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The entry appears unchanged but the tile and grout is gone. The tile had been laid with 1 1/2" of mortar underneath. So after we removed the tile the subfloor was actually 2 inches lower in the entry area than the rest of the house. It remains a mystery as to why this was done. We filled in the 2" gap with 2x4's laid flat that we got from removing the dividing wall between the kitchen and living room.