I never realized how remodeling the floor could disrupt daily lives until recently. Replacing the floor and paying for it is just the beginning.
Here’s one enlightening story… as well as my own personal nightmare.
The video below shows the aftermath of tile removal and my clumsy ways. 🙂
People often take into consideration the inconvenience when remodeling a kitchen because it’s obvious. However, remodeling a floor… not so much.
The BF and I started in the living room by pulling up the carpet to stain the concrete.
Then, it was on to the bathroom. Replacing tile is dust and dirt hell, so we decided to go ahead and remove the outdated tile on the first floor at the same time.
The BF rented a loud, obnoxious tool to remove what was left over after removing the tile. After that, he had the pleasure of sweeping up the rest.
Fortunately, I knew what to expect after a conversation with my friend Krista Flasch several months ago.
“My advice for anyone considering refinishing wood floors… just move it all out,” said Flasch.
She had just started a new job, had a three and five-year-old and a horrible sinus infection. That’s actually the reason she wanted to remove the carpet from her 1950s home.
“In the end, it has definitely been worth it and it has helped with my allergies.”
Krista says that now, but for several weeks her life was a hectic mess.
She moved the furniture into a pod in the driveway and lived out of a suitcase at her mother-in-law’s home for a week.
“I thought hiring somebody to do it would be great because that would eliminate us having to do the work. But, let me tell you… it’s still a lot of work.”
“I was warned ahead of time, but I didn’t take items out of the closets.”
Dust can get through the tiniest little crack.
“This dust went everywhere… in drawers, in closets, even adhered to walls. Fortunately I did take down the drapes.”
We’re not talking about the kind of dust that gathers after you’ve waited too long to clean.
“I think on the ceiling fan I might have removed a quarter-inch of dust. That’s how thick it was. It was a nightmare and it took a whole day just for me with a bucket and soapy water with a rag to wipe everything down.”
The dust she could tackle. However, she had another problem.
“When it was time to move back in, we did not account for the chemical smell.”
Krista was worried about her children, so again they moved out. This time she took the family to a hotel for a few days.
The floors now look amazing and she’s added value to her home.
Click play below to hear Krista and I talk about the difference in price with a private contractor versus Home Depot.
As she looks back on the experience, she has some insight… especially if you have an older home.
Krista was lucky. The house had beautiful floors in fairly good condition underneath the carpet.
Still, there was one surprise and Krista wasn’t convinced that just any contractor could fix it.
“When they pulled up the carpet in the living room, there was like a 10×15 foot section where there was no wood floor.”
The previous home owners had knocked down a wall before adding carpet. She had to find a contractor with a plan to match both the wood and the stain.
(Pictured below: Krista right, me in the middle and our friend Casey on the left)
The contractor explained to Krista that…
“Because of pollution these days a lot of trees grow differently.”
And that wasn’t the only issue. The size of the boards in the 1950s are thinner than what is used today.
The contractor was able to match that and come up with a solution to another problem.
“In order to make sure that the same color was throughout the entire house, they had to refinish all of the wood floors.”
The contractor sanded the new and old wood and added the same stain to all of it.
“We had them sand and refinish all of the floors, so it isn’t a case of having to match one stain with another stain. They just did the same color throughout the entire house.”
That take on the project was one key to finding a quality contractor. The others wanted to try and match the stain that had been there for decades underneath the carpet.
“It’s prudent to make sure that you talk to at least three different contractors and get bids.”
Krista always uses Angie’s List when searching for a reputable person on any project in her home. So far, she’s had great luck on three difficult projects.
Bottom line… do your research. Read the reviews. And be ready for anything.
If you’re building a new home, or remodeling the floors in an older home, think about this blog post. Save trendy for wall paint and other easy to remove decor items.