Engineered Elm Flooring 15th Century Farmhouse Redesign

Engineered elm flooring in a sitting room with sofa and chair

Originally named Elm Farm this derelict 15th Century farmhouse renovated over 40 years ago was due an update. Once surrounded by Elm trees, originally they would have been part of the interior frame of the property.  After a leaky pipe necessitated the replacement of the screed in the entire ground floor our clients decided to opt for a total redesign using engineered elm flooring. With a sentimental attachment to this particular timber they wanted to again incorporate elm into the building.  With its fabulous colour, texture and beautiful swirling grain it seemed the obvious choice.

Is Elm A Good Choice For Wood Flooring?

Elm wood flooring is one of the rarest and most organic flooring species available. It makes for a hardwearing, durable and beautiful floor. With wide variation in colour and grain direction it features burrs, knots and lots of swirling grain. Boards are supplied unfinished allowing for sanding and sealing in situ. This ensures an even and flat surface across your floor.

Widths and Lengths of Flooring Boards

The engineered elm flooring boards, laid horizontally are of mixed width ranging from 120mm 160mm and 220mm throughout. Giving a feeling of flow throughout the entire ground floor it opens up the space.  Finishing with a coat of natural oil enhances the natural properties of the timber.

Loving the look immensely, our clients decided to incorporate a steel and elm spiral staircase.  Held up by a central support with steel balustrade and rail there are thirteen identical treads of solid elm.  It makes a stunning feature stair rising to the upper floor. Laid over the existing landing floor a solid elm floor completes the look.  This also raised the levels slightly to accommodate the final step on the staircase. The whole stair design built and crafted by furniture designer and cabinet maker Derrick Ibbott who carefully steam bent the rail into shape using the same elm as the flooring a true work of art.

Sutton Timber recommended RHS Flooring and Richard Higgins to lay the floor. Richard has not only the practical experience of laying floors but also the knowledge to consider that it needs to be laid sympathetically. It is important to ensure natural variations in colour, grain texture and knots are taken into account.  This affects the overall visual impact of the floor as a whole and ensures an elegant finish that displays the wood to its best advantage.

Mr Wollaston commented: ‘The floor is magnificent and just what we wanted. Sutton Timber’s recommendation of Richard Higgins and Derrick Ibbott was an excellent choice.  Particularly pleased with the finishings,  Richard has achieved the most excellent results.   Both Richard and Derrick’s standard of workmanship is exceptional.  Coupled with the product and service received from Sutton Timber it made the renovation of our home an absolute pleasure.

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Ben Sutton has established himself as independent hardwood timber merchant and supplier with a solid reputation built up over the last 20 years. He is committed to providing a bespoke and professional service to his clients at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality product. Follow Ben on LinkedIn.