Clearly, the most fascinating part of the floors is the creation of the borders in the Parlor, and the repairs in the Entrance Hall. And while that’s the most intricate, it’s definitely not the biggest area that Virtuoso Hardwoods covered. We like to say there’s one fancy room and two boring rooms of new floors!
The Downstairs has 5 rooms with wood floors. The Entrance Hall and Dining Room retained their original flooring, and the Parlor, Library, and Study were all replaced. (Everything else on the first floor – Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry, Laundry Room, and Bathroom – all has marble floors).
To try and match the original floors, new material was made in the same species and dimensions, to be installed the same way – quartersawn white oak flooring, 2″ and facenailed.
Since we don’t know what the original Parlor looked like, once we imagined a border in it, I also decided I wanted the inside of the border to be installed at an angle. I REALLY love this look, and am not convinced I will ever put furniture in here so it can always be seen.
Around the fireplace in the parlor (and also in the Library) they framed the hearth. The border died into the hearth, mainly because the border also dies into the stairwell in the Entrance Hall, and we wanted to be consistent.
Channel for the hearth framing.
The Library and Study? Those just get to be boring, straight flooring. BUT OH SO PRETTY.
You can see the pencil lines that indicate where the facenailing goes. Those will get sanded out.
A new transition between the new Library Floors and the Original Dining Room Floors was added, with some strips of Mahogany to accent it. These strips become a little harder to see when it’s oiled, but I love that they are there!
Each floor supply vent was framed, as well. Which is such a lovely touch!
Here’s the flooring going into the Study. ALMOST DONE!
The Yet-To-Be-Tiled Hearth in the Libary also was framed in.
Mahogany and White Quartersawn Oak. Such a lovely combination!
Next Up : Sanding!!!