Thursday, 17 November 2016

Timber flooring quality that shows ...

     There are those companies chasing awards and recognition from their pairs; or those claiming the largest project, largest stock, largest this or that … At The Good House we claim offering our clients the best quality for their budget, and we have done so for the last 18 years.

     This chevron parquet in a Nicholas Day designed house is a testimony that quality stands out, and doesn't happen by chance, but by a sustained effort towards the best possible results.

     Traditional tongue and groove construction allows for a discreet but stylish bevel, and the lightly smoked finish enhances the natural features of French oak. 

     And if you ever wondered what is the cost of such a magnificent floor, just remember the old saying: "save money, buy quality …"


Monday, 14 November 2016

How far can we go ?

It is always tempting to push the boundaries of traditional design and parquetry is not immune of this tendency. The French leached grey finish, so popular over the last 3 years, is a good example of that trend(see our previous post). Wide herringbone pattern is another example, here is what it looks like in a simple renovation in the heart of Windsor.

Natural oil on top of a brushed finish provides a contrasting rustic feel in this sophisticated interior.
The simple question that comes to mind is how far we can go with the width and length of herringbone boards, that once used to be 65 x 390mm only!

The photos show boards that are 150mm in width, and 900mm in length, and you may have already noticed that the length has to be a multiple of the width, usually 6 or 7 times. It keeps the pattern more orderly when you look at it from a 45 degree angle, and also helps for installation, making it easy to check alignment of boards across different rows.

As for the question about the width, as a manufacturer we would advise not to go wider than 150mm if you want to use solid timber, but we can supply boards up to 220mm wide, either in solid or engineered type. That said, the beauty of traditional parquetry has always resided in high grade narrow boards with a fine polish and low sheen.

With technology now allowing strict control of the moisture content, indeed nowadays the limit is your imagination !