My floors and how I found them

Erin from 110+2 (fabulous blog about renovating a townhouse and raising twins) and Zorrie from Sugar and Chic (another fantastic blog, I saw her coral dresser makeover and I was hooked) commented on my floors from this post.

When Rick and I were planning our house we knew we didn’t want new wood floors, not because new isn’t gorgeous but because we knew that there was reclaimed flooring out there, we wouldn’t be cutting down any trees for our flooring at the very least, the reclaimed wood is from old growth forests and is really beautiful and we were just trying to minimize how much new lumber we used and recycle as much as possible.  Whew, that’s the long and short of it!  After a lot of research we found Longleaf Lumber out of Cambridge MA with a showroom in NYC.  They were absolutely fantastic to work with.  We used VERY rustic maple for our entire first floor including our kitchen and rustic heart pine for our second floor bedrooms.  Dominion Flooring installed the floors and were incredible.  I didn’t want the floors stained and wanted them finished in Tung oil and Rob at Dominion obliged.  I want the floors to age naturally and synthetic finishes don’t seem to get more beautiful as they age.  One last thing, the treads for our stairs!  Longleaf did not have wood for treads that would match the floors so Rick found Mark Potvin who owns one of the last lumber mills in Vermont.  We drove to Vermont met Mark (wonderful!) and he sold us Maple boards to use for treads, they are super rustic and we love that they have the syrup tapping holes in them! And by the way this flooring was not over the top expensive at all.  Here are some pics…

Rustic Maple floors finished with Tung oil

Brownstone hearth and Maple flooring

Heart Pine in bedroom

Heart Pine in bedroom

Comments

  1. Wow, I’m so impressed with your determination not to cut down more trees. You got some gorgeous floors for it! They have so much character. Yours seems like the kind of home where there’s a story for every inch of it. Love that!

    • Thanks Erin, that means a lot to me! Sometimes I make my family and myself a bit crazy but I really believe that every choice I make effects something or someone and I really want my choices to have a good effect or at the very least not to create any harm.

  2. Popping in from Betsy’s blog. Had to see these floors. So gorgeous. What wonderful furniture pieces, too. Looks like a beautiful home.

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