Happy New Year everyone! As you can imagine, this little edition…

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has really slowed down the progress of our renovation. Yet, Ryan has still managed to keep moving forward. Recently we decided that we’d used these next few cold months to start tearing up the old floors inside. (this couldn’t happen soon enough because Ryder will be crawling before we know it!)

We took up the original pine and sub-floors.

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The joists definitely were not level so we had to sister additional 2x8s to strengthen the floors.

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I even got in on the action.

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And now we have new plywood sub-floors.

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Time to decide on the new hardwood to be installed. You’d think I had been dreaming of this long enough that I would be prepared. But I can’t seem to decide the best way to modernize the house but also maintain its roots. Lighter or darker?

We’ve looked at White Oak.

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And Golden Teak.

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And Brazilian Teak.

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I’ve been to Lumber Liquidators a dozen times, but now I think I need to start considering darker tones like Mahogany and Maple Cherry. Any other suggestions?

(One thing has become clear to me…I think we’ll need to selectively paint some of this Pine Trim. Ryan is so thrilled about this new project.)

 

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