Monday, May 25, 2009

Baby Steps

Most of you know we are in the middle of a major kitchen remodel, and it has been a lengthy project. We started late last summer sometime. We are doing the majority of the work ourselves and the design and strategy has been changing all the way. Some people would be freaked out living without a functioning kitchen for a while, but we are making the best of it. (Having 2 sinks in our bathroom helps) :-)
Since the winter, our progress has slowed down considerably. With having the struggles of running a dairy farm in a poor milk market, exiting the dairy business, and trying to find new ways to make an income, our dear project has been put on the back burner.
We decided the next step in our project is leveling the floor. This is one step we recently added in our plans. We originally weren't going to worry about making the floor level and put the new flooring over the old hardwood. The more we thought about it, we decided we should. It will alleviate the floor transition problems to the other rooms and leaves any flooring option open to us. Might as well do it right. So this weekend we pulled up the old hardwood down to the original sub floor, which was a 5 hour pry bar session.
After the hardwood was removed, we laid down a new sub floor. The new plywood sure brightens up the place. It is a vast improvement from the old hardwood covered in black tar and tiles. Plus the random staples in the foot from the previous flooring won't be missed. (Kate, you can attest to that.) We have some small pieces to lay in yet on the edges.

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