Old parquet restored and new Oak floor fitted in Arts & Crafts Home
This project was an absolute joy to work on as it called upon our skills as both floor fitters and restorers. Our work, in a beautiful Arts & Crafts house in Surrey, involved fitting new 240 mm unsealed oak engineered boards along with a new parquet floor. An original oak parquet floor was then restored and renovated to bring it back to its former glory. The homeowner was delighted with both aspects of our work, commenting on the exceptional quality and that “wood floors old and new looked amazing”.
INSTALLING THE NEW WIDE ENGINEERED BOARDS
The flooring was part of a major renovation project, so we had to work around the other trades in the property. We fitted 100 sq m of unsealed 240 mm engineered oak boards, manufactured by The Natural Wood Floor Company, in the kitchen, walk-in pantry, TV room and family room. As the sub-floor was in such good condition, the preparation work just involved a liquid damp proof membrane to seal the surface.
Work in progress, the new wood flooring being laid in the TV room
Rooms were sealed off and the new kitchen was protected while we fitted the flooring
The large kitchen bi-fold doors were not in place when we came to fit the floor, so we had to accurately calculate their location and ensure our cuts were perfect, allowing the doors to sit neatly up to the wood. We encountered a similar situation in the laundry room. As the tiles hadn’t been fitted, it was essential to create clean cuts, so the tiles could be butted right up to the wood.
Precision cutting ensured the wood flooring runs neatly up to the bi-fold doors
We fitted 25 sq m of oak flooring in the family room
The premium grade oak boards create a clean look with their minimal knots and figuring. We examined each board to ensure the grain of the wood worked perfectly with the adjoining piece of wood. Any boards which didn’t quite match were placed under the kitchen units, out of sight. We also made sure we achieved the best alignment, so we weren’t left with a narrow run of boards on one side, which would have compromised on the overall look of the floor.
Once fitted, the wood was lightly sanded and finished with Osmo Satin Clear Oil.
The new flooring required a light sand before we sealed the wood
All the loose parquet blocks were securely fixed into place
RESTORING THE ORIGINAL PARQUET
We fully restored the 100 year old oak parquet blocks in the dining room and large entrance hall, giving the floors a new lease of life. We began our work by lifting up all the loose blocks and thoroughly cleaning them, before securing each one back in place. Any large gaps were then filled, so the blocks fitted neatly together.
The original parquet required sanding to completely remove the scratches and the old, worn finish. Afterwards, Osmo Antique Oak Oil was applied to mellow the wood, so it matched a previously restored floor in another part of the house. It was then finished with Osmo Satin Clear Oil.
The original parquet required a really deep sand to revitalise the wood
Our restoration work transformed the old parquet in the dining room
The restored parquet in the stunning entrance hall
The original parquet with the old finish, leading on to the restored blocks and new parquet floor
FITTING NEW PARQUET
A new parquet floor was fitted in the cloakroom, with the restored parquet sitting on one side and the newly laid wide oak boards on the other. Even though the size of the old and new blocks varied slightly, we were able to match up the points in the herringbone design, to create a consistent look. The new parquet was sealed with the same antique and clear oil to match the original parquet floor. We had to be very precise when applying the finish, to ensure we didn’t touch the new flooring in the TV room, which was just sealed with the clear, natural oil.
The new parquet is perfectly aligned with the restored parquet
The new oak parquet floor in the cloakroom
Floors old and new work beautifully together and both will last for many years to come.
The old parquet wood floor in the hall and dining room lead to the new engineered boards in the kitchen
The news wide oak flooring bring warmth and character to the shaker style kitchen
Wood: Engineered Oak Herringbone Parquet, Engineered Boards 240mm wide, Reclaimed Oak Herringbone Parquet
Location: KT7 Thames Ditton, Surrey
Stauf VPU-155 S DPM solvent free polyurethane primer: is a ready-to-use, one component polyurethane primer is particularly fast drying. Free from water and free from solvents, this primer allows for a trouble-free installation as no swelling of the wood is to be feared. The VPU-155 S is a versatile primer easy to apply by either trowel or brush because of its thin liquid nature.
Osmo Wood Wax Finish is a satin, transparent or intensive wood finish which combines all the advantages of oils and waxes in one unique product. Resistant to water and dirt, is wipe-proof and stain resistant. Easy application - no need for sanding between coats, which saves time and money. Resistant against liquid spillages and the dry finish is safe for humans, plants and animals.
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.
Lecol 5500 Parquet Adhesive: alcohol based Parquet Adhesive 5500 can be used for all types of wood and is suitable for installation on absorbent and non-absorbent subfloors; i.e.: it can be universally applied. In many cases it can even be used to install pre-finished parquet without any problems.
Fitting wide oak boards engineered: the wider and longer the board the more beautiful becomes your floor. It is an impressive sight as it stretches majestically across the expanse of the surface. These boards are proportionately long as well, and they hold a secret: a minimum number of joints created into your floor.
Fitting engineered light boards: like the walls, a floor is a blank canvas and can set the design tone for the rest of the room. When choosing a light engineered flooring get inspired from your current ambiance as furniture, walls. Engineered light boards will create the feeling of a larger space and according to the amount of the natural light supplied over the floor...
Parquet Herringbone wood flooring with double border is the modern alternative to a classic. Stunning colours and diversity of board sizes make this flooring a great choice for your. 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.
Parquet Sanding and Oiling: being part of the floor restoration, parquet sanding and oiling is that part that bring back the beauty of your floor. From time to time, a regular maintenance has to be done and this postpones any considerable restoration work. Our recommendation for the home parquet floors in your home is the oil finishing.
Hardwood floor sanding and Oil finish: the floor is the very first part of the room to be noticed when entering. It is the only surface of a room to be used so much. For this reason, a regular maintenance has to be done and this postpones any considerable restoration work. Our recommendation for the hardwood floors in your home is the oil finishing