Another reno: replacing old hardwood floors

I’m at it again, tackling something I’ve wanted to do ever since moving into this house: ripping out the wall-to-wall carpet on the upper floor and replacing it with new hardwood flooring.

The carpet was almost new when we bought the house seven years ago, but it has seen a lot of wear-and-tear since then, and a light cream coloured carpet can only stand so much traffic. Plus I suffer from allergies, and I don’t think any amount of vacuuming can every really get the dust and cat dander out of wall-to-wall carpet.

The old wall-to-wall carpet

The old wall-to-wall carpet

There was hardwood beneath the carpet, but it was very old (original to the house?) and in bad shape. Every contractor who looked at it said the same thing: when the nailheads are showing, there isn’t enough wood left to refinish.

The old hardwood floor under the carpet

The old hardwood floor under the carpet

So it’s time to start fresh. When I saw a flooring contractor at work on a neighbour’s house, I grabbed him and asked for a quote. I got a couple of additional quotes, because that’s the right thing to do, but the first one was the best, and we were ready to go.

Our neighbours had the luxury of being able to stay at their cottage while their flooring work was underway. No such luck for us: we’ve had to move ourselves and all of our stuff to the main floor and basement. Given that this house is a tiny old Toronto semi, it’s a bit of a tight fit – but I’m congratulating myself that the “master plan” involved renovating the basement first, so at least we have somewhere to sleep and a rather nice bathroom at our disposal.

The main floor is packed tight with boxes and furniture from upstairs

The main floor is packed tight with boxes and furniture from upstairs

Let the fun begin!

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