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Hello,

I have installed a heated tile floor in the kitchen, and it seems that I have a 1/2" height difference between the tile floor and the 3/4" wood floor that we want to install.

The kitchen opens onto the living room, with the transition being about 12 feet long, and there is also a doorway into the dining room that I have to transition.

Does anybody have any suggestions on what strategy I should take to make this look as elegant as possible? Most things I have seen seem to accommodate wood floors that are higher, but not applicable to my situation.

Thank you.
 

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Why not? There are thresholds for differing floor heights. Wood to carpet. Tile to wood, whatever. If you want a perfectly flat transition, ie. no threshold; then just put down 1/2" osb underlayment and lay the hardwood.
 

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Grandpa Bud: I agree that OSB to raise the floor would be ideal, but this would mean the entire first floor and get expensive (I am still considering it though).

Bob: I like the idea of a bull nose, but I am concerned that it may be a trip hazard. Are you of the opinion that at a height of 1/2" that I should not be concerned?
 

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Another posibility if you have 12 feet of floor space running out into your living room from the tile edge would be to put a 1-1/2 wide x 1/2" furring strip at the tile. Then every 16 inches put down a 7/16, then a 3/8, then a 5/16, then a 1/4, then a 3/16, then a 1/8, then a 1/16 inch furring strip. I really don't think you will see the slope @ 1/16" per 16 inches.
 

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That's a good one Grandpa Bud. That might be the best way IMO.

Another posibility if you have 12 feet of floor space running out into your living room from the tile edge would be to put a 1-1/2 wide x 1/2" furring strip at the tile. Then every 16 inches put down a 7/16, then a 3/8, then a 5/16, then a 1/4, then a 3/16, then a 1/8, then a 1/16 inch furring strip. I really don't think you will see the slope @ 1/16" per 16 inches.
 

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I have almost exactly the same situation at my house. I made my own oak transition piece, 3-1/2 inches wide, 3/4 inch thick, back cut with a 3/4 inch wide, 1/2 inch deep dado to cover the tile. I cut a 30 degree bevel on the front of the transition piece, works fine, no trip problem, looks good. Or you can buy a standard transition piece from Bruce or another company that can accommodate most any transition height.
 

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I have almost exactly the same situation at my house. I made my own oak transition piece, 3-1/2 inches wide, 3/4 inch thick, back cut with a 3/4 inch wide, 1/2 inch deep dado to cover the tile. I cut a 30 degree bevel on the front of the transition piece, works fine, no trip problem, looks good. Or you can buy a standard transition piece from Bruce or another company that can accommodate most any transition height.

I thought about doing something like this too, but the wife is worried about how it will look.

Do you have a picture or two of your install that you wouldn't mind sharing?
 
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