But wait, there is something else that’s been going on all week and it’s been pretty exciting and a lot messy. We are having the entire floor space, closets and all, replaced. Gone is the stained and worn carpet and tile. Replacing it is “engineered vinyl planks,” the latest in wood-like flooring. It looks like real wood, is as hard as a rock and is known for being 100% waterproof. Bill the Dog has already tested this latter feature.
Now, I won’t advise you on what kind of flooring to choose. You’ll have to go through the purchasing routine like Rosemarie and I did. But I will advise you of this: If you can have this kind of flooring installed–especially if you are first tearing out carpeting and chiseling away ceramic tile–try to have it done before you move in. Having this kind of installation done while you are living in your home…well then, you can expect to be cleaning around the clock. We had enough tile taken up that the process produced a quantity of dust capable of forming a second Sierra Desert. We even had to wipe the dust off of the dust created the day before. Every item in every cabinet in the kitchen was coated with a fine layer of dust. Rosemarie, bless her, emptied all the cabinets, washing them down and stuffing the dishwasher with their content.
Then there’s the maneuvering of furniture. Here’s where my recent back surgery comes onto play–the surgery during which the surgeon dumped an entire Home Depot hardware department into my lower lumbar. And don’t forget toilets have to be removed…and then put back on afterwards. Guess who does a lot of this work, unless you want to dump about $4-500 bucks into hiring folks to help. You are already thousands into this project. But hey, when it’s done I have to admit, despite all the chaos, it really looks nice. Insert commercial here: Thank you Lumber Liquidators. You were very service-oriented and communication was good. Plus the installation company you linked us to was excellent…they never stopped working, no breaks and not even lunch! (S.D. Flooring).
It reminds me of the house I grew up in. It was built in the late 40s and all the floors were three-inch-wide planks of hardwood–pine or oak, I can’t remember. Those were the floors that folks later spent tons of money COVERING UP with wall-to-wall carpeting or something called linoleum. I wonder if the future owners of this home will do likewise twenty or so years from now!