Parquet flooring transforms Highgate home

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.
Posted on15-09-2017 by 1803

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.

Stair cladding

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 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 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

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

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 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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Engineered Herringbone parquet flooring: Herringbone is one of the first parquet pattern emerged in Europe and also is the most common. Parquet is the floor of floors among wooden floors, mainly because of it’s cost and the craftsmanship needed for installation. Also because of the final exceptional look. Engineered Herringbone parquet battens come in different sizes.

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Sikabond T52 FC Elastic wood flooring adhesive: is a gun or trowel applied elastic wood flooring adhesive for use with any width board. It is also used in conjunction with silent layer mats as part of the AcouBond system.

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Pipe Collars - solid Oak: are designed to be used around the edge of pipes which go into the floor to hide the expansion gap which is required when installing wooden flooring. Oak Pipe Cover is designed in two halves that can be fixed around 15mm pipes to hide expansion gap It is suitable for any wooden flooring, regardless of your floor being oiled or lacquered.

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Stair Nosing - solid Oak: the stair nosing is designed to finish off the area on the edge of a step or stair. It is suitable for any wooden flooring 15-18mm thick, regardless of your floor being oiled or lacquered. Solid and engineered floors only.

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Osmo Polyx Oil Raw Effect: untreated wood in its original form has a light, pale character from its natural 'raw' appearance. Sanded wood also has the same effect. Osmo Polyx-Oil 3044 Raw is designed to retain this appearance by using a small amount of white pigments to neutralise the permanent 'wet-look' that develops after application of a clear finish.

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