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Old 02-22-2011, 12:41 PM   #21
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I would just do a transition strip. They are made to adjust for the height change. These are often used in bathrooms where it is to labor intensive to pull up the old tile, so they just put a sub floor on top of the old tile and tile again. Nobody trips. raising the rest of the floor will be costly, but you could always go with a second layer of underlayment. I did this on the main floor simply to double the quiet and supposedly add to the wearability of the laminate. It worked for me. I estimate you are around 1,000 sq feet, so additional underlaminate of high thinkness will be a pricey thing (you just would not add the additional layer in the dining room). Actually, that might work real well....... Not much help, sorry.
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I'm all for the transistion strip and figure it'll help set the dining room by itself.
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Talked to neighbor/contractor that is putting in the beam for removing the wall. He said the beam may already be sitting in the yard. He'* pretty serious about getting this thing in this week.
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More pictures.
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Do not drop anything semi heavy on it . I have a few chips and divets in mine and also some water damage swelling . Go with a darker color laminate it will not show as much water spotting . I have the lite oak . Will be going to tile next .
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The Plan:
Open up the kitchen by removing the corner walls to the dining/living room. Add an island and overall make the house flow better and be overall nicer.

1. Take down walls
2. Change hallway closet into kitchen pantry (thanks for the mention on the cabinets.) This will work in conjunction with enlarging the fridge spacing to the normal 36"
3. Flooring in living room/hallway/kitchen (will be all laminate now that we've discussed)
4. Island with two levels (I was already doing this, but like that you've mentioned it as well)
5. Recessed lighting in the kitchen
6. New fridge to match all the other white appliances.
7. Take the wall by the counter back a bit further.
Hold on, I'm drawing a mental picture...

Got it.

Can't wait to see the end result! Keep the pictures coming.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:46 AM   #27
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LVL'* actually not LDL'* arrived on Tuesday and I hauled a 1.5" x 22' x 18" lvl into the house myself. Get a helper ... it'* much easier.
Anyhow, I called in sick yesterday and work began at 6am. Apparently it was a short commute for Mike. (2 houses down)
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Down went a tarp on the dining room floor.
The sheetrock was cut out
A temporary wall was put up to hold the load
The old beam and wall were cut out
The first LVL was lifted into place and nailed to the joists (3 nails each)
The second LVL was lifted and sledged into it'* new home with a caulk gun of glue between the two and then nailed to the first with 5 nails every 16".
Joist hangers were then reinstalled (chiseled the ends of the joists for the sheetrock to fit better. )
Most of this stuff was caught with the regular camera before it'* batteries died. Those pics didn't get loaded.
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Closet finished losing it'* sheetrock, electrical was reinstalled (not fully done with that.), insulation mostly put back in place. Next up is sheetrocking and moving the closet a little to give the fridge the proper spacing. I then cleaned up and went to bed...it was 11pm. :Thumbs
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looking good so far Bill!
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Thanks guys.. yesterday was a busy day. It'* nice to have lights again..lol Still need to run the dining room light and the recessed cans for the kitchen. Those will happen when the project is nearly done and time allows. Right now the concentration will be on sheetrock.
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Heck of a days work Bill. And alot of work covered in one day. I bet you fell into bed.
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