|New Red Oak in Upstairs Hallway|
They sanded them and put down one coat of polyurethane to protect them. After all the other work is done, they'll come back and add two more cots of poly, to get a strong, protective surface.
|Look at how one coat of polyurethane brings out the beauty of the oak|
|Master Bedroom with New Oak Flooring|
But the downstairs was a whole different story. Since we removed several walls, each of those spaces was essentially a hole that needed to be filled. We talked about putting a mock 'threshold' in to transition the space. But we knew that wouldn't give the right look to the open floor plan and opted instead to have the guys skillfully weave old and new.
They start by cutting back the old floor to create the cell phone bar strength pattern - that gives the start for weaving old and new. But we found a couple of surprises when we got started. 1) The original house has a blend of white oak, red oak and even a little maple thrown in. 2) The 1960's addition - which is in the same space - has only red oak. After lots of discussion and input from lots of experts, we decided that since the area of the 'weave' was primarily white oak, we should use white oak.
|Wood Weaving Complete, Awaiting Sanding|
This is the view with the new flooring woven into the old.
|Can You Tell Old From New???|
And here is the woven floor, post sanding
|Living Room Before Sanding|
|Kitchen & Hallway - Starting Point|
|Kitchen & Hallway - New Floors!|
I won't have final photos until we get the next two coats of polyurethane down. But at this point, we think it look pretty fabulous!!