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Boring thread about flooring. Info about parquet, please?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by coffeekid, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    This is a bit of a long shot, but thought I'd try this place.
    I want to get some parquet flooring put down. I'd like a nice herring-bone. Maybe re-claimed blocks. Something like the attached photo.
    I don't know where to start though - has anybody got this in their house, and did you put it in yourself? I know it's not as simple as laying tiles. It seems pretty expensive, but maybe I'm just looking in all the wrong places.
    We currently have painted floorboards (previous owner had wall to wall carpets from the early 90s - all different colours, couldn't keep them) The quality of the boards weren't great, so I painted them for a temporary fix. Looking for a long-term solution now - I don't want carpets.
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  2. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Parquet flooring is a bit dated. I think the pattern is a bit fussy too.
     
  3. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    In your opinion. But if someone has just said they would like it then why pan their choice?
     
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  4. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I love parquet flooring!!
    I think some of the most unusual I saw was in the entrance to Trinity University in Dublin. Instead of the usual parquet as in that photograph above, the pieces were 6 sided (I think) and fitted together. They looked most effective.
    However, back to CK and your quest. I think you might have to start saving up or enrol on a course at night school. I'm sure the blocks would be available in a reclamation yard?
    The very best of luck and do keep us in the loop!! :)
     
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  5. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I do too.
     
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Doubt this would work but have that style flooring but each block would be like a book binding of your favourite novels... just to give you a talking point...

    'Oh your standing on the Narnia section, why I do love the works of Lewis!'

    It'd be like a lying down library...
     
  7. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    Full blocks or engineered boards? The latter will be a lot easier and cheaper- I wouldn't recommend them for a classroom, but for home use they should do the job pretty well.

    e-bay could be another start point.
     
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  8. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Can't answer your question, kid -but I do approve your choice. That looks great!
     
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  9. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    @lanokia It's funny you should mention books - parquet always makes me think of libraries and my old primary school. I think that's why I like it so much. I saw some reclaimed parquet for sale online, taken from an art gallery. That caught my eye, but I can't remember where I saw it now.
     
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  10. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    I think I saw this in Belgium. Bloody waste of good books in my view, but you might like it
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  11. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    @Burndenpark - I'd want the full blocks. I'll have a look on Ebay tomorrow - all the prices I've seen are wildly different - I'm getting cross-eyed now.
     
  12. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

  13. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Didn't see this as you posted it whilst I typed. My links are to engineered wood.
     
  14. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    That looks as if it would all topple over like in Jenga.:(
     
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    @Burndenpark

    You're right I do like it...

    I once went to a museum/gallery place in Bratislava [as you do] and they had a corridor with books along the side but mirrors between the walk way and the books... so it created the illusion of walking on a gangway in an infinite library... only bit of the place I remember, loved it that much.
     
  16. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    @marlin - I'll look at those links anyway. Thanks!
     
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  17. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter


    Good game. Good game!! ;)
     
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  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    But the wife would loath LOATH it.
     
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  19. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Reclaimed parquet is hard work to deal with and not something I'd use without paying someone who has done it before to lay it. It will have often been stuck down with hot tar so the backs of the blocks will have a lot of this stuck to them. There's also the fact that the blocks will have had different amounts of wear depending on where they came from on the old floor and will need a lot of sanding to get them smooth and level. I suggest you do a lot of research into the cleaning and laying process before buying an apparent bargain on ebay.

    New parquet is very expensive and needs experience or a huge amount of time to lay properly. Engineered floors will be the least effort and cheapest.
     
  20. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    @Mangleworzle - but the reclaimed stuff is sooooo pretty. Trust me to like the stuff that needs the most amount of work. Yes - realising already that it's not going to be straightforward. Will definitely look into the engineered parquet (thanks again @marlin ) and see what the search throws up.
     

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