Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby housecrazy sarah » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:51 pm

4300 screws? I know not to mess with you!!! :lol:
Great work you are doing!
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby shazapple » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:10 pm

Just a little update. We haven't had much progress since weekends are being eaten up by other things. The floor in the pantry was pulled up and we found newspaper as one of the underlays.

One of the old floors, delightful.
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The newspaper was dated October 25, 1952. It was in remarkably good condition, except a spot where there was water damage. I managed to save a good portion of them. Someday I will go through them and snap photos of the interesting articles.
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby nowwhat? » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:04 am

Awesome about the newspapers, '52 was the year I was born. All I've found so far in this old house was chicken feed bags in the ceiling...lol.
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby DIY@home » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:38 am

3/4" tongue and groove pine board subfloor
3/4" tongue and groove pine board floor
some sort of separating layer that looks like dryer lint
faux wood sheet flooring (over real wood, go figure)
kraft paper
carpet-like sheet flooring
white sheet flooring complete with glitter lines
1/4" plywood with about a thousand nails
1/4" plywood with barely 4 nails per sheet
current vinyl floor layer


All I can say is :shock: !

and THAT's why they call it home "improvement" :D
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby shazapple » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:21 pm

It has been a while since an update, probably because not much has happened! Finally this weekend we managed to finish up the drywall and box in the corner.

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I had planned on making the box smaller when it got to counter top level and making shelves for cookbooks, but that was too difficult. Instead, I will build a box with shelves and set it into the hole.
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby farmermiller » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:50 am

Under my oak hardwood floor in my kitchen i found newspapers from 1939,Also under the pine floor under the oak hardwood.Was newspapers from 1903.
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby PowerMuffin » Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:28 pm

It is coming along very well I'd say. Hurry up - I want to see more. :lol: I love all the different flooring patterns.
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby shazapple » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:03 pm

The father in law and I spent all day putting down ditra and tile. The ditra went down fairly easy, but requires a lot more mortar on top to fill the waffle pattern.
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It looks a bit green in this picture but it looks more like the above picture in real life.
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Up until now we've had use of the pantry, but now our entire kitchen is in or living room and is a bit crazy! Also, we don't have access to our back door, and our front door has been blocked by snow falling off the roof. I guess we aren't going anywhere for a while (unless I crawl out the window!)
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby Texas_Ranger » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:46 am

I wonder if this is going to last! At the university (Vienna) they completely redid the hallways a few years ago. Originally they had vaulted brick ceilings with sand on top, then concrete and terrazzo tile set directly into the mud bed. During the renovation they removed most of the sand and installed a chipboard false floor over concreted in order to run wiring and pipes. Then they used some kind of membrane to tile over the chipboard. Only months later the grout started to crack and tiles were coming loose.
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Re: Bedroom Renovation Part 2: This time it's the kitchen!

Postby shazapple » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:41 am

It better last, it wasn't cheap stuff and I don't plan on doing this again! I did a lot of research online and the longevity of tile is directly related to the soundness of the structure below. The 3/4" t&g wasn't dimensionally stable, so the 3/4" plywood took care of that and added the necessary thickness (most tiling people seem to recommend 1.25" thick floor, so I am set). The idea behind this ditra stuff is to mimic the old school mortar bed in the sense that it disconnects the tile from any of the floor movement. It sounds like the problem with the university is that they didn't have a good subfloor (chipboard is crap).
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