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30 October 2009 @ 07:05 pm
"there's real hardwood floor under this carpet"  
That's what the realtor who showed us this house said, well...

It will take some work getting it into shape. I thinking of trying the orange glow stuff. I still think it's better than the stained carpet. The plan is to slowly uncover the floor in chunks, repairing as I go. They stapled the underpading into the floor, so that's the slowest part, is pulling the staples.
phitotient on October 30th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
awesome! Those are beautiful.
Jeredjered on October 30th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
That's in better shape than most. There was claimed hardwood floors under the carpet in my house. It was really wide-plank cypress, like we have upstairs... which would have been fine except that they had nailed the hell out of it (every 2-3 inches along the joists) to get rid of creaks.

In a classic example of scope creep (the plan was to turn an existing room into a kitchen), we ended up tearing them up... and while they're up, let's put in radiant heat piping... etc. I'm so glad we're finally (mostly) done.
gmpe on October 31st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
If you decide you might want/need them refinished or repaired, I can dig up the reference for our floor guy. He does great work and pretty cheaply, too. He patched the holes in our hardwood when we took out the steam radiators (and the pipes to feed them), refinished where there had been a carpet on stairs, salvaged wood from the floor in what turned into a bathroom to add/repair floor where there had been a chimney in the living room, etc.

Those floors like they are in pretty awesome shape, though!
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on October 31st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
We're going to see what we can do ourselves. There in pretty good, but not amazing condition, but we've lived with the ones up stairs which are in worse condition all this time, so I don't think it will bother us until house selling time.
David Phillipsdphilli1 on October 31st, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
those floors are either elm or fir. We have the same stuff in our house, and they refinish beautfully!. One caution -- they are very soft. I put a big dent in our floor by dropping the remote control (it landed on its corner...)

I recomend JJ Hardwood floors -- they did our house when we moved in, and are making a special trip to finish the new stairs that went in as part of our basement remodel.