Obviously we had new hardwood flooring installed in the new areas of the house but we also wanted seamless transitions between the old and new. About 15 years ago we had a small area in the front of the house repaired with new flooring which at the time didn’t connect to any other floor.
When our floor was installed they removed the old new floor from the front hall but not from the powder room. The new hall flooring exactly matches up with the powder room floor.
However the floor in the front hall was about 3/4 inch higher than the mudroom floor.
Originally the flooring guys put in a standard threshold to accommodate the difference in levels.
A standard threshold is about 3 inches wide.
I thought the transition would be better with a threshold that was as wide as the doorway (the thickness of the wall). My contractor agreed it would look better and be a better transition but the floor man told him there wasn’t such a thing as a wider threshold with a reducer for a small change in height from one floor to another. Hmmm.
Not a man to be deterred by “it can’t be done” he called the local lumber yard and they said they could mill a custom threshold.
Seriously this man could work in theatre (where nothing is impossible).
Thought you might enjoy a hasty tour of the ground floor. First off, The Glade is not very large. There is a living room with a small fireplace, dining room, kitchen and powder room.
The kitchen is the empty room in the plan above which I wrote about here. From the living room to the powder room are 2 steps up, a landing, and 2 steps down. The long steps go up to the second floor.
We enter the house through the back door which goes directly into the kitchen. We don’t use the front door (into the living room) or the side door (into the dining room) except on very rare occasions. The kitchen – ah, the kitchen – could I hate a room as much as I do this little scullery? Here is the main reason for the renovation.
The dining room is directly off the living room and was an addition to the original house long before I lived here. The dining room (music room) has an exterior door to a back porch, a double window at the rear and a single window centered on the wall opposite the door. This room has a built in window seat details of which I’ll explain at a later date.
The front door opens into our living room which has a fireplace (called a “Heatolator” which, I think, means it has vents on the side which pour heat into the room) and 3 windows.The living room is difficult to arrange because there is minimal wall space so sofas are placed in front of windows and chairs try to stay out of the main traffic pattern. In order to get upstairs we walk through the living room as it is the only way to get to the stairs. (That is an item that the renovation will address.)
Finally the tiny powder room that we fondly call “Le Bibliotheque” is tucked back in the front corner of the house. Some people have actually passed this room thinking it truly is a library. Quel drôle! It has no window but does sport an exhaust fan. The fixtures are original, however the sink has been refinished and a new fixture added. The original fixture had two spigots, not very handy.
Thus ends the ground floor of The Glade. Later in the week I’ll let you in on the upstairs but my son and his friend just showed up out of the blue, dead tired after a long drive from Florida so for now the bedrooms are occupied.