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tahir

End Grain Flooring

I really thought I'd posted pictures but can't see any, so here they are. Most of the timber (hornbeam, ash, maple, apple, pear, blackthorn, hawthorn, cherry, birch) was cut from site, except for some chestnut and walnut (120 for a trunk of each from a fella in Colchester). It was sent to Kenton Jones for turning into flooring, couldn't find anyone else mental enough to do the job. The timber ended up being at his for around 3 years while we had our planning and build issues, he was a gentleman throughout.

We ended up with solid hornbeam in the 2 living rooms, the mix (sans hornbeam) in the hall/study and cos we had some left over a mix of all in our bedroom.


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Nicky Colour it green

great idea - to grow your floor Smile

what is it stuck down with?
what have you treated it with?


looks really nice
tahir

It's stuck down with silicon and treated with flooring oil, some Swedish eco friendly stuff
wellington womble

Looks lovely. Will it wear well?
tahir

Will it wear well?


Yes, v hard wearing. BUT, water is it's enemy! there are gaps between tiles, if you knock a jug of water over (blinking kids) however quickly you act the sides of tiles absorb the moisture and tiles pop up here and there, they settle back down quite quickly but you have to be aware that it's a risk. You can get round this by filling the gaps with silicon (in the old days pitch) but we didn't want to do that.
lorrayne

That is a work of art - fabulous I'm envious and in awe !!!
Bebo

Really, really like the hornbeam.
tahir

Really, really like the hornbeam.


That was a surprise, it's quite featureless planked, and even like this you couldn't see that ring pattern very much but after oiling it really id beautiful. Our bedroom is predominantly hornbeam and a smattering of the fruit and nut stuff, that looks good too.
tahir

Trees are blinking fab aren't they? Bebo

They are. The fruit and nut is a little 'busy' for my taste. I'm a very plain Jen. tahir

They are. The fruit and nut is a little 'busy' for my taste. I'm a very plain Jen.

It's a very small area, and it kind of works there, it's much more toned down in our bedroom where it's 60+% hornbeam looks good there too, might take a photo if I remember
Nick

Bedroom shots? Must we... tahir

All we do in our bedroom is sleep Wink dpack

trees are indeed ace

re the moisture in the junctions issue might a small and discrete experiment with linseed oil provide a possible indication of a solution

boiled linseed layed on thick,scraped aside and wiped off to avoid a sticky top surface might well fill any gaps and seal any porous grain

a small test will provide info as to if it is compatible with the silicone glue and your substrates

on a bitumen base it works very nicely
wellington womble

Will it wear well?

Yes, v hard wearing. BUT, water is it's enemy! there are gaps between tiles, if you knock a jug of water over (blinking kids) however quickly you act the sides of tiles absorb the moisture and tiles pop up here and there, they settle back down quite quickly but you have to be aware that it's a risk. You can get round this by filling the gaps with silicon (in the old days pitch) but we didn't want to do that.

I bet. We had unsealed oak. It looked and felt lovely, but stained terribly with any water. Worked fine with underfloor heating, but didn't stand up terribly well to our heavy wear. I like the idea of a fruit and nut floor!
Mistress Rose

Why did you go for end grain Tahir? It looks very effective, but must have been a lot of work to produce and possibly less stable than planking. Just interested. tahir

Why did you go for end grain Tahir? It looks very effective, but must have been a lot of work to produce and possibly less stable than planking. Just interested.


Because most of the timber was small and not straight, plus we liked it
Mistress Rose

I did wonder if it had something to do with that. It certainly looks very effective and has a lot more pattern than planks. Thanks. lorrayne

I like the comment about a fruit and nut floor - maybe a chocolate rug to go with it Very Happy BahamaMama

That is beautiful.
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