Thursday, 20 August 2015

Herringbone parquetry floor in genuine French oak

It is quite reassuring every now and again to deal with clients for whom only the best could do. This herringbone parquet floor was sourced from a French parquetry set in the heart of Burgundy, and quite simply, the quality and beauty of the product are obvious. 
The client wanted long and narrow blades, just like those installed 40 years ago in my family home in the outskirts of Beaune, the Burgundy vineyard capital. Therefore the choice was very easy: The Good House is the only company in Australia able to source such a quality product at a reasonable price, thanks to its long lasting network of French suppliers.
One might think this luxurious timber floor was installed in Toorak or another top end Melbourne suburb but no, it simply is part of a thorough renovation in Thornbury, and as it is 22mm thick, it will truly "support" a happy family for many decades !

See more photos below taken prior to finishing. They demonstrate a strong advantage of  "Tongue & Groove" parquetry resides in the near perfect levelling between each blades, therefore requiring only a light sanding for an impeccable finish.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

French leached grey parquetry finish

When a piece of timber is left exposed to the weather for several months, it gets that inimitable driftwood colour that is usually seen on well seasoned outdoor furniture.

At the Good House this is no longer an inimitable finish, thanks to a new dual coating process that is both durable and simple to apply on site. It is all the rage at the moment in France, and it's easy to understand why when looking at this Versailles panel:

Versailles panel in our new driftwood finish
 Unlike most similar finishes that are quite opaque, our leached grey finish is fully transparent and leaves the striking features and grain of French oak exposed and even enhanced. It is not a thin surface coating that will wear off quickly, but a deeply ingrained finish that can be re-done when required on a heavy traffic area.

A light grey driftwood colour suits most types of design, from traditional country look (reminiscent of Provence benchmark lime wash) to contemporary Scandinavian or minimalist style. Talk to us in regards to installation and possible combinations.