Every Lifestyle Studio Customer is different all with unique visions, challenges and budgets.
Quality doesn’t come easy. It’s earned by insisting on only sourcing the best unfinished European oak to start with, you expect the exceptional and we deliver a hardwood floor combining years of experience, innovation and passion, they say the devil is in the detail, such fastidious manufacture, finishing and inspection by us results in a beautiful, hardwearing floor made the way beautiful floors should be made. A floor that is innovative, durable, easily maintained, sustainably sourced, hand finished by us in England and tailor made especially for you.
From the untouched calm look of bare floor boards to pale gentle neutrals with warm accents. Crisp cool modern linen tones, soft chalky grey hues that create a light and airy feel to the drama of striking blacks and deep moody greys.
This collection of bespoke hand finished oak flooring adapts to provide great platforms for a light modern country style or Nordic simplicity, the intenseness of our Bauhaus black wood floor for the ultimate in contemporary sophistication or an industrial edge with cityscape urban greys.
Our FSC European Oak comes to us as raw unfinished planks from a highly specialised mill in Central Europe, the origin of this European oak is from a particular region and has been specially chosen by our mill for numerous reasons, perfect climate, soil mineral content and the growing and felling conditions. All these result in producing the perfect tannin and patina within the oak essential in the creation of our special hand finished bespoke real wood floors.
Based near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, our finishes are created; hand applied and is unique to us, tailor made the traditional way from natural ingredients and the addition of many modern day and traditional techniques. These finishes are applied by our skilled craftsmen by hand, plank by plank and then left to air dry and harden naturally after each process on racks.
Our special European oak planks are custom made to our precise specification, a top layer of our fine European oak bonded onto high quality long grain WBP (weather, Boil Proof) FSC birch plywood from Russia to ensure the highest level of stability the grain of each piece runs in a different direction to its adjacent layer. This enhances the planks strength and resilience and reduces the woods natural tendency to expand and contract – which means that it is also perfect for under heating systems. A v groove runs down the length of each plank to add definition, where the end of the plank remains a straight shoulder to protect the end grain. The plank length up to 2.4m and the moisture content is between 8-11%
We believe this is the only way to truly achieve the very best beautiful high quality real oak floors.
The traditional techniques that our craftsmen use involves hand worked Rasping, Pit distressing, Hand brushing, Ageing, Scraping, scorching, Patina’s and colour pigment processes. In order to achieve specific finishes we also work with different natural substances. These substances are not colour based but produce a change in the appearance of the wood.
These changes are based around Smoking, Fuming, Carbonizing, steaming and Natural Greying and aging techniques. Our techniques are not done using high volume machine produced automation from Chinese factories, they are all painstakingly carried out caringly by our highly skilled craftsmen plank by plank individually by hand here in our finishing workshop.
Due to the nature of our hand finished natural creations all our special finishes from start to finish are done entirely by hand to order and are not to be confused with paints, the finishes we create show the natural grain and are shade dependent on the individual planks enhancing the beauty of an individual real wood floor and not the repetitiveness of a laminated photograph.
All our production is done entirely by hand, plank-by-plank and that also includes the packaging of our planks. Your special wood floor will arrive in bundles packed together and any exposed pieces of the oak face will be shrink wrapped by hand. Packing hand-finished floors is traditional to bundle. This method creates a lot less waste of discarded cardboard and plastic, being better for the environment.
Our exclusive fine oak flooring is finished by hand to order in England. We have over over 300 colours, optional widths, grades and textures available.
To see the full range, visit our inspirational oak wood flooring showroom in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire between Harrogate, Leeds and York.
Wood Floor Showroom 01423 797272