Before laying out the new wood boards, our installer cuts out some portions of the existing boards at varying lengths, disguising the seam between the existing dining room and new kitchen boards. Starting at the existing floor is critical to joining the two spaces visually.

Seamless Transitions Make for a Thoughtful Remodel

For homes like this one that have existing hardwood, tying in new or replacement boards from small sections to entirely new rooms worth of product requires some thoughtfulness.  Here, our goal was to make sure the red oak in the kitchen flowed seamlessly with the dining room beyond, which would require 2 important techniques, taking about 5 days from start to finish.

  1. Lace in new boards by staggering the joints: If we simply installed the kitchen hardwood in a straight line where the new floor meets the dining room hardwood, an obvious and unnecessary seam would prevent the spaces from feeling unified. Especially in a remodel, finding ways to naturally transition form new to old is an integral part of the success of the design. We cut into the existing hardwood at varying lengths, which staggers the joints between new and existing boards.
  2. Resurface the entire floor: In order for the new and existing boards to be indistinguishable, the entire main level wood floor needed to be sanded and refinished. Once sanded, we applied three layers of water based coating with a full 24 hours of drying time between each. When considering other non water-based hardwood finishes, consider that they typically take longer to dry, needing about 48-72 hours between coats.


*If you’re in need of a replacement boards or all new wood flooring, get a flooring expert to help you identify the wood species. They have both experience and tools needed to make sure the right wood is selected.
Using a handheld oscillating saw, a triangle, and pencil, the installer carefully marks the boards and then removes sections for new boards to lace into. Once refinished, telling the difference between new and old boards and finding where the two floors meet will be next to impossible.
As the installer moves across the kitchen floor, he lays out the boards throughout the room and then begins to nail them into the subfloor.
The dining room floor had some staining on a few existing boards. Knowing they needed to be replaced, our flooring installer removed the affected boards, staggering the extraction points to make the seam much less obvious once refinished.

Luxury Vinyl Tile is A Great Option

For flooring in the mudroom and sunroom addition, our clients and design team settled on a bluestone luxury vinyl tile or LVT. In this application, LVT is an excellent choice because it works well in wet conditions. With wet boots tracking in water over the course of several winters, cleaning and maintaining the quality of this LVT will be much easier for our clients than other natural materials. Other than the durability, LVT is also cost-effective and is easier to repair or replace in comparison to stone or hardwood. To install, our flooring expert laid out and glued the bluestone luxury vinyl tile directly to the subfloor.

For the transition between the kitchen floor and step down for the new mudroom, a perpendicular board will be installed along the edge to capture the end of the new hardwood boards.
Luxury Vinyl Tile or LVT is a cost-effective, attractive, and easily maintained material, which is a benefit to families with pets and small children. It's also a great choice for mudrooms like this one because of its durability.

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