Floating feet?

Today I went and looked at some floor. Tongue and groove were cracked and broken.  We wouldn’t be able to install hardwood over metal anyway. Any suggestions for cheaper alternatives to floating laminate floors?

On another note tomorrow we will be finally chopping a 40 foot shipping container in half. Yaaaaaay!


8 thoughts on “Floating feet?

  1. 2X2 framing covered by sheet plywood and cork? I love the look and feel of cork… but I’m weird like that 🙂

    1. So do we! But this would = more money which we are trying to cut back on right now… so I think at this point (unless we can find a DIRT CHEAP alternative) we are just going 2 seal the original floors and put down rugs.

      1. Depending on how cracked they are you could rent a floor sander and smooth them out a bit then fill them and seal with a good epoxy. I have an article form tin can cabin blog where he talks about the chemicals in the floor and the sealing processes he went through. Also he recommended an epoxy company. Another idea replacing the panels as needed. 1 1/8″ plywood underlayment is around 50.00 for a 4’x8′ sheet. My wife and I are in the process of building a container home and this is some of the stuff we have found as we are worried about the floors in containers we are about to purchase. We are hoping to be able to sand and fill deep groves. We really like the ruff cut old barn lumber floors over smooth and shiny and from experience the ruff cut show less dirt than the other. I just found your blog tonight and loving it please keep it coming!

      2. Hey Greg,

        So many ways to go about these things. Sounds like you’re on a great track. Our containers have large metal plates embedded in the floors. We are just going to sand around the metal and seal. Will you shoot over the link which describes the recommended epoxy?

  2. I heard there are three differant floors. We are hoping to be able to pic out ones that do not have the plates but already are planing to paint them if we have to gets ones that do or have someone come paint something artsy. This is the link from steve over at tin can cabin. http://www.tincancabin.com/2010/09/the-floor-dilemma/
    This article really put our minds at ease about the chemicals used in the wood floors. We have read so many articles and trying to weed through it all is frustrating.
    I hope this helps. My wife has a Facebook page to keep track of what we are doing. Nothing to exciting yet, mostly just ideas but we will be making allot more progress real soon. https://www.facebook.com/ThomasHippieHut?ref=hl

    1. Thanks so much for sending that link. We get a little freaked out at all the chemicals (floors and elsewhere), but then we have to remember we’re doing are best to handle them AND conventional construction methods are highly toxic as well. Your FB page looks great. Keep the ideas and planning going, that’s one of the funnest parts!

      1. Your welcome, and thank you. I really think that a lot of the comments you read about the toxicity off the floors and the paint are by people who do more speaking than researching. Steve’s article made sense to me and appears to be researched I have also read a couple others that say about the same as him. We have a little girl and the last thing we want is to build something that will make her or us sick. That being said what chemicals are present in modern materials or reclaimed materials that we are unaware of? We initially wanted to save and use the con bassinet floors to s save money and also to keep the container look and feel, then we got scared about the chemicals and looked at covering them but after researching a bit and weighing the cost of flooring we have decided to try and use the floors if usable.

      2. We too have a little one, so we totally feel ya when it comes to wanting a healthy home. We’ll let you know how sanding and sealing the floors goes for us. Our containers were constructed in 2005, so they’ve been off gassing for almost a decade. I feel that with a little love, they will be at least no more toxic than standard wood flooring (and hopefully much less toxic than laminate). Really, any home seems to have its challenges. An old, conventional home could have lead paint chipping from windowsills. New construction may have rooms of carpeting. Gnarly chemicals in both. We live in the world we live, so I think its really just about being aware and doing the best we can. With shipping containers, the construction is overly “tight” so it’s important to work in a highly effective ventilation system. This is why we are investing in the mini split system, utilizing ceiling fans, operable windows, etc…

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