Layout: The beginning of the endI often refer to layout as the second hardest part (after floor preparation) of any project. Once all the nuances and potential problems of a detailed layout have been addressed, the installation itself is just a function of cutting and placing the pieces. Layout is like creating a puzzle: cutting and positioning the finished pieces can be easily repeated if the planning is accurate and complete.
Once the field has been positioned, installed and trimmed at the edges, the tedious process of bordering begins. Extending the border to the center of the doorway(Photo 9)reinforces the idea that attention to detail is a continuous process. All design decisions have to be considered before layout.
The dynamics of a finished laminate installation on a diagonal with borders can be breathtaking. Any complex installation can only accommodate equal margins on two opposing sides; remember that the parallel offsets and walls will always dictate changes in those margins.Photo 10shows the continuous use of descending borders, highlighted with the contrast of color.
The choices are many. The steps vary. But the fundamentals for installing diagonal laminate installations with custom borders remain the same.