Black and white tiles covered an old yellow linoleum floor. The linoleum was installed over fiberboard nailed over the same pine underlayment as in the living room. Beneath the pine was the rough cedar planking of the subfloor. Ten months later…
The Japanese part of me wants to leave it empty. The bamboo floor is manufactured by Panda Lumber. We selected it for several reasons. The bamboo is solid, 5/8″ thick. The edges are micro-bevelled so that you don’t feel them when walking barefoot. The finish is aluminium oxide and is certified not to contain any formaldehyde, asbestos, pesticides, fungicides, or chlorofluorohydrocarbons.
I purchased online from DIY Flooring for $2.97 a square foot. The order arrived within a week, beautifully packaged with ten individual boxes of 24 pieces each on a pallet. Inside the individual cardboard boxes the bamboo was encased in plastic wrap with foam between the facing pieces. Every piece was in excellent condition. Panda Lumber Company did an excellent job of putting the nicest part of the bamboo on the face. Any knots or marks were always on the back of the piece, not where you could see it.
I purposely chose to have the flooring extend to all walls rather than put the cabinets in first and have to cut the flooring around them. This meant using about 30 square feet more flooring but it made installation much easier. I plan to have the base cabinets on 6-inch brush steel legs rather than have kickplates so that you will still see the floor. The kitchen is so small that I’m employing every strategy I can think of to keep it looking light and airy. We used exactly nine boxes but having the tenth box gave us the option to pick and choose pieces. I am extremely happy both with Panda Lumber and DIY Flooring.
Leveling the Floor
2006-07-30. AJM undertook the tedious process of levelling the floor. The difference in height was more than an inch and 1/2 from highest to lowest point. It didn’t just drop or slant but it rolled up and down.
2006-08-27. AJM had to cut hundreds of shims, all different thicknesses to deal with the wave-like surface of the old floor. It took him two months to level the floor and install the OSB subfloor. It took us two days to nail down the bamboo using a nail gun and air compressor.