Sunday, August 23, 2009
my floors have arrived!!!!!!!!
In case you're interested in them, you can't have them. They're all mine and they're one of a kind.
Actually, it's reclaimed beech barnwood from Horse Cave, KY (close to Mammoth Cave) about 30 miles up the interstate from us. We had it planed in 7,8,9,10,11" planks (yes, another budgetary decision because I originally wanted all 10"). But, upon further research, most old farmhouses had a variation in plank widths because they simply used what they had. So, that will be my story from now on.
We used what was available. After all, not all trees are 10" in diameter.
The planks will be face-nailed with square nails and because of our budgetary decision, instead of only using hardwood in the living areas, we will now have hardwood throughout the ENTIRE HOUSE (excluding bathrooms).
I'm so happy I can squeal!
Greg complained so much about the carpet at our last house because of his allergies, so I won't have to hear that anymore.
Plus, with an offspring of G on the way, if s/he inherits any of G's allergies, it'll be easier to keep the dust down with all hardwood.
Now, I have to have a lesson in patience, though, because the hardwood has to acclimate for 2-3 weeks before it can be laid.
Lastly, I would like to say, I'm not selfish with my barnwood source. It came from a company called "Long Ago Lumber." They do not have a website or anything of the sort. I think they have a phone number and that's it. Very simple folk. But, they're good-ole-boys and easy to work with. They take down old barns all over the country (mainly in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Kentucky) and make it available to anyone anywhere in the US. They've supplied lumber for Brad Paisley, Allen Jackson, Elton John, and others. I can't remember them all. They supply old barnwood for flooring, beams, mantles, exterior, columns, you-name-it. If you're interested in using them, they're very reasonable, otherwise we couldn't have afforded them, just leave me your email address in the comments and I'll send you their phone number.
I know there was something else I was going to tell you about this, but I've completely forgotten it (pregnancy brain strikes again!). I'll come back and edit if I remember.