Shiva the destroyer visited my house today - by invitation.
My "hardwood" floors were deteriorating rapidly and I decided to replace them. How could hardwood floors deteriorate and why couldn't I just sand and refinish them? Well, they aren't exactly hardwood floors. The "hardwood" is engineered by layering a hardwood veneer on a couple of layers of plywood. Once the veneer goes bad such that sanding would expose the underlying plywood, it's not possible to apply a proper stain and finish.
Sadly, the floors were refinished about five years ago, but that application failed as you can see in this photo of the floor protected by an area rug.
The floor is not only faded and dull but if you could see it closely the veneer has degraded and pitted to a large extent.
The floor was removed by three strong, young men wielding large hammers and a nail bar, and it came up surprisingly easily. Whack, rip, and there was a pile of rubble where once a floor lay.
Once picked up and brushed up the rooms were ready for new wood to be laid down.
Thus ends Part 1 of the renovation project. Stay tuned for Part 2. And 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and ...