This is the parquet floor that was original to the house, circa 1935.
It was in the entry, the living room and the dining room.
I can't imagine how this floor was installed 80 years ago because to duplicate it today would be crazy ridiculous, both price-wise and labor-wise.
I planned on keeping the floors, but ended up covering them up with plywood to further strengthen the house in the event of an earthquake.
My contractors highly recommended it and assured me that we would make the new floors even better than the old ones.
I have been pretty skeptical of that all along!
Better than those gorgeous parquet floors in the oval dining room? I mean, how would we make the new floors awesome in here?
Herringbone was the answer, but only in the dining room.
It would be too expensive to put it in the living room and entry too.
But then we found herringbone floor that is already pre-cut, making the installation almost easy!
We compromised in the dining room and eliminated a border...
...and just installed herringbone right up to the walls.
The living room got a border though...
...as did the entry.
For the rest of the house, we used random plank boards in 5 inch widths.
That is until we discovered that we had just enough herringbone left over to do the master bedroom!
At first I was uncertain if herringbone should even be in the master, but then I realized that the leftover was like a gift. I never would have considered herringbone for the master considering we were only going to do it in the dining room at first.
Now that the floors have been installed, they will be sanded and two coats of stain will be applied.
Then they will be covered up until the whole house is painted inside.
The final coat will be applied just before we move in.
Now all I have to do is decide on the color!