As London’s premier wood floor fitters, we always get a great deal of satisfaction fitting parquet wood flooring, as it requires real skill and craftsmanship. This project in Highgate was no exception.
We always love a challenge and there were plenty of obstacles to overcome when we fitted 61 sq metres of an aged oak parquet wood floor in a classic herringbone design. The flooring was installed in the kitchen, living room, an L shaped hallway, which was divided by awkward steps, and two bedrooms. The subfloor in one of the bedrooms was slightly higher than the landing, so we had to ensure the parquet blocks were perfectly aligned for a seamless fit.
To make a feature of the steps, we recommended cladding them in engineered oak boards and installing the aged parquet blocks on the top step. This made what could have been an awkward obstacle into a feature in its own right.
Fitting wood flooring around a fireplace
The fireplace was also a beautiful focal point. To help draw the eye to this feature we recommended installing pre-oiled engineered boards around the hearth to create a clean and simple border. This complimented the soft tumbled edges of the parquet wood flooring.
Installing a soundproof membrane with wood flooring
As the property was a first floor flat, a soundproof membrane was essential to reduce the impact of noise. We discussed the options with the client and recommended a 6 mm thick membrane which we fitted to the chipboard subfloor. The soundproof membrane was then glued down and flattened with a 70 kilo roller to ensure that it had completely bonded with the adhesive.
Sealing the wood floor
As the wood was supplied pre-oiled the floor simply needed an additional coat of Osmo Poly Satin. This extra coat of sealer created a hardwearing protective coat and the matt finish enhanced the natural beauty of the oak.
The project was successfully fitted by the Fin Wood team, Alin, Marius, Constantin, Stelian and Daniel. It took around 9 days to complete.
Parquet Blocks: Oak Aged Parquet Oiled 280 x 70 mm & Oak Natural Oiled 135 x 20 mm both from The Natural Wood Floor Company
Dimensions: Width 100mm, Thickness 19mm, Length up to 280mm
Location: N6 Highgate, London
The natural colouring of the oak goes beautifully with the soft blue walls and dark radiator
The herringbone parquet pattern has been expertly aligned so it runs seamlessly from the hall into the two adjoining rooms
The simple single plank border frames the fireplace hearth beautifully
Here we cut and shaped the single border to reflect the pattern of the fitted furniture
We made a feature out of these quirky steps by cladding them in engineered oak and then fitting the aged parquet on top
We pride ourselves on our attention to detail. Here the detailing of the architrave is repeated in the border of the parquet" width
A soundproof membrane is essential for wood flooring in a flat. Once fitted, we flatten the membrane with a heavy roller to ensure the glue binds the two surfaces together.
We usually start in the middle of a room and work our way outwards when fitting parquet.
Fitting wood flooring creates a lot of dust, so we always protect our customer's furniture
To get a great finish you need the right tools. We have all the kit to ensure our wood flooring looks the best once fitted.