Discussing the Bellawood Maple Hardwood Floor

Project: Manhattan Remodel and Cape Cod Affordable, Episode 13, Part 2

These affordable homes are built using time and labor-saving products like the Therma-Tru pre-hung exterior door that has fiberglass skins on the interior and exterior faces, with a high-density polyurethane core for an R-value that is five times higher than wood. Bob walks through the basics of pre-hung door installation with Michael McDevitt of Therma-Tru Doors and general contractor Wes Lohr of Lohr Construction. Inside, Bob meets with Tom Sullivan of Bellawood for the installation of their natural Maple hardwood flooring. The planks are laid out to create an aesthetically pleasing non-squeak floor with rosin paper installed underneath. LeafGuard gutters are fabricated on site by GutterPro and installed to divert debris and capture water as it travels over the cover and into the gutter underneath. Inside the rooms are being trimmed out with affordable doors and trim stock. Jeld-Wen pre-hung, pre-trimmed, molded wood-fiber doors are installed throughout the house. These affordable doors come ready-to-install and are priced to include the lockset. The primed, finger-jointed wood trim from Stock Supply is cut and installed around the windows.
Part 1: Installing a Therma-Tru Pre-Hung Door
Part 2: Discussing the Bellawood Maple Hardwood Floor
Tom Sullivan of Bellawood is in one of the four Mashpee affordable homes where they have donated hardwood flooring for the living room, dining room, and kitchen of each house. This 3 1/4 inch natural Maple flooring has color variations, tight knots, and more visual wood character than a select grade. Like the select and rustic grades, this Maple flooring is 12 percent harder than a Red Oak floor and will last a lifetime. Sullivan shows Bob a prefinished, micro-beveled plank that comes ready to install with a variety of lengths ranging from one to six feet. Bellawood provides a 50-year finish warranty on its flooring, which has eight coats of an aluminum-oxide based semigloss finish. Bob notes how the crew has positioned the pieces in advance to avoid lining up seams and to ensure an aesthetically pleasing layout. Sullivan points out that they have put rosin paper over the plywood subfloor and under the hardwood installation to combat squeaking.
Part 3: LeafGuard Gutters Installed
Part 4: Pre-Hung Affordable Doors and Installing Pre-Primed Wood Molding
This project deals with two very different notions of home. Bob begins on New York City's Upper West Side, where an 1890s Brownstone is revitalized through high-quality craftsmanship and sensitive design. New York's past meets its present, as the entire floor is recaptured and refurbished to create a spacious urban apartment on the doorstep of Central Park.

At the same time, Bob works with a Cape Cod developer to apply Massachusetts land use statute 40B to create affordable housing, and a neighborhood of homes in Mashpee, MA. These Energy Star certified homes show how quality building practices and reasonable asking prices can work together to provide livable, affordable homes and neighborhoods to those who work in our communities.