Just looking for some ideas from folks out there on their hardwood floor experiences. I have two specific questions.
I'm planning a small hardwood flooring job in the house, filling in the hallway with 3/4" prefinished hardwood (not laminate or engineered, real 3/4" oak) flooring. A few years ago I installed the same floor in the LR and DR, so I am experienced in laying floor.
Here is a rough diagram of the area in question.
First question - where the hardwood meets the wood transition strip at the tile. The hardwood is running lengthwise down the left-hand hallway, and will be cut on the angle where it meets the vinyl tile, and a wood transition strip will be installed there.
Now, since the floor is cut on the angle, there will obviously not be a tongue or groove on the end where it meets the transition. Is that Okay? I suppose that I could first install the floor, then route a groove in the ends of the flooring and then put in a spline before installing the transition strip. But I wonder if that is just going overboard. If the floor is all stapled down firmly right to the ends, is there any need to do that? I suppose if I don't there will be a tiny gap between the floor and the transition strip, unless I'm excruciatingly careful**
Second Question - transitions in doorways. Down the right-hand hallway, the hardwood floor will end at two doorways, one to the mudroom, and one to the powder room.
I could end the hardwood flush with the doorway, or should I extend the hardwood into the doorway, such that the transition strip is flush with the inside (linoleum side) of these doorways? Is it just preference, or is there a recommended way to do that?
Here's an expanded sketch to go with that second question: