Expertly fitted engineered oak boards in stunning whole house project in Beckenham, BR3
Whole house project in Beckenham
We love our whole house projects. This house in Beckenham offered us the opportunity to transform almost every room with pre-finished random length engineered oak boards (20mm think, 21cm wide). The project included the kitchen and reception rooms, upstairs bedrooms and stair cladding all the way up to the loft master suite. The owners wanted all rooms and spaces included even the storage area under the stairs for a clean, natural, seamless finish.
Pre-finished random length engineered oak boards in the living room.
Transformed Victorian terraced house in Beckenham.
The project included stair cladding all the way up to the loft suite.
The project also included fitting new oak boards in the modern kitchen diner.
Strengthening the sub-floor
We removed the tiles in the kitchen and cleaned off layers of old adhesive from the sub-floor. We lifted up the floorboards in the reception rooms to reveal the exposed joists. We found lots of weakened joists due to historical damp and strengthened and replaced parts of it.
There were some challenges to overcome in levelling the subfloor on the ground floor. As is often the case in older properties, the entrance hallway was lower than the living room and kitchen and we applied our skills and experience to gradually achieve a consistent level. We successfully managed to accommodate the level changes without the need for steps.
We properly checked the subfloor to make sure there were no squeaks or creaks and to ensure it was flat, strong and silent.
We strengthened old joists weakened by historical damp.
We used our skills and experience to straighten the subfloor.
Strengthening the sub-floor
The ground floor consisted of a modern kitchen diner and large separate living room. We planned the floor using the width of the rooms to work out a starting line. We fitted the engineered floor boards on to the joists in the living room with a mechanical and chemical fixing. We continued to fit the same floor in the kitchen and hallway and we replaced the skirting boards.
We created a symmetrical ground floor layout leading to the kitchen..
We continued to fit the same floor in the kitchen diner space and replaced the skirting boards.
Cladding the old and new staircase
The lower part of the staircase was clad in a classic style with nosings. The upper staircase leading up to the loft master suite was modern and crisp, without any nosing.
The lower staircase was weak and uneven and needed lots of strengthening and compensating. As well as the necessary structural work to produce a strong staircase, we paid attention to the overall look to create a smart and seamless design.
The narrow landings had exposed edges and we preferred to install the floor under the spindles to avoid unnecessary cluttered fixings. We thought in advance about alignment and symmetry to create a well proportioned layout for the landing.
The lower staircase was weak and uneven.
We created a smart and seamless staircase expertly clad in engineered oak.
We carried out the necessary structural work to produce a strong staircase.
We planned in advance to create a well proportioned layout for the landing.
The upper staircase was modern and crisp.
Location: Beckenham, BR3