Tomorrow we have our concrete floors going in overtop of the in-floor radiant heating in the kitchen and bathroom. The first shot above is where the kitchen island will go. Jess will have a prep sink in the kitchen island so we’ve got a drain and hot/cold inlets. I also added a PVC electrical conduit for the required island duplex, and also for our microwave if we decide to have it in the island.
To anchor down the island I’ve got four 8″ x 1/2″ carriage bolts installed through the subfloor with the threaded end up so that I can use to easily bolt down 2×4’s down to the finished concrete floor. The carriage bolts are secured to 2×4 blocking below the subfloor which are fastened into the adjacent floor joists. The bolts are fastened from above with a washer and nut, which will soon get covered with about 2″ of concrete. It’s pretty darned bomb proof.
I also have plywood running all the way from the front door to the kitchen and bathroom, with ramps into each room for the wheelbarrow loads of concrete, and bubble-wrap lined plywood to protect the wainscotting in the front room. In total we should have twenty something barrows of concrete for the whole job.
The current floors in the kitchen and bathroom are pretty out of level right now: they go out up to 2″ over the 16 foot length. I think this is pretty common for a house of this vintage, but I’m sure that I will really appreciate the new level floors once I start building the cabinets!