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Bob Areddy

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03-16-2011 07:04 PM

Hey all. My girlfriend would like to expand her closet in her bedroom. The floors are hardwood that run perpendicular to the closet opening.

The closet is wide but shallow. However the opening is much more narrow than the width of the interior of the closet. So I suggested that we might be able to open it up…

The question came up as to what to do with the floor that will be newly exposed? The hardwood just butts up to the “wings” of the closet that we plan to tear out.

WWLD (what would Lumberjocks do?)

-- --Bob

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 07:44 PM

I see these options:

1. Fill in the gaps with plywood and the carpet the whole room. :-)

2. “Patch” the newly exposed floor with matching hardwood. It will be obvious no matter what you do.

3. Re-do the entire floor.

I’m interested to see if anyone comes up with an idea I’m missing.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 07:50 PM

If the “patch” runs perpidicular to the orginal hardwood it’ll look like a frame around the closet. Try using a contrasting color hardwood to make it stand out.

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 10:52 PM

Charlie, you could pour a thin layer of concrete with an aggregate finsish. It would be in the back and not necessaily have to match & not be that noticable. If you wanted to take the high road, torquoise colored epoxy would be an option.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 12:38 AM

If any of the flooring is “hidden” (i.e. in a place where the closet is wider than the door opening), you could scavage a couple of pieces to use as fillers where the walls have been cut back. You can fill the holes with almost anything since they’ll almost certainly stay covered with shoes, or whatever.

Have you checked to see if you will be messing with a load bearing wall? It’s rare, but sometimes the “front” of the closet is load bearing. If it is, you’ll also need to put in a new (longer) header.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 12:47 AM

If I am reading your question correctly, you are going to expand the closet into the room so the area in question he floor inside will end up inside the closet. If so, I would just patch it and then carpet the floor in the closet.

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#6 posted 03-17-2011 01:04 AM

I’m sort of with Sawkerf – I would scavenge from the inside of the closet to match the hole in the new opening and then re-do the whole closet floor (or maybe just a border around the back 3 walls in the closet) with some aromatic cedar – keep moths at bay (or is that superstition?) – at least it smells nice


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Bob Areddy

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#7 posted 03-17-2011 02:16 AM

Lots of good ideas I can present to her. Keep the suggestions coming!

Sawkerf, how do I know if it’s load bearing?

-- --Bob

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#8 posted 03-26-2011 05:40 PM

I like the idea of relocating pieces from inside the closet to ‘match’ the original floor in the room, it will still be a different colour than that exposed to more light, but it should be a fairly close match. The accent wood to deliberately make the patch a ‘design’ element appeals to me also as it is a easier thing to do than refinish the entire floor (and ‘gasp’ Charlie! cover a wood floor with vector laden carpet!..;-) and could really add to the look of the room.

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#9 posted 03-26-2011 10:15 PM

If you really want to make her happy. Build her a new house !
Seriously though.
I would try to find more flooring that matches the hardwood you have. Blending it in will look much nicer than any PATCH. You might have to re-finish the rest of the floor as well.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 03-26-2011 10:33 PM

depending on how big the gap is you might be able to use molding to do it i suggest a little more than your ordenary quarter round.

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#11 posted 03-27-2011 01:11 AM

If you have to ask, you probably need some help to figure it out. If you know a General Contractor, offer to pay him/her a couple of bucks to help you make the decision.

Of course, you could also start ripping things out and see if the ceiling tries to collapse. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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