Dear Lumber Liquidators,
We recently moved into a house in Neenah, WI. The house was 15 years old and had a grey-blue berber carpeting and light mint green paint in the living room. The living room has a beautiful inset wood stove surrounded by a beautiful brick hearth. The flooring did nothing to expand on the beauty of the room. Since the room adjacent to the living room, the kitchen, was hardwood maple, we decided to go with a hardwood in the living room for richness, comfort, and easy cleaning. We looked at many different possibilities of wood types from many different suppliers. I had really wanted to do a border, but had never put a hardwood floor in before. After much research I decided I could put in a floor myself with a little time and a few tools.
We first went to the Depere, WI Lumber Liquidator store about 30 miles away and were impressed with the staff knowledge and the reasonable prices. After comparing prices and floor samples from many suppliers of wood floors, we returned to Lumber Liquidators to buy our floor. We decided to purchase a Bellawood Brazilian Cherry 3" x 3/8" main floor with a Bellawood Select Maple 3" x 3/8" border. The room was about 300 sqft.
When we first got our wood from Lumber Liquidators we let it acclimate to the house. On install day 1, we separated all wood by length. We rationed the sizes to make sure we did not end up on the far side of the room with all short or all long pieces left. Because of the difficulty of layout with a border, it took me and my father-in-law a total of 2 16 hour days to put in our floor. Even my kids got involved in the install. I have included some close pictures of the basket weave pattern we used for the corners of the border and other room pictures. We took our time, and made sure our measurements and layouts were correct. The result was a beautiful hardwood floor that I am proud to say I installed myself. We will be installing the baseboard around the room in the next few months.
After showing these pictures to others, I had many family and friends stop over just to see the floor. They were amazed at its beauty and the way it sets off the fireplace. When many of them mention, I must have paid quite a bit for the floor. I tell them, "I did not pay more per square foot than a nice carpet would be". I have recommended the Bellawood floor product as well as Lumber Liquidators to many of my friends.