A weird but wonderful pairing: Tiles and wood

New York interior designers Britt and Damian Zunino of Studio DB have been experimenting with this trend, including in ...

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New York interior designers Britt and Damian Zunino of Studio DB have been experimenting with this trend, including in their home.

Don’t knock it till you try it. Combining hexagonal tiles directly into wood might sound like a strange interiors combination, but it is fast becoming a trend that’s solving transitional flooring dilemmas worldwide.

Going against years of neatly separated spaces, the method involves blending the edge of an area of hexagonal tiles directly into wood, and it’s a movement that has recently flooded Pinterest.

Until recently the clever grouping of these materials has traditionally been reserved for cafes and restaurants as seen in the Bangkok eatery below.

New York interior designers Britt and Damian Zunino of Studio DB have been experimenting with this trend, including in their home, and say it’s easy to achieve.

“The first step is getting your contractor on board, but the actual work isn’t that complicated,” they told MyDomaine. 

“We had the advantage of designing a similar floor for a loft in TriBeCa before our own home,” Britt Zunino says.

“In that project, as well as our own, the bathtub is in an open master suite. We loved the idea of the tile anchoring the bathtub…[and] of the tile bleeding into a softer material like wood,” she says.

The distinction between the materials works to define the space and creates an interesting texture.

There is also the opportunity to play with colour combinations using different tile samples.

In New Zealand, The Tile Depot general manager Mike Sydall says the idea solves the problem of how to finish one area of flooring and start another – something people have struggled with for years.

Wooden floors are common in New Zealand homes, but Kiwis also love tiles, he says, so this is an interesting fix.

“Transition areas have long been an unattractive patch job. This is a really eye-catching solution,” Sydall says. “I love it.”

Tilers often dislike hexagonal tiles because it’s more difficult to achieve a smooth edge, Sydall says.

“But this is a great way to overcome this,” he says. “You’d need a good wood-cutter and tiler to make this happen.”

Read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/86684842/A-weird-but-wonderful-pairing-Tiles-and-wood

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New wood oil solution for hardwood floors

A new alternative solution has been launched into the Thai market for those wishing to provide a long lasting, natural finish to hardwood floors.

The wood oil products produced by German brand IRSA are a new option for those looking for something other than a lacquer finish.

“Our two-component wood oil is extremely efficient to apply and the process only takes around two hours, which is much faster than conventional lacquer finishes,” says Peter Kagermeier, who runs Konzept Worx, the company that distributes the IRSA product range.  “Floors finished with our wood oil can be fully used after just 24 hours of drying time compared with lacquered floors which need up to one week before they can be fully loaded.  This is a huge advantage of our product for floor renovations especially in commercial environments like restaurants and offices where downtime must be as short as possible.”

After oiling various residential wooden floors in Thailand, the company has recently completed a project for the German Embassy in Bangkok and is now using that as a springboard for new projects that are pushing for a natural product that brings out the true beauty of natural wood flooring.

“When I moved to Bangkok 11 years ago, I could not find any oil product for wooden floors nor a service provider that was familiar with this technique to treat my condo’s teak wood floor.  I eventually decided to import and apply it by myself and got a result that brought out the rich contrast in wood grain and looked much more beautiful than floors treated with conventional products on the market,” said Peter.  “In the course of time, I saw a good opportunity to integrate this kind of product and service into my interior design business.  With IRSA I found a supplier that offers not only the common wood oils, but also oil-hardener systems that allow for an extremely fast application and hardening time at highest quality.  On top of that, the material costs per sqm are considerably lower than widely used water-based lacquer solutions due to its low material usage,” he added.

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Keep Flooring Looking Like New

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In today’s sports world, competition is expanding to include flooring. Everybody wants to play on the newest, brightest and most breathtaking sports floor. Courts are becoming pieces of art. Great examples of ‘art’ could be seen watching basketball games leading up to and watching the NCAA tournament. Universities and public schools are applying painted mosaics and faded, multi-tones artwork to their court floors.

The most frequent question that comes up on these floors is: What can be done to keep them looking like new?

The answer: Proper care and maintenance. Whether the sport floor surface is hardwood and synthetic, properly caring for and maintaining it will maximize its life. Sport floors are a large investment. When properly maintained, the life of a hardwood sports floor can exceed 40 years. If neglected, that number is greatly reduced.

The floor is installed. Now what?

Many questions arise after the installation is complete — Who can be trusted to provide the right information? Who can assist if there’s a problem? Oftentimes, the first and best point of contact for all surface related questions is the certified installer.

Organizations, such as the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA), require that a member mill first certify all their certified installers. This ensures that installers are properly trained on sport floor installation and maintenance.

Owners and facility caretakers also play an active part in the floors longevity. There are six main steps to follow to maximize the floor’s performance and life:

  • Maintain the relative humidity (RH) and temperature in the environment. Ideally, the RH level should be between 35-50 percent and the temperature 55-80 degrees.
  • Sweep the floor dialing, After each use or whenever possible, sweep the surface to remove any dirt, grit, sand and other abrasive particles that may damage the finish.
  • Remove any spills or marks on the floor with a recommended floor cleaner to avoid any surface staining.
  • Clean the floor with a recommended floor cleaner as often as needed. Do not simply use water on the floor surface, as water may stand for a longer period of time and could cause issues. There are specialized cleaners that are mixed with water that do the necessary cleaning and then evaporate quickly so the excess moisture will not affect the floor.

These last two steps should be done by a certified installer.

  • If the floor starts to develop issues out of the ordinary or need repairs, be sure to contact a professional. For peace of mind, ask about the floor warranty. Oftentimes these are available through the installer.
  • Make sure your floor is refinished when needed to bring back that fresh new floor look. Certified installers have the experience and qualifications to do the job.

Moreso than ever, sport floors are becoming the central focus of facilities. When properly cared for and maintained, your floor will shine and keep the facility looking great for years to come.

Read more here: http://campusrecmag.com/keep-flooring-looking-like-new/

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How to take care of wooden flooring

How to take care of wooden flooring (Getty Images)
How to take care of wooden flooring (Getty Images)
Floors help to anchor the look of a home. Of the multitude of options available to homeowners, wooden floor’s offer timeless elegance like no other. The richness of grain and the healthy sheen of a wooden floor are not the only attributes that appeal to most people; the strength, durability, resilience and the exclusivity it offers are equally tempting. A wooden floor can make a room look bigger and lighter and adds value to your house. They also blend well with any kind of decor. The timeless beauty of wood helps in recapturing minds of the people. Easy to clean, hygienic and dust free, wooden floorboards also offer high impact resistance and better acoustics. Timber flooring does not trap dust, pollen and other allergens. With all the joy’s and excitement of the festive season, the last thing you would be worried about is the potential damage to your wooden floors, that would be endured with the increase of activity and people scampering on it. Festive season would mean increase of traffic in your home, which would lead your wooden flooring to more scratches, abrasions and possibility of wear and tear.

To ensure that your wooden flooring doesn’t have to bear the brunt of the festive season here are some of tips to maintain and protect your hardwood flooring during the festive season to make it look fantastic:

-Vacuum the floor to remove dirt and debris. Don’t wear slippers when you clean the wooden flooring, as the dirt underneath your slipper may leave permanent scratches on your floor.

-Use carpets and door mats or rugs wherever required to keep the wooden flooring clean

-Use rugs or mats which are specialized for hardwood floors. Normal rugs and mats can

-Never use water to clean wooden flooring. Water spoils the wood and damages it.

-Sticky stains can be removed with a wet sponge or a damp towel or cloth piece. It is best

-Never use oily soap solution or ammonia cleaners to clean the hardwood floor.

-For wiping out the spills from the floor, use a damp cloth.

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Royal Wood Floors Goes Over Problems

MILWAUKEE, WI, UNITED STATES, November 22, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Royal Wood Floors specializes in hard wood floor refinishing and installing hard wood floors in the greater Milwaukee area and has been highly successful for over 15 years. “After servicing or installing a new floor, we make a point of providing the following as a special series of tips for every customer in order to ensure that their floors are protected and provide that stunning hard wood beauty for as long as possible”, says Keith Allman who owns Royal Wood Floors. He continues to say, “there are a variety of problems that can affect the beauty and life of hard wood floors and once these are isolated they can be handled properly so that the hard wood lasts for years the way it should”. Different types of hard wood floor damage can often times be dealt with through hard wood floor restorations. It is important that residents be educated on it. In this article we want to discuss issues caused by Insects to better educate the homeowners that want to keep their hard wood floors beautiful and long lasting.

Insects
A sagging surface or small fresh holes surrounded by a halo of fine dust or small holes appearing in the surface of the flooring. If the surface of the flooring is sagging, it is likely termites have created eating corridors beneath the surface. Termites are white or cream colored. If fresh holes, often surrounded by a light powder, about 1/16 – inch wide are found, Powderpost (lyctid) Beetles are probably the cause. Small holes that are present at the time of installation or appear at a later date may be evidence of pin worms, which are often misidentified as Powderpost Beetles. Almost all wood flooring is kiln dried, and proper kiln drying will kill any insects and larvae in the wood. However, new material quickly may become infested by insects entering through windows, in fire wood etc., and the life cycle from eggs to live insects is very short. Also, check all surroundings for infested wood molding and furniture. Especially products made out of Bamboo, Mesquite or Ash. For termites, a professional exterminator should eliminate the insects. Then any structural damage should be repaired. Damaged floor boards should be pulled and replaced. Termite infestation is not related to wood flooring manufacturing or installation as it is a site-specific condition.For Powderpost Beetles, determine the extent of the contamination, and then remove and replace floor boards as necessary.

Or if only a few holes are found, just fill them. If further evidence of insect contamination occurs on a later date then you can follow some of the instructions outlined in this article. “Royal Wood Floors makes every effort to educate the home owner on how to better care for their wood flooring”, says Allman.
Note that holes appearing on the surface of the wood, surrounded by a thin halo of powder (frass) indicate the end of a life cycle. The insect has bored out of the wood to fly and mate. Filling the hole may prevent recurrence, as the insect once mated, will not be able to return to the bore hole to lay eggs. Powderpost Beetles do not mate and re-populate in the wood and their life cycle is fairly short. Generally 3 to 6 months. All Oak flooring grades allow the presence of pinworm holes in the presence of flooring boards. When flooring containing pinworms is sanded and finished, sanding dust sanding dust and/or filler sift into the holes. As the finish is applied, a film is formed over the holes. With wear, the film breaks and the pinworm holes are revealed. They often are about the size of Powderpost Beetle emergence holes and sometimes are mistaken for real infestations. Pinworms only occur in the living tree and they can typically be identified by examining the hole with a magnifying glass for the presence of finish and filler within the hole.

For more information about this experienced and professional hardwood floor restoration and new installation company, or to schedule repairs by these wood floor refinishing contractors, or learn about custom wood styles or the company’s inlay and medallion installation services, phone Keith Allman at 414-378-2066. Easy estimates and appointments are currently available through the company’s website, http://royalwoodfloor.com/. The company provides top craftsmanship and cares for many types of custom and domestic wood. Visit the company’s website for examples of previous work.

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How do I get rid of damp spots on a wooden floor?

Condensation will occur in lesser-used rooms as these are generally cooler than other areas of the house. Photograph: IStockCondensation will occur in lesser-used rooms as these are generally cooler than other areas of the house. Photograph: IStock

Q My late mother’s house is about 100 years old and she spent significant sums of money on dry lining and insulating it over the past number of years. However after replacing the wooden floor in the sittingroom I noticed staining on the wood around the door saddle. I removed the door saddle and subsequently the saddle board and the surrounding wood dried out. I also noticed a few other places at different locations in the room where small staining is visible too. We had the plumber check for leaks and the plumbing is okay. We then had the carpenter check it out and he had no answers. My sister lives in the house and I try and help her with house maintenance. What would you suggest?

A Older properties need constant care and attention and clearly your late mother was committed to constantly improving her home. This improvement has continued with your recent replacement of the timber floor to the sitting room.

It is however not unusual in older properties that the introduction of a new material can result in changes in how the house performs. The absence of any plumbing leak suggests that the cause of staining lies elsewhere.

In older properties, the floors were generally of suspended timber construction. This meant that a void existed below the floors. I suspect that this may be the case in your house. Modern prefinished or engineered flooring can be less breathable than natural timber. This type of flooring can be prone to the occurrence of condensation on its upper surface if conditions exist to allow this to happen.

Generally, condensation will occur in lesser-used rooms as these are generally cooler than other areas of the house. Cold points on the floor surface or where there are gaps in insulation are prone to this form of dampness. The area around the door at the threshold is one such area where insulation may have been omitted or where draughts are keeping this section of the floor at a slightly lower temperature than elsewhere. I have seen floors where condensation has formed on the concealed nail fixings leaving small rust stains at localised spots on the floor. This type of staining is not unusual in older properties particularly when the open-area below the floor is not insulated and humidity has built up in this void.

I believe that the only way to solve this issue, without taking up the new flooring, is to try to reduce condensation. Condensation can be reduced by increasing heating levels and improving ventilation. I have seen people block off under-floor vents as these can lead to internal draughts. I would recommend that you check that these remain clear and open so that humidity below the floor is controlled. Underfloor ventilation can reduce the surface temperature on the floor so there will be a balancing act to be performed between improving heating and ventilation.

You should advise your sister to review the situation once heating and internal ventilation is improved.

Checking and re-establishing underfloor ventilation should also help. If however the problem remains it would be worthwhile having the floor inspected by a chartered building surveyor as there may be additional aspects that need to be addressed to eliminate the problem.

Noel Larkin, Chartered Building Surveyor and member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, scsi.ie

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Septembre adds a variety of floor finishes to renovated Parisian apartment

Flooring made from concrete, wood and two types of tile helps to define the various rooms inside this Paris apartment, which has been renovated by local architecture studio Septembre (+ slideshow).

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

Septembre refurbished the 60-square-metre apartment in the city’s 11th arrondissement for a couple with no children.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

Named Hubert, the apartment previously had an interior that was partitioned in such a way that its spatial qualities were compromised. So the architects set about removing unnecessary walls and beams to create a sequence of connected rooms.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

The rooms are linked by a corridor extending the full length of the apartment. Sliding doors can be retracted to accentuate the flow of space and light between the different areas.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

“The main idea was to have a visual continuity along the circulation and thus to have all rooms aligned,” Lina Lagerström from Septembre told Dezeen. “When the sliding doors are open, the depth of field gives the feeling of space and lightness.”

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

A glass door separating the bedroom and bathroom at the end of the property ensures light from the bathroom window reaches the nearby rooms, while a mirror covering the bathroom’s end wall creates the illusion of infinite depth from the original interior, while others have been introduced to complement the new functions of the corresponding spaces.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

“Materials of quality and in coherence with the global concept were kept, like the wooden floor in the bedroom and the tiles in the study,” explained Lagerström. “The rest were taken out.”

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

The entrance area features wooden floor boards that are aligned perpendicular to those in the adjoining living and dining space. This room’s generous proportions optimise the natural light entering through the glazed doors at the rear.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

Poured concrete flooring in the kitchen is complemented by grey cabinets, as well as a marble counter and backsplash that matches the surface of the dining table.

During the demolition of a wall in this space, a group of pipes was discovered that could not be removed and had to be integrated into the design of the kitchen.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

A small study situated next to the living room has a tiled floor in the “sol en casson” style – made from pieces of variously coloured broken tiles and typically found in Parisian brasseries.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

Floorboards in the bedroom are painted white to maintain the bright and neutral feel of this space. The hexagonal tiles used throughout the bathroom are also predominantly white, with black accents echoing the door frame and furniture.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

The bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe that was stipulated by the clients, who both work in fashion. A wall behind the bed forms a partial division while retaining the space’s overall proportions.

The previously heterogenous and incoherent interior is now united by the consistent use of white-painted walls and monochrome materials.

Hubert by Septembre Architecture

“The white, black and grey colour palette was chosen to enhance the light and to create strong graphic contrasts,” added architect Sami Aloulou.

Septembre has been established since 2010. The studio has previouslyconverted a rustic farmhouse in the Loire valley into a modern summer retreat and designed the interior of a Paris culinary workshop featuring a plywood storage and display wall.

Photography is by David Foessel.

Find more here: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/03/20/septembre-paris-apartment-renovation-11th-arrondissement-interior-design/

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