06:08AM | 09/09/04
Member Since: 09/08/04
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I just recently purchased a fix-it up home, and have 2 flooring questions, as I've uncovered a nightmare!

1. 1930's home, all hardwood floors. Have ripped up carpet and all is in good condition except front room and dining. In front of the entry door, the floor is BLACK and wood is decayed. Can I cut this out, and install some sort of tile as a small entry without ruining integrity of floor? I can sand and refinish the rest.... Keep in mind, I am a novice.

2. Kitchen-- tiles appear to be 1950's? Yellowed 12" with gold running through. Most are all fully intact. What options for new flooring suggested without removing existing floor? Vinyl, Laminate? I want to keep the project relatively inexpensive, as I am fixing up for investment purposes, but don't want to slap on something cheap, that looks cheap....

I am desperate for advice? I am a novice, and am beginning to wonder just what have I done? Before this, my toolchest contisted of a screwdriver and a hammer --- what I learn daily..... Thanks, Jennifer


09:42AM | 09/09/04
Member Since: 09/08/04
2 lifetime posts
Thank you for your response -- I'm just overwhelmed..... getting ready to move in, but doing some initial painting, patching, cleaning, before I could even think of moving in...... some rooms haven't seen paint in 20 years!

As far as the floor, where black and decayed, there is still integrity -- it's still strong, but from what I can tell -- this was the only main entrance and years of tracking rain, snow on top of cheap carpeting took it's toll. That is why I'd like to put tile, marble something in the damaged woods place. Joists are okay -- it's just ugly floor damage.

Kitchen -- I've got to find flooring that can go over the existing -- height shouldn't be a problem, because kitchen is seperated by doors. Are vinyl tiles an option for laying on top of existing?

I will be living there and hope for a 12 -18 month investment. I've never worked with tile or much of anything for that matter, but boyfriend builds homes. He subs out flooring work, but he knows his way around the tools -- so I'm not totally blind, and have resources. I just want to keep the total costs less than 20K, and get it updated, to sell. It's in a very desirable area, and the yard is beautiful. Just need to restore the home to some of it's glory...
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