July 20, 2011
New Carpeting for the Tenant House
My farm in Bedford has several buildings, including one, which has always been called the tenant house. The little cottage was part of the original farm when I purchased it and it was, indeed, used as a rental for a tenant. Like some of the other buildings, it was completely restored from top to bottom. Over the years, it’s seen little use, but I recently decided to have it redecorated and make it baby-friendly for when my daughter, Alexis, and my granddaughter, Jude, come to visit. Because of a floor-finishing error, the wooden floors in the tenant house have been notoriously slippery, so I decided that carpeting would be part of the plan. I love sisal throughout a house, but natural sisal rugs are a bit rough to walk on with bare feet, let alone to crawl on. So, I visited my friends at New York Carpet in Westport, Connecticut to see what my options would be. I was very pleased that they had a sisal alternative called Sisalon, a woven synthetic material, manufactured by Design Materials, Inc., which is quite soft on the feet. I hope you enjoy this blog about a custom wood margin installation in the tenant house.
1 Dave and his team of carpet installers arrived from New York Carpet, located in Westport, CT. You can see how shiny and slippery the floors in the cottage look.
2 After carrying in the rolls of carpet padding, the rolls of carpeting were brought into the cottage.
3 I chose a sisal-like material called Sisalon by Design Materials, Inc. The color is Connected Tan.
4 Sisalon is much softer on the feet than actual sisal.
5 Dave unrolled the padding and stretched it across the room.
6 The padding was trimmed around the floor registers.
7 And also around the floor electrical outlet covers.
8 Next, the carpet was unrolled and fit into place.
9 Dave used a long straight edge and began trimming around the perimeter.
10 As he trims, the floor beneath is protected with another piece of carpet.
11 This is the binding tape for the edges of the carpet.
12 And this is a carpet binding machine.
13 The spools of binding tape are attached to the machine.
14 The binding tape is fed through the machine, folded over the edge of the carpet, and sewn in place.
15 The machine is equipped with little wheels and the operator pulls it along as it sews, making a very neat edge.
16 Knee pads - A great idea for work like this
17 When seams are required, the installer uses carpet seam tape.
18 A carpet seam iron is used to heat the adhesive on the tape, joining it to the carpet.
19 A seam weight is placed over the seam. It has a perforated white plastic base with an air space between the base and steel weight to allow heat and moisture to quickly dissipate.
20 A carpet seam roller is used to blend the carpet yarn for better looking carpet seams.
21 The carpet was trimmed around the floor outlets and the brass plates were replaced.
22 The floor ducts were exposed.
23 And the registers replaced
24 I was thrilled with the idea of carpeting the staircase.
25 With bare wood, the stairs were treacherous!
26 Dave showed me the hardware for the stair rods and I approved.
27 A thicker padding was used on the stairs.
28 The bound stair runner was set in place using a carpet kicker and a carpet stapler.
29 Next, the rod hardware was installed.
30 The stairs were measured.
31 And the stair rods were cut to fit.
32 The completed stairs - What an improvement!
33 The living room - I can't wait to finish decorating!
34 One of the two bedrooms upstairs, which has two built-in beds
35 Between rooms, I had the installers make little bound mats from the trimmings.
36 Because of the added thickness of the carpet, only one door of the cottage needed to be trimmed and sealed.