|Why do I have 900 sq ft of wood piled up in the dining room up in Indy? Oh its just for a "little" project for our Cincy house!|
A couple of the Second Empire cottages built 10-15 years or so later than ours in our neighborhood have square cut inlaid border floor. These floors are made up with 1 1/2 inch wide square cut strips which are face nailed with small nails filled and then stained, often with different color stains or with different types of hardwoods, these are the most desired of flooring in the Victorian era. However the use presents two problems. Modern manufactured inlaid floors are VERY expensive on the order of 12-20.00 a square foot for regular "running floor", and 18-36.00,or more, for bordered flooring. The other problem is that most manufacturers only offer the 2 or 2 1/4 inch wide varieties and not the 1 1/2 used during the period from 1870-1885. Now while I have several salvaged floors stored they they will require major rework and piecing to deal with our rooms. So the logical alternative is new floors placed over a 1/4 inch luan screwed attached over the old floors which will be sanded on the high spots and properly secured.
I checked on the cost of ordering special width 1 1/2 inch wide floors, with borders, for the front 4 rooms of the 1871 part of house and the cost is more than five times what we paid for the house! Not an option, plus with the planned additions we would be spending more on floors that what the typical house sells for in Cincinnati.
The joy of all this? Cost works out to .38 cents an square foot for the material. By utilizing production cutting techniques for making the parquet sections the only real "Labor" will lie in some inlay detail band saw work and of course staining various bands. The biggest drawback was sorting through the material, looking for the clearest possible pieces that were not bowed and that took me a about an hour and a half of sorting through bundles to get the material necessary to do four rooms.
|Just to buy new inlaid flooring and parquet for one room would be more than we paid for our house!|
Will keep everyone posted.