Restoration projects

Solid wooden floors are very durable and a long lasting element of the interior. Even after many years of neglect they may be revived to their full potential. The process is not easy. It takes time and a great deal of skill and technical expertise. The before and after photographs show the end result.

6mm Oak Parquet Batten Floor laid in a single herringbone pattern

This oak batten floor was approximately 60 years old. The surface had many dissolved black rubber stains. The remains of a concrete hearth under the built-in mahogany display cabinet.

Before Restoration

After Restoration
The concrete was carefully removed and the appropriate sub-floor provided. The pattern around the hearth was dismantled to the nearest full batten. New custom-made battens and oak/mahogany 2-line border was laid. The floor was cleared of nails and staples. Carefully sanded and dry polished, the new battens were chemically dyed to blend in perfectly with the existing floor. A finish of 3 coats of an oil-based seal was applied.

The entrance hall, staircase and dining room had a similar treatment.

6mm Oak Parquet Battens

A large part of the oak batten floor was missing and the surface of the floor was in a very bad condition. We made the battens to the required size and laid them. The floor was then carefully sanded. A finish of 3 coats of polyurethane seal was applied.

Before Restoration

After Restoration
As the parquet battens were originally glued directly to the sub-floor floorboards which caused the floorboards to slightly distort. This required us to approach the sanding very carefully. The dark shading is the result of prolonged moisture penetration in the gaps between the floorboards. Today, this type of floor is laid on top of plywood backing.

Oak Parquet Castle Pattern

Oak Castle in the form of an elaborate Victorian Border

This is an excellent example of an old Victorian floor where the floor has a decorative element around the perimeter. Very often in the shape of a border with the middle of the floor being made of an inferior quality wood. In this case, covered with hardboard, providing a middle insert area for a decorative rug.

We added the internal mahogany/oak 2-line border and oak strip to ensure the made-to-measure rug would not overlap the pattern. The floor was then carefully sanded and finished with a polyurethane seal.

Oak Plank Floor

This unique solid oak plank floor was extensively restored due to the work required beneath it. The floor was carefully removed with each plank individually numbered. The planks were carefully de-nailed and repaired and then laid in exactly their original positions using the secret and face nailing method. The whole floor was sanded and the badly worn edges repaired using the leaping method. A finish of water-based seal was applied.

During restoration process After restoration

Pine Floorboards

Restored, repaired, sanded and finished with a
polyurethane seal.

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