We have floors! And they are more beautiful than anything, and just as perfect as I had imagined. Our installers completed it in about 3 days, so we had quick results of seeing this finish pull together! And the house just looks so much like a house with the floors in. So let’s talk about it!!
I knew I wanted very wide plank flooring. I was really hoping for at least 6″ even though when I saw the 9-10″ boards I was in literal Heaven. Given this specification alone, I knew we’d be looking at an engineered product. I have nothing against engineered floors, in fact, I specify them all the time because if you know what to look for, they are REALLY good! But I had a few other non-negotiables when it came to finding the right product…
non-negotiable #1: quality wear layer
There are many engineered products out there that are affordable, but the wear layer is paper thin. I wanted a flooring that could live through a few sanding/refinishing over it’s lifetime. Raising our budget to help with the cost of sourcing a quality product with this extra thick wear layer was a must. I didn’t want to be tearing apart our house down in the road to replace garbage floors.
non-negotiable #2: color & tone
The second non-negotiable for me was color, of course. When sourcing engineered products, most come prefinished. Finding the right tone can really limit your options if you have a particular look in your head, which of course, I did. I wanted a natural/light oak color. I did NOT want something that looked like it had a whitewash (even a light one) over it. Not too orange, either. I finally found a product with the perfect muted brown hue. Once I found that, it was hard to find anything that came close to making my heart flutter.
I looked at probably 30+ floor samples. But I came back to my first choice. Why do I always torture myself like this?! I have looked at this flooring for well over a year — every time I went to one of the local showrooms to source for clients, I would pass by it and stare with envy. But I wanted to be sure I had explored all my options and price points.
So what did we ultimately choose? Duchateau Grande Savoy in Vicomte was the winner! With occasional knots and the perfect brownish-grey tone, it was love. And seeing it in our home, I know it is the perfect backdrop for everything else!
I was able to capture a few videos of the installation (as the guys were almost done and just had the hallway left!). I always love watching subcontractors work and do their craft! Check out the video below:
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