September 28, 2023

Improve Our Home

Simply Name Me Dr. Frankenstein (This is How I Completed The House Gymnasium Closet Flooring)

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I’ve already shared about how I carpeted the principle ground of the house health club utilizing FLOR carpet tiles (you’ll be able to see that right here), so I hadn’t really deliberate on sharing the method of ending the ground within the closet space of this room. However as soon as I received began on the precise mission yesterday, I made a decision that I wanted to share it.

I needed to share this course of for one motive — to point out that even perfectionists like myself typically must undertake a “simply get it accomplished” perspective.

Right here’s what the closet space seemed like earlier than I completed it yesterday (besides that the principle a part of the room had the brand new carpet squares, not the previous foam tiles)…

colorful home gym with rainbow striped walls, foam mat flooring

So I needed to transfer all the things out earlier than I might even get began. And as soon as all the things was out, right here’s what the precise ground in there seemed like…

old house subfloor of 1" x 10" lumber

That’s subfloor. This home is over 70 years previous, and the unique subfloor is 1″ x 8″ and 1″ x 10″ boards, and as you’ll be able to see it had some points.

The entire ground on this whole room has points, and that’s why I didn’t decide to sand and refinish the hardwood flooring. Sooner or later within the very distant future, I’d wish to have all the flooring and subfloor on this room eliminated and changed. However for now, I simply wanted a strong base on which to place the carpet squares.

So after working all afternoon and night, that is what the ground within the closet seemed like once I was completed…

FLOR carpet tiles Rush Street in black used in home gym

It nonetheless wants baseboards and quarter spherical, however doesn’t that look so good!! I used to be so excited to lastly have this accomplished. I’ve been that subfloor since 2019, so I’m thrilled to lastly have this completed.

However once more, the purpose of this publish is to point out you that typically, even I, a perfectionist, must undertake a “simply get the factor accomplished” perspective, and although the method could look horrible, I arrive at an finish consequence that I can dwell with.

My fundamental objective was to get this accomplished with out spending any extra money. That meant that I wanted to make use of solely what I had available. First, I wanted some form of vapor barrier, so I had some Tyvek home wrap available. I stapled that into place straight onto the subfloor.

prepping home gym floor for FLOR carpet tiles

I needed to minimize a gap for the scuttle gap entry into the crawl area on the left facet of the closet.

using Tyvek house wrap under hardwood flooring
Using Tyvek house wrap as vapor barrier under hardwood flooring

After which I used what I had available to construct that ground up 3/4 inch in order that it was degree with the hardwood flooring in the remainder of the room. I began with the few leftover items of hardwood flooring, and put in these till they had been even with the closet facet of the jambs on the cased opening.

Home gym floor progress -- prepping for FLOR carpet tile installation

After which I used items of three/4-inch MDF that I had available. Yep…MDF. 🙂 Once more, it’s what I had available, and I didn’t wish to spend any cash on “flooring” that was simply going to be coated up.

It required numerous slicing, and piecing collectively, and filling in edge gaps, however I lastly received the entire thing coated. I didn’t really feel the necessity to minimize a brand new scuttle gap cowl, so I stored the unique one with the unique ground boards hooked up to it, and simply stuffed within the areas round it.

home gym floor prepped for FLOR carpet tile install

And sure, I used my jigsaw proper there within the room, proper on my new carpet. 🙂 After residing with these FLOR tiles for a couple of days, and seeing how sturdy they’re, and the way simple they’re to hoover, I felt fairly assured that they’d be simply superb.

Right here’s a more in-depth have a look at the scuttle gap cowl with the unique ground boards, and the MDF round it. The entire leftover ground boards and the MDF are nailed all the way down to the subfloor, so there’s no method they will shift round.

scuttle hole to crawl space under house

And simply to place your thoughts comfortable, right here’s what all the things seemed like after I vacuumed up the mud, and simply earlier than I began placing the carpet tiles down.

home gym patched hardwood floor to be covered with FLOR carpet tiles

The toughest a part of placing the carpet tiles within the closet was slicing the piece out for the scuttle gap. By this time, I had had loads of expertise slicing the carpet tiles to go across the perimeter of the partitions, however this piece wanted to be minimize completely as a result of it was going for use. I couldn’t have any snags on the perimeters, or jagged cuts.

I did handle to get it minimize out with pretty clear edges, and naturally, the half that coated the scuttle gap was six separate items. So I used duct tape to tape these collectively securely on the again.

FLOR carpet tiles pieced together to cover crawl space scuttle hole cover

I’ll ultimately glue this carpet piece onto the wooden, however that may really require a purchase order of contact cement or one thing related, in order that didn’t get accomplished yesterday.

FLOR carpet tiles installed around crawl space scuttle hole cover

However for now, the carpet piece lies virtually completely in place. Initially, I might see the minimize fringe of the carpet sticking up simply barely. That’s the sort of factor that this perfectionist finds unacceptable.

FLOR carpet tiles cut to fit crawl space scuttle hole cover

And in individual, its apparent that it wasn’t only a stripe within the carpet as a result of the stripes go all the way in which throughout. The white of the minimize edge had begins and stops throughout the sting of the tile.

FLOR carpet tiles cut to fit crawl space scuttle hole cover

So I solved that drawback with a black Sharpie marker. I used it to make the minimize fringe of the carpet piece black in order that it might mix in with the carpet a lot better.

hide edge of cut FLOR carpet tile with black Sharpie marker

And that labored completely! I actually don’t suppose that anybody would have the ability to inform that there’s a scuttle gap to the crawl area proper there.

crawl space scuttle hole cover hidden with FLOR carpet tiles -- the design camouflages the cut edges of the carpet over the cover

In order that daunting mission — one I’ve been dreading for much too lengthy now — is lastly completed. And although it doesn’t look fairly in any respect beneath (it really is a Frankenstein’s monster of a ground below there), the tip consequence appears to be like fairly darn good, if I do say so myself. 😀

FLOR Rush Street carpet tiles in black used on a home gym floor
FLOR Rush Street carpet tiles in black used on a home gym floor

Subsequent up, I would like to put in the remainder of the trim (baseboards within the closet space, and quarter spherical in the entire room), after which do some paint touchups on the closet partitions, after which I can begin including the dresser, TV, cabinets, mirrors, and no matter else I determine to place into this closet.

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