Kitchen and Dining Update: Flooring

Here it is! The kitchen flooring is installed.  We are so close to having a finished kitchen.  We just need some trim and other finishes and we will be done!  Unfortunately, the trim won’t come until the other rooms get flooring too.

We decided on putting in a dark laminate flooring.  The installation is pretty simple.  The hardest part is cutting the pieces to fit around corners and edges, but after that it is very straight forward.

The planks lock together with tongue and groove:


After they are locked together, you use this tool to tighten up the joints while tapping with a hammer:



That’s really all there is too it!

In our current apartment we put in laminate flooring, but in a light shade.  I wanted to have a bigger contrast in the new house, so we went dark.  I couldn’t be happier with the color, and it looks even better in person.


We also got our faucet installed.  Since we don’t have a dishwasher we put in a nice large sink with 2 basins so we can hand wash out dishes.  We found that we rarely use our dishwasher in our apartment and hand wash anyways.  There is still the option of a dishwasher down the road, but we don’t want one right now.  Check out this sink:



The kitchen flooring flows right through the hallway and into the dining room:


This is one of those projects that changes the whole look of things.  We are starting to get our momentum back after the holidays and hope to have even more updates soon.  Thanks for reading!


3 Responses so far.

  1. lorell scott says:

    Your house looks wonderful, can’t wait to come visit and really see it in person. you have really done an outstanding job..
    love Grandma

  2. Tara says:

    Wow! This is so amazing! To say I am proud is an understatement. When Nick and I get to remodeling our home we will have you on speed dial! Keep up the wonderful work, I can’t wait to see more pics.

    Love you guys!

  3. Gerald Taylor says:

    Ryan and Christine, I have been following your process and have enjoyed reading your comments and all the pics. It is amazing what you’ll have done. I always wanted to do someting like that but did not have the gumption to jump in there and do it. It will be beautiful when you get it finished. Such a transformation. I told Aunt Leatha to show your house and pics of what you have done to Aunt Shelby when they are together. Love you guys and Happy New Years. Uncle Gerald

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