|Starting the layout in the Family room - this is to get the boards lined up without seams too close and making it look good.|
|It always looks worse before it looks better!|
|The second stage of the layout is the run from the end of the family room to the end of the hallway which is about 80 feet of continuous hardwood which ends up tying the house together.|
|And the stapling has commenced...|
|Here's a sample of a finish - this is just the base oil applied before the Bona finish. We like it but want it a shade deeper.|
|Here's the end of the day on Monday. Many hands make light work (6 guys working on the install!)|
|That's a recessed floor vent bought from an online supplier.|
|The hallway from the Master bath to the bedroom.|
|A slightly different view - Can't wait for the kitchen cabinetry to get installed and then the appliances.|
We laid out the subfloors for the rooms with marmoleum - upstairs we added 7/16" OSB to bring up the level of the bathrooms and laundry room so that there wasn't a big step between the marmoleum and the maple. In the basement we have to use some self-leveling compound to even out the waves (it is concrete after all) so we applied the "primer" which is really a bonding agent/concrete sealer for the self-leveling compound. It is supposed to dry in, depending on which literature you read, 3 hours to 24 hours. In the morning if the primer is dry we'll pour the compound which requires 16 hours before you can lay floor on it. That will mean no marmoleum in that room until Friday but we wanted to make sure that the marmoleum didn't transmit all the small depressions and bumps in the concrete - especially important in the bathroom where your feet will sense every little uneven spot.
Oh yeah, yesterday the Hardwood Store of NC delivered all our trim (poplar), stair treads(maple), risers (alder), window sill nosing (poplar), and the wood for the hallway slatted ceiling (hickory). Interior doors and toilets being delivered Friday, range and dishwasher delivery is tomorrow.