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We sure do love the look of hardwood floors and have covered hardwood flooring throughout AT. Since this is do-it-yourself month at Apartment Therapy, we thought we’d do some research on this more advanced project. We found an 8-step process on how to place this pretty accent in a room but still wonder. is this an easy DIY or is it easier to bring in a professional?

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Open floor plan of San Lucas embraces lake views

6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009


Special to the Daily News

FORT MYERS — Views of a large lake are highlighted in the San Lucas, a new single-family model home built by A.R.B.C. Corp/Arthur Rutenberg Homes in Verandah, which showcases the scenery through mitered and sliding glass doors and a covered lanai in the backyard. The model is in the Cedar Hammock neighborhood.

The San Lucas has 3,135 square feet of living space, formal living and dining rooms, three bedrooms, three full baths and two office areas — a built-in desk in the kitchen and a den in the back of the home, overlooking the lake. The home’s 4,790 total square feet includes a three-car garage, entry porch and lanai.

Interior enhancements include art niches and decorative ceiling treatments throughout and tile detailing in the foyer and dining room floors.

The home has a barrel tile roof, paver driveway arranged in a herringbone pattern and its architecture is accented with stucco-clad columns, stone banding and arched windows and bougainvillea.

The entry’s two wide archways echo the shape of the dining room window and the entry doors — custom-designed glass and wrought-iron doors with a matching wrought-iron over glass transom.

The model’s main flooring is porcelain tile, which resembles stone and has a slight chiseled edge. An inlay in the foyer combines a tumbled natural stone mosaic with a Bandar red travertine border. A similar treatment is repeated in the floor of the dining room, which is to the left of the foyer and separated by a column.

From the foyer, the view is directed through a trio of sliding glass doors in the living room to the lake beyond the screened pool enclosure. The foyer ceiling has crown molding and an iron medallion. An art niche is finished with wallpaper that looks like grass cloth and repeats the palette of the floor inlay.

Wallpaper is also used on the dining room’s main wall. The room has a tray ceiling with crown molding and fabric-textured wallcovering. Windows overlook the driveway and streetscape.

The red travertine is repeated on the surface of the living room’s fireplace, which is built out from the main wall. The fireplace has a wood mantel and wood-framed mirror, which reflects the diagonal lines of the ceiling’s waffle molding accents. Wood moldings on each side of the fireplace frame textured wallpaper inlays.

The opposite wall offers a pass-through between kitchen and living room. Its cabinetry has a nutmeg brown on maple finish and a golden granite countertop curves outward to provide bar-style seating. Cabinetry above the countertop has glass mullion doors on both the living room and kitchen sides, and reveals interior lighting and glass shelves.

The cabinetry finishes and granite countertops continue into the kitchen, which has a large center island with stainless steel dishwasher, double sink and a raised countertop for in-room dining. Three pendant lights are positioned above the island. The kitchen has a stainless steel refrigerator with French doors and a freezer drawer below. An oven tower is integrated into the cabinetry as is the built-in desk, which offers mail and envelope slots and has a tile backsplash and mullion-door upper level cabinetry.

Glass mosaic tiles accent the backsplash above the five-burner cooktop, which has a stainless steel warming drawer below and a wooden hood. A walk-in pantry and broom closet are found in a short hallway leading to the garage and utility room. The laundry room has a sink and cabinetry.

Crown molding encircles the kitchen, morning room and leisure room uninterrupted, enhancing this area of the home’s open floor plan. Three mitered windows in the morning room overlook the pool and lake.

Zero-corner sliding glass doors in the leisure room add to the openness. The room has a niche with a wall-mounted flat-screen TV and woven wallcovering. Its octagonal tray ceiling has a grid of interwoven dark-stained wood beams and a textured wallpaper inlay that draws upon the fabrics used in the room.

An adjoining hallway leads to the full pool bath and carpeted den, which has deeply textured dimensional wallpaper that resembles a subtle crocodile pattern. A painted chair railing appears about two-thirds of the way to the ceiling, where the wall has a painted finish. The ceiling’s crown molding is painted the same hue as the chair rail.

The bathroom vanity has a light walnut honed and filled travertine countertop and the tile walls of its glass-enclosed shower are accented with an inlay of colored quasi-glass and honed river pebble tiles — a technique also used on the shower floor.

A hallway door leads out to the covered lanai near the summer kitchen, which has a built-in stainless steel grill and hood, a bar sink and tumbled tile backsplash inset with the same decorative tile accents used on the wall of the raised spa and the pool’s waterline. The cabinetry has beadboard fronts and a Zodiac countertop, a manmade granite-like material that is nonporous and virtually indestructible.

The raised spa has a bubbler and a sheer descent that splashes water into the pool below. The decorative tile reappears as inlays in the pool steps and its two built-in benches.

Double doors next to the foyer open into the master suite. A transom overhead brings natural light into the suite’s carpeted vestibule, which offers a choice of directions — left into the bedroom or right past his-and-her walk-in closets and a linen closet with vented shelves en route to the master bath. The wallpaper in the vestibule’s art niche has a watercolor look with slight metallic tones and is repeated on the highest level of the bedroom’s three-tiered ceiling.

The bedroom has large windows overlooking the raised spa and the lake, and a glass door provides access to the covered lanai. Its ceiling is accented with three levels of crown molding and the bed wall has millwork that creates a grid pattern. The bed’s upholstered headboard is accented with nail heads.

The bathroom has a porcelain tile floor and offers his-and-her vanities with Navona filled and polished travertine countertops and maple cabinet doors in a dark lacquer finish. Columns rise from the tiled surface of the jetted tub, which is positioned under a window and recessed for ease of entry. Mosaic tumbled detailing accents the tub and a glass panel at its foot introduces natural light into the walk-in, tile-clad shower, which has a built-in bench. The ceiling is accented with crown molding. The bath also has a water closet with window.

The two guest suites are off a hallway between the leisure room and kitchen. They share a full bath, which has white tile floor, a suede-hued solid surface countertop, linen closet and a combined tub/shower with white tile walls inlayed with three rows of black tile.

Woven rattan framed by wood accents the wall above twin beds in one of the guest rooms.

The San Lucas features interior design by Arthur Rutenberg Homes. It is priced at $1,264,985, fully furnished. The model has been built to the Florida Green Building Coalition’s green home standards.

Verandah is the 1,456-acre master-planned community created by Bonita Bay Group along a 1.75-mile stretch of the Orange River in Fort Myers. The information center is two miles east of Interstate 75 on State Road 80.

Do It Like a Pro & Love It For Life

To Install wood floor products like a pro is not difficult. Like anything else it mostly requires good «how-to» information. Here’s some ideas, designed to answer the most common questions, specifically on how to install a standard 3/4″ «nail down» strip hardwood flooring,

If you haven’t already read up on the steps necessary to prepare your room for hardwood floor installation, then before you leave this site it might be a good idea to scan that article as well.

This is not meant to replace a professional installer, only to offer a little help for the motivated, brave sole that wishes to install the flooring themselves.

Here’s some ideas.

Where to start your hardwood flooring?

Pick the longest, most visible wall to start your installation. Start by laying down a chalk line 1/2″ from the wall and extent it the full length. This is where your first row of flooring will go.

Remember for maximum performance strip flooring must be nailed down at opposite directions to the floor joists.

How do I nail down the first few rows? My nailer hits the wall so I can’t use it.

The first few rows must be face nailed (from the top surface of the wood down), with the groove facing the wall and the tongue side facing the room. You must predrill a hole into the wood, close to the groove side, then using a 2″ spiral finishing nails, attach the flooring to the subfloor, following along your chalk line.

Use the longest, straightest boards for the first row. Once they have been nailed in place, go back and nail the same boards through the tongue, predrilling and nailing at an angle. After the third row or so is in place you can use a Manual or Pneumatic floor nailer.

A floor nail or cleat should be set into each floor joist, assuming 16″ spacing and an additional nail between each set. This should result in a spacing of every 8″ to 10″ as recommended by the National Flooring Association. Each board must have a minimum of two nails each.

Lay out multiple rows ahead of you. Remove any boards you are unhappy with and use them in a closet. Never cluster darker boards under a bed. The bed may get moved later on! Assure that no two boards end in the same place. Alter lengths, to stager joints 6″ apart.

Inspect each piece for defects. Most quality manufacturers are careful in cutting out any damage, but humans are sorting the wood and can miss a piece. Some defects don’t always show up right away, and develop in transit, so all manufacturers put the responsibility on the installer to do the final inspection at the job site.

What do I do when I hit the far wall?

The last 2 or 3 rows will have to be hand nailed in the same way as you started the floor. Often the last row will not fit a full strip of flooring. You must cut to width enough flooring to hand nail the last row, leaving enough space that when all is said and done there remains a 1/2″ expansion space between the wall and the wood.

Well that is all you need to know to install a wood floor. good luck, have fun

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