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So, our subfloor is old 3/4″ tongue and groove pine. In some rooms, it’s fairly flat. In others, it’s got a good amount of gaps and tilt. also, there are random places where the boards switch directions for a while (old patches?). As subfloor, it had never really been finished before, though there is paint around the outside of some of the rooms, where it was apparently exposed around an area rug.

I love it. The randomness, the patina, I think it’s great.

I’m not sure if we can keep it or not.

We had one floor man (who did good work for my parents) take a look at it, and he claimed it would be too thin to sand and refinish. -did I mention that our floor joists are around 30″ apart? And that they aren’t so much joists as, well, trees? This may be a factor. Also a possible factor is that he stood to make a good commission on an $8,000 floor if we choose not to refinish.

Still, I’m not sure. I’m not sure if we can get it even enough not to get splinters and stubbed toes (we’re bare feet kinda people). I’m not sure if we can put a finish on it that will withstand the large dog we plan to get.

So, we’re getting another estimate, and M’s going to push the ‘just put a really rough finish on it’ angle.

And maybe we’ll start on one of the easier rooms and see how far we get with a good cleaning as opposed to a down-to-new-wood sanding.

So, we have our house.

It is – close to 100 years old. The MLS said build in 1900, but judging from the preponderance of listings for that year (and none for, say 1902) I’m translating that to ‘long time back’ as opposed to a specific year.

The seller’s daughter said that ‘grandpa moved there when he was 14’. I think this would be the father of the previous occupants. I’m assuming he was still living with his parents then, but don’t know. We plan to look up details on this sometime, but for now there are other priorities.

We do know it was the farm house for several surrounding acres which were subdivided into medium sized country residential lots sometime in the 70’s perhaps.

It is cute as a button with victorian gingerbread trim, though the inside woodwork is very plain, wide, dark wood. I don’t know if there’s a name for that style any more descriptive than ‘old farmhouse’ but we’ve had several people state that it looks similar to old relatives houses.

And, it needs a lot of work. It’s been kept up, and has a lot of the essentials like (mostly) modern heat and electric. But we’d like to pull off ~100 years of layered wallpaper and flooring to really make it nice again. It’s a lot more space than we need until we have kids, so the plan is to fix the downstairs, move in, then fix the upstairs.

Hopefully I’ll be able to keep a decent journal of the progress (and exciting vintage flooring patterns) here.