Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tearing up floors is a B

We are doing a complete overhaul of the first three rooms in our new house. It is a lot, a lot, a lot of work but I know that it will pay off and look gorgeous once we are done. We are tearing up floors, securing the sub-floor (I didn't even know what a sub-floor was before last week), refinishing cabinets, tearing out an old back splash and replacing it with an awesome glass tile mosaic one, repairing the molding in some areas, and we are painting all the walls. We are about half way done with our list of 'move in' projects. We, or should I say Josh, started by tearing out the floors. Lucky for us, there wasn't only one, but four layers of flooring in some parts of the downstairs. He has been such a hard worker and ripped through all of them in just two or three days, after putting in a full day at the office. He is awesome.

I spent a lot of Saturday pulling staples out of the linoleum in our kitchen. We then had to move all the torn out wood and linoleum from these rooms to the backyard patio area where it will wait to be picked up.

This is the floor that we had to tear out. I felt really bad getting rid of it because it was really charming and I think might have been original to the house in one room. It was necessary though. The sub-floor needed some repairing and securing.

Enlarge this picture to take a look at just a fraction of the nails we had to pull out of the sub-floor. They didn't come out with the wood we tore up so we spent SEVEN hours pulling these babies out. I was pretty sure I was going to cry by the end of that day.

This isn't even all of them! We literally pulled out thousands of nails and staples from this crappy sub-floor.

Josh seriously is such a hard worker. I wish I could help him more than I can. I am just not strong enough to do some of these projects. Here he is putting screws in every 4-6 inches throughout the sub-floor to resecure it and make it safer and quiet. It was so squeeky before we started all of this. Now it doesn't dare make a sound, it knows my husband will come after it.

The next step to getting the floor ready for our new beautiful wood is laying tar paper.

On top of this will go ply wood, again nailed in every four to six inches, a moisture and sound barrier and then finally our new floors! I am so excited and can't wait to see the house once these are in. They are going to transform the entire place!

25 comments:

Chris and Mari Spiker said...

Oh my gosh! I can't believe that vase of nails! That is seriously crazy! I love the update, I am so excited to watch your house evolve! Josh is a stud, I am glad we have at least one handy man in the family ;)

Brooke and Matt said...

whew. You guys are brave! We couldn't do all that at once! Let us come help you!!

McMemories said...

how fun! I can't wait to see how it looks!! Im sure it will be amazing!!!
Home Depot is Brian's sanctuary too:) haha

Brittany and Johnse said...

Wow court that is a lot of work!! I am sure it will be well worth it to have a BEAUTIFUL home! your home!! how exciting!! good luck with all the renovations I can't wait to see what it looks like! :)

ecuakim said...

Wow, I'm so impressed! You guys are such hard workers! Good for you. It will so pay off in the end! Can't wait to see the fabulous results!

Chris and Mari Spiker said...

The house looks like it is coming along nice. Oh and nice staple pulling outfit Court. I like the exercise clothes with uggs look. Fashion forward?! (i am not sure that is even an actual term)

lauren said...

You are bringing back painful memories for me! Remodeling is a LOT of work! But it always pays off- so keep it up! I am sure it will be amazing!

Trevor and Shelby said...

One word: WOW. Good for you two. I mean really. I bet your place is going to look AMAZING when all is said and done. Just think how emotionally attached you'll be to those floors after all that work. They better stay quiet after all you've done for them! ;)

Megan said...

geez this is so intense! lucky for you your husband is so handy and hard working. i cant wait to see the finished floors...good luck!

Rachel said...

holy nails! all your hard work will pay off. josh is such a pro at projects. you are very lucky that way. can't wait to see it!

Melody and Nathan Pellegrin said...

I am sure it is a lot of work, but you will be so proud of yourself when you are finished! What a rewarding project!

kirk n stacy said...

All I have to say is "IMPRESSIVE" a word for both of you. Wow!

Missy said...

Wow! That is a ton of work! Better to do it now than later...

Julie and Tyson said...

Wow! Way to go you guys! Where is your new house?? It saves you so much money when you can do the work yourself. Smart choice. Tyson is also a handy man and it makes me feel lucky! I am excited for you guys!

Carrie said...

The house is looking awesome. Tons of work but worth it in the end. My cousin Josh Woodbury lives in sugarhouse and fixed up his house. Maybe you know him. You are such a cute couple

CASEY & NICOLE said...

Yay! can't wait to come see it! I know it will be stunning! I really want to come help you guys, I can't believe how much work you guys have already done in such a short amount of time! Good job both of you!!

the organic kitchen said...

Yes I was there people...it is a lot of work! Josh's poor back! Two words... thai massage!

the organic kitchen said...

BTW the wall color looks fab... what woman with amazing taste helped you pick that out???

Chad and Carly Carlson said...

You guys are so handy! Sounds like a fun project! I am sure it is exhausting...I really like the hair ps.

lori and clark remington said...

Looks like a lot of hard work, but it will be so worth it in the end...CONGRATS on your new home...wish I could of seen it while I was up in Utah!

Kevin and Lindsey said...

Looks awesome! I can't wait to see the final product (and pics of the outside of the house of course). Sugarhouse is a wonderful place! Congratualtions on your first home!

Ryan ♥ Breelyn said...

Okay this is random and I hope you don't think I'm some crazy person but I found your blog again today, I had seen it a few months ago but was in Florida at the time and I loved your headbands but couldn't see them because I was living out of state. Now that I'm back in Utah I wanted to come look at those headbands and I saw this post. Anyways long story short my husband and I have been looking at homes for the last few days and I'm going crazy! We would want to find a home for less and then, same as you, do some remodeling. The white kitchen and white countertops are the PERFECT choice by the way! Exactly what we would do, and of course I would add a pretty chandelier :) A white kitchen is THE BEST and my dream. Okay so I was just wondering if you could give me some pointers. Maybe our price range is too low and we're looking in the wrong places. We both attend the U of U and want something in Salt Lake, We've been looking in the sugarhouse area but found them to be way pricey!!! Is that just the way it is?? I was hoping to find a cheap fixer-upper but I'm discovering that maybe that isn't possible in sugarhouse. I feel like a saw your blog today for a reason. Any help would be great! Thanks!

Angie said...

What a project! Talk about a ton of nails! We did the same thing once. I thought I would cry too. You are right though...it will be SO worth it!

And you're going to Hawaii? Man, girl. You have all the fun. I'm so jealous! :)

Angie said...

What a project! Talk about a ton of nails! We did the same thing once. I thought I would cry too. You are right though...it will be SO worth it!

And you're going to Hawaii? Man, girl. You have all the fun. I'm so jealous! :)

Brandon and Melissa said...

Oh my gosh I totally feel your pain. When we re-did our floor it was such a huge pain and almost put me to tears while we were fixing it. Brandon was putting in screws to secure the floor and stop the dreadful squeaking and I was pulling out random nails! It was such a pain but so well worth is when we were done!! you will be a new person when it is all over with!!! It is such a relief!