Floor Disappointment

Hi Everyone.

Oh what a week!  I tell ya if I did not have bad luck I do not think I would have any luck!

Last week we had some pretty bad storms come through our area.   Last Sunday Terry had taken our granddaughter Abby out for ice cream.   On the way home they were singing and having a good time in my car and Mr. Terry forgot to close my sun roof before coming in the house that night.  Well....... I think you know what is coming next in this story.

Yep! we had some severe weather come through in the middle of the night and my car got flooded out.  To make a long story short my car had a week at the dealership for a total spa treatment!

I would have rather been the one getting a spa treatment but nope the car got one instead!!!!

Just glad they could dry it out and detail it and all the computer systems and electrical things are all back up and running.  Dodged a big bullet on that one!

Terry felt so badly.  I told him it was an accident.  We are use to having our cars in a garage and do not think about things like that especially since it was sunny when they came home from getting ice cream.
 At my daughter's our cars sit out on the drive so things like this can happen.  Just glad my car is up and running again.

Good news on the garage front they are getting ready to pour the cement.  We have had a lot of rain so they are having to wait to have all the water dry out before pouring the cement.  Even with that being a set back,  I feel like we are finally moving in the right direction with the garage!

Floor disappointment.

This is an old picture of the floors in this new home when we first bought it.  They said they had all the floors sanded and stained right before putting the house on the market.  I was not a big fan of the dark floors but because  they had just been sanded and stained I was going to try and live with the dark color of the floors.

 I thought I would try to  lighten them up with area rugs.

I tried to get use to the dark floors!   I really did  try over these past few months as we were at the house painting and  doing work. 

 Seeing how the dirt shows on these dark floors and how closed in the rooms felt we decided to hire a floor guy to sand them and bring them back to a light color.

I was beyond excited when the floor guy sanded a small section and showed me the pecan color stain I picked out.  Yeah!!! I would get my light color hard wood floors.

Well..... fast forward to day two of the floor guy sanding the floors.  My excitement was taken away quickly.

As the floor guy began to sand the floors he discovered that these floors had been sanded one too many times over the years.

Most hard wood floors can be sanded and stained 3 to 4 times over their life depending on thickness of the wood.  These floors had been sanded way more than the usual amount. 

There was barely any thickness left to the wood and it was right down to the nails sticking up.

I just cried.  I really loved these floors and the character they gave to the house. 

 The flooring guy said we had two choices.  We could tear up the floors and install new hard woods to the tune of $11,000 to $12,000!!!! 

Ahhhh, Nope!! No money in the budget for that!

Choice #2 was to find engineered wood floors or bamboo flooring to float over the hard woods.  That would be about $3000.  So since we had no other choices we went with searching out choice # 2 flooring.

Engineered floors are made with real wood and you can sand and stain them once in their life time.  While that was appealing I just did not like the feel or look of any of the samples.

So we looked into bamboo and liked our choices with these floors.  They are softer wood and look more like hard woods.  They are environmentally better too.

After looking at several samples this is the flooring we chose.

This sample had the wider planks to give a cottage feel and I liked the color.  It was light but still had some darker color running through to give a rich feeling to the floors.

 This is the choice that will be going throughout the whole upstairs.  They look and feel like vintage cottage wood flooring.

We did have a third choice that would have cost nothing but time and paint.  Choice #3 was to paint the floors ourselves.
I have seen this done all over Pinterest but I just was not real secure with how that would hold up over time.

Also these floors would have to be painted with a heavy oil based paint that smells for weeks until it cures and you have to be off the floors for a week or more until they dry.

Just too much work and uncertainty with painting  hard wood floors.

 I will hopefully have a final picture to show you after the new flooring is installed.

We have had a lot of set backs and uncovering of problems with this home. 

   I am trying really hard to stay positive that we will have a home to move into soon and all this headache and heartache will be a distant memory!

Even with all the issues I still feel like I am home when I walk into this house.  

Have a great Weekend.

Basement Renovation Update

Hi Everyone.

Here is a video of the basement renovation.  Instead of taking a million pictures of all the spaces I decided to video the progress.

Hopefully very soon we will be able to have the inspector in to check the electrical and framing. Then we can have the dry wall and ceiling, doors, trim etc. installed.

We are way past our move in date of July 1st and it is now looking like the second week in August!  Keeping my fingers crossed we will make this date for our move in!!

I really need a home!

Hope to show you a final reveal soon.