House Renovations Over 50s Lifestyle

Hybrid Timber Flooring – it’s a yes from me

November 9, 2022

Back in mid August, we moved house which was a major lifestyle and life changing decision. I wrote about it in my post BE-ing in August – life changes and another year around the sun and after 3 months both Mike and I definitely have no regrets. We are closer to family and friends and love the neighbourhood we have chosen.

We moved from a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment on the Gold Coast back to a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse in Brisbane. It is spacious and has a lovely small yard which is on our list of renovation projects.

Mike and I love to renovate and work on projects in all the homes we have lived together. In fact, since being together for almost 30 years, we have moved home several times. Usually, it is when we have finished renovating and I don’t get to enjoy the fruits of our labour.

This move, will hopefully be our last for some time so I’m looking forward to making it our home and a haven we can enjoy.

The townhouse is about twenty years old, in good condition but the decor is dated. We knew that when we purchased the property but the space and location plus the fact we are in a small complex of only 7 townhouses were the deciding factors. You can always change the decor and that is what we are doing!

I’m excited for the plans we have in mind.

(Some of you may have seen these photos on social media showing the progress of the project but I also wanted to journal our renovations here on the blog.)

First job – The flooring has to go!

Before

The first project on our list was to redo the flooring in the hallway, living, dining and kitchen area. I love a continuous flow in a home as it increases the feeling of space and light.

The floors when we arrived were tiles in the hall and kitchen and then a dark grey carpet in the lounge and dining. You can see by the photos that there is no flow, the dark floor makes the space look smaller and I didn’t like the colours of the tiles next to the carpet. For visitors the view from the entry to the living area just wasn’t inviting.

We obtained several quotes and even looked at doing the project ourselves. It wasn’t worth the angst of trying to do something we hadn’t done before, even though Youtube videos made it look easy. The professionals are much faster and accurate.

Some of the suppliers wanted us to arrange our own tiler, removal of carpet and to provide a skip. Perfect Floors, gave an all inclusive quote which was very reasonable and we didn’t have to worry about anything apart from moving the furniture (which is the same with all companies we dealt with). In particular, the electrical products such as refrigerator and dishwasher as they don’t want to risk damaging the appliance during the move – they left that to us, the owners LOL 🙂

We chose to replace the tiles and carpet with hybrid timber flooring. Gaining in popularity since 2019, it is hardwearing, scratch resistant, waterproof, easy to keep clean and cost effective. Of course, nothing is perfect and you need to clean up spills immediately but the positives outweighed any concerns.

The biggest issue for me was selecting a colour. I am not someone who can visualise how something will look. I need to actually see it. I chose Blackbutt in Viva Classic Range and although I knew I liked the colour, the sample Mike saw was a little different and he put some doubt into my mind.

The day before we left for our Tasmania holiday I quickly went back to the showroom at Perfect Floors, Capalaba, and double checked the colour. Lili and Rod were so helpful and gave me more samples to bring home just to make sure.

I was still unsure as we left for our holiday, but I stayed with my original choice and once the job was completed I knew it was exactly what I wanted. Aren’t we funny that we doubt ourselves? I don’t think I’m very good at interior design but I should learn to trust myself and my decisions.

Preparation

Mike and I had to remove all the furniture from the living/dining area and the refrigerator and dishwasher from the kitchen. Fortunately, I have my SIL who lives 5 minutes away who gave us a hand. Although, I think I’m doing quite well as an apprentice!

Installation

The installation took 2 days and required having the tiles removed, the underfloor prepared and then laying the timber panels. An unknown factor is when they lift up tiles or carpet. If the surface is okay then that requires minimal preparation. If it is uneven they have to level out the surface which can add to the cost. Fortunately, ours only needed minimal preparation. Our installer, Danny from Perfect Flooring was excellent and he did everything – tile removal, carpet removal and laying the timber.

Halfway through

This is the floor after removal of tiles and carpet. I thought even this stage was an improvement on the original.

All finished – What do you think?

What a difference! I’m so happy with the final result. The rooms look even more spacious and love the flow of the flooring from the front door, through the hall to the living and dining area. It is exactly how I imagined it to look and both Mike and I are very happy.

We still have a TV cabinet and buffet to arrive which are on backorder and a coffee table to purchase but the majority of the living and dining area is now done.

Future plans for 2023 include new kitchen benctops and complete renovations of the bathroom and ensuite. Stay tuned!

Renovating can have it’s moments of frustration when things don’t go to plan, but when the project is done and it looks good, all of the moving of furniture etc., was worth it. It is also a wonderful way for Mike and I to work as a team, doing something we enjoy.

Have you renovated? How was your experience?

Sue Loncaric

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31 Comments

  • Reply preservetwinmom November 9, 2022 at 05:30

    Your flooring is lovely and it made a huge difference in the look of your space!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2022 at 05:51

      Thank you! Yes, we are very happy with the result and the spacious feeling. Only two pieces of furniture to go and this area will be complete. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 9, 2022 at 06:20

    Your ‘after’ photos are absolutely stunning! I LOVE the hybrid timber flooring. It looks beautiful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:23

      We are very happy with the results, Donna. Such an improvement!

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 9, 2022 at 06:25

    I didn’t know you’d moved – but yes, much better to be near friends – the long drive can be exhausting if it’s too regular! Love the floorboards look! #WWandP

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:24

      Hi Lydia, yes we wanted to be closer to family and friends and I was getting a tired driving up and back from the Coast several times a week. My grandsons are loving having Nan close by and I’m loving it too! x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle November 9, 2022 at 09:59

    Looks fabulous Sue! It’ll be loads of fun getting the townhouse exactly how you’d like it. Great that you’re feeling happy about the move too and settling in well!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:25

      Thanks Min, we enjoy renovating and although we get the professionals to do it now, we still enjoy the planning and selection process. xx

  • Reply leannelc November 9, 2022 at 11:15

    Hi Sue – timber flooring is definitely the way to go these days. We had terracotta tiles (similar to yours) in our old place – very up to the minute when we laid them 20 years ago, but definitely not so much now. You’ll love the clean, light look (very “you”) and it’s going to look beautiful when all your furniture is in place. Looking forward to seeing your other projects as they take place. (PS: having someone professional do all the tile removal and floor laying is definitely the way to go!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:26

      It’s great, isn’t it Leanne? I’m very happy with progress so far and looking forward to planning our next project for early 2023. x

  • Reply Janine November 9, 2022 at 13:52

    I’m looking forward to following your renovation progress. Your floors look amazing and definitely make the space look bigger and more streamlined. I’m a bit like you and sometimes doubt my choices but then when the job is done I’m usually really pleased. We should trust our judgment more!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:27

      Thanks Janine, it’s great to document what we are doing. I should have done that in the past with our renovation of our Gold Coast apartment. I’m terrible for second guessing myself when it comes to decorating. LOL 🙂

  • Reply Toni Pike November 9, 2022 at 14:00

    Beautiful, Sue – and love the colour of it. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:28

      Thank you, Toni, I’m very happy with how it all looks. x

  • Reply The Widow Badass November 9, 2022 at 14:39

    Your floors look lovely! I recently went through the same process but my floors needed major levelling. The end result was worth it though! I used the same flooring throughout my place too (previously a mix of carpet and bleached looking vinyl), and I love the new, warmer look. Very hard-wearing and also waterproof – what’s not to love?

    Deb

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:28

      Fortunately, Deb, our levelling was minimal although we were prepared for anything. I’m very happy with the result. On to the next project now. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 9, 2022 at 15:57

    I love your new floor Sue. I really enjoy renovating too. We have a couple of jobs to do before we sell for the move to Qld next year. One of them is to replace the carpet that was damaged by the tenant. That should be happening soon.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:29

      Hi Jen, yes I’m very happy. Renovating can be frustrating when things go wrong but the end result is always new and fresh. It also gives Mike projects to work on which he enjoys. x

  • Reply Debbie November 9, 2022 at 16:20

    I can’t believe you’ve been there for 3 months already Sue! I’m so pleased to hear how happy you are and that you feel you made the right choice to move. The floors look great and I can see the flow is much better than before. You’ve also put a stamp on the place as your own now! Well done, hoping I can visit next month 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:30

      I know, Deb, 3 months has flown but we have certainly made the right decision. I can’t wait for you to visit next month x

  • Reply Cathy November 9, 2022 at 18:43

    You’re game was my first thought…..then I saw the end result and thought you did the right thing by hiring a professional. So much to do, lots of it finicky stuff, best get someone who knows what they’re doing. And what a great job they did!
    Hope you keep us up to date with how you tackle the rest of the house.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 05:31

      Hi Cathy, in the past we would have tackled the job ourselves but not these days. We are happy to plan, select and supervise and I’m very happy with the result. x

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement November 10, 2022 at 06:12

    Sue, the new floor looks great. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 16:23

      Hi Suzanne, thank you. We are very happy with it. Solar panels today and next year we move onto the bathrooms.

  • Reply Susanne November 10, 2022 at 06:59

    The new floor looks absolutely fantastic, Sue! I’m a big fan of that kind of floor too, so fresh-looking! We’ve been working on adding tile floors throughout the house, starting with the hallway and bathroom. Then last winter we had to wait with the kitchen because of the Covid surge and now that tiler has quit tiling! Such a disappointment. My husband will try and see if he can do it himself.. tile floors sure is a lot more work than what you have but we’ll see.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 16:24

      Thanks so much Susanne and I agree the flooring makes the area look more spacious and fresh-looking. Tiling is hard. We did that down the Coast at our apartment and definitely had to get someone to help. What a shame about your tiler. It is disappointing when you have your heart set on something and it doesn’t happen. Good luck with your renos I’m sure they will look amazing. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs November 10, 2022 at 17:52

    Oh that looks so homely and welcoming too. I am glad you are both pleased with the choice. I know when we move we will likely have different floor surfaces, as most of the new built apartments are going with the look of timber or timber. I truly cant see the difference. I know my husband will. Good going on the progress photos. You will be glad of the history later. Start taking pics of those “yet to be done” areas!!
    It was great to see you link up for this week’s WWandPics. Looking forward to next week’s line up too. Thanks for your kind support of this weekly link up. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 12, 2022 at 04:57

      Hi Denyse, the timber look is much easier to maintain and doesn’t scratch as easily as pure timber floors. I’ve had timber floors in the past so I can appreciate the low maintenance and durability of the engineered timber. It is good to keep a record and wish I had done it when we did the renovations at the Gold Coast. x

  • Reply Natalie November 12, 2022 at 09:55

    Hi Sue, Your new flooring looks beautiful. Excellent choice! Thank you for your weekend coffee share and photos.

  • Reply Kirstin November 15, 2022 at 15:05

    Sue, that is goorgeous. It is SO HARD choosing types and colors. Uggh…I’m so glad our project is done.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2022 at 05:47

      Thank you Kirstin, I’m very happy with the result. I need to back my choices and not second guess myself, because the colour is exactly what I wanted. x

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