Old Carpet is Out. New Hardwood is In

During demo we stripped out all the tan carpeting in favor of all new wood flooring to compliment the existing main level selections. Our crew worked to lay the new boards along the stair landing, the family room, and both bedrooms, while tile will go in the bathroom and a runner will finish the wood stairs. Decisions on what type of floor is appropriate for your remodel varies based on criteria like budget, room function, and design goals. Hardwood is a great option because of the various finishes and warmth it adds to a home. Also consider its relative durability and the ease of cleaning wood boards. Because wood doesn’t trap dander and dusts like carpeting, hardwood is also a great option for maintaining good air quality within your home. And if down the road you’re looking to change the look of any hardwood floor, refinishing it is always an option.

In this image, our team is nailing in the new wood planks on this upper level stair landing, finishing the top riser with a bullnose edge condition.
The upper level flooring is still drying from the finish coats. The new wood floor extends from the stair landing throughout the upper level except for the bathroom beyond where black, hexagonal floor tile will be placed soon.

Millwork Provides the Right Interior Finishes

With the flooring finished, we then worked to add all the millwork for this project, which included handrails, base profiles, and all the window and door trim across the upper level. Starting at the top of the stairs, we used flat stock 5 1/4″ high boards as part of our two-piece base profile. The base is continuous, running along the bottom of the sheetrock from the stair, the family room, bedrooms, and into the full bathroom. We added a secondary 3/4″ rounded profile along the flat stock called a shoe to finish the base moulding. For the windows and doors, a 3 1/2″ x 3/4″ flat board is applied around each opening using the picture-frame method, in which all four sides of a window (or three for a door) receives the same moulding profile.

The 5 1/4" board is the first of the two-piece base profile to be installed. The "shoe" is a rounded profile that finishes the base and sits just along the new wood floor.
To protect the newly finished flooring, it is temporarily covered while the remainder of the remodel is completed. Here we also see the intersection of the new base and door profiles.
The base is comprised of two different trim profiles. With the first one nailed in, we're just about to run the second rounded profile along the bottom to finish the job.
Window trim is installed through the picture-frame method, which means one profile is used along all four sides of the opening, instead of using a sill and apron along the bottom.

Up Next…We’re putting in new bathroom cabinets and tile inside this Cape Cod dormer addition.


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