So, cheapskate Smelly Jen is browsing the internet last night to see what kind of sticker shock I'm going to be in for when I put down new HWF downstairs and patch the upstairs (and plan for HWF in the addition). Good lordy..$9 bucks a square foot for heart pine. Ouchie. I have been debating tearing up the HWF upstairs as there is still a bit of Smelly at the Smelly house...but at this price? Fuggedaboudit.
So I switch my search for pretty garage doors. They ain't cheap either. Double party foul.
Jen quickly turns her search to ebay and CL to see if folks sell used garage doors (on the off chance I find one that is misordered, etc). I find one, but oddly enough, I notice there is a for sale sign in the yard. I think, hmm, could it be a teardown? Could this be the 1 in a million and I can snatch the wood before it's torn down? So I send an email, thinking what the heck, no harm no foul, right?
Well, I get an email back today. It IS a teardown, but the floor is already gone. Bummer. However, they have another house (CL poster is a developer, I think) in a seriously big money town nearby with 3k feet of red oak...and he's happy to show it to me if I would like it.
Holy crap! Have I hit the jackpot? So now I have to figure out:
1. What kind of wood is in my house? (in case I need to patch)
For the new stuff I have to figure out:
2. How do I determine how much 'life' a HWF has it in? (I'm assuming it's the remaining height of the individual wood pieces?)
3. What's a reasonable price (per sq ft) to purchase a red oak 'tear up'? (and remember, I'm in Boston, where everything is super duper expensive)?
4. How much extra should I buy?
5. I think I would kill myself trying to do this solo. Any ideas on getting helpers (no way my friends will do this...too backbreaking & they already think I'm nuts)
6. What is involved with having a HWF guy install and refinish a HWF that I salvage?
7. Are they going to be ticked that they aren't getting the material cost markup???
Fingers crossed that somehow I can make this work!
Just a professional gal who loves old houses. Who strives for a balance between city and country living. And who'd like to leverage her new town's bike culture, to get back into gear...both mentally and physically.