Building our new house:
Hardwood floors going in
On 5 and 6 June the installers started putting down the hardwood flooring.
Our floors will be:
- Hardwood: Great Room, short hallway, long hallway, study,
master bedroom, linen closet, and dish closet
- Carpet: Two guest bedrooms, master BR walk-in closet.
- Ceramic tile: bathrooms, vanity area of master bath,
pantry, utility room.
The hardwood flooring will be finished on site -- 3-1/2 inch wide red oak;
Minwax Provincial stain with two coats of satin finish
polyurethane. Here are a couple of photos of the installers laying the hardwood.
Looking from the front of the Great Room toward the kitchen, which is the
rear of the Great Room. In the far left corner one guy is in the doorway
leading into the pantry (ceramic tile floors there); behind him is the double
electric oven. Note the chandelier -- it will hang over our dining table.
The tan walls are painted with Benjamin Moore interior flat latex, color Sandy
Beach. The wall on the left edge of the photo is painted with the same
paint, color Mayonnaise.
Close-up of the installers at work. The sub-floor is covered with a
layer of moisture-resistant paper then the hardwood strips are laid down.
The hardwood strips are tongue-and-groove and the installers sort through the
strips to find various lengths that will result in staggered seams.
Note a zigzag line separating two sections of flooring -- the boards on the far
side of the line have been nailed down with those on this side of the line are
ready to be nailed. The installer will pull one board at a time tightly up
against the boards already in place. The yellow object behind the two guys
is a pneumatic stapler -- installer hits the top piston with a hammer and the
stapler fires a long staple through the tongue of the hardwood strip into the
sub-floor. The guy in front, closest to the camera, is selecting boards
Before the hardwood flooring could be installed, the lumber must first be
acclimated and we had to get the humidity out of the house. We ran
dehumidifiers for several days until the humidity inside the house was below 12
percent, then, the hardwood was brought in and stacked inside the house for a
week so the wood could acclimate to the house.
After the hardwood is installed, the installers will:
- Apply wood putty to any irregular spots and joints.
- Sand the entire surface of the floor to make it smooth.
- Apply one application of stain --
Stain, Provincial color.
- Let the stain dry for 24 hours.
- Apply one coat of satin gloss polyurethane varnish.
- First coat of polyurethane dries for 24 hours then is lightly buffed
with extra fine steel wool.
- Vacuum the floor to remove buffing dust and apply a second coat of
- Takes about five days for the process.
Go to hardwood flooring page 2 to see the rest of the flooring installation.