The A-Team of Flooring
It's strange leaving the house we built and coming back to be bedazzled by the amazing work that has been done in our absence. But that's how it was for us when we came back from our brief time away a few months ago. The flooring was complete throughout the house, except for in the studio and office which will be carpeted. It looks incredible.
It was a real confirmation to me that it's good to go with initial instincts, if something doesn't feel quite right then it's probably for a good reason (ie see previous blogs about the ancient concerete floor). Even if that reason is not exactly clear at the time. With hindsight, a timber floor was a known quantity, I've lived with it before and liked the way it feels and looks. And since we had yellowtongue chipboard down already, it provides another level of insulation.
While we were away we were provided with photos and updates on how the work was going and I felt a bit guilty knowing that a huge effort was going on while I was away looking after Leroy and Dylan with Natasha. A big thank you also to Natasha's Mum Brenda who put us up for both of our 'visiting whilst building was being done' jaunts (no small task!).
Back to the real work - Bob, Adrian and James mucked in doing whatever was needed, cutting, laying and moving timber. Ray knows this timber well, as he pulled it from the demolition site in the first place and supplied it to us. Rob put in some very long days as the the expert in laying the floor, and he was the man when it came to sanding and finishing the floor. It goes without saying (except that I'm about to say it) that it's gorgeous flooring. It takes our breath away and we love it.
The whole project was pushed into action by my Dad, who wanted to help, given that we haven't had time to do much building since Leroy was born. So taking a week out from his busy work schedule, Dad has come over from NZ and is once again driving the push to get the house to completion. So far he has seen the bathroom to completion and now the flooring is done. The next goal is the ceiling. All of this work will realise the dream that we had at the start of our building journey. Without Dad there's no way we'd be moving on any of this work in the near future with our caring commitments being what they are. Ian Mills (http://www.tekroninternational.com/board), you are a legend and I'm lucky to have you as a father. Thanks too to Mum for letting us have him for all of this time!