We have an old house that we're in the process of renovating and we
just tore up the rug in a very poorly constructed 3rd bedroom
extension. To our surprise, the floorboards are all about 1-2 inches
short of the baseboards on the far end of the room!!
Does anyone have any suggestions short of putting down all new
flooring? Is it possible to inexpensively find extra wide baseboards
in the S. Jersey / Philadelphia metro area?
Often people put down quarter round at the bottom of the baseboard to
get extra coverage, but I don't think that will work here.
You could put panel wainscotting against that wall to move the wall
out closer to the edge of the boards. If the panel is thick enough, or
spaced out enough, it should work.
Make them. 1" is easy enough to cover, 2" it getting tricky. Don't think
of a premade baseboard, but think of a two or three piece trim. Put a flat
board, say a 1 x 4 against the wall. Add a decorative top molding, add a
quarter round base molding and you have custom baseboard that people pay a
lot of money for.
If you have very high ceilings or a large room, you can go even wider with
the base trim. Some older houses had 8 or more inches on the baseboard.
The 3" clamshell is relatively new.
A real lumber yard will be able to mill what you want or have it done.
If you don't need to match something exactly, likely it will not be too
much. If you want to match some non-standard existing molding, it can be
done, but at a price.
Do you mean the (to be) finished flooring will be short? Or the
subfloor? If the latter, you can cut off the floor boards in a
straight line and slide in a strip of new flooring. A room accent.
Otherwise, build up existing molding will do the trick.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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The perpendicular strip of flooring at the end sounds like probably the
best idea; you could build up a thick molding but it might look funny
unless you do it all the way around. Installing even one strip of oak
flooring can be an adventure depending on your carpentry experience and
moxie. The key to the flooring install is to cut a nice straight line.
Use a circular saw and a guide. The wall (with existing molding)
could maybe be your guide, or you might have to nail or screw down a
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