New hardwood floors are in and work just completed on the new staircase, replacing the old carpet with oak.
My builder starts his quote with Phase 1: Demolition.
That's a fair word to use, demolition. He means what it says, to demolish, destroy, remove and that's what happens. Demolition isn't as bad as it sounds, I just pity the guys who have to do it, but they seem to have fun and they're all young, fit and immortal. Ah, the good old days!
Following Demolition is Phase 2: Preparation.
Preparation is a lot of work but it makes the following phases a whole lot easier if it's done right. Preparation is just what it says, preparing the surface for stuff to come. Removing nails, glue, dirt, gunk and making surfaces level, square, even and tight.
The next phase is Installation which involves a lot of measuring, fitting, sanding, routing and measuring again. The wood for our new staircase was absolutely. Large, smooth, thick planks of oak that were so nice I kept the off-cuts. I don't know what I'll do with them but I couldn't bear to throw them away, such nice wood.
We are still in the Installation phase with the first coat of polyurethane drying and we're going to give that about a week before putting on the second coat. There is no rush and a job done right is a job you don't have to do over.
Do it right or do it over.