Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunken Floor…NO MORE!

Oh boy, I can’t even begin to tell you how EXCITED I was to see this truck show up at the house in Hooterville Saturday morning! 


My daughter has a friend who is a contractor and he made arrangements to have the U.G.L.Y. outdated, sunken living room filled with concrete so it would be level with the rest of the house.  The sunken living room concept might have been fashionable in 1978 when the house was built but in 2009, it sure wasn’t floating my boat so I was thrilled when I found out how easy it was to fix.
After the carpet was pulled up and the walls were covered in plastic…



…it was time to start pumping!   At this point, I was almost giddy!




When the hole was filled, the guys used a long board to level the cement.  The board also helped them  determine if there were any low spots that needed more cement.




The cement had a quite a bit of water in it so after a little while, we decided to close up the windows and turn on the air conditioner to help pull some of the excess moisture out. 
There was just one little problem…
Nobody thought to close the window in the living room before the concrete was pumped in!   Oooops!
Daughter’s boyfriend and contractor friend came to the rescue though!


I was holding my breath here!    This could have gone soooooooo wrong!IMG_0731


But all ended well and 24 hours later, the concrete is drying nicely.   It should be dry enough to walk on in about a week and then we can paint.  The carpet is scheduled to be installed the week of Christmas.




Go visit Between Naps on the Porch to see more Metamorphosis Monday before and after posts.

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Adrienne said...

Wow, what a big project! It's going to be SO nice - glad you were able to get it filled. Can't wait to see more of your new home as it comes together. ~Adrienne~

Shabby Kim said...

I am so enjoying seeing your Hooterville house transformation in progress. What fun and how exciting. Everything is looking great and I love how you were able to get rid of the sunken living room by filling it with cement. Can't wait to see what comes next. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Melanie@The Old White Cottage said...

Wow! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Jane said...

Who knew!? That is an awesome fix! The pictures are so dramatic. Glad nobody fell.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How wonderful. I really don't like sunken room too much either. I know you will really love the new room. Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

Mary said...

Oh, Shari, I'm laughing my head off! Those boys sure were lucky that they didn't fall into that concrete! You are so funny!!! I'm thrilled that you go that sunken hole filled in...I never liked them! Remember the "firepits" that they put in the middle of the foyer in some homes? That lasted about a one liked them about a minute after they moved in...ugly. You are going to love this house when you're finished! And every time you sit down in your living room, you'll look over at those windows and see a young man leaning over that floor, closing your windows! Love it, my friend, love it!

God bless!


Shelia said...

Hi Shari! Oh, this was a biggie! It looks great and I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to see it all decked out with Shariness all over it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Love the pics. That was a big job. Can't wait to see the next pictures.


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Shari, What a wonderful transformation.!!! I can't wait to see the full transformation.
Happy Met Monday..hugs ~lynne~

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Projects like this always amaze me. I am looking forward to seeing how you finish off the room.

Julie said...

I can already tell this is gonna be fun watching the Hooterville progress!! Keep posting!!!!!! Thanks for sharing all the excitement with us.

Valeree said...

What a huge project! I'll bet you're so happy to have that crossed off your to-do list! Can't wait to see it when you have everything all done. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shari. Thank you for such a sweet comment you left on my post. I got a good laugh out of the pics of the young men. Having one as a son, myself, they are a joy. They will do whatever it takes to get the job done. I'm glad you successfully got rid of the sunken living room. I remember them, and used to think they were so grand. I wonder how many people stumbled and fell in and out of them. Have a good Thanksgiving. Rosie

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family….Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Oh Shari, this is amazing! I never thought of something like that. Those guys were amazing managing to get the windows closed! It's starting to look great already!


ImagineCozy said...

What a beautiful room! It will feel so great to just walk right in. Would love to see the finished product.

ButterYum said...

Hooray - what a fabulous fix! I can't wait to see the finished room!

Happy Thanksgiving!

PS - I don't know which guy is in the red shirt, but I've got to hand it to him... he's pretty brave.

Karen Tunnell said...

We found a house today that has a sunken living room...if you don't mind me asking. How much did it cost to level it?

Donna said...

I was wondering the same thing Karen. And did you insulate bw the slabs?

Donna said...

I was wondering the same thing Karen!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Donna, I wanted to reply to you with a personal email as I did to Karen but your email shows as "noreply-comment@ (You may want to change your settings so you can receive reply emails to questions).

My only expense to fill my sunken living room was the cost of the concrete. I don't know if there was any additional delivery charge for the mixer truck or if that was factored into the price. My total cost was $600.00 (in 2009). I did not have any contractor or labor charges because my daughter's friend was the contractor and he and my daughter's boyfriend took care of what little labor was involved (prepping, leveling etc.).

My daughter's contractor friend took care of ordering the appropriate amount of concrete but I think concrete is priced by the cubic yard. Since I, unfortunately, don't have a clue how to figure out how many cubic yards of concrete my living room required, I'll just give you the approximate dimensions so you can get an idea of how it might compare to a sunken room you might want to fill. My living room is roughly 12 feet x 16 feet and I would estimate the depth they needed to fill was approximately 5 inches.

No insulation in the floor. Here in Florida, the flooring material is laid directly on top of the concrete slab so after the concrete hardened, carpet padding and then carpet was laid over the concrete.