Their Odd Flooring Choice Made Me Scratch My Head At First. But After They Finished? I’m Sold!

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There are many ways to renovate and upgrade a house. Floors are usually topped with hardwood, linoleum, or tile. All of these are great ways to improve the ambiance and value of a home, and there are ways to make it unique for each property. However, there is a growing trend that combines old fashioned, rustic qualities with modern style and practicality.

Cordwood Construction, directed by Richard Flatau, has taken its skill at constructing cordwood cabins and added a different spin to it. They are using cordwood to upgrade flooring, and boy would I like my home to have one of these!

This style is reemerging as a “new” trend. But this method literally dates back thousands of years.

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Richard Flatau shows us an example of cordwood, which is debarked logs found naturally, or cut from logged trees.

The cordwood is stacked and mortared to create the structures.

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This is an example of a project for Sunny Pettis Lutz’s home, using legally harvested wood from a state forest.

The first step was thoroughly cleaning the concrete slab. Then they laid out the cordwood discs, which were cut to 1” thickness by a chop saw and sanded flat on both sides.

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The primary wood used was Shaggy Bark Juniper, and Alligator Bark Juniper.

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Once the optimal disc pattern was discovered, they glued each one directly to the floor using Loctite PL Premium Construction Adhesive. They worked in 2’ sections at a time.

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Each disc was firmly tamped to ensure proper snugness.

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Once they were all laid down properly, the next step was to seal them with a light coating of polyurethane to ensure the grout wouldn’t adhere to the tops.

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The spaces were sealed with a grout mixture of 80% sanded grout (generally a mixture of water, cement, and sand) and 20% sawdust.

The floor was finally finished off with a further 2-3 coats of polyurethane.

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This is easily one of the most gorgeous wooden floors we’ve seen. What do you think?

I personally would have gone with a thick epoxy, in order to be glossier and more level… but I've never refinished a floor before, so who knows. I just thought this was a neat project to share.

H/T Little Things