The large detached house was in a great location and well configured giving them all the space they needed for their future. However it was very dated inside having been hardly touched by previous owners in over 25 years.
Niki explains, “We both loved the house, and actually the fact that it was in a poor state of decoration didn’t put us off at all as we both agreed it would be lovely to start married life in a house that we had renovated to our own taste and style together.
“There was no structural work required, or need for an extension, so it was just a case of getting in there and ripping out all of the dated features and decoration. From old wall paper to the tired kitchen, everything went until we were left with a bare shell to re-fit, furnish and redecorate.”
“We were able to stay somewhere else while the work was being completed which was a relief as it meant we could just let our various trades get in and crack on with the work as quickly as possible.”
The original flooring throughout most of the downstairs of the home was old carpet and Niki was keen to replace this with new wood floors, “As the work progressed we had to make a decision about new flooring. We agreed we wanted to put tiles in the kitchen, but for the rest of the downstairs spaces we were keen to find a good quality engineered wood floor that would last, look great and work for our budget.
“I wanted something quite classic but with slightly darker oak tones. We were planning on painting the walls a nice clean white in most of the spaces so I thought if the floors were a bit darker that would add a layer of colour and texture into the rooms. We kept very few of the original features inside the home; just the stairs, windows, fireplace and internal doors.
“The doors were actually a great feature and as the layout of the house is semi-open plan there are quite a few double doors which divide the spaces, so we used these as a guide to make sure we found wood floors that would blend with them naturally.
“I searched for wood floors on line and V4 kept popping up. They looked great and seemed to have excellent feedback. However, as I’m not an expert, we decided to visit local retailer Carpet Ways. We looked through all of their different wood floors and asked for advice to find something high quality and within our budget.
“We were leaning towards a different wood floor at first but it wasn’t stocked and would take ages to arrive, so they pointed us in the direction of V4’s Home collection, explaining these were great value, high quality wood floors which V4 stock for fast delivery. We really liked the look of them and in particular Abinger. While it was a lighter colour to our doors, it shared a similar tone and texture. They were also a bit darker than standard oak floors, but in more of a warm way, which we loved.”
The Home collection features beautiful, generously sized oak planks. Created to offer the latest in contemporary oak tones, the floors feature a hard wearing surface formed from coats of natural lacquer that make them ultra durable to stand up to busy home life. The Abinger finish embraces rich, golden oak tones for a warm and timeless feel.
Carpet Ways installers fitted the new Abinger wood floors. With the old carpets removed they found a level subfloor so were able to apply a simple underlay before installing the tongue and groove boards throughout the ground floor.
The finished wood floors welcome you as you enter the home into the large entrance hallway which leads to a cloakroom which also features the wood floors. The flow continues into the semi open plan living spaces which comprise a lounge, dining room and garden room.
“The total project took just under three months and we were so pleased to finally move in. The wood floors have completely transformed the home and we are delighted with them. They add a warm tone to the spaces but without feeling too dark which is perfect. The house still feels lovely and bright, and the lines of the large wood floor planks create a natural flow through each of the living spaces.”
“We love that the downstairs has a uniform floor style, plus the boards feel really comfortable under foot and have been incredibly easy to keep clean. Maintenance has been virtually zero and they still look fantastic.”