Monday, October 9, 2017

flooring, still...

Brandon's bedroom, Saturday afternoon

It's still nothing but floors 
on the house building front.

When we left off 2 weeks ago,
and were moving into the dining/kitchen space.

This picture was taken when we called it quits on Sept 30th

We were a little nervous 
about meeting up properly
on the other side of the bar.

We ended up being almost 3/16 of an inch off,
but were able to fudge around a few boards
 that will be under cabinets,
and met up quite nicely.

We got to this point on Oct 3rd, but photo wasn't snapped til Thurs am

We are super glad we don't desire perfect, pristine floors,
because we've had plenty of minor screw-ups.

Each time, we say, "There's some more character!"
and move on.

I don't know if I've mentioned it,
but our theme/style for the house
Simply Gracious
Graciously Simple.

Every decision that we make
goes through that filter.

I think it's also helped us to be gracious with ourselves...

This is our first time doing so many of these things, after all!



Besides the work of actually installing the floors
(and the extra prep work we had - grrrr)
there's a lot that goes into creating a floor.

Board length is a major factor,
also the color of the board - is it more reddish? or white-ish?
gotta keep those spread out...
And of course each individual board's character,
or lack thereof,
comes into play.
As do potential traffic patterns
and 'furniture' areas;
I have to be careful that the character in a high traffic area
is strictly from grain patterns and coloring,
and save some of the really 'pretty' pieces
(read: distressed / damaged / knotty etc)
for low traffic areas
(that won't be covered by furniture)
and still keep everything balanced.

I've got a few years of quilt making under my belt to help with that part.

We finished the kitchen 

and dining room

and the pantry
(Tyler did this all by himself)

and the mudroom.

The hall closet is almost done

and we've got about 2 hours left in Brandon's room.

We're hoping to get that finished by week's end,
but we have a super busy week, so not sure that's going to happen.

After that,
we've got the office
and the hall on the other side of the living room,
going into the library.
(The library itself will wait until after we've moved the LEM)

(all pictures we just snapped with my phone 
at various times,
and I didn't bother with editing,
so coloring is what it is - based on lighting at the time.)

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