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Creative Flooring (by DJ [VA]) Sep 12, 2020 11:21 AM
       Creative Flooring (by Richard [MI]) Sep 12, 2020 12:18 PM
       Creative Flooring (by Sisco [MO]) Sep 12, 2020 12:26 PM
       Creative Flooring (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Sep 12, 2020 12:33 PM
       Creative Flooring (by DJ [VA]) Sep 12, 2020 2:15 PM
       Creative Flooring (by Allym [NJ]) Sep 12, 2020 3:16 PM
       Creative Flooring (by MikeA [TX]) Sep 12, 2020 3:20 PM
       Creative Flooring (by Robert J [CA]) Sep 12, 2020 3:52 PM
       Creative Flooring (by plenty [MO]) Sep 12, 2020 5:22 PM
       Creative Flooring (by Hoosier [IN]) Sep 12, 2020 9:37 PM
       Creative Flooring (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 13, 2020 1:02 AM
       Creative Flooring (by Nellie [ME]) Sep 13, 2020 9:07 AM
       Creative Flooring (by 6x6 [TN]) Sep 13, 2020 6:05 PM
       Creative Flooring (by Johnny B. [MA]) Sep 13, 2020 7:54 PM
       Creative Flooring (by Jason [VA]) Sep 13, 2020 8:45 PM
       Creative Flooring (by DJ [VA]) Sep 13, 2020 10:42 PM

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Creative Flooring (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 11:21 AM

The fixer I just got under contract has original wood floors in good shape. I always want to save wood floors when I can.

In the Kitchen, however - there is plywood on top of the floor where there used to be the sink, the whole length of the wall.

Haven't pulled the plywood up yet, to see how bad / how far the rot is - but I'm sure a part of the floor there will need to be replaced. I just don't know how much yet.

It's an eat-in kitchen and the eat-in end of the floor (really most of the room) is fine.

Mulling over possible solutions & how they would look. I'm basically thinking out loud here, and wondering what your thoughts may be.

It's a basic, entry-level, first-time-homeowner type house. Little 2/1. Nothing fancy / super expensive - most of the money is going into basic necessary stuff like plumbing, electrical, roof, cabinets.

Of course I could just luann & sheet vinyl in the entire kitchen. Pretty easy, cheap, water proof, I guess it would look "OK", but would "waste" a bunch of nice wood floor.

I'm thinking to see if something more creative might work & look good.

What if a small area in front of the cabinets was wood (real, laminate, ??) oriented perpendicular to the existing wood?

Could it look "custom", or just stupid? Try to use something that looks like the old wood, or purposely contrasting - how much different?

Do sheet vinyl - or tile-look laminate or whatever - just on the cabinet side, but keep the wood on the eating side. Straight line dividing the room with 2 types of floor.

BTW: the floor is stained fairly dark & will probably stay that way.

I'm looking forward to your creative suggestions.


Creative Flooring (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 12:18 PM

Pull plywood. see what's under it. Pull any good wood and move it to the exposed ares. Get other replacement wood and put it in the back so new cabinets cover it. Refinish all of it.

Cabinets should cover the new wood that may be a slightly different color. --75.7.xx.xx

Creative Flooring (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 12:26 PM

You didnít tell us the monthly rent amount. I suggest ceramic tile in the area of the sink.

Creative Flooring (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 12:33 PM

For any rental unit cheap flooring is not cheap as tenants do not take good care of flooring. Seen many rental housing providers buy laminate flooring where after a few years replace. First install a Schluter ditra barrier on the floor where water does not leak down then install a good quality commercial grade of porcelain flooring which is going to easily 10 years or more under difficult conditions. If a DIY job then will need a good quality wet saw. View some videos on You Tube about the Schluter ditra barriers along with how to install porcelain or ceramic tiles. What is cheap is what lasts. Take commercial grade locks more expensive upfront but can be repaired, rekeyed along with more secure. Going to replace the laminate flooring in the kitchen in the house which is starting to fall apart. Even though this is not a rental where going to install a ditra waterproof membrane then porcelain. Already installed a membrane and porcelain tile under the dishwasher. When a rental house or unit is vacant then a quick mopping then ready to rent instead of replace all the flooring all over again.

Creative Flooring (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 2:15 PM

I plan to renovate & retail sell it.

I HOPE the damaged area can be contained under the cabinets, but making a plan "B", to be prepared for the worst.

Creative Flooring (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 3:16 PM

It would look stupid. The purpose of impervious flooring is to protect the wood. Second to that, No one wants to clean up spills on a wood floor. One day long ago there was a woman who had a kitchen with a dirt floor. She wished she could have tile like the wealthy. Why don't you give her some tile? That would solve the rot problem with the plywood. Just check the timbers underneath to make sure they are strong enough to hold the sink and appliances.

Creative Flooring (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 3:20 PM

Old tongue and groove flooring is relatively easy to feather in new pieces, a good handyman should be able to accomplish it. If it's standard width you can get new unfinished flooring at Lowes and Lumber liquidators for $2-4 / sqft. No bigger area than you are talking about it should be no more than a half a day labor for a good handyman.

I just did the same when I pulled out an old floor furnace, while I noticed there was a slight difference in color after it was stained, the tenants couldn't tell. In fact as I was talking to one applicant I told her that it was done and she couldn't pick out on the floor which planks were replaced.

Creative Flooring (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 3:52 PM

If the kitchen is on a raised foundation, you would crawl under the kitchen area and see the condition of the floor joist and sub-floor. When I was buying a property to flip, I took a look under the house and took a couple of pictures. I then revised my offer to include those repairs. Since I gave the owner/broker pictures and they now had knowledge of the damages, they would have to disclose these defects to any buyer... So in the end I got $1,800 off the price due to dry rot and termites.

Creative Flooring (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 5:22 PM

Brick pattern vinyl. Real brick. Brick and hardwood go well together.

Creative Flooring (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 9:37 PM

Whatever you do, I'd make sure the two floors are even where they meet...don't want a trip hazard.

Creative Flooring (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 1:02 AM


How about a 2-3 foot deep row of ceramic across the cabinets?

Retailing? It MUST be PERFECT.


Creative Flooring (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 9:07 AM

Iíd get flooring to match the wood and refinish it all. Sounds like it isnít a large area and it will give a great wow for those buyers. Anything else will make the buyers wonder what else you have skimped on.

Creative Flooring (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 6:05 PM

I would probably repair the wood floor as well.

Make sure that you match the species of wood. Buy unfinished and feather in and then sand and refinish the whole floor for a good match.

Creative Flooring (by Johnny B. [MA]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 7:54 PM

When you say original wood floors are we talking like antique wide-pine floors? If so check the attic. Similar wood May have been used as flooring or planks to walk on. You can refinish these pieces to match.

Creative Flooring (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 8:45 PM

If itís for resale, I agree that feathering new hardwood into the old will get you the best ďwowĒ factor after itís all refinished.

If hardwood isnít a viable option, I would go with porcelain tile. The kitchen will sell the house, make it shine. --73.12.xx.xx

Creative Flooring (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 10:42 PM

I'm planning to feather in more wood to repair it & match the existing.

I'll use any good pieces there may be under the plywood.

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