Custom Stairs

Some of Artur’s favorite jobs are the ones that require the most detailed and custom work. His love for this type of work shows!

Check out the stairs that he recently rebuilt and finished for some clients in the Bryant neighborhood of Seattle.  The original stairs were made from plywood.  He took out everything and rebuilt them with red oak wood.

 

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Stunning no?  He’s my husband and I’ve seen tons of his work both for our home and his clients, but I continue to be in complete awe of his craftsmanship and the artist that he his.  If only we could duplicate him!!

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Young House Love Hardwoods

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One of my favorite home improvement and design blogs, Young House Love, just wrote an awesome post about adding hardwood floors to their home to match the existing hardwoods and then staining and refinishing approximately all 1300 sq/ft of them.

It’s an excellent post about the process of having your floors refinished.  Our process is very similar to that of the company that did theirs.  They talk about the time it took, to the cost and some of the headaches of having to move out for a few days.  They also talk about how it was so worth it!  

Check it out!

 

Planeta Works is Expanding!

Planeta Works is now licensed as a general contractor.  In addition to making your hardwoods gorgeous, we can also now help with your remodeling projects.

For those of you who know Artur and his work, you know that his abilities and skill set reach beyond hardwood floors.  His European training shines through in his craftsmanship, attention to detail, work ethic, honesty and commitment to clients.  He is the ultimate problem solver and thoughtfully devotes himself fully to each project.

Call us for a free estimate!

The photo below is of a kitchen remodel Artur did.  You can see all before and after photos here.

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Kitchen Remodel

Read below for some recent client feedback on Artur, his skills and his quality of work.

“Artur did great work for us and even went the extra mile in correcting the stair forms that were built incorrectly by our GC. There were some challenging installation components w/ our particular job and he never once seemed upset or frustrated by it. He just went about the business of solving the problems and getting us the best result possible.”                         – Aaron ~ Crown Hill, Seattle

“We are so pleased with the floors. They are just beautiful. We are also so thrilled that we chose Artur to do this work. We’ve had huge problems with our general contractor and it was such a blessing and relief for us to work with Artur. I know it sounds kinda funny to be so impressed with someone because they followed thru with exactly what they said they’d do in the timeline they promised but we haven’t had much of that over the last year. He is an honest and respectful hard worker. Just all around awesome, but you know that. ;)”                                                 – Sarah ~ Crown Hill, Seattle

Adventures in Refinishing Hardwood Floors – We’ve Been There

This summer, Artur and I bought our first home.  We had been looking for over a year and dreaming for more than that.

We knew that any house we bought would need some remodeling. With our budget, Artur’s skills, and what we know about real estate, buying a fixer was the best investment for us.  Plus, we aren’t turn-key kind of people.  We wanted a fixer. In July, we got the keys to our dream fixer.

Refinishing the hardwood floors was at the top of our new-house projects’ list.  Most of the house already had a mix of red and white oak flooring.  It was in amazing shape considering it hadn’t been refinished in at least 15 years. The living room and the kitchen were the only rooms that didn’t have hardwoods.  The living room had some very, shall we say, “dated” green carpet and the kitchen had a mix of hardwood and linoleum.

Kitchen before:

 

Living room before:

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To bring in a more cohesive look to our home, we decided to pull up the carpet and linoleum, install a new mix of red and white oak to match the existing floors in the rest of the house, stain all areas a richer color and finish them with a Swedish Finish.

Here’s the living room mid-carpet removal. (You wouldn’t believe the amount of dirt we found under this carpet despite having been taken care of over the decades, further reinforcing our love of hardwoods.)

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Here’s the kitchen mid-linoleum removal. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)

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After the carpet and linoleum were gone Artur started installing the new wood we had ordered.

NOTE:  Before installing new wood flooring it is very important to store the flooring in your home or installation space for at least a week prior to installing. Wood is very sensitive to moisture and heat and needs to acclimate to the new climate, lowering the risk of warping or bucking after installation.

To begin the installation process, Artur first lays down a moisture barrier.  Then, before nailing down the boards, he sorts them out in a way that looks balanced and nice, both in color variation and board length.  See below.

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Here are photos of the kitchen and living room after the floors have been installed but before staining and finishing.

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The stain we choose was Provincial from Daly’s.  We love how the stain pulls out the character in the wood, ties in the red and white oak, as well as adding a richness to the floors without being too dark.

Here are the floors after being sanded, covered with a layer of filler (always necessary), sanded again, stained and finished with three coats of Swedish Finish.

Living Room – After

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Kitchen – After

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A side-by-side view of the before and after of the kitchen floors:

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A side-by-side of the before and after of the living room floors:

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We love how the floors turned out!  Although we have worked with many many clients as they navigate decisions about their hardwood floors in their own homes, we hadn’t ever gone through that process personally.  After this experience, we now feel that much more knowledgeable and prepared to help our clients as they make decisions regarding their hardwood floors.

Coming soon, more personal experiences from the Project Planeta Remodel and why you should always do your thorough research before hiring a contractor.