Working from the ground up…

Chris - December 3, 2007

Once the contractor cleared out with the framing, drywall and texture complete, the first project was the installation of new wood floors. The existing floors in the house are original pine and not in horrible shape. But I was looking for a more modern look, and got a good deal on some wide-plank black walnut hardwoods… so I decided to cover up the existing. I love the impact of the wide planks and the absence of nails and nail holes that the originals were laden with.

The picture below shows the new floor and the re-framed arch between the living and dining room. Beyond, you can get a glimpse of the solution for opening up the kitchen a bit while still maintaining adequate storage space. Full details of the kitchen coming in the next post…



  1. I love walnut. What a great color, too.

    Comment by Kersten — December 4, 2007 @ 11:44 am

  2. Employ an architectural pracitce with Interior Design experience as well. Architects have very strict contracts with builders, therefore any problems that may occur during the project can be resolved by your architect.The fact that you require an additional level to your home makes the need for an architect even more desirable as all planning approvals from authorities usually go trough an architectural pracitce.My advice to you is:1. To have a brief prepared (sketches, drawings, images etc) when employ your designer/architect.2. Make sure of an existing contract between you and the architect that runs from inception of the project to completion of the project.3. Make sure your architect can give you extended guaranties after completion.4. Do not interfere in between architect and builder, because that is where you are going to loose money. Usually builders charge double or triple the cost when forced to make changes on site.Good Luck

    Comment by Mehdi — September 26, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

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