Danielle and Austin's Remodel: Floors Galore!

Renovation Diary

Our amazing contractor David!
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Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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So much happened this week! The garage doors came off for good, and thankfully we found someone who wanted them, so they didn’t go to waste. Our contractor worked on framing up the outside edge of the garage, and they were able to pour the concrete to level the floor with the rest of the house. We had to stay off of it completely for about 24 hours while it was curing, but then we got right to work on the last little bit of demo in there.

Bye bye gross linoleum flooring!
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Working on the linoleum tile.
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The tile is gone! And I can't wait to get rid of that awful door to the outside.
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All that was left was removing the linoleum tile from what used to be a storage room, and taking out the last few ceiling nails that we’d missed. We both keep tripping when we walk into the garage because we’re so used to stepping down; it happens at least twice a day.

Our newly leveled floor.
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The back of the fireplace from our living room extends into the garage, and we’re hoping to take the paint off and leave it exposed in the new bathroom. So far we’ve tried a heat gun and a paintstripper and as you can see, it hasn’t done much. Since we can’t really afford sand blasting or anything of that nature, it’s back to the drawing board for now.

This painted wall is my moby dick. I'm determined to get that paint off!
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David started the initial framing in the garage, so we can actually see the layout of the new space, which is fantastic! We keep at least one copy of our plans (to scale) readily available so that all of our contractors are on the same page as far as measurements and placement of new plumbing, mechanical, etc. The new front door is also partially framed out, so we should be moving that in the next week or two. We signed our contract with our AC contractor, so work on that should get started pretty soon as well. I’m hoping the few days we’ll be without heating and cooling will be temperate but in central Texas, you never know what to expect, so we’ll see.

Our final flooring options.
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After looking into the cost of materials, finishing, and installation of the reclaimed wood flooring we decided to take a look at engineered hardwood. Apparently it’s better for a slab foundation, and it’s also more affordable and easier to install, so we’re going back and forth between two color options. I’ve gotten a bit crazy about it actually, because every day we change our mind on which floor to use. It’s gotten to the point where I’m carrying the samples around in my purse and whipping them out every time we’re at a friend's house to compare it to their flooring and get opinions. Both are in stock and available, so we’ve still got some time to decide.

See ya garage doors!
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The initial framing of the new front door and walls.
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The current view of our house...
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The scariest part of this week was when our dog Sadie got out through the garage while David was working in there. She stared him down in the yard for a minute and then took off. Thankfully, she just ran to our neighbor’s house a few streets over (the home of her favorite pup friend), so we just left her over there for the day. So far she’s been a real champ with all of the contractors coming through, but seeing as things are really about to rev up, we may have her stay with my parents for a week or two, so there are no more scares.

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #7 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)

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