I have delayed posting our kitchen plan (yet again!) because we have yet another predicament. When we first looked at the house we noticed that some of the floors were slanted. We thought, no big deal we can fix that. The kitchen is by far the worst and after the use of a level and tape measure we came to find out that from the high point in the kitchen to the lowest point there is a 1.75” difference.. eek! We had planned to level the kitchen floor from the floor up but after adding nearly two inches just to get it even, we would still need to add a new subfloor, thinset and tile… we’re looking at over 4”. If we were redoing the whole downstairs that wouldn’t be a huge problem. But the rest of the downstairs is in fairly good condition and is covered in beautiful original hardwood floors. Those are staying, no questions asked. So we would be looking at a 4” step to walk into the kitchen. That’s rather significant.
We have decided that a 4” step would look ridiculous and would be a safety concern. Not to mention the fact that leveling the floor would be incredibly difficult and if it is not done correctly, could lead to cracked tile and many other potential issues. Steven suggested that we just remove the gross linoleum floor, and replace it with new linoleum. Naturally, I was completely against this idea. While I understand where he is coming from, I hate linoleum. I went so far as to suggest that we not even bother renovating the kitchen if we were going to replace filthy linoleum with clean linoleum. For one, I think that it looks cheap and secondly, it isn’t cheap. That crap is rather expensive (over double the price that we were planning to spend on tile). Steven insisted that it was “good enough” considering the value of our home.
This led to another discussion about selling our house and the resale value/selling potential of the home. I told Steven that I was concerned that most people be very concerned about the slanted floors and would not be as naive as we were about fixing them. Most people don’t want to take on projects and if they do, they are generally fun things not leveling floors. So I suggested that we try to fix the floor from the root of the problem… the basement. Steven looked around and determined that a couple of the joists were sagging and that was likely causing the slanted floors in the basement.
We have someone coming out to look into it tonight (and a few more people over the next couple of weeks). Once we have some quotes we will evaluate our options. Here we go…