We bought a house with these great travertine tile floors, but unfortunately the subfloor isn’t cut out for tile. At least half of the tiles are cracked. We also had a refrigerator that barely fit in its space, so here’s the plan:
- Lose the cabinet above the fridge – we don’t use it anyhow.
- Move pantry into the corner where the fridge was.
- Remove the tile, replace with bamboo.
- Replace tile in front of back door.
- While we’re at it, replace the 15 year old fridge and the sub par dishwasher.
Step 3: Tile removal isn’t horribly slow… They used a LOT of mortar, but it’s got 1/4″ hardiboard under it. They went crazy with the screws. In about 2 hours, I removed almost half of it!
So in a weekend I got it all ripped out, and then I began the bamboo laying:
And this is where things stood until the 12th, due to work and birthdays.
Then I managed to get the remainder laid, although that took until the next weekend, really.
Step 4: Replacing the tile in front of the back door wasn’t so bad, but like the rest of the house, the subfloor had a little too much movement for my tastes. I decided to remove the subfloor and sister some 2×4 lumber to each joist as a stiffener, and then replace the subfloor with some modern OSB subfloor.
Now, I forgot to get a picture of the nice new OSB subfloor, but I did get a shot of the ditra underlayment and the tile laying process.
Step 5 actually happened before the tile laying… I had to panic and install much of the bamboo to beat the appliance delivery, but I made it with an hour or two to spare!