Well, it was about 5 months in the making.  But we finally redid the flooring upstairs.  And by “we” I mean we paid for it. Unique Flooring here in Bloomington handled the project, who subcontracted Josh’s Hardwood Flooring.  If you’re looking for a great company to work with, I’d recommend both.  Winston at Unique is fantastic, great service and really knowledgeable.

This project was very easy from our standpoint.  I picked out the wood with Teresa and we set up the time.  When Josh came out to look at the place, we had a lot of things going against us.  The biggest was that we had particle board as a subfloor–this genuinely won’t work for hardwood.  They had to tear it all out and put in real ply wood, added to the cost but necessary.  Also, our stairs are wide, so we ended up having to buy additional supplies to pay for them, all the nosing and wood adds up.  We needed new shoeing around the baseboards too.

Despite all that, once the process was set up, it was smooth sailing.  It took four days roughly.  More than anything, I enjoy doing these projects because they are LONG TERM improvements.  Knowing something is going to be there for decades really excites me for some reason.  I think everything really turned out great.  If you’re looking for someone to help you with a project like this, both UF and Josh are good people to start with.  Here are some photos.

Living Room torn out with plywood put down.

Living Room torn out with new plywood put down.

B3

Kitchen torn out.

B5

Stairs sans carpet.

Broken tile in the bathroom.  Josh fixed it quickly and it looks good as new.

Broken tile in the bathroom. Josh fixed it quickly and it looks good as new.

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The good news is that they were able to salvage the engineered hardwood in the kitchen. I'll use that to redo the flooring in the "mancave" area downstairs before winter sets in.

Jasper on the new floor, living room and kitchen area on the left.

Jasper on the new floor, living room and kitchen area on the left.

Finished living room with the fireplace in the background.

Finished living room with the fireplace in the background.

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Stairs finished! Stella enjoying the new slippery surfaces.