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Highly decorative flooring is becoming increasingly popular. Detailing in the wood, combined with stylish fitting patterns, can create spectacular floors, that really catch the eye. End grain floors are particularly attractive and as they are specially crafted, they’re not something you see every day. They are incredibly strong and also have very good sound insulating properties.
Wood flooring has been used for thousands of years. However, glued down floors or stuck down wooden floors are a recent solution. As the wood flooring industry advanced more performant adhesives were needed to keep up the pace.
We always like to create something really special when fitting our wooden floors and this project exceeded our client’s expectations. They wanted something a little different, that would stand out from the norm. As the rooms were such a good size, we recommended a random width hardwood engineered oak floor.
Did you know that you can achieve the look of a brushed wooden floor, without actually brushing the surface of the wood? This is exactly what we did for a project in a Victorian home in Shepherd’s Bush, London. The client was delighted with the end result, especially as our methods make the floor so easy to maintain.
If you’ve ever thought about installing wood flooring in a flat or apartment, without adequate sound proofing, it’s definitely time to think again. Not only could you fall out with your neighbours, but you could also be left with a hefty legal bill.
For this project, in a lovely Victorian terraced home in London, we replaced the old carpets with a beautiful unsealed chevron parquet engineered wooden floor, which was fitted with a single row border. The wood was then sealed with a dark ebony oil. This was a tricky project, as is often the case in older properties, the walls were uneven which had an impact on the symmetry of the chevron design.
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.
Fitting a wooden floor requires great skill, which is learnt over time. Some homeowners let their builder fit their new floor as part of a renovation project but, although they may have some of the skills required, it’s the details that can elevate a floor and make all the difference.
There’s something rather special about parquet wood flooring. Radiating elegance and sophistication, it’s a wonderful way to make a statement that will stand the test of time. Historically, parquet was the flooring of choice for aristocrats and royalty, but today it’s far more affordable, practical and very much back in fashion.