Monday, May 7, 2012

The Bryan's are upgrading to laminate from mauve carpet

Ever since we bought our house we have planned to rip out our carpet and upgrade it.  We bought our house in the summer of 2009 in hopes to upgrade a majority of the house within the first year because I already had a job and Nick was graduating that Fall and we were hoping on him getting a teaching job.  Well God must of thought we were quite funny, because that never happened.  God had way different plans for our life. 

Well fast forward almost three years to now May 2012 and we have done as many updates in our house as possible (painting, taking off wallpaper, etc.) the cheap way.  We have finally made a big purchase and we are getting rid of the carpet finally!!!  WOOHOO - its like Christmas times a million.  We decided to put laminate in our entire house and leave the tile alone in the kitchen/utility and the two bathrooms.  When we tell people we are putting laminate in pretty much the whole house - they are like WOW big project.  But if you knew what our carpet looked like you would of too and with little kids carpet is just not our friend.  Not only did we have the 1970s slightly thick (not shag) mauve carpet, it was filthy, no matter how much we did a carpet cleaning on it.  When you are trying to update your house, mauve carpet just doesn't fit. 

We ended up doing a little research and decided to go with Lumber Liquidators to get our laminate.  They have some awesome sales!  We were really trying to go the cheaper route because this house we live in is not the house we will stay in - we actually plan to move in maybe 3-4 years.  We were thinking ah 99 cent or less laminate would be great, but then you have to take in consideration the moisture barrier, the padding, the quarter round and the t-molding.  Alot of different things that can sure add up.  So we decided to get a laminte flooring that already had the padding attached to save money there and it when you do that you actually get a better quality laminate.  Most of the cheaper laminate is 7mm and you actually should get 10-12mm.  So in the end we only had to buy the laminate flooring, the moisture barrier, the quarter round, and the t-molding. 

Now here is the other two dilemmas.  We really did not know how much square footage we were dealing with.  So when we bought our laminate flooring and the other we had to guesstimate what our square footage was before the installer came out to give us a quote.  Well we did not order enough so we had to order more!  And we were debating since it was such a big project and we have ALOT coming up this month - Nick starting a job and the new baby - that should be tackle the project or pay someone to do it.  Well that was an easy question to answer after the installer came.  They wanted way too much money.  So we were back to square one - bought the material and Nick was going to install it with of course help from a good friend!

I know - I know your dying to know what we got - well here is the laminate floor choice and what it looks like in a house - not our house!  Those pictures will come soon I promise.                                                          

We began the project last Thursday night - I probably shouldn't say we because I'm pregnant and I'm not allowed to do anything - its very hard to sit there and watch.  Nick started ripping out carpet and by Saturday our friend Mike and Nick took on a huge project this past weekend and got about half of the house done - minus the quarter round and t-molding.  So we are hoping to get the house done or almost done before baby is here, because my house is a mess!!!!!!!!!!  And the dust is horrible. 

More to come with photos but I will leave you with a before picture of our mauve carpet and what the flooring looks like that we are putting in our house.  By the way I LOVE IT so far - its beautiful and really does wonders to our house.

Mauve Carpet (Before)

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