After laying the underlay, (properly hehe), we (Steve) laid the rest of the living room and dining room and kitchen in the laminate. It took awhile, as we (and this time I do mean we!!) had to move a lot of the heavier furniture along the way!
There isn't much to tell about this type of flooring. According to Steve, it clicks together fairly easily. The only real issue we had was at the very beggining. Every time he seemed to click and then push a piece in place, it would come apart a touch at the other end. We believe this is simply because there is no real weight to hold the flooring together at the begining. Once we got about halfway through the living room we didn't have much trouble with that any longer. That was the only real issue!
Once we made it to the storage closet in the dining room, we paused for a moment. All that I wanted to do was get the flooring into the closet and keep on moving. So we removed EVERYTHING out of our closet and the mess in the living room just got a lot bigger. It's truly amazing how much stuff you can cram into a rather tiny storage closet!
Once everything was out of the closet, we paused again. The closet was a mess even without all of our "junk" in there. After a bit of back and forth, we finally decided that at the very least it needed a paint job. A little bit more back and forth and I caved and agreed to let Steve rip out the shelves and build new ones. I am glad I did! First though, he ripped out the old ones and then I painted. Then he went to work. I will be the first to admit that they looked about a thousand times better and as Steve put it "you could sleep on these shelves they are so sturdy" (he's handy AND confident)!!
Once we got the shelves installed and the walls painted and the flooring installed in there... oh and the baseboards...
we put everything back in and the living room was looking a little more normal! After that, all that was left was to finish up the dining room and kitchen! I don't know who was more excited to put that last piece in, STeve or myself! Ok, maybe Steve!
Putting that last piece in was a big moment for us. After months of working so hard and having a home in shambles, we were almost there. We could almost put things back together. Actually I believe at this point I was jumping up and down thinking that we COULD put everything back together and then Steve burst my bubble by reminding me that we needed baseboards. CRAP.