Curved Parquet Gives Kitchen Floor The Edge
Fitting a new parquet wooden floor is rewarding because it can completely transform the look and feel of a room.This was particularly true for this project, which incorporated curved borders around the engineered parquet floor, designed to mirror and enhance the rounded features in a 1930’s house in Mitcham.
Engineered hardwood flooring installed in the kitchen with its round island and wall
Fulfilling the brief
The brief for this project was to install a new aged oak parquet wooden floor, paying particular attention to the curved wall and island in the new kitchen extension. The flooring continued into the hall which was previously carpeted. The wooden blocks were fitted in a classic herringbone design.
Before shot of the hall
Hall with the new engineered oak parquet flooring
The right concrete moisture content
Originally we were booked in to fit the hardwood flooring in October, but on inspection the new 70 mm thick concrete kitchen floor wasn’t dry. With the relative humidity level standing at 90%, we had to wait for a few months until it had dropped to under 60%.
A strong and level subfloor
On returning to the job, we started by removing the old hall carpet, only to discover that the original floorboards were in a bad condition. These were lifted up so we could fit new plywood to create a sound subfloor. The builders had already laid ply in the kitchen, but it wasn’t level, so it had to be removed. During this process, we discovered that one of the wet underfloor heating pipes had been hit with a screw when the original ply was fitted. This was a lucky find, as a slow leak like this would have completely ruined the floor over time.
New plywood was fitted to the joists
A completely flat surface is needed for parquet, so we had to level out the concrete
How to fix an uneven subfloor
The concrete subfloor was very uneven, so to rectify this problem, we applied Ardex NA, a latex based, quick drying, self levelling compound. A liquid damp proof membrane was then applied to provide a barrier against condensation. The newly levelled subfloor meant that we could fulfil the client’s wishes of running the hardwood floor at the same height as the kitchen doors leading out to the garden.
A flat surface is achieved with the self levelling compound
The improved levelling means that the kitchen flooring now runs up to the bi-fold doors
Laying the new parquet wooden floor
After considering the design for the new oak parquet, we decided to start the alignment in the hall, as this was the narrowest point. Once we had worked out the formation, we continued the symmetry into the kitchen. A single border with mitred corners was fitted to run all around the parquet. This ensured that the blocks in the border were a consistent length, rather than being left with unsightly smaller pieces.
The Fin Wood team at work
Mitred corners for a professional and clean fit
Fitting wood flooring around curves and round walls
The rounded wall and kitchen island were signature design features in the kitchen, so it was essential that the flooring reflected the curves to enhance the design. Using our experience and fitting skills, we were able to work with this detail and create a mirror image of the curved structures.
The parquet design mirrors the shape of the wall
The new parquet fitted around the curved wall and kitchen island
Integrated hall coir doormat
To prevent dirt and grit entering the house, an integrated coir doormat was fitted by the front door. This was finished off with a matching border to frame the mat.
The new entrance mat is fitted into the floor so it isn’t a trip hazard
The oak flooring creates a smart hallway
Protective finishing coat advised for kitchen flooring
The parquet flooring was supplied pre-sealed, but as it was fitted in a kitchen, we added a final coat of Omso clear satin oil for extra protection. This additional coat penetrates into the joints to provide a hardwearing, durable surface that can cope with the extra demands placed on kitchen flooring. An engineered wood parquet block was used as this is suitable for use with underfloor heating.
The added coat of sealer will help to protect the new kitchen floor
We were delighted to receive such a positive review
Location: CR4 Mitcham, London