I’m a huge fan of true sand & finish in place hardwood floors. I hear all the sales pitches about the durability of pre-finished floors and their 200 year warranties (kidding), but I just don’t buy it. I think a “real” custom home should have a true hardwood floor. What else inside the house is going to have value in 75 years? Most likely the house you build today will get a major kitchen remodel inside of 30 years and within 50 all the windows/siding will be replaced, by the time you hit 75 years old a new owner of this house will gut it down to the studs and upgrade ALL the systems. However, the one thing that has enduring value is a 3/4″ solid hardwood floor. I regularly pull out hardwoods from 80 year old houses to store during the remodel phase only to re-install those boards 6 months later and when they get resanded/finished they look like a million dollars! Anyhow, the point of this post is to show off the reclaimed beams that a local hardwood supplier found in a warehouse in Houston and milled into amazing wide plank pine floors for this Springdale farms house I finished a while back.
My client Glen and Paula with the beams before milling
The milled boards arriving on the job post drywall.
We generally install hardwoods unfinished post-sheetrock install so that we can put all trim & cabinets on top without additional shoe or scribe moldings.
All wood floors are installed sanded/sealed prior to trim install.
One of my ace finish carpenters installing 5/4 pine treads milled from the same beams.
Shaker style built up newel and pickets.
Sanded and one coat of sealer.
We used some 1/2″ rough sawn boards from the same beams to do some ceilings too.
FInished Floors with Bona Traffic Satin
Wide plank pine gives this new farmhouse the feel of a 100 year old house!
Hardwoods in the kitchen are so nice underfoot and glasses don’t break if dropped.
Wood stairs are my favorite. Not many craftsmen can execute these with precision anymore.
This is the upstairs landing. The wood ceiling add warmth that is hard to achieve with drywall.
Front view of this modern Farmhouse.
The Bona Traffic Satin floor finish has been terrific on this floor, but keep in mind that ANY pine floor is going to be relatively soft compared to an oak floor. This house in particular was going for the “instant old” look so those dents are scratches that come up with farmlife make the floor more beautiful. My clients have absolutely loved this floor! I’d also like to give some heavy praise to Eric Rauser the Architect on this project. Eric is an amazing guy and this house is a testament to his design talent and dedication to building homes that will stand the tests of time.
Thanks reading my blog and if you are considering hardwood floors for your new BUILD or remodel please consider true sanded & site finished hardwoods. I believe this is the one upgrade that will last the life of your house and beyond. To see more of this house visit this gallery on Houzz. -Matt Risinger
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