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And dry ground came forth…

July 26, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I posted about returning home to water in the house.  The dry-it-out company did their job of drying out the carpet and yanking up the wood laminate.  The next step is to reinstall the carpet and put down new laminate, since the old was ruined beyond any ability to salvage it.

And this is where we have a small bump in the road.  Or the floor, as it may be.

The company has discontinued our laminate and no more can be found.  We’ve got to choose a new finish.  This would be awesome if we were choosing it for the entire downstairs, but the new stuff will run right up to the kitchen door where there will be a thin connecting threshold piece, and the natural cherry that’s in the rest of our house will continue on.  No matter what we do, it’s not going to match.

I’ll admit, I’m rather bummed.  It’s a first world problem, no doubt. For pete’s sake, we have a floor and it’s not dirt. But I love warm mid tone woods with soft grain, and natural cherry (not the dark stuff) is always a lovely example of exactly that.  I guess it’s good that the toasted maple matches as well as it does, which is sorta.  But sorta is better than bare concrete, eh?

We’re considering ripping out the carpet in the living room and just extending the new flooring over into that area.  It would look nice.  But we haven’t yet determined if it’s in the budget.  The flooring cost is one thing, but the installation usually nearly doubles it.  Though it’s not terribly difficult to install, it requires time (we have little) and power tools (we have even less).   Someone who knows what they are doing and has the proper tools to do should be the one doing it.  Which rules out me.

Actually, it rules out me for a lot of things.

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