We took out the carpet and opted for a laminate floor. The proper way to do it would be to build the bookcase first and lay down the flooring around it, but we ended up doing it backwards. Its best not to build the bookcase on top of the flooring since the flooring will have to eventually be replaced and you don't want to have to pull it out from under a built in book case.

Flooring Supplies
Flooring Supplies

We purchased all the materials before pulling out the carpet. We ended up buying a few boxes more than we needed but were able to return the unopened boxes. The rolls to the right are the sound deadening underlayment made for this kind of floor. It does a good job of suppressing the foot step sounds, but doesn't do anything for the sound echoing down the stairs. Barely visible between the two are the transition pieces for the doorways and the top of the stairs. Stephen was a huge help for me bring up the boxes during install - these boxes are really heavy. (11/27/2021)

Pulling Up Old Carpet
Pulling Up Old Carpet

I had to pull up all the old carpet and padding. The padding was in particularly bad shape and basically fell apart as I pulled it out. It was a pain to remove all the staples. Good riddens to the old carpet. (11/28/2021)

Undercutting Door Jams
Undercutting Door Jams

The floating floor must slide under the door jams so I used a piece of flooring and padding to locate where the floor will slide under and used an oscillating tool to make room for the floor to fit. (12/11/2021)

Stephen Helping
Stephen Helping

Stephen was a huge help for this project. He not only lugged the boxes up the floor, but he ran down to the basement to use the miter saw to make almost all the cuts. He did most of floor install towards the end of the project. (12/11/2021)

Starting Rows
Starting Rows

Here I'm installing the first few rows of flooring. It was tending to move around during install so I screwed down a row of plywood to maintain the distance from the wall required for the bookshelf to be added later. The blue material is underlayment. None of it is secured to the floor, hence, a floating floor. (12/11/2021)

Troublesome Corner
Troublesome Corner

The corner next to the studio and furnace doors was difficult to lay out. The floor wanted to bend in while installing the floor, and there was a bit of a die-lock situation in the corner since the flooring needs to be lifted up before it can be clicked into place. I ended up planing off part of the lip that connects the pieces and gluing the planks together. (12/11/2021)

Floor Art
Floor Art

Gina added some art before Stephen and I laid down the floor. These are our four cats. (12/11/2021)

SIgnatures
SIgnatures

Like all great artists, Stephen and I signed or work. Or the floor beneath our work. (12/12/2021)

On a Roll
On a Roll

Here we've gotten a good start on the floor. The air vent was removed for painting and didn't get put back in until the paint had a change to fully cure so it doesn't still to the wall. (12/12/2021)

Stephen Fitting the Floor
Stephen Fitting the Floor

Stephen had pretty much taken over by this point. My bones are old, along with the rest of me. It was important to make sure the edges of the board don't line up to ensure a good bond between rows. It was also important to make sure the lengths on the edges are as random as possible, and at least 1 foot of flooring at the walls. We had to pay close attention of the pattern printed on the flooring to make sure the same image wasn't placed near each other. We spent quite a bit of time sorting and organizing the planks. (12/15/2021)

Closet Stuff
Closet Stuff

The closet was chock full of stuff - mostly photos and art supplies. We had to pause the floor install to pull everything out in some semblance of order so they can be put back in the same order. The plastic rack is in bad shape so I bought the tall chrome case to replace it. (12/15/2021)

Color Coordinated Duct Tape
Color Coordinated Duct Tape

We were using yellow duct tape to tape the seams of the underlayment, but ran out near the end of the project. Gina loaned us a roll of tape she had in her room and it was a good match to the padding on the bottom of the planks. Its totally irrelevant, but its nice to know were all coordinated. (12/15/2021)

Installing Quarter Round
Installing Quarter Round

Stephen is installing quarter round in the closet. (12/16/2021)

Closet Restocked
Closet Restocked

Now that the floor is complete inside the closet we packed everything back in, roughly in the same order. (12/16/2021)

The Supervisor
The Supervisor

This is Eris - she likes to watch me when I'm working on home projects, and occasionally will steal something like screws or small tools and run off. She is surprising unfazed by the construction noise but does take off when I start the compressor or vacuum. (12/18/2021)

Top Step Transision
Top Step Transision

This top step caused me more angst more than anything else with this project. The transition is up and over the floor which to me presents a trip hazard at the top of the stairs. In practice it hasn't been an issue, but it was still a significant concern. The padding caused the flooring to be too high to glue the transition directly to the floor so I planned down this piece of poplar to serve as a spacer. (12/22/2021)

Glueing Down the Transision
Glueing Down the Transision

Paint cans made good clamps for the glue down. I used the same Loctite L3 Premium polyurethane-based adhesive I used for the oak steps. (12/22/2021)

Hole in the Corner
Hole in the Corner

I should have cut the carpet away when I fit the skirt board for the stairs. I ended up with a hole in both this corner and the other one on the other side. I glued in a small block to fill the hole. Its not a good match, but after filling the oak strip under the plywood of the top step and the trim under the stair tread it mostly disappears. I figure if it doesn't bother me, no one else will even notice it. (12/24/2021)

Filler Strip
Filler Strip

A filler strip hides the bottom of the plywood which would be visible from the first floor looking up and provides support for the trim that fits under the stair nosing. (12/24/2021)

Gluing in Molding Strip
Gluing in Molding Strip

The molding strip fits up under the nosing and over the filler strip. It is a very flexible strip which was hard to clamp in place. I added tape to help hold it in place while the glue sets up. (12/24/2021)

 
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