Distinctive wide angled oak chevron parquet replica in West Hampstead playroom, NW6
Extending the existing parquet
This project followed a total refurb of a charming six bedroom Victorian terraced house set over four floors. Five years ago the home was bought by a young family and quickly modernised with a lovely wide angle oak chevron parquet on the ground floor. The owners decided at that stage with three young children not to extend this beautiful floor to the playroom. But now the children were older they felt it was time to invest in a consistent parquet floor on the ground floor in preparation of transitioning the playroom to an additional reception room.
Distinctive oak chevron parquet to the children’s playroom.
Charming large Victorian terrace in West Hampstead.
A distinctive wider angle parquet
The oak chevron parquet was set at a distinctive wider angle of 60 degrees. This sets it apart from a 45 degree angle parquet by providing a more relaxed, less zig-zag look. The main challenge was that sadly these specific parquet blocks were no longer available from the original supplier or seemingly anywhere else! They were keen to replicate the length, width, angle and grade of oak. The only alternative was to make a compromise with one of the features which would obviously not provide consistency. The owners got in contact with us after appreciating the projects on our instagram account. After much joint research, we offered to produce the specialised blocks ourselves from oak boards supplied by Natural Wood Floor. We spent a couple of days carefully crafting each block using a high performance circular saw, a table top saw and edging machine from Festool. We also produced the blocks used in the border made from longer strips of wood.
Wide angle chevron parquet is distinctive to Herringbone parquet.
We made the blocks in the border from longer strips of wood.
Delivering the perfect finish
The existing floor in the playroom was 2mm lino glued over 18mm plywood. We removed both these layers to make room for the thickness of the new parquet and allow a seamless joint with the tiles at the entrance. We kept the remaining layer of plywood above the underfloor heating and used this as the subfloor. We corrected the skirting here and there to adjust to the thickness of the new floor. For the border the customer prefered mitred angles to replicate the existing floor. Although we prefer square joints at the corners to avoid overlapping mitred angles between the border and the chevron pattern. We lightly sanded the floor surface to open up the wood grains and clear any fine dust residues. Lastly we applied three coats of Blanchon original wood environment oil, ultra matt.
We applied three coats of Blanchon original wood environment oil.
We created mitred angles to replicate the existing floor.
Fantastic attention to detail
The end result was flawless and the owners could ot have been happier with it. “Fin Wood was totally professional in every regard. Alin was very communicative and patient and has fantastic attention to detail. The floor looks superb and we are delighted with it.”
The end result was flawless.
“The floor looks superb and we are delighted with it.”
Location: London NW6