The Ashland House: An Update

Here’s a brief update on the latest goings on at The Ashland House.

We finalized the type of flooring for the first and second floors!

Once I was in the flooring store (A American – very cool store – their website does not give their showroom justice) it took me about 15 minutes to decide. I’ve been designing this house in my head since January so my decisions have been relatively quick as of late. Everything on the first and second floors will have wood flooring with the exception of the bathrooms, mudroom and a modest portion in the rear entryway. We chose 3 1/4″ white oak in various lengths (18 inches to 7 feet). A more narrow plank is traditional to the period of the house but:

  2. I love the idea of traditional materials in a slightly more modern size. You’ll see evidence of this concept again when I show you what I have in mind for our kitchen backsplash (future post because I haven’t picked it out yet).

My #1 rule for this house is that if I don’t love it it’s not entering the premises. With that said, if I love something and Parchy doesn’t I move on to something else we can agree on.  In other words my #1 rule is:


Where was I? Oh yes, the oak flooring. I also learned that in terms of durability there is a negligible difference between red and white oak. Since that’s the case we went with white oak. Red oak has a pinkish hue that makes finding the perfect stain color a little tricky. You have to figure out how the wood’s undertone will change the look of the stain.

Here’s a picture that will give you an idea of the color family we are considering with regard to the stain:

Color Inspiration Wood Floor

This sample is pre-stained.  Keep in mind the florescent lighting in the showroom alters the color slightly. Our floors will be installed, sanded, stained and sealed so we will have more control over our color selection. Of course, the darker the floor the more the dirt shows. 😉

When I arrived at the house yesterday I saw that Gustavo The Paint Guy had stripped the front door:

Front Door Stripped

There were 5 coats of paint on the exterior of the door and 4-6 coats of paint on the interior.  Easier to strip wood than brick.  Ha!  We wanted to keep this door because it’s 100 years-old, it’s cool and the beveled glass is beautiful and original.

Here is a close up of the wood grain in the door:

Front Door Close Up

This picture isn’t the clearest, sorry.  The wood is in great shape!  So is the glass.  🙂

The deck should be completed today. I’ll have pictures of that for you later this week. I need to pick out all of the tile for the bathrooms and mudroom soon. I’ve been putting that off. Maybe Friday morning? I’ll keep you posted.

As always, thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney

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    1. Dr Meg Sorick

      The floors are going to be gorgeous! I like the stain color, its rich. Do you plan on installing a storm door on the front to protect the wood door or will it be sheltered enough by the porch? This is coming out great!

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      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Someone told me today that I have to be certain I like the color because if I want to change it there will be a lot of furniture to move. No pressure, right? I agree with you about oak having a nice feel. It’s also a hard and durable species of wood. I think part of the reason we’re gravitating toward wider boards is because we have narrow ones in our current home. Thanks for reading and commenting Maddy! xo

    3. Janice Wald

      I know Dr. Meg Sorick. I am sorry, but I don’t know what a mudroom is.
      Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday. I am glad you liked my post about self-hosting. Nice to meet you.

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Hi Janice! Thanks for stopping by. I am a big Dr. Meg fan. Not only was she my first Word Press follower but she continues to visit this blog. Plus, she’s a nice person. 🙂 Regarding the mudroom, no need to apologize! They seem to be popular in our area because of our crazy winters. It’s just a room (or drop zone) where you leave your wet outdoor gear to dry so the elements don’t get tracked throughout the rest of the home.
        As for your post on self-hosting, it was very helpful. Since I upgraded my blog I’m not certain if I was originally or .org? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I still don’t know if this blog is self hosted or not. Embarrassing. Thanks! xo Whitney