Hardwood Floors

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If you have ever installed your own flooring, you will know how completely exhausting it can be. 
Over the past few years, we have ripped out over 2,100 square foot of builder grade vinyl flooring and yards of beige carpet and pad....and billions of staples.  We installed travertine, ceramic and hardwood floors in the entire house.  Well, technically my husband does most of the demo and I do most of the installation - so I say we when it comes to flooring projects.

Not only is installing your own floors very rewarding and money saving, it is an excellent workout.  Twenty-four hours later I'm still sore, but it is a great feeling.

I know a few people think I'm crazy to not have carpet in the bedrooms, but I'm a fan of simple, classic looks and cozy area rugs (and a few dust bunnies).

The final room!

Here is after the carpet and pad was ripped out. 
Then the felt paper was installed.

And oh-so-close to finishing...until I ran out of wood!


But, look at the completed side.  It makes it worth the effort. 
(Note - Can't install the basebooards until the floor is finished)

So, what do you think?  Do you prefer carpet or hardwood?

12 comments:

  1. Love the wood! I would love to have wood floors throughout our home but I'm afraid to attempt it myself.

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  2. Beautiful! So jealous!!! I'd love to try and do them on my own, but I'm so scared.

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  3. We have vinyl in our bedrooms and carpet in the main living areas (kitchen/dining excluded). I prefer wood in bedrooms (the vinyl is from the previous owners - we haven't gotten around to doing any of our flooring yet). So I'm all for you goin' into the rooms with it! (it's great for those with allergies... I hear... since none of us really have any)..

    I sure hope you can decipher my rambling, because I'm not about to go back and edit it :-p

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  4. Beautimus! Definately prefer hardwood! It helps with allergies too. :)

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  5. `Hardwood floors are long lasting and beautiful, and I've made peace with a few dust bunnies.

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  6. Hardwood is da bomb! The hubs has allergies galore and we have dog hair all over, no carpet for us! (we do have a few area rugs)

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  7. I guess I'm not alone in my love for hardwood floors in all the rooms. Thanks friends. :)

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  8. Love the hardwood. I have it in my bedrooms. Cleaner with both the 2 legged and 4 legged family members.

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