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ArrogantFool 10-22-2012 10:15 AM

Flooring Issues
A little description/history before the questions:

Currently my wife and I are remodeling our kitchen. The new kitchen will extend ~6" into our dining area and therefore we are hoping to be able to extend the dining area. The dining area and kitchen are kind of combined in one rectangle and past the dining area is the living room. Between the living room and the dining area is a "fake" wall that has a ~2.5' (from the floor) shelf section and the remainder originally had trellis that has since been removed. This wall does not go all of the way to the ceiling and therefore is not a support wall. The wall runs east to west with a ~4' long section on the west wall and a 1.5' long section on the east wall. The wall is ~6" in width. We are wanting to remove this wall, but do not know what to do with the floor and if possible, we do not want to have to replace all of the flooring.

We have laminate flooring throughout the kitchen, dining area, living room and hallway to the bedrooms, but not in the bedrooms. The flooring runs north to south.

We have thought about running laminate across the opening that would be created if the wall were removed, but the way laminate flooring is designed (at least how I understand it) it would be very difficult, if not impossible to install across this section (by removing the cut boards and replacing with ones that would cross the gap) without dismantling the floor and then reinstalling it.

We have thought about installing a strip of laminate east to west but that has visual issues and the edges of the flooring in this area would be troublesome for many reasons.

Are there any suggestions for what could be done for this area?

joecaption 10-22-2012 10:22 AM

Unless you installed trasition strips as a border just patching in spots is not going to work.
As you already know the floor would have to come out to that point and be relaided.

funfool 10-22-2012 10:41 AM

Off hand, only thing I can think of.
Use a 6" wide piece of oak going north to south with a small transition piece on both sides.
My thought is, if you use the same laminate flooring there, is going to look like a patch or a mistake.
By using oak or maple, something that will contrast well with existing floor.
Or maybe install some decorative tile.
You will still know it is a patch, guest may think it was planned that way.
Would be a lot cheaper then replacing the whole floor.
Which you still may decide to do at a later date.

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