Hannah was another customer that Hamwoods was recommended to, well next door to be precise anyway the first job we did for Hannah was to install and restore block parquet (herringbone style) wood flooring that she had salvaged from an old house and stored in the garage to later use on her extension that she had been planning for some time, she basically wanted to carry on the original look of the house by using the same methods and materials which were originally used to build the house.
As you can see there is a lot of thickness differences between the blocks, but after a couple of passes with the Hummel sander, a quick buff and two coats of finish and the results speak for themselves.
I think the contrast of the old and the new here really compliment each other with the cold modern look of the bifold doors surrounded by the warmth and character of the oak parquet.
It was not long before Hannah was on the phone looking at getting the lounge and hallway restored and polished. the only problem was that she had a small concrete slab sitting where the original hearth used to be. the trouble here is that unless you have spare original blocks that are the same size, species and age (usually found under the stairs) then it can be quite a challenge to find an exact match.
Hannah did have the blocks under the stars but unfortunately were of a different size matching the hallway but not the lounge. We call this process stitching in.
After a couple of visits to my local reclamation yard I sourced a block that was of the same species and agent of a different size leaving us with a decision to either wait and keep looking or use a different pattern with in the cut out hearth. We played with a few ideas of patterns by just offering them up to the cut out and then Hannah picked one.
Sometimes it’s best to go for a different shape completely if it does not fit the original or you just cannot get the exact match of block.
All gaps were filled in with a three part resin filler including the original sawdust that we got from sanding down at the later stages (therefore keeping the gap filler the same colour as the wood).
The floor is buffed to a 150 grit grade (basically polished) before two cats of seal is applied. A further buff in between coats is imperative to the smoothness of the finish, when applying these coats the wood reacts to any substance put on it, after its been stripped back to its original state most softer woods will almost certainly need cutting back, which is a process of denibbling in between coats, basically the micro grains of wood will stick/stand up after the first coat of primer is applied and will need cutting off with a light buff to remove them.