Our Home Renovation: Hardwood Floors

We are about two and a half months into our project. During our time off during the holidays, Jimmy and I (especially me) would “play house” in the kitchen. I like to imagine what it would be like to prepare a meal there, entertain friends and wash dishes. This is going to be a dramatic change for us. We will have a dishwasher for the first time in 14 years! And our refrigerator is going to be in the same room!

The installation is complete except for an additional trim piece at the lower edge of the upper cabinets. I think it's funny that the installers left little tabs of masking tape folded over onto itself as cabinet pulls.

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The wood for the new hardwood floor has been stacked and sitting in the back bedrooms for about 10 days now. The wood is typically left in the house for a couple of weeks before laying so that it can acclimate to the humidity and temperature of the home. Apparently the wood expands, contracts, swells and shrinks in accordance to the inner climate of the home. Wood that is brought in and installed immediately may later cup at the seams or contract, leaving gaps between boards.

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Our hardwood contractors are just about to start installing our floors. We were going to match the medium oak stain of the living and dining rooms, but now we are considering a richer tone with some red hue. We'll see. The sanding and staining is at the very end of the project.

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