Roadrunner is a big house, and big houses take time to renovate. But we’re nearing the finish line. This week’s update focuses on flooring and one more “invisible repair.”
We used a vinyl plank flooring system throughout the ground floor with the exception of the sunken family room. There we are echoing the carpet we used upstairs for a couple of reasons. First, carpet is more comfortable for kids to play on and lay on while they’re watching TV. Second, we wanted something to visually tie the ground floor to the stair case and second floor. The carpet serves that function very well.
Even though it’s a little more expensive, we chose a vinyl plank system because it looks just as good as wood laminate wood flooring and it’s more forgiving. Roadrunner is a house that was made for kids, and kids spill things. Vinyl plank won’t warp or buckle if it gets wet. It may tear if you really abuse it, but it doesn’t scratch nearly as easily as laminate. Both of these factors make vinyl plank superior to laminate in kitchens and baths.
Now for the invisible repairs.
When we removed the water heater to install the flooring under it, we discovered where a previous leak had damaged the wall behind it. We didn’t notice this damage earlier because we didn’t remove the floor trim when we brought the water heater stand to code. One more place where we could have hidden the damage, but that’s not what we do.
We removed the drywall, repaired the damaged sill plate, and installed new drywall. With the flooring and water heater installed, the wall repair is completely invisible. We do things correctly because we would not hesitate to sell any of our houses to our family. Remember that old motto from when we started documenting our journey? “People first, profits second.”
Hopefully, we’ll be ready to start marketing next week.