When refurbishing a property there are various options for flooring. I have to admit I am partial to wooden and tiled floors. Forget carpet or lino they really don’t look half as impressive. In many of the homes we refurbish, when looking to create a modern, stylish, relaxed yet sophisticated feel to a home we tend to use wood for living room and bedroom floors.
Our most recent was project was a gorgeous flat. This now boasts a stunning oak herringbone parquet flooring leading from the hallway to the living room and bedrooms. It’s pretty impressive when you see an expertly laid floor and has been a great talking point.
I thought I would share the journey from start to finish so you can see just how amazing it looks for yourselves and how easy it can be to do in your own home.
Finding A Wooden Floor Installer
The gentleman that fitted this particular floor has fitted wooden floors for us before and does a wonderful job. We found him initially on Gumtree years ago. When choosing who to use, make sure they’ve had and plenty of experience and can provide examples of their work. Please don’t go for whoever charges the least as often this can be a false economy. It can help to use someone that is recommended by someone you know. Failing that, check the Which Trusted Trade website. It’s best to make sure you get it right the first time around.
Choosing the Wood
There are so many places that sell wood. When looking you need to just go with a company that fits with your needs. Look at wood types, cost, delivery options etc. to help you choose which company to use.
Climatising the Wood
When the wood arrives you allow it to climatise for at least a week in the room that it will be laid.
Preparing the Floor
The old carpet and underlay were removed from the bedrooms and the old click engineered oak flooring planks from the living and hallway.
We were careful when removing the oak flooring as it wasn’t exceptionally old meaning we were able to resell this and put the proceeds towards the new flooring. The floors were all vacuumed once the coverings were removed.
Beneath was a screeded concrete floor.
Damaged parts of the concrete floor were repaired with a latex floor leveling compound. Once this had fully dried a 3mm acoustic matting was stuck on top with acoustic flooring adhesive. This was essential as it was a 1st floor property. If it was on the ground floor this stage could have been skipped.
Laying the Floor
Unfinished oak parquet blocks were used.
The blocks were glued to the acoustic matting using flooring adhesive.
The inner parts were laid first.
The outer parts were laid last as the blocks required cutting down to size.
The floor itself looked stunning.
To add that little extra to its appearance we also included a border.
The floor took a while to lay as it was just one person working on it. As more and more of the floor was completed it began to look pretty amazing!!!
Once the blocks were laid, the floor was sanded and hoovered.
Finally, this was sealed using a primer and further 2 coats of hardwearing lacquer.
The floor looked fantastic and was worth the time it took to create this gorgeous parquet flooring that will be enjoyed for many years.
What type(s) of flooring do you like most within the living room and bedrooms?
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