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Replacing the floor in part of the house and future renos

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Posted by: from Orleans
2/20/2017 at 6:09:34 PM

We have carpet in the living room dining room, lino in the kitchen and 2 1/4 inch hardwood in the family room - all on the main floor of the house. We need to replace the carpet now. We are thinking of doing a full renovation of the main floor including removing some interior walls and re configuring the kitchen in the near future. What would you suggest as the best approach to start the process?

One thought is to replace all the floors now and just deal with them when it comes time to remodel, maybe buy extra flooring for future use. Another would be to replace the carpet and stain the hardwood to match, leaving the lino alone in the kitchen.

We would also like to prepare a budget for the full project, we are happy with mid level finishes, always thinking of resale and do not want to renovate over what we could get back in a sale. How to we come up with a budget as that will help us determine when we can start the main floor project. The house was built in the late 80s with minimal updating, windows are new.

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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 6:59:56 AM

I just did a complete main floor reno on my house & I would suggest you leave everything until you do the reno. As for a budget are you changing the kitchen cabinets & counters ? My house which is in the same time frame including the up grade kitchen & hardwood from front to back ( even the kitchen ) was about $ 30K. I didn't remove any walls but had to remove 3 layers of floor & put in new sub floor so might be comparable, but would have to see.

Hope this helps.

Lloyd Churchill

Ultra Restorations Inc.

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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 7:54:37 AM

Hi Victoria,

First thing you must do is to get a plan on paper and if you want to remove a few walls, you should check with a engineer to see the size of the beam you may require for any wall you remove that might be a bearing wall. Usually if a kitchen is going to be completely changed , you will have to either be happy living with a toaster oven or move out until reno. is complete. When walls change, they usually leave holes in your hardwood floors. Remove the old carpet but leave all the other floors in place until all your new walls, drywall, & paint is complete. The floors are usually near the end of your reno. Your existing hardwood floors would have to be patched & repaired & stripped and then once the new flooring is down, all will match.

Do your homework, get a few Written detailed Estimates.

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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 8:15:40 AM

The best idea is to wait until you are ready with the budget for the full main floor renovation. You can hire a general contractor who would able to handle all your scope of work and it might be more economic to do everything all together at the same time than doing a separate items. Such project will cost money and would be in the range of $40K - $70K depend on too many factors. Sometimes you plan for just a certain items however when you start you will find that you have to add another items which will make the cost higher for sure.

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Jay from CPM Group Inc. in TORONTO
Date/Time2/21/2017 at 7:34:21 PM

Main floor renovation is a great idea to update. If you want to save yourself time and money just wait until you are ready for the entire renovation.

Because once you remove the walls there are electrical vents and plumbing to deal with. easy way to re direct this is to cut the floor and relocate them.

Hope this helpful.

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