Leveling the floor with shingles

Renovating an old and saggy building has lots of challenges – one of the biggest being the floor is uneven.  Since it’s only our weekend cabin, we believe the unlevel floor adds character.  Translation:  There is no way we’re going to shore up this building so just live with it.  Our plan is to lay a new layer of 15/32″ of sanded plywood and slap a few coats of paint on it until the budget allows for something a little more desirable.  Round and round about the best method to level our floor, I found a terrific article from Fred Fauth, How to Level a Plywood or OSB Subfloor Using Asphalt Shingles & Construction Felt.

We tried the method first in the kitchen – which was definetly the worst spot in the cabin.  After almost an entire pack of shingles, Janeé declared it done.

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BTW:   plywood floors can be a fabulous flooring choice!


3 thoughts on “Leveling the floor with shingles

  1. Hey! So glad you found the article we wrote helpful! Looks like you guys are well on your way here. Would love to make you regular readers over at One Project Closer! If you enjoy home improvement, you might really like our Pro Follows. If you’re into crafts, you can check out “The Better Half” at the top of our site, too!

    Take care,
    Fred @ One Project Closer

  2. Sorry for the double-comment, but I just noticed that you all are in Maryland too! That’s great! I know of a place in Western Maryland called Swallow Falls that has a waterfall called “Muddy Creek Falls”. Any chance your cabin name is based on that?

    • Thanks for your comments! We’ve been enjoying your website and reference it often!

      The cabin is in southeast Pennsylvania on the bank of Muddy Creek which is where the name comes from.

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