How to Install Wood Flooring – Low Country Victorian Home – Bob Vila eps.2112

hi I’m Bob ela welcome home again to the ion neighborhood where our low country style house is almost complete as our next to last visit we’ll be installing reclaimed pine floors Reilly will be adding the handrail in balusters to the staircase in the kitchen we’ll look at all the cooking appliances and we’ll tour the completed upstairs bedrooms and baths filled with beautiful antique and reproduction furnishings stick around it’s good to have you home again well here we are in what you would normally call the back call I also like to think of it as the the spine and the division between the apartment the in-law apartment and the workings of the house on my left here is the laundry closet with this terrific Whirlpool washer dryer side-by-side and plenty of shelving and storage space and then in the hall itself you can proceed towards the kitchen and family room with obviously noting that the woodwork is all in place the cornice moldings are done already the paint job is accomplished nice job general contractor Kevin thanks Bob it looks great and the floor of course is really key the floor is beautiful now this is all not recycled but reclaimed yellow pine right that’s correct it’s all from resaw and from themes and timbers right so this is stuff that started as structural members in factory buildings and mill buildings a century ago and is now being recycled into flooring and it’s you know apt to last another century because this is the stuff that was virgin timber this is gorgeous stuff it’s all vertical grain and supplied to us by Raymond safely out of Orangeburg South Carolina right and Bob Riley got together with the installers about two weeks ago to put in the border in the living room let’s watch Grady cameras here Eames company who’s doing the hardwood flooring in here how you doing great fine how you doing pretty good listen I came in here and the first thing I noticed is that the floor is going I would expect the floor to go this way here but it’s going this way what can you tell us why that well the floor juicers are running this way so you have to run the floor itself perpendicular particular to the four drawers okay great great the other thing I noticed is you’ve got this this great pattern here in the corner and the basket weave which is in all the corners but once you come out of that basket weave you’ve got a situation where you’ve really crucial that you have a 90 degree angle here because everything you’re cutting is square okay how do you go about making sure you got 90 degrees there what I do is I pull a 6 feet from this wall ok 8 feet from that wall you know 6 and then the old 6 8 and 10 all right here’s the many ways myself and then if I hit 10 10 I know I’ve got a ninety degree in this quarter okay so let’s see how are we doing at ten feet and feet okay so now we’ve got 90 degree here once we get to the other end of the floor how how do we assure ourselves we’re going to be coming 90 degrees over here okay what I do is I put a measurement from this string got to here okay and then I do the same thing on the other side yeah and then when I hit the same measurement then I put my nail and pull me another strength okay so that maybe that way you know you’re making power and then I’m I’m parallel with this string and have another 90 in this corner perfect okay and now we’re ready for this up first yeah this is the perimeter board here that goes like that before we nail that we got to make sure that we are straight okay there’s all these corners are critical because you’ve got that same pattern going everywhere same pattern okay yeah and so what’s the purpose of the string that the purpose of string is to make sure that the board stays still 90 degrees at the core because you know the string to get your your board straight none of these boys are gonna be pirelli perfectly straight as hot as you try they’re never straight okay that’s a good idea putting biscuits on those butt ends but that’s gonna hold them down once they settle that’ll hold them down

I’ll leave this Tong aren’t here so that when we nail this last piece on with the nail gun this edge here remains nice and crisp now that it’s in place we’ll take it off with a chisel so that the rest of the field can come right in and meet it nicely that’s right it’s a great job but Grady thanks a lot thank you much can I help you here yeah okay coming up the kitchen is finished and we’ll look at all the cooking appliances stick around the dark mahogany finish on all these kitchen cabinets contrasts really nicely with the finish the natural finish on the pine floors and we’ve got three coats of polyurethane a satin finished polyurethane right Kevin that’s correct now what can I give you a hand over here please do this is a warming oven right yes it is it’s warming drawer heavy solid stainless steel I’ll push do you have to pull the cord so this is made by KitchenAid and not too many people specify an appliance like this and yet when you’re putting together a dinner party or when you just have weekend activity going on it’s nice to have this is electric right that’s correct an electric warming oven that you can keep stuff warm in until the dinner party gets underway let’s take four of those two screws and even in the kitchen that’s not enormous like like this one it fits in nicely right under the cooktop now you’ve got what six burners here six burners 15,000 BTUs each Wow cast-iron that’s good what’s this round thing on top there’s a simmer plate acts as a buffer between the burner and the pots that’s a very good idea you don’t have to worry about burning plastic handles on a pot or really scorching the pot if you’re using something on that big a flame and of course on the left we’ve got a pair of ovens and again I like the contrast of the stainless steel appliance with the mahogany finish on these cabinets which are actually cherry wood but when you contrast stainless with a rich tone of wood like that it’s very elegant and these designs are almost retro to the early microwaves of 20 years ago don’t you think very handsome yeah it all works very well with the granite that was chosen etc now here is the latest from Kohler right this is our Pro Coke Center the Pro Cook Center which is a sink that will help you make pasta and it’s got an electric heating element in it so that you can just fill up the pasta pot right there and of course the pot itself has a strainer and it’s got two other pots you can steam with that one you can steam your veggies and you can make a sauce on the top chop everything right there boy this is really a neat innovation isn’t it it is because one of the things that just drains itself so you never have to pull the colander out and worry about scorching some so it also yeah you don’t have to worry about accidents and it also cuts down on maintenance of what you have to wash that’s pretty impressive all chromed and heavy-duty very nice for more information on choosing appliances for your kitchen remodel go to Bob Vila com our staircase looks antique but it’s very much 21st century originally in old staircases the newel posts held everything together here the newel posts are just helping the railings to stay in place Reilly was here last week helping the followed it all together let’s watch before we get started with the handrail we have some prep work to do first we have to remove the temporary handrail used during construction next we add the trim moldings along the walls then we remove the protective tread covers from the stairs now we’re ready to get going we’ve already got these balances and railing in place but what they really needed to do first was to get this newel post set which is critical and what you want to be careful of doing is making sure that when it’s in this nosing does not come proud of the newel post in its sentence so that the opposing nosing also lands in the same spot which is puts us where Dale is going to get our last new post for us right now now the way the fellas from port city staircase have assured that we’re going to be centered where we want to be is they have lined up the newel posts so dead center is on the line of plaster right here and they’ve done the same thing on the opposing wall then we’re ready actually we’re ready right now we can go ahead and cut our nosing which they’ve

laid out ahead of time for us all these dowels they started from a center line and went left and right ok now this should fit right in there and you can see now that with this into a post in the correct spot it may square fit on both ends and the nosing is not proud of the dual post that can go right into place okay and now Dale can finish this up by putting the the apron underneath it with the mouldings you know that last piece he’s putting on is just a three quarter inch Scotia before Dale sets the balises he puts a little glue in the dowel holes the balises are all dialed on the bottom end now he’s just setting the balusters all you really need is the glue on the bottom to hold them you can see on the profile of this cap there’s an area here that’s going to receive the top of those balusters now just drive a screw through the newel post to catch it wow that’s good and snug now we just glue a plug in the newel post and tap it in first Dale checks to make sure each balusters is plumb and then nails it the last piece is to go into these Philip pieces and they’ll just go in between each balusters at the top okay well now we’re ready to put on this rake rail which is going down the stairs and really the trickiest part of this is getting this angle cut on them how do you how do you get that cut yet well we calculate the angle by the rise we’re under the stair above let’s ound simple enough okay now we just attach it the same way we did previous once with a three inch screw that’s good top now we need one on the bottom okay I’ve got the balances up top we’ve all been dialed in and secured now but the ones on the bottom down the stairs you’ve cut the dowels off that’s correct right yeah well we had to do that these are all cut to match the specific rise and run of the stair uh-huh okay aren’t you worried about them spinning around not really on a squirt out top application you can see that the rails plows and once they put into a plow this square top holds them pretty securely in place so that’s going to be good and secure okay the way that blade the mouth is you can see the face of the balusters here lines up with the face of the skirt board all the way down and then the other one to centers on all of those why is he handing on the bottoms we hand nail the bottoms and then set that nail because you really don’t get a good enough bite with an air nailer okay so now we just add Phillip pieces between these ballestas to finish it up well that’s a lot of stair rail to get done and a half a day and it looks terrific

thanks a lot Jeff thank you okay next the upstairs is complete and we’ll look at all the great furnishings and fixtures furniture for our low country house has been arriving almost daily for the last couple of weeks we’ve received a combination of new and antique pieces and now it’s all been unpacked arranged and accessorized let’s take a look at the finished upstairs bedrooms we’re on the second floor landing our friend Carolyn Griffith interior designer has accessorized and furnished all the rooms up here including the landing but let’s start off in this bedroom which we visited a couple of weeks ago when the gold was being applied to the walls and here she’s put in a suite of bedroom furniture from Thomasville which I believe the line is called Martinique and has that real substantial look of 19th century furniture I’m told it’s inspired by the louis-philippe designs but the dark woods really work nicely with this goal they how they help to control it and then of course the bed itself is what they call a sleigh bed with this nice kind of curved finish to it very very handsome then she’s put in lots of flowery pastels and good colors that contrasts with the gold in the master bath in here we’ve got an interesting kind of addition as it work is this very spare in there but she’s got the same kind of dainty towels and then a heavy object like that silver box from India and what I like about this room is the tile floor it’s a ceramic tile but it has the look of old French limestone pavers and then throughout the room all the windows are treated with these great shutters from our friends here at withers industries and these are all operable and they really make a statement because it’s such a southern thing I think to have these beautiful shutters the hall shows a nice collection of kind of assemble pieces that might have been inherited in a house an old chest of drawers a beautiful Ottoman print of wood peckers a new glass bowl gorgeous antique I don’t know if they’re Georgian or Chippendale but they look like they could be southern or Irish I got to find out but they’re just beautiful chairs paired with a contemporary reproduction again from Thomasville in this bedroom we actually have a story that’s like it’s a little den a little home office both of the small bedrooms up here have been furnished as if they were gonna be used for off the space and again you’ve got an interesting focal point this piece of furniture that’s a semicircle a planters desk also kind of the shape of a hunt table but it looks like an antique it’s not these are all reproductions I love the chairs which I think are out of the Hemingway collection well down the hall there’s another bedroom again we’ll look at that in a second in a full bathroom here which is done in a grey marble tile floor with the gray fixtures from Kohler and this terrific one-piece acrylic shower which comes with all these shiny brass fittings and what I like about this one is this the back wall has this contoured shape so that you can just kind of lie back in there and have a hot shower then opposite it we’ve got a double lavatory vanity and again we got grey paired with a nice granite shiny brass and then we got the mahogany in the cabinet it all is very elegant and it’s very reminiscent of 19th century kind of designs now let’s look in here and this room is set up almost like a little hideout where you go relax take a nap on the shed loan read a book or whatever hide and she’s chosen lots of items accessories and furniture and fabrics and everything that make you feel like you’re in a garden room the pattern the leaves even the accessory tables like this one it’s kind of like a magazine rack it’s a new it’s a reproduction of bamboo furniture but it really works nicely in this room and then this is kind of really neat because if you do want to work here this is a stand-up desk it’s a rep reduction also from Thomasville but when you open this up you’ve got a wonderful place to write pay bills or even just read comfortably especially if you got a bad back anyway that’s the upstairs we’re running out of time come home again next week when we’re gonna be showing you the downstairs and Carolyn will be here to explain all the different feelings that she’s tried to evoke in these rooms we’ll have a visit from Andres Duany the architect responsible for this whole concept of different kernels in the house and we’ll take you at a little workshop here in Charleston where they make beautiful copper lanterns till then I’m Bob Vila it’s good to have you home again for lots of information and resources for your home improvement project check out my website at Bob Vila calm