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:
- I DON’T LIKE TRADITIONAL WIDTH.
- 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:
IF IT DOESN’T MAKE ME WANT TO BURST INTO SONG IT’S NOT GOING INTO THE HOUSE!
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:
When I arrived at the house yesterday I saw that Gustavo The Paint Guy had stripped the front door:
Here is a close up of the wood grain in the door:
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!