The long awaited floor…

I’ve had quite a few people ask me about our new floor, having seen snippets of it in my Instagram and Facebook posts, so I thought I’d share some more details and pics here, in the hope that it could help others on their journey to a beautiful floor.

So, it’s taken a while, MANY samples, many posts on the old Scandi Homes Facebook group asking others what they have, pros/ cons, a whole lotta late night internet trawling to get to this point, the point of total happiness!

Let’s start with before, it’s so much fun to look back to what we were living with prior to all the dramatic changes that have happened in the last few months..

Once the extension was built work slowed and we had to wait over a month before the floor could be done, the concrete had to fully dry out first, a month of bare, rough, dirty concrete, carpet thick with plaster dust, sand and cereals (I pretty much gave up cleaning once I realised it was completely pointless)

It wasn’t all bad though, we got to start enjoying the glorious sunshine that streams into the kitchen after the wall came down…

We couldn’t have a solid wood floor as we don’t have enough ceiling height for putting down joists and while it is possible to glue down solid boards, we have so many varying temperatures on the ground floor, with the woodburner in the living room, the extension which is predominantly glass then the kitchen, which is different again, so I didn’t want to take the risk of warping. The next best thing is engineered wood flooring, specifically designed to combat the issues described above. I would have liked to have had reclaimed wood, lots of wear and character already there, but I had to forget that idea. Then I came across exactly what I was after, an unfinished engineered oak floor, 6mm wear layer which is pretty much the thickest you can get, meaning a much longer life, the ability to sand it several times if needed and unvarnished, so I had the control over it’s finished colour. AND it was cheaper than any of the other options I was looking for. The samples arrived, lovely, just what I had been looking for, ordered, so relieved to have finally put that decision behind me. But then it arrived, 54 square metres of it, in torrential rain, delivered to the side of the road…super! In it comes, box by box, I excitedly opened one up to take a sneaky peak and my heart sank.

All I could see was this grey filler, everywhere, on every board, the 4 samples I had didn’t have a single spec of grey on so it came as quite a surprise. I was reassured by several people, including the company I bought from (Nagle Flooring), that this was normal and that it would all darken once oiled, but still, my initial relief and excitement was some what dampened and a little worry set in.

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We had to move all of our furniture on the ground floor out and camp out upstairs for a little over 2 weeks in the end, 4 days to lay the floor (we employed the same guy who built our extension to lay it, his main line of work now is conservatories/ glazing, but he’s originally a Carpenter and had the kind of attention to detail I like and need in someone I’m paying good money to!) It took 2 days to oil the floor, I used Osmo Polyx hard-wax oil in matt as it changes the colour of the wood the least out of any product I have tried for wood, something I discovered with our worktops after being disappointed with Danish Oil. We then had some other bits and pieces to sort like the new cooker as our old (ugly one) died, such a shame! and there was the new fridge saga, I won’t bore you with that.

So here is what the floor looked like when untreated. I’ll be honest, I initially wished it was possible to keep this pale washed out colour, I guess I could have white washed/ limed it, but I didn’t want to risk going too seaside beach hut..

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Here it is after the first coat of the Osmo, it’s wet here so darker than the end result..

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The detail in the wood is so beautiful, it really glows with the light flooding in through the glass but it doesn’t have the shine so many of the prefinished samples I had did, it’s the shine that I had the biggest issue with, it’s all personal preference but I felt it made it look like cheaper laminate. I couldn’t be happier.

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The extension has clearly changed our home, the look and how it functions for us as a family, but it’s the floor that has stitched it all together. Previously each room had a very obviously defined footprint, which made the smallness seem even smaller, but now there is a wonderful flow which starts at the front door and draws your eye our through the living room to the garden beyond. No thresholds to trip over and gather dirt, just continuous loveliness.

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Previously we had white high gloss kickboard, which matched the cupboard doors, but I wasn’t happy with it so asked the Carpenter to knock some up using the left over boards, I love how it ties everything together, plus the wood hides dirt much better than the white, a total bonus for someone who is rather crap at housework!

Can you tell I’m pleased?! We all are really, the girl’s new favourite game is ice-skating, seeing how far they can slide. That and running laps around the central wall that separates the living room and kitchen.

They can occasionally be quiet too, though very rarely…

The long awaited floor.. Alice in Scandiland

I’m sure I’ve missed lots out but my much needed child free afternoon is soon to be ended and I will be thrown straight back into reality.

Eula gave herself a hair cut earlier which was the icing on a very difficult weekend of parenting and I had a bit of a melt down, my husband doesn’t quite get it, but as I found more and more of her beautiful little curls dotted around the living room my frustrations and stress from the last 24 hours burst out of me. My baby will be 3 this coming week, perhaps this has been weighing heavier on my mind than I had realised and now she has butchered many of her baby curls, sad times.

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. naomi macdonald says:

    This is super helpful, just in process of looking for flooing for our renovation and have been looking at Nagle flooring- hadn’t heard of them before so reassured to hear you are happy! Same issues- we want floor running all through ground floor including kitchen- I have been set on solid oak but now thinking maybe should consider engineered. So much conflicting advice! LOVE your blog : )

    1. Glad I could be of help Naomi, good luck with your decison x

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This is a really useful post, thank you for taking the time to write it! The floor looks stunning. I’m currently surrounded by flooring samples in a state of indecision – like you I’m not keen on the shiny lacquered look of a lot of them. I was wondering how the Osmo wax-oil is bearing up now the floor has been well-used – have you had to re-oil or is it still doing well? Thank you.

    1. Thank you Elizabeth, glad you liked it. Overall it’s holding up well, not had to re-oil, there are a few high traffic areas that are a bit… dryer….but overall still great 😊

  3. Emma Alviti says:

    This looks great! We’re thinking of going with something similar for downstairs. As it’s unfinished do you need to sand it before oiling? Thanks in advance, Emma

    1. Hello, no, just oil. However a friend of mine got a matt finished one (same brand/ wood) and it’s lovely..

      1. Emma Alviti says:

        That sounds perfect, you don’t happen to know the name of it do you? I’ve had a look on the website and there’s so many different ones!
        This is such a useful blog post, thank you!

      2. Hello, I *think* it’s this one, but not 100%. Order a sample and see what you think.—Oiled–T&G_43_index.php

  4. Emma Alviti says:

    Brilliant, thanks so much!

    1. ♡♡♡

  5. Louise says:

    How do you clean the wood floor especially in high traffic/dirt areas such as near the entrance doors?

    1. Hi Louise, it gets swept/ hoovered and moped occasionally.

  6. Tin says:

    Thanks for sharing, Alice! I love the glass extension. We are thinking of making the same, but ours would be on a northern side…How do you keep it warm in the winter? I was told that with so much glass it would be impossible to keep warm 🙁

    1. Hello, have you read the blog about the extension? I believe I cover heat issues in that.

      We have a woodburner and also electric underfloor heating..

  7. Paul says:

    Hi did you put the underfloor heating under the whole floor or just the extension? Do you have it on a timer or does it stay on the whole time? Electric underfloor seems to be much easier to install but I’m concerned the running cost will be high. Thanks!

    1. Hi Paul, just in the extension. It’s connected to a control panel on the wall (by the sockets) and is on a timer. We haven’t actually turned it on this winter, no reason other than we haven’t felt we needed it.

      1. Paul says:

        Thanks for your reply. That’s interesting that you haven’t used it this winter – I’m surprised with all that glass! Do you know the model/type of electric UF heating you have? Was it installed under the screed or directly under the flooring? Also, when choosing the flooring type, did you look at any of the ‘posh’ vinyl flooring like Karndean instead of the engineered wood?

      2. I’m sorry but I can’t remember the spec for the underfloor heating. It was a mat, put down under the wood flooring. And no, I wanted real wood as opposed to high end vinyl, for me it’s a textural thing, I don’t like anything that’s pretending to be something else.

  8. Jodie says:

    Hi Alice, I’ve always loved your flooring and we are Osmond fans too. We are just getting round to looking at continuous flooring downstairs, are you still happy with your flooring and varnish a few years on?

    1. Jodie says:

      Osmo! Osmond? 😂

    2. Hi Jodie,
      Honestly? The floor is looking a bit tired and ideally I’d want to refinish it.
      After we did ours, a friend got the same flooring, but it was now available in a nice matt, ready-finished board.
      I would have probably gone for that had it been available at the time.

  9. Taahira says:

    Where did you buy the windows? Did you do your own demo work? What material did you I paint over the brick and stone wall with?

    1. Hello, Please take a read of the blog post I wrote about the extension.
      It’s also always nice to include a please and thank you when asking questions, it just keeps it friendly.
      Thanks, Alice

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Alice,

    Love the conservatory & flooring… looks fab. we’re in the process of getting designs for a similar project
    lean to conservatory. Looking at your glass roof from the photos – is your glass obscured?
    As we’re wanting some privacy from the flats above.
    Know this is a post from quite a while ago but hopefully you’ll still up and running.

    1. Hello Karen,
      The glass is not obscured no, we’re not particularly overlooked, so it isn’t an issue for us.

      Good luck with your project.

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