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Renovating an Apartment Building: Tips


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Renovating an Apartment Building: Tips

I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur, so when I saw a local apartment building up for sale at a great price, I decided make the investment. I am a manager by day, so I thought I was ready to be a great landlord. After I had trouble attracting new tenants, I decided to try investing in a few upgrades to see if I could attract more tenants with the added features. I hired a local contractor to work on my first project, which was a fitness room. I remembered that I always looked for buildings with them when I rented apartments! I then had some work done on the grounds and in the apartments themselves. The building is completely full now, so I realized it was a good investment. I decided to start a blog to share my renovating and construction tips with anyone who needs them!

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Installing Solid Hardwood Flooring In A Kitchen With A Brick Oven

If you are tired and bored with your kitchen, it is a great time to remodel it. Part of this remodel should include the flooring. If you have chosen solid hardwood flooring for your kitchen and also have a brick oven in your kitchen, this can make it more difficult to install the flooring. Fortunately, there is a way around this. Below are the different types of wood flooring you can choose from, as well as how to perfectly fit it against the wall.

Choose the Hardwood Flooring

There are different types of hardwood flooring you will find when you start shopping. Three of these types are listed below so you can make the right choice:

  • Parquet: Parquet hardwood flooring offers a unique look. It has individual wood slats with geometrical patterns throughout the floor.
  • Plank: This flooring is made of solid wood planks that cone in two different thicknesses.  You will mostly find planks that are approximately 1/2 inch up to approximately 8 inches, depending on where you purchase it.
  • Strip: Strip hardwood flooring is also made of solid wood planks that is available in a variety of thicknesses, from very thin to up to approximately two to three inches.

No matter if you choose plank or strip hardwood flooring, you can have it custom made to an exact thickness that you want.

Use a Pencil Scribe to Install the Wood Flooring Around a Brick Oven

If you choose to install the wood floor on your own, this is a big undertaking, but you will feel proud of the flooring when you get finished. If you have a brick oven, it can make it more difficult to get the flooring to match perfectly.  

The best way to do this is to use a pencil scribe, which you can get from Simple Scribe or a similar company. This is a small tool that you can use to trace around the brick oven. The scribe looks much like a small protractor having a pencil on one of the arms. A small flat, metal piece is on the other arm. Once you make the line, you can then cut the piece of wood to fit perfectly against the wall.

To do this, lay the piece of hard flooring on the floor and push it up against the brick as close as you can get it. Make sure the wood is actually touching the brick. Open your pencil scribe as wide as it can go. The pencil needs to touch the hardwood flooring and the other arm should touch the brick.

Carefully slide the scribe's metal arm along the brick making sure the pencil is drawing a line on the wood as you go.

Remove the piece of hardwood flooring, and you should have a pencil line drawn along it. You can now cut the flooring using this line as a guide so that it fits against the wall. Once cut, lay the flooring against the wall again. If it does not fit perfectly, use the scribe again to draw another line. You may have to do this a few times to get it to the perfect size.

If you are having problems using the scribe, contact a flooring contractor to install your flooring for you.