Because self-leveling float will not featheredge, the team used a multi-purpose filler over and around the first application. It was set up overnight, scraped smooth, and used as a featheredge filler, the edges smoothed out with a trowel. After the final scraping, it was ready for the hardwood to be installed (photo 2).
Working from the fireplace to the left, some tricky cuts were made around the rocks, allowing the wood to be tapped in as close as possible. The team continued around to the right and worked their way toward the opposite wall. After the new threshold was installed, the door was trimmed for a good, tight fit (photo 4).
The next day, after shifting the furniture onto the newly completed area, the team tackled the living room, trimming the remaining door jams and preparing a new threshold in the same manner as they did at the back door.
The placement of transition trim in the doorways was an important consideration. If there was no door in place, trim was installed in the center of the doorway. Because the kitchen had brick pavers, the team placed T-mold at the living room/kitchen doorway, and Z-bar at the entry/dining room doorway. Z-bar was also installed in the doorways with the door positioned so the transition would be under the door.
The completed installation (photos 6 and 7) fit in very well with the rest of the home.