I'm planning for laminate in the kitchen. There is currently tile over a
sub-floor. My plan was to remove the subfloor and put the laminate
directly on the original subfloor, consistent with the dining room and
living room that butt against the kitchen.
I knew from the previous owners that the tile was laid 8 years after the
house was built. I was hoping that this meant the subfloor was laid
after the cabinets were in. No dice. After removing a few tiles it's
apparent the subfloor goes right under the cabinets. I'm guessing the
subfloor held the original lino (the upstairs bathrooms also have
subfloors) and the lino was simply pulled up and replaced with tile.
Q1 So what's the best way to remove the subfloor? I anticipate having to
use a chisel to hack away and score the edge of the subfloor nearest the
cabinet, then pry it up. Note - the subfloor does not appear to be glued
down - there's way too much give underneath when I pry the outer edges
(the edges not under the cabinets) - seems to be stapled with big honking
chunks of metal.
Q2 There is about a 4' x 4' section of this tile at the back door that
I'd like to retain. Is that wise? I will have pulled up the subfloor
all around it - does that introduce instability that will leave the tiles
subject to shifting?