Flooring Installation Proposal

I recounted here what an ordeal we had trying to get new floors laid in our house.

We've lived with sub-floor long enough.
We’ve lived with sub-floor long enough.

We finally settled upon someone who offered to lay roughly 350 square feet of red oak flooring for $750.

Paper is laid under the oak boards.
Paper is laid under the oak boards.

He and his colleague showed up the next morning and installed flooring in both the conservatory on the first floor and the master bedroom hall and closet on the second floor.

The floors were laid starting at the opening which connected to original flooring.
The floors were laid starting at the opening which connected to original flooring.

Man Number 1 worked on the conservatory floor starting at the opening into the dining room.

With the threshold finished the rest of the floor was a matter of laying and attaching the boards.
With the threshold finished the rest of the floor was a matter of laying and attaching the boards.

He dry-fitted a number of boards then went through and nailed them in.

Before
Before
After
After

The new double-door closet was included.

Before
Before
After
After

The conservatory is my favorite room in the house especially with the new flooring.

Again the flooring starting at the existing floor -- on the right.
Again the flooring starting at the existing floor — on the right.

Meanwhile Man Number 2 worked upstairs beginning at the wide opening between the bedroom and the hallway. (So both installers started at the old floors and worked their way away from them.)

The second floor deck came in handy as a cutting station.
The second floor deck came in handy as a cutting station.

He set up his miter saw right outside the bedroom on our private porch.  Charlie said he was happy not to have to run up and down stairs on a very hot day.

The flooring runs the long way in the hall.
The flooring runs the long way in the hall.

He finished up in the closet.

The French doors in the master bedroom need a threshold to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.
The French doors in the master bedroom need a threshold to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.

All the doorways still need reducing thresholds, sanding (scraping), and polyurethaning. This is planned for next week.

If you had a big empty room what kind of party would you throw?

Recent Craigslist Dispursements

When Charlie found out I had listed about 20 items on Craigslist he was surprised.

The granite samples I wrote about here were given away free.
The granite samples were given away free.

Most things are on there for $5 or $10 and some things are even free.

When we removed the front path this light went, too. Sold for $5.
When we removed the front path this light went, too. Sold for $5.

Importantly they’re heading away from us an on to new homes.

A man bought the blue screen door for his wife for $10. I had it listed for $5.
A man bought the blue screen door for his wife for $10. I had it listed for $5.

Some items are very particular size-wise to the space they need.  One person in a thousand might be interested.

The second toymaker who drove 35 miles to pick up some free wood.
The second toymaker drove 35 miles to pick up some free wood.

However 3+ people are interested in our scrap wood pile. Two of them are planning to make small toys with the wood.

The last of the scrap wood -- 1st offering.
The last of the scrap wood — 1st offering.

The remainder of the woodpile was picked up yesterday. Of course we have more scraps which we haven’t gathered together yet.

Believe it or not the pile in the Cottage is diminishing. The lamp with its shade is now listed.
Believe it or not the pile in the Cottage is diminishing. The lamp with its shade is now listed.

What can I list next?

Our friend-and-future-tenant’s house went on the market today. Have you got any drastic changes planned?

The Finished Pool Path

The meandering walkway that leads down to the pool at my place of employment is finished.

The new road is temporarily blacker than the connecting paving.
The new road is temporarily blacker than the connecting paving.

We used to stroll across the lawn. Now we cruise down the newly asphalt-paved farm lane.

Notice how very large stone are mixed with smaller ones instead of making them more uniform.
Notice how very large stone are mixed with smaller ones instead of making them more uniform.

A five-foot wide path is accessed through an opening in the hedge.

Before
Before
S-curves check the downhill direction from becoming too steep.
S-curves check the downhill direction from becoming too steep.

Stone was laid in a careful slope.

The photo is straight; the path goes downhill.
The photo is straight; the path goes downhill.

And it makes a winding curve especially around the copper beech.

I'm inspired by this path.
I’m inspired by this path.

The walkway has become a favorite for people in wheelchairs.

Do you like the varied sizes of stone? Or would you prefer a more homogeneous mix?

The Wool Anniversary

This month Charlie and I celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary.

We were married right in front of the fireplace way before the renovation.
We were married right in front of the fireplace way before the renovation.

The seventh is represented by two different traditional gifts: copper and wool.

Copper teapot on the small navy cabinet adds a bit of warmth to the predominantly blue scheme.
Copper teapot on the small navy cabinet adds a bit of warmth to the predominantly blue scheme.

I couldn’t think of anything either of us would want made from copper although I might pull out our few copper décor items just for fun.

Sheepskins from Ikea.
Sheepskins from Ikea.

And Charlie doesn’t wear sweaters (even though people continue to gift him with them). So I decided to get us matching wool items from Ikea.

I plan to wiggle my toes every morning in the wooly rug.
I plan to wiggle my toes every morning in the wooly rug.

I bought 2 sheepskins (at $30 each), one for each side of our bed so we can jump out onto cozy rugs.

A penny from our wedding year.
A penny from our wedding year.

And I might give him a shiny copper penny.

What is your favorite anniversary gift?

John Deere and The Curio

New to The Glade are some belongings of our new resident.

John Deere tractor.
John Deere tractor.

First she unloaded her John Deere tractor which will become our new main source of mowing.

We'll store the tractor in the woodshed.
We’ll store the tractor in the woodshed.

The keys were placed in my hands and I was given free reign to use it any time the urge hits me.

The curio cabinet is the first furniture to make the move.
The curio cabinet is the first furniture to make the move.

Next she brought one of her prized possessions, a tall, narrow curio cabinet.

The curio in the front of the Cottage.
The curio in the front of the Cottage.

It fits perfectly on the front wall of the Cottage between the front door and window.

The back wall of the Cottage is plumbed for laundry.
The back wall of the Cottage is plumbed for laundry.

Soon some new appliances will be installed on the back wall.

Have you cleaned behind your washer/dryer recently?

Back to Renovation Clutter and a Bonus

Due to having the floors laid and finished we’ve revived the cluttered house look.

One end of the master bedroom is a holding place for our mess from the hall and closet.
One end of the master bedroom is a holding place for our mess from the hall and closet.

We’ve moved everything from the master bedroom hall and closet into the bedroom and second floor hall. It has become much worse than the photo above.

Our oak chest is blocking the front door.
Our oak chest is blocking the front door.

And the conservatory furniture was moved into the dining room and living room in an unruly manner.

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

So until the flooring is finished the rest of the house is a ghastly mess.

The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage have been folded up to the ceiling and the trim in the middle of the floor has been moved to the house.
The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage have been folded up to the ceiling and the trim in the middle of the floor has been moved to the house.

The one bright note is that my friend and I carried the trim back into the house from the Cottage and placed it in the space where the flooring had previously been stored.

Look at all the space in the Cottage.
Look at all the space in the Cottage.

Ergo the middle of the Cottage floor has finally been cleared out which allows the new tenant to finish waxing the floor.

A sneak preview of the conservatory floor progress.
A sneak preview of the conservatory floor progress.

Bit by bit we’re getting ‘er done.

What fall colors are you going with this year?

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?