Subbing In

It’s not really a project until something goes wrong… or at least it seems that way.

For us, our office remodel was moving right along. We’d finished our wallpaper ceiling renovation.

Paintable Wainscot Ceiling AfterThe carpet had come up without a hitch.

Carpet Removal Little House Big Heart

Carpet Removal Jess Little House Big Heart

Even the padding was only glued down, saving both time and our backs since we didn’t have to pull out the staples that usually hold down carpet padding.

Carpet Padding RemovalThe tack strips were difficult to remove, but were nothing that my awesome hubby couldn’t tackle with a hammer and mini-crowbar.

Tack Strip Removal Little House Big Heart

But then we pulled up the old, squeaky patch some unknown previous owner had laid down – and discovered that not only was the patch squeaky, but that when the subfloor was patched, not all of the old, rotten wood was removed.

The patchSince we’re in this to do it the right way and not the easy way, there was only one thing to do: tear it all out.

The bigger patch

As we mentioned before, our office used to be a screened in porch. It sits on a concrete slab that has 1 1/2″ of drop from the interior wall to the exterior. Considering that the room is only 8′ wide, that’s a lot of drop. Because of this, when we added our new braces, we had to account for the slope and rip a 2×4″ longways at the right angle, then use Liquid Nails to adhere it to the concrete.

Finally, we were ready to lay the new 3/4″ plywood subfloor.

Layign Subfloor

24 hours later, the subfloor was repaired… the right way. There’s no squeak or movement now and we know that it’s done correctly.

Repaired SubfloorTonight we’re tackling the next step: laying a layer of 1/4″ plywood over the entire floor.

Have you uncovered any surprises from previous owners before? Do you ever wish you could give a previous owner a piece of your mind? Is your hubby a tack strip removing machine?


  1. mom says:

    Ha……your dad and I could write literal volumes about this one!!!!…….One step forward and 10 back……..A seemingly simple project turns into a major reno…..aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!…..Love u both like bananas………

  2. Amanda says:

    I wish I could count the “surprises” our previous owners left for us haha! Great job repairing the subfloor. I’m so excited for the big reveal!

  3. Kelly @ Corner of Main says:

    We had a similar situation when we pulled carpet out of our sunroom. Kevin had to lay some new subfloor before we put in new carpet (would have loved to do tile, but would have been really cold in the winter!).
    The office is looking awesome! I can’t wait to see that beautiful tile down =)

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  5. Jenn says:

    Oh my gosh the things we are finding in this house. Boyfriend starting tearing down the sheetrock in the basement laundry room, since he’s installing a dryer vent (bc there wasn’t one!) so we have to rearrange the wiring and turns out, no installation behind it. Kind of fine, except this is Montana and it’s downright frigid down there in the winter and much cooler in the summer so that’s a plus I suppose.

    Finding wallpaper, on top of wallpaper, on top of wallpaper is making me crazy. Popcorn ceilings, bas carpet in some rooms and sadly no hardwood beneath it. Some odd choices in plumbing and electrical, but that’s all getting redone bit by bit.

    The previous owners just wanted to give us a lot to blog about I guess!

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