What Do You Mean We Need a New Floor?

Day two began with George and his concrete guy looking more carefully at our slab. There was a fairly lively discussion in Spanish that didn't make George seem too happy. The original plan was to use a liquid leveler and to leave the existing slab as is, but that wasn't going to work here. The existing slab was too weak to support the tile for the bathroom, it was barely two inches thick. They need to remove the entire floor and pour a new one.

Now we immediately assume there is going to be a huge cost to this just considering the amount of additional labor. They need to break up the entire floor and dig down about 6 inches (or more) so they can pour a new four inch thick floor. In the end the additional cost was reasonable and included new stairs. We had been planning on just putting on new treads and risers. The best part though is the digging down a half foot. My clearance was always a bit tight at 6'8" (actually its the minimum for code) and getting two more inches will feel like a lot.

As you can see the floor was very thin and there were already a few patched cracks that showed a little movement. The floor came up pretty easily. They got most of it done with the small jack hammer before the full size one arrived.

Then stairs came down (a bit to easily if you ask me).

By lunch time all of the demo was done. Next up is to remove all the concrete and dig down 6 inches and level the floor.  After that we will rough int he plumbing and pour the new slab.

When we bought the house four years ago the inspector pointed out some old termite damage. We had the owner get a termite treatment down for the basement and we've kept a watchful eye ever since. Well we finally found the damage. It looks like they had been living in this one beam at the opening of the stairs. Since we are adding a wall here we can easily help support the damage.

If today wasn't busy enough, the tile arrived as well. We went to the Tile Shop last week to pick out the 12 x 12 marble floor tile, 2 x 2 hex marble shower floor tile, and the 2 x 12 shower surround subway tile.  We also decided to add floor heating in the bathroom.

1 comment:

  1. You have nicely explained with picture in this post. Tiles floor are sometimes cracked due to what ever reason. Then people think how to repair it or change the tiles. But the changing process is costly because if there are some damage then you can repair it. Many websites available where you can get idea about how to repair cracked tile.