First, a brief history of the wood flooring in the Schultz Home: planned on doing second level first; then decided to do first level first; started doing first level; finished office, entryway and dining room.
Doing the front half of the first floor (office, entry, dining) took David four weeks. That is impressive for a guy with, you know, a full time job. Add two more weeks on the front end for the demo and acclimation. We had been all-wood-floors-all-the-time for about six weeks.
Up next is the living room, which we projected based on our past pace would take two weeks. We were toying with the idea of hiring a professional for the kitchen so it could be done fast and we would still meet our goal of finishing the ground floor before baby. Our tempo was three hours of work on about 4/5 weeknights, eight hours on Saturday, and about six hours on Sunday. (Again, David 4 Prez.)
After finishing the front half (with living room and kitchen to go), I was about 35 weeks pregnant, meaning I would be around 37 weeks when we finished the living room. The kitchen and mudroom would maybe not be done or we would have to shell out cash. We would not have prepared the nursery. And to reiterate, I would be 37 weeks pregnant. (A pregnancy is 40 weeks, in case you do not know. And babies can, of course, come early.)
That would mean we would be three weeks out from baby (at best) with no nursery preparation done and still have the massive amount of clean up, material disposal, and putting the house back together after living in a work zone.
Maybe it sounds obvious it was a bad idea, but we were pushing ahead with full speed and determination. When we paused to rethink it, splitting the first level into two rounds sounded much better. In addition to quality of life, there was another big reason the living room and kitchen were natural places to stop.
Throughout the project we avoided needing transitions from room to room because I think the continuous look is really nice. Our boards run east to west, so if we stop on a doorway that direction, you will be left with what we call “fingers” (shown above).
If you stop on a doorway facing the other way, you have a flat edge of a board as the stopping point (shown below).
If we did the living room now, we would have fingers and a torn up kitchen floor where those two rooms connect for months until the kitchen was done. Also, I am planning to remove some closets and walls in the mudroom which would need to happen before laying the floors. Drywall and demo for that is adding too much more to do and think about right now.
The small drawback I will acknowledge is the living room carpet is disgusting. Sometimes when I see it I have to restrain myself from weeping and I cannot really eat in the living room without getting too repulsed. (Both exaggerations, but it is bad). This is a small concession for our lives being way better leading up to baby and I will solve it with a nice thorough steam clean.
When we have visitors come through to see our new little one we will not have to be like “watch your step for the fingers and torn up kitchen” (and they will be like “what in the world are fingers?”). Or, “sorry for the mess we tried to finish all the wood floors on the first floor before the baby came and failed shamefully because he/she arrived at 38 weeks.”
In conclusion, round one is done. And round two is… maybe February or March? When we do the second floor?