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Posted: 10/13/2005 6:35:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 8:22:43 AM EDT by Bushmaster225]
I'm about ready to install hardwood floors in my house, and I'm mostly curious how to transition from one room to the next.

Also, looking for color ideas.  Does anyone have different colors in different rooms or different sizes?

I currently have 2 1/4" in my foyer, but was thinking of installing 3 1/4" in the rest of the house.  Or should I rip up the foyer and reinstall the 3 1/4"?  

Thanks for your help
BM225
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:42:29 AM EDT
I don't have any current pics, but we're in the middle of about 2400 square feet of hardwood (red oak 3/4") install.

I have an interesting mix of rooms since our building is a 1868 Italianette Victorian shotgun (used to be a jewelry store). THere are no traditional hallways, etc... each room leads to the next from one end of the building to the other. The difference is the varying levels from room to room, as there were various extensions to the original building through the years from front to back. It's an interesting mix of elevations.

I try to minimize transitions from room to room and have subfloored out for height as best as I can. It doesn't always work.

A couple of rooms have the original hardwood in them, and we kept it for rustic appeal (kitchen for one).

Another room has the original subfloor planking, which is cool as all getout.

You should be able to get matching thresholds for doorways that will help blend things.

Are you laying pre-finished? We opted to lay unfinished and finish it all at once. We're laying it a bit at a time, and I didn't want to get stuck with shade variations in stain lots from the mill.

Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:47:28 AM EDT
Pre-finished bruce, 3/4 its on special for $2.99 a square foot.  Which I think is a great deal.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:50:48 AM EDT
Yeah that's a decent price. I am paying $2.99 a sf for unfinished red oak. Probably take another $2.99 in labor, disc sander paper, and polycoat to finish it.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:16:46 AM EDT
South Florida. Old Spanish house (1926) Oak in living/dining/kitchen all line up, as do the two original upstairs BRs and hallway. Sunroom, patio, baths, and "new" BR are all tile. The wood is all 2-1/4" Red Oak. I figure I've got one good sanding/refinishing job left before there isn't enough tongue/groove left. FWIW... I had pretty good luck in a former house using a "herringbone" pattern to turn a 90deg. corner down a hallway. It turned out real nice, but it may not line up everywhere, and if it doesn't...it will really look bad. If you aren't transitioning to tile, you might try wood thresholds that are wide-looking relative to the flooring ... i.e.; 6-3/4" thresholds against 2-1/4" strips. That tends to look "balanced" without seeming to be some kind of afterthought. Lastly; I'd recommend the KISS principle; you'll be looking at it (good or bad) for a long time. BTW... the other house was 2-1/4" bevel edge prefinished Bruce oak. We were happy with the product AND results. Everything I cut with a chopsaw or mitersaw got the bevel put back on with the router before being installed.  Good luck. Stay safe
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:18:37 AM EDT
youd should put BOTD in the title.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:23:15 AM EDT
Why what is BOTD?

Thanks
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:24:17 AM EDT
worst BOTD thread ever.

DAMN YOU.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:24:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By torstin:
youd should put BOTD in the title.



It made me look at the thread.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:25:41 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:26:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KhanFire:

Originally Posted By torstin:
youd should put BOTD in the title.



It made me look at the thread.



Surprised nobody posted a IBTL yet
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:28:10 AM EDT
I clicked on this thread to see some hottie on some nice oak flooring...Needless to say, Im very dissapointed.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:28:24 AM EDT
In Before They Ban Steyr.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:29:47 AM EDT
He he, with BOTD in the title I certainly didn't expect you guys to really be talking about red oak flooring.

(I use the term "hardwood floor" to describe why the carpets don't match the drapes, so to speak.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:33:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Glockgirl26:
He he, with BOTD in the title I certainly didn't expect you guys to really be talking about red oak flooring.

(I use the term "hardwood floor" to describe why the carpets don't match the drapes, so to speak.



So, describe it! We're all ears...errr...eyes!
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:34:42 AM EDT
Hi, I'm Hokie, and I fell into this BOTD trap.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:42:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 9:04:24 AM EDT by Gamma762]
Birch of the Day?!?!

On the transition... simple... just put the hardwood in both rooms

Oh and here's some wood floor:


I'd better not post a babe on the wood floor in GD
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:46:33 AM EDT

geez...now i feel bad. i make one little comment and an otherwise genuine and useful thread has gone completley down hill.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:49:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hokie:
Hi, I'm Hokie, and I fell into this BOTD trap.



HI, HOKIE!

Hi, I'm Zaphod, and I fell....
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:50:45 AM EDT
Very inspiring thread.  NOT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:51:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hokie:
Hi, I'm Hokie, and I fell into this BOTD trap.



Me too

Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:52:49 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:54:41 AM EDT
Armstrong Bruce, color:GUNSTOCK(of course!)



Link Posted: 10/13/2005 8:56:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Az_Redneck:

Originally Posted By Glockgirl26:
He he, with BOTD in the title I certainly didn't expect you guys to really be talking about red oak flooring.

(I use the term "hardwood floor" to describe why the carpets don't match the drapes, so to speak.



So, describe it! We're all ears...errr...eyes!



Come on, surely you can figure this one out?  And no, I'm not posting pics...
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:05:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 9:06:53 AM EDT by Gamma762]

Originally Posted By sniperx:
Maybe even a loote looking in the window


I'll save you the trouble

AHHHHHH!!!
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:09:44 AM EDT
Tricked me.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:12:57 AM EDT
DOH
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:15:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:24:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 10:28:27 AM EDT by M38]
Medallion Brazilian Cherry Hardwood floors I had put in this Summer.





Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:26:00 AM EDT
This thread sucks.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:29:27 AM EDT
WTF is the BOTD warning for?  BOTD is like a beacon of light attracting men to look and you used it falsly!  Someone should rip your buttons off, take your man card, and slap you.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:36:21 AM EDT
Here is an old pic of our previous home (sorry no new pics, I'll replace later).

3" sand and finish brazillian cherry. Our new place has 4" s&f Brazillian cherry and we have single piece planks on stairs too.

Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:39:36 AM EDT


One of my cats on our (fake Armstrong linoleum) hardwood concrete floor. We have it throughout the house except in the bedrooms. With 8 animals, it makes keeping the house clean a lot easier... And, of course, it too was called "gunstock"..
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 10:07:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 10:15:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 1:00:41 PM EDT by 89grand]
Here's my wood floors from my house built in 1940.

Notice the mid-century furniture. That couch is all original from the late 50's.



Link Posted: 10/13/2005 10:28:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Gamma762:

Originally Posted By sniperx:
Maybe even a loote looking in the window


I'll save you the trouble
67.128.245.205/ar/P8230135looter.jpg
AHHHHHH!!!



That looter should be leering at a babe on the hardwood floor
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 12:56:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By km:

Originally Posted By Gamma762:

Originally Posted By sniperx:
Maybe even a loote looking in the window


I'll save you the trouble
67.128.245.205/ar/P8230135looter.jpg
AHHHHHH!!!


That looter should be leering at a babe on the hardwood floor


If someone can provide the babe, I'll be happy to retake the photo to include her, and then photoshop in the looter  Wonder how much Miss RSA charges for photo shoots....
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 1:00:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 1:33:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By km:

Originally Posted By Gamma762:

Originally Posted By sniperx:
Maybe even a loote looking in the window


I'll save you the trouble
67.128.245.205/ar/P8230135looter.jpg
AHHHHHH!!!



That looter should be leering at a babe hot UPS babe, sweaty from hauling your ammo around on the hardwood floor


Fixed it for you.

Link Posted: 10/14/2005 6:40:26 AM EDT
My house was built in 1950.  The floors have seen better days.  I can't wax/polish them because my little puppy would slide all over the place.    

 


Link Posted: 10/14/2005 6:44:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Joe357:

Originally Posted By km:

Originally Posted By Gamma762:

Originally Posted By sniperx:
Maybe even a loote looking in the window


I'll save you the trouble
67.128.245.205/ar/P8230135looter.jpg
AHHHHHH!!!



That looter should be leering at a babe hot UPS babe, sweaty from hauling your ammo around on the hardwood floor


Fixed it for you.
img383.imageshack.us/img383/7813/hardwoodusplooter9xl.jpg



OK, Now my wood's hard.
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 6:46:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Gamma762:






I don't have a pic of ours handy, but it looks just like this
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 7:32:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 89grand:
Here's my wood floors from my house built in 1940.

Notice the mid-century furniture. That couch is all original from the late 50's.

www.fullsizejeeps.com/jeeps/files/Misc-Pictures/1.jpg




Now that is just cool.
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 7:50:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SPTiger:

Originally Posted By 89grand:
Here's my wood floors from my house built in 1940.

Notice the mid-century furniture. That couch is all original from the late 50's.

www.fullsizejeeps.com/jeeps/files/Misc-Pictures/1.jpg




Now that is just cool.



Thanks man.

Most people would see this and think I'm just a loser that can't afford new furniture, they wouldn't get it. They also wouldn't realize just how difficult it is to find furniture that old and is still in great shape. I've always been facinated with 50's and early 60's stuff. Cars, fashion, houses, furniture and music. I was born too late.
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 7:53:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Joe357:

Originally Posted By km:

Originally Posted By Gamma762:

Originally Posted By sniperx:
Maybe even a loote looking in the window


I'll save you the trouble
67.128.245.205/ar/P8230135looter.jpg
AHHHHHH!!!



That looter should be leering at a babe hot UPS babe, sweaty from hauling your ammo around on the hardwood floor


Fixed it for you.
img383.imageshack.us/img383/7813/hardwoodusplooter9xl.jpg



If that is his house and he is married. I hope his wife never sees that pic. LOL
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