About Planeta Works, LLC Seattle Hardwood Floor Refinishing and Installation

Hardwood floor refinishing, installation and repair in the greater Seattle area.

Abracadabra!

After seeing the before and after shots of the job that Artur recently finished at a house in Magnolia, my first thought was, “WOW” and and then, “I’m married to a magician.” Take a look at the before. BeforeThis parquet floor was under some carpet in a bedroom.  Artur knew that there was parquet, but as is often the case when carpet is involved, he did not know of the stain damage and the lack of parquet along the border in this particular corner.  It was kind of a mess.

Normally, parquet comes in pre-made squares which you install section by section rather than installing each short, individual board.  Because Artur wasn’t aware of all of the patching needed on these floors, he hadn’t called around to check on the availability of the pre-made parquet squares in White Oak before starting this job.  As these things can go, none of the distributors in town had any in stock.

Artur had two options.  The first being to order the parquet squares, put the job on hold, inconvenience our client and throw our work schedule out of whack, or hand cut each small board needed to make the parquet squares, piece by piece by piece and then install them piece by piece by piece.  He chose the second (and only real) option — 350+ hand cut pieces of White Oak later, and a lot of patience and attention to detail, the floors were complete. Here is the stunning and beautiful result. After Our clients are very happy and so are we.  This isn’t magic, it’s an example of Artur’s skill, expertise, experience, patience, attention to detail and pride in his work.  It’s one example of why he is considered one of the best wood floor experts in Seattle.

To quote our client, “Wow is an understatement! We are so pleased. You are married to a terrific professional. Of course, you know this.”

Yes, I know this.  Artur is happy someone pointed this out to me in writing, at last!

One more before/after shot. Before 2    After 3

Before and After in Maple Leaf

Here are some photos of a job we did earlier in the winter in and old craftsman home in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle.

We ripped up the old carpet in the living room, the tiles in the entryway and some flooring that had been glued down in the kitchen and dining room.  We then installed and finished new Red Oak Select hardwoods in the living room, dining room, kitchen and entryway.  The results are beautiful.  Having one type of flooring through the entire first floor made the house look so much bigger and feel more cohesive.  Check it out!

 

8th ave ne dining:kitchen before

Kitchen/Dining Room Before

 

8th ave NE kitchen

Kitchen After

 

Before of Kitchen Area

Kitchen Corner Before

 

8th Ave NE kitchen - after

Kitchen After

8th ave ne dining room - after

Dining Room After

8th ave ne living room before

Living Room and Entryway Before

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

8th Ave NE living, dining - after

Living Room and Dining Room After

image[5]

Entryway Before

8th Ave NE dining room  - after

Living Room and Entryway After

Swedish Finish Ya!

Here are some before and after shots of the Oak floors we recently refinished in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle.  The clients chose to use a Swedish Finish and no stain.  I am in love with the yummy, golden color that the Swedish Finish brought out in the floors.  The Swedish Finish adds far more character and a richness that cannot be achieved with any other type of finish.  I think that staining your wood floors can be very chic but in this case, less is way more.

1009538_857029067656478_179044552_o

Bedroom Before

1800166_857029034323148_614262385_o

Bedroom After

1911106_857028927656492_451799605_o

Dining Room Before

1912117_857048014321250_1492258740_o

Dining Room After

1796873_857029190989799_2016716314_o

Living Room Before

1614039_857029187656466_61823464_o

Living Room After

 

Patterns in Hardwoods

I’ve been having a lot of fun on Pinterest lately exploring some of the amazing wood floors in various spaces across the world.  I finally created my own board dedicated just to wood floors that I find interesting or inspiring.  There is some stunning craftsmanship out there.  I especially love some of the herringbone or chevron patterns I’ve come across and of course anything with inlay work is always exciting.

Here are some photos of some beautiful inlay work we did for some clients in Snoqualmie a couple of years ago.  These floors were such a treat to do.  Like most craftsmen, Artur has an amazing attention to detail and takes great pride in the completed product.

After - Newly Installed Maple With Custom Mahogany Inlay - Snoqualmie

Newly Installed And Finished Maple With Custom Mahogany Inlay

Detail of Maple with Mahogany Feature Strip Installed Before Final Finish

Detail of Maple with Mahogany Feature Strip Installed Before Final Finish

Detail of Maple with Mahogany Feature Strip Installed Before Final Finish

Detail of Maple with Mahogany Feature Strip Installed Before Final Finish

After The Final Coat

Here are the care guidelines we recommend for the first two weeks after the final coat of finish has been applied to your floors.

– No walking on the floors for 24 hours.  *See below for airing out your house post-finish.

– After 24 hours, you may walk on the floors with no shoes.

– We recommend you keep shoes and pets off of the floors for a minimum of three days.

– After three days, you may put furniture back on the floors but NO AREA RUGS.  In order to best protect your beautiful new floors from scratches we suggest you put some sort of felt pads (like these) under all furniture.

– After two weeks you may put down any area rugs you have.  Putting them down before the two week period will compromise the full curing process of the finish and may lead to discoloration.

What’s the safest and quickest way to get rid of the odor from the finish?

The best and quickest way to air out your house after the final coat has been applied is air movement.

–  Open up as many windows and doors as possible.

–  Please do not do this until 24 hours has passed as to avoid any dust or particles landing on potentially wet finish.

–  Fans are great for getting air movement in the space as well.

–  In the winter, it’s ok to leave the heat off for a day or so while you are airing out the house but please turn it back on after a day to ensure the proper curing process of the floors.

–  In addition, you may want to change the filter in your furnace.  We take great care in sealing off any heating vents and areas of the house that are not having work done but dust and odors can still escape the work area.

A Tale of Two Species

Artur and I are huge fans of older homes. They ooze character, craftsmanship and are the historical storytellers of our neighborhoods.

We recently worked on a 1909 gem in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle. Our clients had us pull up the old carpet and refinish the fantastic hardwoods beneath. We were excited to find that both the living room and dining room floors were composed of two different species of wood. Both had a center square of Douglas Fir with an Oak border. This is a common hardwood flooring layout for homes built during this period in the Pacific Northwest.

Because Douglas Fir was so plentiful in our part of the world, it was more economical to install the majority of the square footage with this wood leaving only the border for the pricier Oak planks.

Wall to wall carpeting didn’t exist in 1909. Instead, people used area rugs, often Persian or Oriental, to decorate their living spaces. These rugs were perfect for covering up the more inexpensive center square of Douglas Fir, leaving only the Oak border showing. So clever and functional, if not a bit deceptive!

See the before and stunning after photos below.

20130716_084728

BEFORE

20130720_091927

AFTER

 

20130716_084640

BEFORE

20130720_091846

AFTER

 

20130716_084719

BEFORE

20130720_091832

AFTER

Why Are Hardwoods Awesome?

Because, as this kitchen in Ravenna shows us,  with a good sanding and a few coats of finish they can go from this…

Jabon Kitchen2 beforeto this…

Jabon Kitchen 2

and this ….

Jabon kitchen before

to this…

Jabon Kitchen

The floors in this kitchen are Fir.

This home was listed by Steve Laevastu of Windermere and designed and staged by Lisa Lucas of Lisa Lucas Designs.  Floors refinished by Planeta Works.
All “after” photos provided by Steve Laevastu.

Wide Board and Sleek Stain in Kirkland Condo

Gallery

This gallery contains 10 photos.

This winter we had the exciting opportunity to help transform a lovely condo in Kirkland into a beautiful modern living space.  The new owners wanted to rip out all of the carpet and American Cherry hardwoods on all three levels, install new 5″ … Continue reading

Client Happiness

We love making our clients happy! We love even more when our clients share their contentment with us.

Here’s a note from our recent clients, Julie and Dennis in Kirkland. We refinished their oak hardwoods in three bedrooms, a hallway, living room and dining room.

“Thank you for being so dedicated and passionate. We are so pleased with the work performed–thank you thank you. You take your trade/craft to a whole new level, a level of service that is truly hard to find.”

What makes this even sweeter is that Julie and Dennis have remodeled several homes in different states. They have plenty of experience with contractors. We are so happy that they were pleased with our work and their entire expreience with us.

Patching The Pet Pee Stains

Sometimes when a client calls us to come over and look at some floors that they want refinished we find some unexpected surprises hidden on the ares of the floors that have been coverd by carpet or rugs. Often these surprises come in the form of unpleasant pet pee stains. Unfortunately, no amount of sanding can eliminate these stains. In comes the art of patching. Except in extreme cases, we generally do not have to replace the entire floor and can fix the stained areas by patching the damaged areas. Artur skillfully pulls up the damaged boards and installs and blends in new boards. See the photos below for an example of a floor stained with pet pee and how Artur resolved the problem with patching.

202

205

208

214