck didn't I take a vacation during remodeling? That's genius, I tell you!! I can't wait to see how your flooring turns out- HUGE project!!! :)

Lisa said...

oooh! I can't wait to see the results!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

After two phone calls at work, I would have been flipping out. Good idea to take the vacation. I can't wait to see the end product.

Jodee said...

Holy cats! I can't even believe what a big undertaking that was! I hope you love, love, love the floors when they are done. So glad you hit the road to avoid some of the hassle and inconvenience! Hang in there!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Good for you on the great escape to Disney! Brilliant idea actually. I can't wait to see more!

Purple Flowers said...

WOW - you certainly have your work cut out for you. Just keep your eyes on the prize - when it is all finished.
I love that you escaped to Disney - how refreshing and fun! Smart woman.

Courtney said...

I love that you escaped to Disney! I am sure it is going to look great.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

can't wait for the "continue"


starnes family said...

Can't wait to hear more about Disney.

And, your floors!!!!!! Love that you took off during it.