...because home doesn't happen overnight.

Not a ton of time for posting today but here are two things of importance…

1) The underlayment is down. It will provide cushioning and a moisture barrier beneath the engineered hardwood flooring that we’re installing.

2) I practiced labor squats while learning to use a flooring saw. I think all the relaxin {google it} in my body was helpful in crouching around on the floor. Handy Hubby nicknamed me ‘the Spiderman of flooring.’

Knee pads are for wusses. Yeah, I’m talking to you HH.

Did I mention we’re laying non-quick click engineered hardwood flooring onto a concrete slab? That means we have to glue each and every single piece of flooring at the tongue and groove joints. It’s taking for.ev.er.

And we thought the painting saga was bad. Geesh.

images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

FYI – The winner of the American Express gift card courtesy of Waste Management was announced here.

31 Comments

05.January.2012

Gah, that does sound tedious… good luck! I’m sure the results will be beautiful!

I also often find myself doing things in what seems like the hardest way possible ;-)

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05.January.2012

I’m sore just reading about it and looking at that picture!! LOL

Best of luck in the installation and can’t wait to see it! Y’all are awesome. :)

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06.January.2012

Eek. Good luck!!

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06.January.2012

Tehehe had to google relaxin and had a good laugh picturing you stretching in odd positions with hubby looking on with a puzzled look! Best of luck hope the floors turn out great

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06.January.2012

So flexible- impressive! The flooring will be so worthwhile – hang in there :)

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06.January.2012

I’m sure it is tedious, but the result is going to be awesome!

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06.January.2012

Whew! I know you’re young, but I’ll bet you still felt some aches from all that squatting after about 24 hours!

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replied on January 6th, 2012

Bunny – The knees are definitely a little tender today!

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06.January.2012

It’s coming together beautifully!

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06.January.2012

Good luck with the floor.

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06.January.2012

My dad and I had to do the same thing (gluing down hardwoods on a slab) at my house! Except, we did it in the middle of August in Tennessee… Even with air conditioning, it was HOT! But after all of that hard work, I love my floors more than anything else in my house. Good luck to you!

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06.January.2012

Good luck! Can’t wait to see pics of the finished product! I’m a terrible squatter and not looking forward to the flooring project in my future…gah.

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06.January.2012

Can’t wait to see the results and hear a little more of how you did it!

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06.January.2012

That’s exactly how we did our install – gluing every single tongue and groove (non-click-together). My husband used knee pads, I did not. That wuss! :)

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06.January.2012

OMG I love how everything is coming together. Can’t wait to see the flooring installed. Boy I thought it was hard when we installed a floating laminate floor on our cement floor, but no glue. That sounds like a very long project for you guys. But in the end it will be gorgeous I’m sure. And I’m lovin’ your white ceiling in the Family Room. :)

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06.January.2012

just curious what kind of underlay you went with… will be doing this someday in our basement and would like to do it on slab as opposed to floating subfloor to get the extra inch or so of headroom…

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07.January.2012

I admire you and HH for doing all of this yourselves! I’ve done some of this on our own house and I know it takes a LOT of energy and patience. And know how. It’s looking really fantastic. Despite how long it feels like it might be taking to get that floor in, you’ll enjoy it for so many years AND you won’t ever have to do it again! Hurray!

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07.January.2012

Hi Dana, I am loving watching your home come together! You have great vision and taste. I have 2 opinions to throw in the mix– I definitely think the white/white dove for the kids bathroom, let the bathtub be the star and really pop. Also I really think you ought to go ahead and paint the brick. It will look so clean and crisp. The rust color won’t compete with the walnut color of your sofa and floors. Go to the “Most Lovely Things” blog. I LOVE her style. Classic clean and simple and she has a ton of painted brick in her house… Hope all is well. BTW- I am the mom of three, yes three beautiful boys… maybe you’ll join the club!

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replied on January 11th, 2012

Aly – The only reason we’re not painting the brick right now is because we’re not 100% sure. Since we can’t easily remove primer and paint from the brick once it’s on, we’re just deciding not to decide until the flooring and kitchen are installed. There’s still a good chance that the brick fireplace surround will get primed and painted but we just want to be totally, positively sure it’s what we want before we slap on the paint, that’s all.

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08.January.2012

Just one question : are you still working on the mudroom/dining room as part as your “school project” ? Take care (btw — why don’t you put the flooring saw on a table or something ? — better for your knees, and for your back !)
Well, make that two questions I guess !

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replied on January 11th, 2012

Ariane – Actually, the family room/living room in the great room is my school project. And, yes, I’m still using it as my design school project. I’ll share more about that side of it once we get moved in and I actually start designing it.

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08.January.2012

Thanks for the quick update! So excited to see it once you’re done, and seriously can’t believe how quickly y’all are making progress :)

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08.January.2012

You go girl, I can’t wait to see the end result.

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09.January.2012

It’s going to look amazing. I can’t wait to see it. I remember installing a fence with my husband when I was 38 weeks pregnant. He kept complained about how exhausting it was, I just rolled my eyes.

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09.January.2012

Woops, now I sound rude to my husband and stupid. Complain-ing.

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09.January.2012

My husband and I laid the same type of flooring last spring and it drove us insane!!! We ended up having glue everywhere so I crawled around on my hands knees with Goo-Gone to make my floors shine like new again!! It was well worth it though! Good luck to you.

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replied on January 11th, 2012

Casie – Oh, I definitely see Goo Gone in my future! So happy to hear that all your hard work was worth it though. That inspires me!

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10.January.2012

Love following all the progress. It’s incredible how much you’ve accomplished in this amount of time! By the way, you can’t even tell you’re pregnant in that picture, you look great!

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11.January.2012

Can you please share your flooring choice and underlay choice? We are doing the same thing with the same subfloor. Love your color choices and so inspirational esp. since you’re preggo :) Thank you!

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replied on January 11th, 2012

Tasha – Working up a post all about that!

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11.January.2012

Have you found the stylish kicks you were looking for a while back? I saw a few cute pairs of pumas and thought that might be a good solution.

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