Timeless Hardwoods

Hardwoods are a large (but worthy) investment in your home.  You want them to stand the test of time.

Here are two links to some fantastic advice to read if you are in the process of choosing what style and color of hardwoods you want to install in your house.

http://www.mariakillam.com/the-new-timeless-hardwood-floor/http://www.mariakillam.com/docs/TimelessHardwoodFloorMay.pdf

 

 

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!

 

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Kitchen/Dining Room Before

 

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Kitchen After

 

Before of Kitchen Area

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Kitchen After

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Dining Room After

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Living Room and Entryway Before

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

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Living Room and Dining Room After

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Living Room and Entryway 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.

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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.

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Uncovering Hardwoods From Other Types of Flooring

We recently refinished the hardwood floors in a home located in the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle. This home, which has been a rental for some years, is getting some serious TLC before being put on the market to sell. Some of the house had exposed hardwood and some of the hardwoods were covered up by vinyl flooring in the dining room and an overdose of tile around the fireplace. Once the vinyl and extra tiles were removed we were able to come in and successfully refinish the floors. One would never know that these floors were once covered in vinyl, tile and glue. We think the results are pretty awesome and will add tremendous value to this home. The floors were a combo of Fir and Hemlock and we used a Swedish Finish on them. See below for before and after shots.