Oak strip flooring with its ubiquitous 2 1/4-inch width and random lengths has been a mainstay of residential flooring in this country for decades. Remodelers are often faced with the task of creating a new layout in a space where the strip flooring followed the original layout. That was precisely the challenge that Manny Silva of Silva Lightning Builders, in North Andover, Mass., faced with a recent kitchen remodel. The original kitchen had wood flooring, but no flooring had been installed under the appliances and cabinets, and the old cabinet bases were bigger than the replacements. To make matters worse, the installers had reversed the direction of the wood flooring in the kitchen. So to give the new cabinets an even starting point, and to make the oak strip flooring continue seamlessly from the adjacent dining room, Manny ripped out the old kitchen floor (saving most of the boards) and then completely reinstalled the hardwood flooring in the kitchen.
The trick was removing the old floor boards and seamlessly adding new ones with an invisible intersection between the old and new flooring. This JLC slideshow shows us exactly how he pulled this off.