Well, I finally did it. Three renditions of the flooring quote later, and it’s all paid for. The Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring is now on order as well as 289 linear feet of new baseboard. Oh, and enough porcelain tile for the kitchen. When all is done there will not be one scrap of wall-to-wall carpet in this home. If I never see carpet again in my life, it will be too soon.
I’ve got about two weeks now to get stuff cleaned up and out of here. I’m saving a bit of money by having family help me remove and replace the kitchen appliances, and also replacing the baseboard in the kitchen only. It’s a small kitchen. But for the rest of the house, I’ll be replacing all the baseboard. The builders cheaped out and used casing for the base throughout the house. That means that what frames the doors also frames the walls and the base is quite short. I’ve chosen a taller base board. My plan is to rent a paint sprayer, lay out some paint tarps on the driveway and go to town.
I’ll also have to clear out the whole downstairs essentially to make room for the hardwood, which needs to sit in the house for three days to acclimate (expand and contract.) When the flooring guy at Home Depot described it to me, it sounded like three pallets full of hardwood boxes.
I had to do some negotiation with them over a couple things, but I have to say, Home Depot gave me a great deal. One of the designers did some detective work and found the hardwood at a competitors for $1.50 a sq ft cheaper than they had advertised. When you’re ordering just over 1400 sq ft of hardwood, that adds up to a nice little savings.
I’m still pinching myself. It was hard to spend that much money at one time. In fact, I had to call the bank and have the manager – and the security staff – override the transaction limit and verify that my purchases weren’t fraud, since the amount was so large.
Plus, I’ve been dreaming of this improvement to my house for at least five years. Now it’s going to be reality. I guess I’ll have to find a new dream to fill up the empty space. Hmmm. Beautiful cabinets to house the sewing stuff on the gorgeous floors? Yeah…