floor update

I’ve got the dining room finished (trimmed out, etc.), and we’re starting the living room tonight. The problem is that our fireplace is rock and very rough. Our final solution is that we’re going to lay granite tile around the fireplace, then install the flooring up to that granite. That’s about Plan J. We probably won’t have the rock around the fireplace finished until later, though, as we’re going to have someone professionally install that. But, we should be able to have everything (other than the tile around the fireplace) done in time for the in-laws’ arrival on Sunday.

Oy, my back…

We’re deep in the midst of the flooring installation, now into day 2. Day 1 and some of today were mostly spent cursing the dealer we bought the materials from (more on this later) yet who failed to provide even the most meagre support and advice. Next time, we’ll just go to Lowe’s, where don’t expect help. Last night we ripped out the carpet and started getting nails and tacks and things out. Today, we finished that, made two trips to Lowe’s for accessories, and actually laid about 70 sq. ft. or so of flooring.
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Home Improvement

We’re embarking on some of the most involved home improvement we’ve attempted since moving into out house almost two years ago. We’re installing laminate wood flooring in our living room and dining room, which is almost 500 sq. ft. We got the stuff today, and it’s currently sitting in our living room “acclimating” to the temperature and humidity inside our house. We’re going to demolish the carpet Saturday morning, then start installing Saturday afternoon. Before and After pictures will follow. Wish me luck.