The first wave of flooring we did made for a little bit terrible quality of life. It was our first time doing everything, so each step we had to learn or teach ourselves something. The entryway included tile with cement under it which was a big delay and unexpected expense. The dining room had water damage, so David had to repair the subfloor (again, teaching himself how!). The pressure of our baby’s due date was looming and so of course I was pregnant and could not help.
Completing the dining room, office and entryway took four full weeks. (Plus, our dryer broke in the middle so David spent a few nights fixing that instead of installing floors.) Completing the living room, which is about half the size of those other three rooms combined took – (letting suspense build) – six days!
The process was unbelievably better this time. We knew what we were doing, and I could help which more than doubled our speed. (I believe the pros call that “synergy.”)
A huge piece of the work of laying the wood floors is sorting and choosing boards. About 10% of boards are unusable due to imperfections and you have to avoid things like H-joints and stair steps in the planks. My job was “racking.” That is laying out the boards in the order they will be installed. Then, David can just plow through and staple them in with the pneumatic floor nailer. Smooth sailing, friends.
For an idea of our speed improvement, by himself last time David could lay 20 feet of floor in about 20 minutes. Our best recorded time for laying the same amount together was less than 6 minutes and 45 seconds.
I made a time lapse video of when we were working. It feels so satisfying to watch! It is trimmed down to less than two minutes, but do not be deceived. This covers one weeknight’s worth of work, so about three hours laying 12 rows.
Having these pretty floors makes some of our bad and temporary furniture stand out more. I feel motivation to replace stand-ins with things we really love. Also, a rug! Pronto!
Morale is off the charts after banging out this room so quickly. I think we might now try and tackle the second floor sooner than planned!