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I posted a follow-up on the old BBS. BTW, I hear what Iceman is saying but depending on the degree of unevenness, you could sand your plank(s) to a toothpick and essentially ruin your floor.
Uneven Floors ...
Jay J -Moderator
PS: God Bless America!
Is it realistic to put down hardwood floors, or do you think we should cover up the unevenness by means of carpet?
The reason I am concerned about this is because the house I live in is the oldest house in town. I isn't getting the recognition it deserves because it isn't remodelled according to the period it's from. My parents own the house and we rent the upstairs. We are remodelling the upstairs and hope to work our way down. I want to be able to have the house get the recognition it deserves by eventually getting it to look old again.
When remodeling a very old home, even a historic one, it's best to preserve as much of the original home that you can. At the same time, you don't want to compromise safety with 'looks'.
When it comes to a floor, usually, the original floor is 'removed' (vs. ripped up.) Then, new joists are installed/sistered to the existing floor system to level the floor. At the same time, walls and ceilings are given the 'appropriate' attention. Cost is of great importance here because the more you do to preserve the original home, the more it will cost.
You can cut corners as you like. However, you may hurt resale value AND recognition-value (as you put it) in the process. THere are PLENTY of books out there that you can buy that talk about how to remodel an old home whilst preserving its character. They're worth every penny. Just be sure that you buy a book (or books) that discuss your type of home and issues. It's money well spent.
My best to ya and hope this helps.
Jay J -Moderator
PS: As an aside, the next time you have a 'question', start your own post. You may lose some folks on getting responses because your Post looks like a follow-up ...
PPS: God Bless America!