Lessons Learned On House #1

May 1, 2011 · 2 comments

Now that we’re finally closed on The Corn House (House #1), I took some time and put together a list of the Top 10 mistakes we made and lessons learned on this first investment of ours.

Top 10 Lessons Learned on House #1

If you have any of your own lessons to add (or have any questions about ours), leave me a comment. I have a feeling a lot of our readers will find this article to be very helpful…

2 responses to “Lessons Learned On House #1”

  1. John Stoltzfus says:

    whats your take on using this wood laminate, interlocking joint, type of flooring
    [floating floor]
    Thanks John

  2. J Scott says:

    Hey John,

    I’m not a huge fan of laminate wood floors, for several reasons. First, you can get decent engineered hardwood for nearly the same price, and I don’t think the small savings justifies the big difference in quality. In this house, the laminate was especially bad, because the subfloor was a type of OSB instead of plywood. The house was 30 years old, and the OSB subfloor was soft and spongy, so the laminate was a bit “bouncy” in places. It looked okay, but the feel when walking on it was not great.

    If I knew then what I know now, I’d have either put carpet down instead of any type of wood or I would have replaced all the subfloor. These days, we don’t use much wood, but when we do, it’s either engineered wood or real oak.

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