Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Why stop with the bedroom?

So we decided that while it was still nice out, we'd get the flooring out so we weren't dragging the bags of demo materials to the curb in the snow.  So...here's the results from the hallway:

Before...this is before we closed looking towards the living room

And the progress

I bet this is a new one for most people.  At some point, someone found the rot in the floor.  Rather than fix everything, they...poured concrete in the rotted area.  Yup.  Concrete.

All the rotted stuff is out, this is the concrete slab we sit on.

The floor

Mold on the wall.  The tub leaked.  For a LOOONNNGGG time.

Took out the moldy drywall.  You can see the long standing water damage.

This is one spot where the water ran down.

I have treated all of the mold with vinegar.

We didn't stop with the hall.  Major props go to Mr Eclectic for this part-he did all of the linoleum removal in the dining room and kitchen.

This was the dining room before we moved in.  It was faux wood adhesive "planks"  The enterprising person that laid it did so end to end rather than staggering the joints.  It looked ridiculous.

You can see the floor that was below it in this picture, it was worn but kind of fun-faux brick.  Too bad it had MAJOR adhesive (the black stuff all over the floor below).  That'll be "fun" to remove.

This is the floor in the kitchen now, the dining room is the same.

Another option, instead of trying to remove all that residue and patch in something in the hall, would be to completely replace the floor.  In the process, we could replace/repair the "sleepers" (small pieces of wood that sit between the concrete slab and actual wood floor to keep the floor raised up and give something to nail it to) that seem to have given away in some spots in the kitchen.  This is an option, light pine floors:

or stained a little, like these


  1. Unfortunately I HAVE seen this one before, only worse. Once I visited a 13th-century castle that was abandoned and only used for grain storage throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. It had insanely wide oak planks (up to 2' sometimes) and all soft spots/holes in the finished floors have been patched with concrete!

    Personally I'd remove any wood you can from the slab, then put down tar paper or a similar damp-proof layer and insulate under the floor. You don't want the wood to keep rotting there, either from rising damp or from condensate.

  2. Wow...I can't believe someone else thought it would be a good idea!

    We did remove the flooring and sleepers, then put down a layer of 20lb tar paper/roofing felt, new sleepers and are working on putting in a new old floor. Good advise!!