Construction, House and Acreage Restoration

A New Floor

Just a friendly reminder-the blog posts have purposely been put down to the bare minimum. This is because after over a year of blog posts (sometimes up to five a week) I am running out of storage space with all the pictures and video. So, even though I am documenting, and Tyler continues to work on the house, there will be more space between posts that will cover a greater time period.

Holes in the old floor upstairs, quite a mishmash of colors.
Holes in the old floor upstairs, quite a mishmash of colors.

After the floors became level, we were left with dealing with the effects of the weeks and months the floors had been exposed to the elements. Specially-the element known as “water.” Despite having a subfloor of some pretty hefty plywood, it was cracked, torn and disjunct in many places. The original floor (and by original, I mean the floor put in the house in 1900 that was below the subfloor) had some beautiful elements to it. It also had large holes for pipes, pieces missing, paint all over it (back in the day, people use to paint the floor to add color to a room-our floor was once painted yellow and once painted teal).

The old dining room floor (once painted yellow-ya know, to be cheery)
The old dining room floor (once painted yellow-ya know, to be cheery)

It was not going to work. It was not going to give and be sturdy. Despite my love of original floors (and my intense infatuation with the “Rehab Addict” of the Twin Cities/Detroit area), we needed a new subfloor to cover the original floor.

Ripping up the old subfloor that suffered from rain damage last spring/summer.
Ripping up the old subfloor that suffered from rain damage last spring/summer.

We headed out, borrowed a truck, and purchased 47 sheets of plywood.

New plywood for the floors.
New plywood for the floors.

The plywood was nailed (by hand!) upstairs. Yes, I used a hammer. Yes, I hit my thumb twice and my index finger once so hard that my eyes watered for five minutes.

Starting the upstairs.
Starting the upstairs.
The pink paper helps the floor move with the house (the way tar paper does with the shingles on a roof).
The pink paper helps the floor move with the house (the way tar paper does with the shingles on a roof).

Yes, my back and legs ached as I attempted to nail little tiny nails for hours at a time. Yes, I was horrible at nailing the subfloor and whined like a child.

Tiny nails, put in the sheathing one by one.
Tiny nails, put in the plywood one by one.
Upstairs
Upstairs

My husband (the incredible hulk) just plowed through everything.

For the main floor, he was able to purchase a narrow crown stapler so we didn't have to hand nail another 23.5 sheets by hand. Smart move. He used about 12,000 staples.
For the main floor, he was able to purchase a narrow crown stapler so we didn’t have to hand nail another 23.5 sheets by hand. Smart move. He used about 12,000 staples. This is the dining room with the new (non-yellow) floor.

So….we have a whole new floor.

Do you know what that means? It means we are waiting on the plumber, the electrical, the installation of the water pipes….more stuff….but way less than before!!!!

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