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The most important architectural item in your house is the
front door. Agree or not but it is in the direct line of sight for every
visitor. After that it’s your floor.
Stone? Tiles? Floorboards? Carpet? It’s your choice. Here is
some advice on floorboards based on our experience.
Antique Solid Oak
Every country house owners ideal however scarcity has driven
the price up into the stratosphere to the point that many clients are now
New Recently Milled
Solid Oak floorboards which are available in a wide range of widths up to
10/11”. Easily aged or left a contemporary finish the main advantages are ready
availability, ease of laying, competitive pricing and minimum wastage.
A 'Character’ grade - Smaller knots, plenty of grain pattern
makes for a clean contemporary floor whereas a ‘Rustic’ grade with its large
knots, minor stressing and colourful grain gives the traditional feeling of
Don’t attempt to use solid oak in a damp situation or with
underfloor heating. Fit an engineered
oak board for stability. These boards comprise a 6mm thick top solid oak layer
bonded to 14mm of ply board. This is a tongue and grooved board which accepts
all finishes. The thick top layer allows for sanding and refinishing in the
future. Again easy to lay with minimal wastage
For that country cottage honey coloured look specify
Reclaimed Pine floorboards. Pine was widely used in Georgian, Victorian and
Edwardian housing and as a rule the older the property, the wider the board.
Georgian boards can be 8 – 10” wide, Victorian were typically 6 ¾” wide and as
you move into the 20th century , 5 or 5 ½” became the norm.
Typically 18 to 21mm thick (7/8”), square edged and with a
nice used patina. Our boards are supplied de-nailed, trimmed square ends and
usually with an “as removed” finish for sanding once laid. As with oak, nice
original pine is becoming increasingly scarce and so you might consider:
Re-sawn Pine boards
Re-sawn boards milled from reclaimed joists which are
de-nailed and sawn down their length to give clean floorboards. They still
retain the older colour and knotty look of the reclaimed boards with the added
advantages of ease of laying, uniform thickness and lack of wastage. Boards can
be up to 8” wide.
When selecting reclaimed “straight from site” pine boards
steer clear of tongue and groove. Invariably either the tongue or the groove
will have broken and split edges will be common.
We haven’t mentioned reclaimed elm mainly because we never
get it and if we do, it’s full of woodworm! You can find elm boards but the
price is like antique oak.