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Hard wood installation without baseboards to cover gap 27 Dec 2018 13:20 #20440

I'm building a new contemporary house and my architect designed the interior walls with a recessed or inverted 4" baseboards. The problem is that there isn't a base board to cover any gap which would allow for expand/contract. I was told that undercutting at install is the best solution and/or leaving an "exposed" 3/8" gap. BTW, I live in dry Phoenix AZ but I am installing a humidifier. Thoughts?

Hard wood installation without baseboards to cover gap 10 Jan 2019 12:15 #20456

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What does the architect recommend?
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Hard wood installation without baseboards to cover gap 29 Jan 2019 02:40 #20461

Its better to take the advice of architect he might have better idea on your situation.

Hard wood installation without baseboards to cover gap 29 Jan 2019 14:51 #20462

Try using a cork strip, cut and finished to blend, as an exposed expansion allowance. Unlike caulk, cork will compress without bulging upwards, and return flat and level when flooring contracts It can be bought in strip rolls, or planks that can be cut to custom width.

Hard wood installation without baseboards to cover gap 29 Jan 2019 15:33 #20463

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This is becoming very common in our industry today and it's called shadow recess. Some installations use inverted baseboard while others has sheetrock comes right to the floor. In both cases there will not be enough space for proper expansion to cover manufactures warranty. The architects and interior designers are wanting to get away without a shoe molding for cleaner, sleeker look. In many cases it may require a thicker ¾ inch baseboard or an additional layer of sheetrock. The architects and designers will have to think of an alternative designed to be compliant with manufactures warranties. In one project we had the sill plate for the stud walls rabbited out 3/8 inch to provide more expansion.
Go back to the architect or designer and ask if they will warrant the wood floor due to being out of compliancy with manufactures installation instructions and warranty.

Good luck
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Hard wood installation without baseboards to cover gap 02 Feb 2019 18:39 #20466

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You might have to install hardwood flooring right after house is framed , roofed and windows installed and leave gap to bottom plate followed by interior finish wall.
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