I’m so excited to get the hardwood floors installed at The Shack. I feel like everything we’ve done thus far has been building up to this huge event! If you’ve been following along, you know we’ve removed all the trim-work, casing & baseboards, then primed and painted the majority of the main floor, to prepare for this day. All this work has taken a long time and a ton of elbow grease!
BEFORE: The main living area of The Shack, as seen here with it’s original sponge painted yellow walls, multiple unattractive flooring materials and various other dated elements. There are many changes planned for the future!
In past posts, I’ve shared the flooring we picked, which will be installed in the entire main floor, and the upstairs hallway plus loft. Laying this floor will unify all the spaces and make everything look much bigger and more open.
I chose this floor from the ‘Old World’ collection at Naturally Aged Flooring. The species is actually Eucalyptus and the color is called Burlap. Each plank is 1/2″ thick x 7 5/8″ wide. They come in random Lengths ranging from 2′-7′. The boards are hand scraped and irregular with tool marks and distressing, to give a vintage appearance. You can see that the Eucalyptus wood has plenty of knots and pock-marks, adding to the vintage look of the floor…just what I wanted for my rustic mountain house!
First, we needed to pull up all the old flooring…so much work! And, of course, the need to dispose of the flooring…there’s a lot of dust and dirt during the removal process and plenty of trash after you finish with demolition.
BEFORE: All the cheap flooring materials at The Shack, simply must go! It was relatively easy to remove the yucky, worn out carpeting in the living area and main floor bedroom. Even the plastic laminate in the kitchen was no big deal, with the help of a crow bar. It was the peel and stick tiles in the dining area that were tacky and horrible to take up. They tended to break and have to be scraped off the sub-floor, leaving a sticky residue. So it was a complete mess!
PROGRESS: Here’s a photo of the main living area, after the carpet has been removed. It looks a little bleak here, but it’s going to get better VERY soon! Under all that carpeting and padding is a simple plywood sub-floor. One of the annoying things about removing carpeting, is the need to pull up staples…there are a lot. Carpet installers usually staple down the foam padding underneath the carpet (so it doesn’t shift around), and those staples really should be removed before installing any new hardwood. So my husband and I spent quite a bit of time on hands and knees with pliers, removing the many, many staples.
PROGRESS: After receiving the hardwood flooring product, ordered through ProSource from Naturally Aged Flooring, we unpacked most of the boxes and stacked them up in the main floor bedroom. You might think that sounds crazy, but it’s actually a good plan. This allows the wood to acclimate to its environment. If you don’t properly acclimate your wood flooring, you may experience excessive expansion, shrinkage, dimensional distortion or structural damage. The worst-case scenario is one in which wood flooring is stored at the job-site in an uncontrolled environment (like a garage or shed), then is immediately installed. When the materials are stored in an area that is subject to excessive moisture and humidity conditions, you could have a disaster on your hands! Equilibrium moisture content (EMC) is basically when the moisture content of wood is in equilibrium with its environment. It’s a state when wood is neither gaining nor losing moisture. This is what we were trying to achieve when we unpackaged the wood and allowed it to sit inside The Shack for about a week, so that the moisture levels in the wood would become stable and in sync with its new environment.
Since we’ve been doing so much of the work ourselves, you’re probably wondering if we’re installing the floors ourselves. Thankfully the answer is NO. While we considered this option (my husband is more than capable of this work), we decided that it would be so much faster and more practical to pay a professional to do this part of the job. So I called on one of my favorite installers: Justin Lister of J.L Flooring. Justin specializes in the installation of hardwood floors, so he will make quick work of this job and do it beautifully. Soon I’ll be able to share with you the beautiful new wood floors at The Shack. I’m so excited, I just can’t wait!!
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