Tile Flooring: Demo + Installation

August 6th, 2014

Today I’m back with another progress report on the Nevada house renovation, this one focused on the flooring! Two weeks ago I shared we chose to remove the old carpet and tile and replace it all downstairs with Daltile’s Forest Park in Sugar Maple (see the "before" here).

As I mentioned in that post, if the downstairs floors had been all plain white porcelain tile we might have kept that tile but because it was mixed with three kinds of dingy carpet we decided it all had to go to achieve a seamless more contemporary look from room to room.

wood porcelain plank tile demo and installation

Matt and I considered demolishing and installing the flooring ourselves for about 45 seconds, then came to the sane conclusion that professional demo and installation was a much smarter idea. 1,100 square feet of demo and tile installation would surely send us to both marital and physical therapy.

Also, these floors have to be perfect. The kitchen is a pass through and is located in the middle of the house with the living room on the right and the family room/breakfast nook on the left. Connecting the tile through the kitchen and around walls without anything wonky happening was essential and that made us nervous to tackle the install ourselves.

Someday I’ll write a post about when we DIY and when we hire out but this flooring project is the perfect example. We gathered three bids and chose the one we felt could do the work in the most timely and professional way and for a reasonable cost. Demolition began with the carpeted spaces and baseboard removal.

remove carpet and baseboard

 

Tile removal is a lot harder, first just getting the tiles off the floor takes strong tools and muscles… 

ceramic tile removal

 

The first tool the crew used was a heavy pry bar and the tiles popped off pretty fast but broken pieces went flying everywhere (protective eyewear necessary!). We really appreciated that before starting demo they papered the freshly smooth textured walls (that burgundy paper shown), it was conscientious of the hard work from last week.

pry bar

Another tool they used was a hammer and crow bar to pop them off one by one.

old tile removal

My Dad wanted a piece of the action with that pry bar so he took out the tile under the fireplace in an oh so appropriate shoe choice for tile removal. :)

dad and pry bar

 

For thinset mortar removal, the crew used two tools, the first was a scraper, they used a sander to sharpen the edges a few times throughout the day.

scraper and sander

 

sander sharpen

 

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Home Décor Giveaway

August 5th, 2014

Hello hello, it’s a lovely giveaway today for you, all of my décor loving friends! Love Feast Shop has been a long time supporter of this blog and they have an online boutique filled with the most charming finds! This giveaway is brought to you by Love Feast Shop, known for their series of Original Velvet Pumpkins with authentic stems and now introducing the Linen Heart of Gold Heartgram, perfect for your fall mantel, tabletop, or vignette.

love feast shop pumpkins

The online shop is filled with beautiful and unique decor to fill your home with texture, personality, and style. You’re sure to find something that catches your eye to accent your own home or give as a gift!

 love feast shop decor

Three lucky winners will receive a $100 shop credit, you’re free to spend it on anything in the online boutique!

Eligibility to win one of three $100 shop credits to Love Feast Shop:

1) Visit Love Feast Shop and pick a favorite item. Will it be a velvet pumpkin set or something special for your home? Simply name it in a comment on this blog post.

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment here telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Three winners chosen at random. Giveaway ends Saturday August 9, 2014, at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Winners: #86 Peggy, #202 Tamara, #426 Joanne B. Winners notified via email.

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