Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

Last time we looked at the finishing solution used on the vertical stairway riser by the newly laid floor tile.

Today we have a similar dilemma for the edge of the newly laid hallway floor tile at the end of the sunken living room.

Here is a picture of the sunken living room entrance to the front hall before the floor tiling renovation project began.

 Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

And now here is a picture of the same area once the new floor tile has been laid in the front hall.

 Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

Notice the difference? Focus on the lower right of the two pictures above where the laid tiles meet the vertical door frame. See how the second picture shows the hallway floor a good inch to an inch and a half higher?

Remember, we had to have added additional cement on top of the sub floor to have the new tile level due to the ridge in the sub floor on the opposite side of the front foyer.

 Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

So clearly the molding which was previously used to finish that part of the floor is now too narrow.

The solution used was to obtain a new piece of molding which was sufficiently wide to cover the additional height.

However, two things. First, the molding needed would be wider than that on the vertical door frames. And, second, we could not find the exact same style.

So we had three choices. The most complex would have been to try and make a 45 degree angle cut at either end. The second would be to have the molding installed as is right side up, meaning the beveled portion would at the top of the molding against the metal edge of the hallway flooring.

The third option was to have the molding upside down so that the non-bevelled half would be up against the metal edge of the hallway floor.

This is the option we chose.

 Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

Once it was put in place a little DAP silicone was applied to cover the nails used to hold the molding in place. The picture below was taken before the DAP was applied.

 Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

And then later, I would paint the molding, including the currently bare ends so the tone of the white molding blends in with the same bold of the white vertical door frame molding.

Select this link to continue to the next article in this floor tiling home renovation project where we look at the color coordination of the new floor tiles.

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