DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > General Home Improvement Discussion > Bang 4 Buck - Replacing existing wood floor?

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-03-2011, 05:32 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 1
Default Bang 4 Buck - Replacing existing wood floor?

Can you give me your opinion on this:

I'm planning to remodel my kitchen, and what the heck... the whole 1st floor of my house too. I own a 1915 Baltimore rowhouse. The existing hardwood floors are pine and look beautiful from a distance. But in reality, they have been stripped to the max, they squeek, and you can see right through the cracks down to the basement. They have common nails (not hardwood flooring nails) holding them down to the joist to prevent squeeking. This was done by the pervious home owner.

My idea was to install new hardwood flooring (I was thinking brazillian cherry) throughout the entire first floor of my house (about 375 square feet.)

My questions to you:

1) Will I get any bang for my buck? Will potential homebuyers notice that my existing pine floors are old and ragged? Or would they rather see the "original" pine floors that date back to 1915?

2) Is it a bad idea to have hardwood in a kitchen? Some say yes, some say no. What is your opinion? Should I put in new hardwood or tile? I'd like to have hardwood to keep the floorplan continuous.

I plan on selling the house in about 5 years. I'm just trying to plan ahead for what future homebuyers might like.

Thanks in advance for your response.

NattyBoh is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2011, 09:01 AM  
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Hartfield VA, VA
Posts: 2,004
Liked 271 Times on 214 Posts
Likes Given: 77


To do this right is going to be a whole lot of work and money.
The floors need to come out and new Plywood or Advantec subflooring needs to go down before and hardwwod or tile. For tile your going to need at least 1-1/4 of subflooring before the tile goes in and most likly in that old a house there's going to also have to be floor joist added or sister to the old ones due to sag, to long a span and being undersized.
I'm not a big fan of wood floors in a kitchen or bathroom unless I'm being paid to rip them out from water damage.
joecaption is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 12:55 PM  
Senior Member
Perry525's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lake Wales, Fl.
Posts: 115
Liked 11 Times on 7 Posts


The way prices are going it is unlikely that you will get your money back.
I like a soft floor in the the hope that dropped things will bounce and not break.
You have a lot of rain, snow and cold weather.
How warm is your kitchen?
Underfloor insulation will make your home a lot more comfortable.
Perry525 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Kitchen or bathroom reno - best bang for buck. swimmer_spe General Home Improvement Discussion 56 05-18-2017 09:15 AM
Transition between 3/4" existing wood floor to 1/2" new wood floor RJ_PAL Flooring 4 08-14-2010 12:09 AM
So you did your own Epoxy Floor, How 'bout using your knowledge to Make a Buck? 'the epoxy floor guy' Garage & Workshop Forum 10 04-18-2009 06:29 PM
Ac Bang!!!!!!! kc2651 General Home Improvement Discussion 3 01-06-2008 03:11 PM

Newest Threads