Installing Cork Floors

Project: Miami Beach Condo, Episode 5, Part 1



Bob confronts the remodeling challenge of choosing a flooring material that will deaden sound without sacrificing the sleek, clean look of tile or stone. So the contractors end up installing cork underlayment and click-together cork tiles.

Meantime, the kitchen counters must be laminated on-site after the pre-fabricated countertops fail to fit in the elevator.

Shiny, faux-chrome edging completes the look of the shared dining-kitchen counter, as Bob tours a condo creation by designer DD Allen's, this one done in classic Miami white and pink.
Part 1: Installing Cork Floors
Bob considers several flooring options for the Miami condo remodel. In the end, Bob's choices are limited due to the apartment building's regulations. Project manager David Southard explains that the building's impact insulation class (IIC) all but rules out tile or hard-surface flooring.

Bob opts to use multi-layered cork flooring from Wicanders, which has cork faces, a fiberboard middle, and, on top, a protective finish.

Installed on top of cork underlayment (for extra insulation), the cork floor comes together easily, with the click-together cork tiles snugly connecting to each one another like puzzle pieces.
Part 2: Fitting a Vanity Top and Sink
Part 3: Crafting Custom Countertops
In this condo renewal project, Bob and the crew demonstrate how to use space, color, and choice finishes to make the most of a small space.

The kitchen is converted into an elegant dining space looking onto the living area, while a closet is transformed into a bar with recessed lighting and glass shelves. And the small bathroom turns into an oasis with luminous glass tile, a wash of color, and sleek new fixtures.

Pocket doors with an antique-look are installed so as to separate the living and sleeping spaces, and furniture is selected to reflect Miami's unique personality.

Finally, the outdoor space overlooking Biscayne Bay is made practical and, perhaps most importantly, comfortable.

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