We purchased some bulk oak hardwood flooring that looks really great.
We took our time, researched, planned and put some of the hardwood
down in our bedroom. It looks great and now we've finished 1 room.
Now we'd like to continue and do 2 other bedrooms, hall, kitchen and
our family room (all on the same floor). So I'm looking for some
advice on how to lay the hardwood so it is continuous throughout our
main floor. What is the best way to do this so that it looks great.
Please help us newbies. :-)
How you lay the wood is not nearly as important as how *well* you lay
In general, I recommend running the boards perpendicular to the
direction you'll usually look into the room. It just seems to look
better that way for some reason. Another common method is to run them
parallel to the longest wall.
I lay the boards so they run lengthwise in the hall, because it's more
work to cut boards to run across the width of the hall. You then have
the choice of laying the rooms the same way as the hall, or
perpendicular. Well, you can do them at an angle if you want, but
that's a *lot* of work.
If you're going to change orientation between rooms, do it at the
threshold so the door hides the joint when closed.
Tell it brother!
Actually, I've never worked on a house that has anything but concrete
slab construction. Pier and beam is extremely rare here, pretty much
restricted to houses from the 30s or earlier. No one has a basement.
Bedrock here is hundreds of feet down, and the soil is extremely
expansive clay. We have to water our houses to keep the foundation
evenly moist. A house next door to me once was foreclosed, and the lawn
went unwatered for an entire summer. Two-inch gaps opened up all around
I have lots of business fixing cracks in wallboard after people have
their foundations fixed. Companies put in extremely deep piers all
around the house, then jack up the slab to make the house level again.
Basement walls would just fall in.
Wow. Where I am (upstate NY) everyone has a basement. I know the direction
of the joists on the first floor (can see them in the basement), but I have
no idea about the second and third floors. I suspect the first floor is
different than the other two due to re-beaming after a fire in the 1850s,
but I've never checked to confirm. The first two floors have 2 layers of
subfloor and the attic just has one.
Same here. I'm in Houston.
I'm reminded of the instruction Heroditus gave to his students: "The earth
is suspended on the shoulders of The Great Atlas. Atlas himself is standing
on the back of a giant turtle. And I know, my young charges what you will
ask next, so I'll answer without you asking: It's turtles all the way down."
Substitute mud for turtles (mud turtles?) and it's pretty much the same.
Where does the OP say there are two layers of subfloor, or Steve's
reply for that matter? Steve is speaking from slab on grade
experience - believe it or not there are homes that have wood framed
Providing advice based on assumptions is poor practice.
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