Work in progress

So far, the carpet, pad, and tack strips in the dining room, hall, and vanity have been removed. This also involved removing the asbestos tiles beneath the strips. Doing this was hazardous, and it is illegal to do this on a casual basis. Asbestos is hazardous and can cause lung cancer.

Therefore, we hired Ohana Environmental Construction, Inc. to do the job. After removing the strips and asbestos, they disposed of both according to law.

The carpet and pad were bundled up and placed in our garage for disposal by Abbey, our flooring store.

This is the work in progress.

The dining area:

The kitchen area:

The hall:

The vanity:

Tomorrow (Tuesday), Abbey will level and prep the floor. This will take all day.

On Wednesday, Abbey will install koa vinyl planks. They will not be glued down. They will float on top of the floor and interlock with each other. Each plank will have a cushioned under layer to make walking and standing more comfortable.

On Thursday, I’ll show you photos of the finished floor.

21 Responses to “Work in progress”

  1. DavidH Says:

    I can’t wait until I see the finished floor. It should be amazing. It is so much fun to improve your home and make it more livable.

  2. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Sounds like the work is being done very competently and responsibly, that’s good! Valerie

  3. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …we have so many jobs that need to be in progress, perhaps someday.

  4. AC Says:

    It is good that you are doing this at what must be a very big expense. That asbestos must go.

  5. DJan Says:

    Glad to hear everything is going according to schedule. 🙂

  6. Doug M Says:

    Well, it looks like a very neatly done job so far! Gigi, David–I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this older asbestos. My dad retired in the 1990s (he was a contractor for home renovations like this) but even back then, would tell us of the extra steps involved when it came to asbestos. I bet your new flooring is going to look so nice and be a pleasure to walk on–I can’t wait. :^)

  7. Sandy Says:

    Vinyl planks? that’s going to be beautiful! And easy to clean too — you won’t miss carpet shampooing. Truly will give your house an updated, clean and fresh look.

  8. Christine Says:

    Things are moving along!

  9. Martha Says:

    It’s coming along. It’ll be nice to have it all finished!

  10. wisewebwoman Says:

    Sounds like it will be a lovely job. Glad you’re getting rid of the asbestos. A cousin of mine died from asbestos lung cancer.


  11. Lois Evensen Says:

    It’s very interesting to see the renovation and new flooring. Asbestos has been a problem for so long. I look forward to seeing your finished project.

  12. Arkansas Patti Says:

    So glad you hired a pro to remove that asbestos. You can’t be too careful with that and you must feel better with it gone. The floating floor sounds so neat. Can’t wait to see it.

  13. Elephant's Child Says:

    I am glad that you are having the asbestos removed – and look forward to seeing your rejuvenated home.

  14. Kay G. Says:

    I like that idea of tiles floating and interlocking, think of them as laid back, cooperative kind of tiles! If only people could be the same! Hope it’s not long you’ll be all settled back into your lovely home.

  15. Hank Chapin Says:

    I thought you have the neatest home in Honolulu. It felt like it was in perfect condition. On the other hand, I confess I know every faulty nook and cranny of my own home and what needs to be improved. So it seems daily living focuses one’s attention. I’m sure David, the accountant, know to keep track of the money expenses for tax purposes should you ever sell the house.

  16. Nancy Chan Says:

    Looks like work is going according to schedule. Hope the specialists get the work done well and on time.

  17. Tom at Sightings Says:

    Sigh of relief in getting rid of that asbestos.

  18. DeniseinVA Says:

    It is going to look wonderful when it is all finished. Glad to hear you are getting rid of the asbestos.

  19. markd60 Says:

    Although it’s illegal now, asbestos really isn’t that dangerous unless it’s disturbed and creates dust. Aspestos dust in your lungs is very bad.

  20. marmeladegypsy Says:

    That’s a big job. Glad you hired out!

  21. Iris Empereur Says:

    Glad it´s all gone! Crazy this was used and no one knew of the danger…

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