Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I've been off-blog for the past few days doing the typical new year stuff. You know, cleaning up and storing Christmas stuff, organizing, playing with little people who are all home from school until Monday. As cliche as it sounds, I am determined to get this house into some improved organizational condition. It's been a rough 2.5 years of having babies and endless minor renovations around here. We need to start cleaning up, digging out, and making it look like people actually live here. Its been looking like a team of REALLY slow construction workers have been squatting for 2 years. Not pleasant.

I'm working on pinning down a flooring choice and am leaning toward a medium/dark brown bamboo...pictured below. Feel free to comment, I'm not 100% committed yet.After swearing that I would never let Daniel do this project because of the extreme length of time his projects take to complete...he's starting to wear me down. After reviewing this very helpful website, the thought of paying someone $3+ per square foot to install the floor makes me want to scream. It's not exactly rocket science and we currently own every specialty saw and tool known to man. I'm wavering....WAVERING! None of this is relevant until my mantle and shelves are finished either. This would be at the tail end of that project. Do people really pay $2,000+ for installation of a prefinished hardwood floor? That just seems like madness to me. Maybe I'm just super cheap...entirely possible.

5 comments:

Lara said...

We put down our own hard wood floor and it wasn't as hard as we expected. However if you are paying a lot of money for the wood (we got a great deal from a friend) it would probably be worth paying a company to do it so it is under warranty.

emilyw said...

I like the bamboo! We are going to get our floors done(finally)in the next 6 months or so. We'll probably do the bamboo. Glad to hear someone else likes it. Sounds like a fun project! Did he finish the wall yet? :) Hope you are well!

Erika said...

The mantle and surround is nearing completion...finally. The niches don't have shelves/cabinets yet, but that will not take nearly as long as all the million steps involved in building an intricate mantle and surround from scratch. I of course am way past ready to move on to the next project.

Mika said...

I'm Mika (Cheri's friend/Breck's godmother...just so you know some random stranger isn't stalking you in cyberspace!) and my husband and I installed our own floor in our dining room. We had to even out the concrete first, which was not as hard as I anticipated it would be. One of the more difficult steps was laying down the thin cushy paper layer between the concrete and the flooring. It kept wanting to crinkle up. The actual floor installation was about as difficult as I imagined: the cutting was challenging at times but snapping it together was...a snap! The part that I absolutely hated the most was painting and installing the quarter-rounds around the baseboards. The reason was two-fold: first, you are so near the end of the project that you just want it to be over and second, we didn't have a miter saw so we just estimated the angles and filed down any edges that poked out. Looking back, I would probably install flooring again if the room were nice and rectangular (we never had to cut any weird angles into the flooring pieces, thank God!)

superherotrainer said...

I like your floor choice!