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”.
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
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
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