The owners of this Georgian house in North West London came from Sweden and wanted a kitchen to echo the best of Scandinavian design. So they asked Swedish-born Sofia Bune-Strandh, a high end kitchen designer, to install it.
The décor included a ceramic floor whose pattern continued up the wall between the windows and, to contrast with it, a specially ordered dark hardwood for oversized blocks to create a chevron floor. The wooden floor was fitted by HS Wood Flooring.
This is a grand house and garden within a gated estate in a leafy area of Surrey. On entering, one cannot help notice the most unusual floor: broad planks of exceptional length oil-bleached to almost white.
The timber was sourced from a family-owned Danish company with a very green credentials. Its signature products are Douglas Fir and Oak planks of unique lengths and widths. HS Wood Flooring installed the floors throughout this Surrey mansion.
The property boom in London has attracted new wealth to places like Clapham. Out-dated Victorian and Edwardian homes have been adapted to suit the lifestyles of today. This house is a good example.
Interior designer Townhouse Interiors commissioned HS Wood flooring to fit a new floor but HS Wood Flooring said it was unnecessary. The existing floor was sanded and worn or damaged areas replaced. The result looked like a brand new floor – at a fraction of the cost!
The old floor had taken a lot of punishment: wear around the French doors and fat, oil and spillage damage around the hob area. The old floor had come lose and bowed in places.
HS Hardwood Floors laid a new engineered honey-coloured oak floor pre-finished with hardwax oil. Once the floor was fitted, a further application of hardwax oil gave the floor a brand new look and a much greater resistance to typical kitchen spills.
A typical, early 20h century workers terraced house is beautifully reconstructed to provide 21st century amenities. New hardwood floors were fitted with natural oak finished boards. The old staircases were restored to maintain the comfortable character of the building.