Now we can have our living room back!
The housing development where we live is upgrading the ground-level flooring in all the units and yesterday was (finally!) our turn. Because we had our linoleum recently updated, they only did our living room, but we're ecstatic just the same.
They're going to finish up by putting in the new baseboards today and then we can get started on putting everything back. Whew!
In addition to the baseboards, they also have to put in a transition strip between the wood laminate and the linoleum. Because of the thickness of the laminate and the foam underlay, there is a significant rise, but I'm hoping that it will not be any worse than the transition was from linoleum to carpet.
You can see here a little of the interlocking lap and groove joinery between the laminate pieces. I'm sure this is a reasonably effective system of keeping the floor together, but I still wonder at the lack of nails.
The other thing we're going to have to do now that the flooring is in is to get our area rugs cleaned. Thankfully we live in a "country" kind of town because our laundromats will take horseblankets and area rugs. If we were more in town, we'd be stuck with taking them into the back yard, hanging them on the swing set, and hosing them down like we did last summer.