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Hardwood flooring with bathroom tiles

I'm looking to replace carpet with hardwood/engineered. Got suggestions to go for 3/4th inch thickness so as to come upto the same height as tiles.

What are the options for building up the subfloor? I know the transition will be noticeable but what do you guys do?
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So go with 3/4" hardwood

or add a 1/4" OSB subfloor and 1/2" engineered HW

This is pretty straightforward
Let's hug it out
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You haven't said how much you need to build up the subfloor or why. If it was recommended to use 3/4" hardwood to be the same height as some adjacent tile, then that should be the end of it (most hardwood is 3/4" thick).

What is the current subfloor? Plank? Plywood? OSB? How thick is it? Easy to figure this out by going to one or more of the heat registers and seeing what's going on under the carpet.
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the math is straightforward i agree, but given the cost of wood/lumber and subfloor now, i think the cost would pretty much even out, right? 3/4th" engineered wood vs subfloor + thinner engineered wood?
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kaddu747 wrote: the math is straightforward i agree, but given the cost of wood/lumber and subfloor now, i think the cost would pretty much even out, right? 3/4th" engineered wood vs subfloor + thinner engineered wood?
Yes you're absolutely right. The cost of the underlayment plus the cost of labour to install it is going to be higher than the cost difference to go with a full 3/4" hardwood.

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If you want to save money on hardwood, find out what’s on clearance.
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lamin wrote: If you want to save money on hardwood, find out what’s on clearance.
Yeah, went that route. Haven't found what the wife likes "rolling eyes", so far. Keeping my eyes open
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What height do you have near the staircase trim. When I did mine I had to re-subfloor the bedrooms when we took out the carpets.. so that the hardwood flows from the foyer (matching the staircase nosing trim height) into the bedrooms without transitions and they are level with the bathroom tile.

It added another $1500 to the project (early 2019 pre covid) .. and 28 sheets of 3/8 ply ... but the outcome is worth it.
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+1 for the Hardwood Flooring Store on Victoria Park. I've been buying hardwood flooring there since my first home in 1994. Always seem to have what I need and I've never paid more than $6 per sq ft for the material.

Most recently I bought 1200 sq ft of 3/4" solid birch Preverco, and before that a mix of 3/4" solid and engineered Preverco oak for the house.

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