We began the new year at home with a bang. The clack of hammers againsts pry bars and cracking tile echoed throughout the house. We were in bed by 10:30 on New Year's Eve after spending the afternoon ripping up the carpet in the kitchen. To our surprise there were hardwood oak floors underneath the carpet and plywood that was used to level the two surfaces in the room.
The following day we began removing the tile in the rest of the room and found that the hardwood floors continued throughout the space. We we're not surprised to find that the wood floors ceased to exist in the "kitchen" section of the room.
In our homes past life this one room was actually three separate rooms, or so we think. This explains the gaps in the flooring. You can clearly see where the walls creating the rooms once stood.
After uncovering the oak floors we briefly considered restoring them and returning our vinyl plank flooring to Home Depot. However the general state of the wood, the gaps in the flooring, and the fact that it was not consistent throughout the room ultimately quashed that idea.
As of this blog post the sub-floor is already in place. We spent all of yesterday (Saturday) installing them and doing some general prep work. As it stands we're planning to install the floor this coming weekend. You can expect another post about the sub-floor in the next few days. You can also check out the before pictures here.