Floor Installation: Who WILL Do It?

We have been working on getting the last unfloored portions of the new additions finished started.

The conservatory is ready for flooring.
The conservatory is ready for flooring.

Our first idea was that we Charlie would do it under the tutelage of the Viking who is suddenly unavailable.

The master hall is ready for flooring.
The master hall is ready for flooring.

Then we thought we would use our tiler who did a great job in both new bathrooms.  He told us he was available for other construction jobs.  When we called him he let us know he had never laid a hardwood floor before. Hmmm.

The closet needs flooring before we can design the storage configuration..
The closet needs flooring before we can design the storage configuration..

Next we showed the project to the carpenter who is doing repairs and upgrades to the Cottage.  We thought his price was a little high especially since he doesn’t do the finishing, he just installs the boards. And he seemed to have reservations about the job.

So tired of having lumber in the living room.
So tired of having lumber in the living room.

Then we interviewed a floor guy that the Viking sent over. While we were waiting for his bid he decided he didn’t have enough time to do it.

The beautiful kitchen floor.
The beautiful kitchen floor.

Next we called our renovation contractor to get the name of the flooring sub he used to do our kitchen, pantry, and mudroom floors with which we were extremely pleased. On the day he was supposed to come out he told us he couldn’t do the job because of personal health issues with his wife.

Cedar shims were used to gradually change the height of the floor over the subfloor in the mudroom hall. We've hired the guy who accomplished it to do the conservatory and master suite.
Cedar shims were used to gradually change the height of the floor over the subfloor in the mudroom hall. We’ve hired the guy who accomplished it to do the conservatory and master suite.

While Charlie was talking to him I had the brilliant idea to ask him the name and number of his problem-solving employee who actually put in our new floors.  After all if his boss wasn’t taking on any new jobs he might need work.  The sub-contractor gave us his number and Charlie called him on Wednesday night. He gave us a price over the phone and started laying floors Thursday morning at a price that beat everyone else’s.

The conservatory furniture is packed into the dining room and living room.
The conservatory furniture is packed into the dining room and living room.

This is not the first time we’ve had to switch gears in terms of contracting workers but each time it seems to have worked out in our favor. Never give up!

Are you hoping to complete a project before the end of the year?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Floor Installation: Who WILL Do It?”

  1. Well it’s great that this worked out so well for you! I would think that floor finishers will be easier to find. Hopefully.

    And I don’t expect to do any projects with any substance. Some stupid loose ends, hopefully.

  2. Glad you found the right person! Good contractors are like gold! We’d better finish our exterior painting long before the end of the year. Then there’s my plaster and paint project in the living room, which has stalled for the summer. Sigh …

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