Glenlochan -The Beginning

Glenlochan -The Beginning
Glenlochan - The Beginning

Glenlochan Today

Glenlochan Today
Glenlochan Today

Monday, August 6, 2012

We are Partially Floored!

Sub-floored, that is.  Glenlochan didn't have sub-floors when it was originally built.  On the first floor, the original hardwood floors were laid directly on the joists.  At some point in the home's history, a new floor was laid throughout the first story, making the original floor the subfloor.  When we discovered that the original hardwood floors were underneath the existing floors, we wanted to save them; however, they really weren't salvageable becase of the way the newer floors had been attached.  (The good news is that floors on the second story had never been covered up, so almost all of those will be saved and restored to their former beauty.)  Since we couldn't save the hardwood floors on the first story, we removed them altogether so that the joists could be "sistered" and the floors would be level.  Sistering involves attaching new joists to the existing joists, but in a level plane so that the floors will be level. 

For the past few months, the entire first story has been without floors.  Although Rob is very coordinated and has no trouble skipping along the joists to get where he needs to go as if a solid floor was in place, I'm pathetic at balancing and walking across the joists.  So, I've been looking forward to having at least a subfloor again.  Rob did all the "sistering" on his own, but I arrived just in time to help with the laying of the sub-floors.  Unfortunately, I had been very sick that week and I was still recovering and still on antibiotics.  As such, I did not enjoy this project at all.

Here's a look at hall/entryway without a subfloor:

Ensuring the joists are level so the floor will be, too:

Progress!  The floor goes in...this process actually took a lot longer than is evidenced by these pictures.

And, done!  It was 90 plus degrees and horribly humid this day - we couldn't have found a hotter, more uncomfortable stretch of weather to work in if we'd tried.
A well-deserved break for Rob upon completion. 
Not pictured:  his utterly depleted work crew of one, me.