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Creating a Stunning Parquet Floor

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.

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What type(s) of flooring do you like most within the living room and bedrooms?

 

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Oh wow this looks absolutely stunning! I love the look of the parquet floor 🙂

    1. It does look good doesn’t it! I love the fact it spans so many rooms.

  2. Wow I love the flooring a lot. It looks great. We have carpets all over our house. May change that to a different type of flooring in future.

    1. I hope you do. Wooden floors look so much nicer.

  3. It’s gorgeous! I would love to have a wooden floor like this, but I can only dream!

    1. It doesn’t cost as much as you might think. You need to look out for offers on the wood you want an get a well-priced wooden floor installer.

  4. I love parquet flooring, in my first property I owned we had carpet down and never changed it as it was brand new. When we were selling we decided to recarpet and found parquet flooring underneath so we polished it and revarnished and it looked amazing

    1. Oh wow, who’d have thought all that time you had a stunning floor under a carpet in your home. It’s a shame you didn’t find out sooner to enjoy it whilst you were there.

  5. Your parquet floor is beautiful! I know you put in so much hard work but it was totally worth it!

    1. I really is stunning. I totally recommend a wooden floor in the home.

  6. For the living room, I love parquet flooring. I know it takes a lot of time to put everything together but once it is complete it looks perfect.

    1. It can take time although it is faster if you have more than one person working on it. This came out well as our man is very experienced x

  7. I always love parquet because it can be so warm; perfect for the cold months. Anyway, I tend to prefer tiles more,…because of their beauty and ease in cleaning.

    1. I have both wooden and tiled floors. I will say both are equally easy to clean.

  8. I always learn something new when I read your blog. I have never really thought about how much efforts goes into creating floors. I guess we are lucky we had people around us taking care of it. The shine on the floor is so amazing…..Love it. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. It does look impressive doesn’t it. We pulled up the previous floor as it was worn out in parts and couldn’t be sanded down.

  9. I like this type of wooden floor. I had been waiting to have a house with this floor. I won’t be able to do it alone but I hope to find people to do this.

    1. Ask friends and family and see if they know anyone otherwise local sites can work well. Always check their previous work first though.

  10. Looks so beautiful. I always wonder what type of floor would suitable for my house, You gave me a lots of ideas.

    1. It does look great doesn’t it. Wooden floors can really add character to a home.

  11. This flooring turned out so amazing. I would love to be able to tackle a project like this!

    1. It looks even better when you see it in person. The pictures don’t do it justice 🙂

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