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Looking for reclaimed parquet flooring

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Joined 27-03-2006
Posted on Monday, 07 August, 2006 - 06:03 pm:   

This isn't a specific Forest Hill related query but as you're in the same area, I'm hoping you might be able to help. I've been searching for a specific style of reclaimed parquet flooring without any luck. Would anyone know where I could find some 4.5-inch square, 5-finger block flooring in a red-ish wood (nobody can tell me what the exact wood is) in a basket weave pattern to repair a meter-square section of floor? The previous owner of my new house had a terrible leak which ruined a corner of the living room floor and I'm really hoping to repair this lovely feature.

Alternatively, does anyone know of someone who could be ripping up such a floor as part of a DIY/renovation job? I understand that it's a fairly common style of floor from the 1960's (my house was built in 1969) but very rarely salvaged as each wood block comes up individually and is therefore hard to sell to people needing to cover large areas. I wish I could include a photo of my floor for reference but my technical abilities are very lacking. Any help would be truly appreciated and postings via the webmaster (if necessary) gratefully received!

I should add that this style of floor is widely available in metric sizes but it doesn't match the existing floor.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 08 August, 2006 - 08:33 am:   

Had a similar problem last year with what sounds a very similar floor (mine 1964). B&Q sold it unfinished in boxes of 25. Then had to find varnish and polish to get same finish but looks great and can't tell was a replacement.
Joined 27-03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 08 August, 2006 - 04:46 pm:   

Really?? Even in the imperial sizing? I've only ever seen the metric sized blocks.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Thursday, 10 August, 2006 - 11:04 pm:   

Baggy Dave detests the modern parquet and has got rid of about 30 square metres of the stuff, badly laid by a previous owner 20 years ago. The orginal oak herringbone parquet is lovely but my 30's house isn't posh enough for this. The stuff you are talking about reminds me of school.

Anyway, my rantings aren't of interest and this finish of course is fine in a more modern abode. What is is that I have a good metre squared of the stuff remaining in a mahogony shade. Clean of the tar gunk adhesive on the back with a scraper and hot air gun, a rub down and revarnish and it may be what you are after. 4 and 5/8th inch square. If yes suggest a suitable drop off point such a the Blythe Hill Tavern, or otherwise the bins to the front of the former Moore Park Tavern in Wood Vale.
Joined 27-03-2006
Posted on Monday, 14 August, 2006 - 01:47 pm:   

Isn't that always the way! You look around for ages for something and then suddenly a plethora of what you're looking for lands in your lap.

Sorry Baggy Dave but I managed to pick some up at the weekend from another local DIYer. Many thanks all for your help!

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