We were asked to source and install a reclaimed oak parquet floor to this classic Georgian House in Blackheath. The client opted for a traditional English block 9” x 2¾” with the age and character typically expected of a floor of the period.
As part of the installation process we had to remove the existing floorboards as these were not fit-for-purpose and fit a plywood subfloor throughout. This also had the benefit of giving us a clean, level subfloor to fit to.
Parquet blocks were set-out from a centre line with the pattern working symmetrically out to the perimeter of the room, giving a classic Herringbone floor. At the perimeter the skirting boards were under cut to allow the blocks to fit neatly underneath, whilst the parquet was cut to allow for a single block border. At the newel post, the border was shaped to follow the curve of the post.
When fitted, the floors were lightly sanded to retain as much of the patina as possible before being sealed in a matt hardwax oil to give a hardwearing, natural finish to the floor.