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  • Jason Gifford

    Member
    September 14, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Good evening,

    I am getting ready to start installation of LVP for the first time. My project is just shy of 1500 sq ft plus the stairs in the picture. I will be tackling the stairs, a large landing at the top of the stairs and 4 bedrooms including the closets in them. The 4 bedrooms are all situated off of the landing. The 1st and 2nd pictures are of the stairs and the start of the landing. The 3rd picture is the product I’m using on the stairs, the stairnose piece sold by Floors 2000. I’m only planning to do the stair treads with LVP and just paint and use wood on the risers. Pictures 4 and 5 I tried to capture most of the landing. Picture 6 is just to show you what product I’m using and a small piece of it. They are 9 inches wide and about 64.5 inches long. Picture 7 includes the dimensions of the landing and I edited it to show where the stairs are and roughly where the 4 bedrooms are. The other 3 pictures are the dimensions/shape of 3 of the 4 bedroooms. There’s obviously only one direction to run the planks on the stairs which goes against the direction I had thought the planks should run on the landing and into each of the bedrooms. The landing is longer than it is wide so in my mind I was going to run them with the length of the space but again that is perpendicular to how the planks will be on the stairs. How would you deal with this? My biggest question is where to start. Originally I thought I would start on the landing and them move into the rooms without transitions and tackle the stairs last but I’m wondering if I should do the stairs first. Speaking of the stairs, how are the stairnose pieces put down? I’ve not seen a lot of content out there about doing the stairs. By the way, also off of this landing is a laundry room and a bathroom, both with tile that I plan to just use a reducer piece when I come to that junction. I can’t think of other questions I have at the moment but I’m sure I will come up with more. I appreciate your help.

    Jason Gifford

  • Joe

    Administrator
    September 15, 2021 at 8:45 am
    • Jason Gifford

      Member
      September 16, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Good evening,

      Thank you for what you have done for me so far. I really appreciate how quickly you replied also. In this first picture, I measured the stair tread as you requested. I think I am going to have to do some alterations like you suggested. This stair tread seems to be about 1 3/4 inch thick and about 10.5 inches in depth. The part of the stair nose you asked me to measure is about 7/8 inch and it is about 4 1/4 inch in depth. This is all included in the first 4 pictures. The subfloor to the top of the tile is about 5/8 inch in the 5th picture and I believe the planks I’m using are only about 5.5 mm in thickness or just shy of 1/4 inch. The last 3 pictures I tried to capture some of the sides of the planks showing the tongue and groove. These planks are 9×60 inches. I do believe that I would prefer to run the planks the opposite of the stairs unless you think it will be far easier to run them the other direction and/or they will look better in the other direction. I have created a drawing on some online software of all the rooms together that I’m going to try and embed here for your viewing pleasure. I hope this works because it wasn’t easy to do this. I think this covers everything you have requested from me for now. Thanks again for all your help.

      See if this link allows you to see the drawing please:

      https://cloud.smartdraw.com/share.aspx/?pubDocShare=6051A63FEBCD195A623EB11D2FBE4E401E2

      Jason

  • Joe

    Administrator
    September 18, 2021 at 8:55 am
    • Jason Gifford

      Member
      September 18, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      Hey Joe,

      Yes, I plan to run the planks in the direction you talked about in your previous reply. Just so you know, I’m actually not married to that idea, it’s just what I imagined in my mind would look best but if you think otherwise, I have no problem running them the other direction.

      Also, just so you know, in the drawing I’m doing everything but the bathrooms and laundry room. I am doing the bedrooms, closets and that landing at the top of the stairs.

      I look forward to your reply. Have a great weekend.

      Jason

  • Jason Gifford

    Member
    September 19, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Joe,

    Another question I meant to already ask is whether or not I should put down an underlayment. The manufacturer states, “Do not install SPC flooring over carpet or any foam underlayment.” It also says, “Restoration SPC flooring includes a pre-attached 1.5mm Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sound mitigating underlayment pad. Do not use any additional foam cushioned underlayment, as it will void the product warranty.” I have heard you recommend putting down underlayment in several videos before, not sure if the underlayment you recommend is “foam underlayment”. What’s your opinion on this given the above information from the manufacturer?

    Thank you,

    Jason

  • Joe

    Administrator
    September 20, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Here is your blueprint – http://somup.com/crQYqLrGxD

  • Jason Gifford

    Member
    September 21, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Good evening Joe,

    So I’ve watched about half of your blueprint for me so far.

    I think early on before you did the blueprint for me, you had mentioned potentially starting in our guest bedroom upstairs so I had started moving furniture and painting those walls etc. in that room in preparation for the floors in there.

    So a theoretical but not so theoretical question, what do you recommend for people like me with lots of furniture that can really only afford to move furniture out of one room at a time and pull carpet up to start laying planks? In other words, where you discuss snapping a line on our large landing and then in the rooms etc., I’m not sure I’m going to be able to move all of the furniture out of the landing area and pull up carpet because currently much of the big furniture from that guest bedroom is currently being staged on that landing area.

    Just curious what your approach would be if you could only go room by room like that???

    Thank you,

    Jason

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