Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Another Small Home Improvement - Carpet!



Yep, that's right.  Carpet.

After much thought and waffling back and forth I really thought I wanted to put in hardwood floors.  Right up to the end that's what I was sure I was going to do until we pulled up the old carpet and heard the echoing.  It nearly drove me nuts.  By the time I was ready to paint the walls the girls and I had all come to the same conclusion, but none of us said anything until I told them I'd changed my mind.  And they were thrilled!

Checking the layout first

Our neighbor has the same floor plan as we do and they did hardwood throughout the entire downstairs and they said it is loud.  Everything echos and the furniture slides around.  They figured with the furniture put back in the room it would dampen the echoing but the way these homes are built it just didn't happen that way.  I'm really glad I asked before I bought the hardwood.  Just for the ten days we had bare floors really bugged me.

Wow!  Holy cow!  Look at that!

Sooooo, back to plan A, we replaced the carpet, but not the traditional way.  Instead I chose to do carpet tiles and we think it looks beautiful.  I really like these tiles because the padding is felt instead of foam so it won't break down like the padding does.  I think that will keep things much, much cleaner.  I also like the idea that if one gets stained or damaged we can remove it and replace it without having to do the whole room.  Pretty convenient.

Old Man kitty likes it too!

It was much easier to install than traditional carpet too, but not necessarily faster.  It took two of us about three and a half hours to finish the living room.  And while it isn't as cushioned as traditional carpet, it is soft and has a good feel.  I really like it.  Mostly I like that it is clean and new and I no longer have nasty carpet in there.  Plus, the girls like to lay on the floor so I feel really good about them laying on this.  Although the oldest hasn't seen it yet they both say they love it!

I stopped short of the hallway as it hasn't
had it's makeover yet

The room is coming along quite nicely.  Now, onto the next project!



24 comments:

  1. Wow, the carpet looks great!! Love the tile idea.

    Enjoy, Janie

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  2. So impressed with all of your handy work!

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  3. Carpet tiles! I've never heard of that, that's really cool. And so practical, especially when you have pets (one of my cats is a puker) or small children. I have hardwood floors in my house and that probably won't ever change, but man, carpet tiles are a really great and extremely practical idea. And they look great! :)

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    1. One of my cats is a puker too and that is the exact reason I went with tiles instead of wall to wall. I'm really impressed with how they look.

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    1. Thanks a lot. I think it turned out really nice too.

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  5. Wait a second, you put in your own carpet? Holy cow I didn't even know that could be done. You all constantly amaze me. It looks great!

    D.

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    1. That's right! I've done traditional wall to wall before too. My dad was a carpet layer and I learned when I worked for him after school and in the summers. He did a lot of things and I definitely inherited his genes!

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  6. It looks great and the tile idea is super smart! How many matching color lot tiles will you stock to take care of future replacements?

    But I do have to say that a large area rug would have easily taken care of the noise issue. Wayfair and Overstock have well-priced, good-quality (wool) rugs.

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    1. I plan to keep an entire extra box in storage.

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  7. Speaking as someone who thinks carpet is akin to the devil's underarm hair, I can say, that looks great.

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    1. OMG! That's hysterical. It's a love/hate relationship, isn't it. I think this stuff is going to be a great alternative.

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  8. Looks fantastic! Do the carpet tiles stay in place when vacuuming?

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    1. Yes they do! Just like any flooring. They have an adhesive backing and they do not move. I am super impressed.

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  9. Your new carpet looks great! you girls rock!!

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  10. I've heard the same thing about wood floors. And your kitty seems to prove too!

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    1. I could've put down an area rug to dampen the echo, but I that kind of defeated the purpose of why I thought I wanted hardwood in the first place. Plus they slide too and it if was crooked all the time I'd go nuts. My kitty is very pleased with my decision. :)

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  11. I have never heard of these and I just showed this post to my husband. Our bathroom floor is very uneven in the center and has a ridge where the support beam runs under the floor. It was that way when we bought the house. We have thought about having it tiled but it would require them doing something major to level the floor. I might try the carpet tiles. I don't like carpet in bathrooms because it is not very sanitary but if you can replace the damaged areas, it might work.
    Thanks,
    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

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    1. I am super pleased with how these worked out in our living room. Every day I walk in and smile. :0)

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