Michael and Phillippa contacted Oak by Design after they had purchased their beautiful 5 bedroomed brick built detached home on an exclusive development on the outskirts of Harrogate in 2017.
Although the house was immaculate and they could move in straight away, it did require some modernisation, which they undertook with their interior designer.
Many of the floors were tiled and carpeted, and were painted in dark colours, and they wanted to lighten the rooms.
Choosing to replace the tiled floors with wood flooring over the under floor heating was a practical decision. Wood flooring is warm, even when the UFH is off, and it has a warm, aesthetically pleasing look. With children and dogs running around the home, it is a very practical choice!
Many of the doors and windows in their new home were oak and wanting to retain these they chose an oak flooring with a white finish to tone and complement them.
The first floor they replaced was in the Games Room and they chose a wide board at 225mm, from the Kolonial range (this has a brushed finish), and Natural White in colour. The beauty of this board is that the natural oak colour is slightly lightened by the tinted oil finish so gives a lovely light finish. The brushing gives a textured finish that holds the tint and reflects the light.
More Flooring Required
A couple of months after replacing the Games Room floor the couple returned to Oak by Design to choose flooring for the Drawing Room. The loved the herringbone pattern flooring they saw and took the sample board home for a few days to see how it looked in their home. It looked well!
For this floor they chose the Pelgrim finish. This has an aged look, with slightly uneven areas and indentations. They chose 600mm long staves, at 120mm wide.
A Smoked White finish was their colour of choice. The boards of these are fumed to give a naturally aged look to the oak. They are then coloured to give a beautiful contrast between the deep natural oak and the tints of white. This contrast has a very natural look. It isn’t a flat, one tone colour, as a stain would give, it is a much more natural look. Just as all oak boards are different in shade and tone, so are these boards.
They chose to have a border made of 2 rows of the boards around the edge of the room, which gives a lovely finish to this type of flooring.
Both floors were glued down and therefore a 15mm thick board was chosen.
The boards with the oak doors and the light painted skirting have lifted the house and made a very welcoming, light filled home.
The Scotts, and their interior designer, are thrilled with the final look of the floors and have plans to replace more flooring in the future.