Elm Flooring – Mixing Victorian and Modern Styles

56CG is a Victorian terraced house in South Hampstead within a conservation area. Appointed in 2001 architects Pardini Hall Architecture set about the full refurbishment of this family home. The brief was to accentuate the house’s existing Victorian features, but with the addition of both victorian and contemporary architecture. The project scope included remodelling of the interior spaces to include wide elm flooring. 

The tones of Elm boards range from an almost dark purple to light green. Including also various hues of silver and brown in between. However, the true character is in the wonderful grain that swirls and flows around small knots and pips all along the boards.

The client wanted a statement floor to contrast with the ornate Italian influences of venetian stucco. Beautiful marble, clean white wood work, floor to ceiling book shelves and white walls and ceilings. They decided upon fixed width wide elm boards for the flooring throughout downstairs. Wide boards bring width to a space making it appear more open particularly in narrow areas of a home. 

Placing of the boards when laying the flooring is key. Laying out prior to fitting ensures the most beautiful boards are seen and not hidden underneath furniture.

To maximise light inside the property a large roof light covers the entire stair wing bringing natural light down through the house. The material palette includes sycamore and elm wood flooring, handmade tiles, Italian white and black marble, venetian stucco and brass touches. 

Sutton Timber supply a range of widths of boards from 120mm to 160mm, with wider boards of 220mm and 300mm. Clients may choose either a mixed or fixed width floor. We supply boards unfinished allowing for sanding and sealing in situ. This ensures an even and flat surface across your floor. Both English and European elm flooring provide a wonderfully interesting floor that is bursting with character and interest.