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The painters are done with priming the interior walls and applying two coats of final paint color — Sherwin Williams Pure White — to ceilings. It’s time to clean up.

Ron Dahlke deployed Kevin and Matt from Ranserve to take up all the sheets of heavy-duty paper that have protected the existing oak floors since demo began in June.

It seems like we’ve almost forgotten what the oak floors looked like.

Unfortunately, we cannot save the oak. A wrenching decision.

After the protective paper came up, Kevin applied pry bar and hammer, to begin chipping out the wood.

It’s a happy day to see the house come this much closer to done. It’s painful to lose the oak floor.

From the library at the front of the house, Kevin chisels up the oak flooring in the family room.
From the library at the front of the house, Kevin chisels up the oak flooring in the family room.
An alternate view of Keven working away at the oak, shot from the far corner of the family room.
An alternate view of Keven working away at the oak, shot from the far corner of the family room.
Upstairs in the loft, Matt removes the laminate flooring that we will save for later use elsewhere in the house. We guess the laminate was installed about the same time as the oak, as a way to save money on flooring. According to a previous owner, the house was originally carpeted with shag rugs taken out sometime in the 70s or 80s.
Upstairs in the loft, Matt removes the laminate flooring that we will save for later use elsewhere in the house. We guess the laminate was installed about the same time as the oak, as a way to save money on flooring. According to a previous owner, the house was originally carpeted with shag rugs taken out sometime in the 70s or 80s.

 

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