However the inside décor was dated, with little interior redecoration being completed since the 1980’s. Keen to upgrade the property to their taste a full redecoration commenced to modernise the interior and put their own stamp on it.
Daniel explained, “We loved the house and its location in a lovely small village. We were spared the need to have to do any building work as the configuration worked for us, so set about updating all of the interior decoration to our more modern taste, whilst staying sympathetic to original features like the oak ceiling beams and brick fireplaces.”
Upstairs the couple exposed some original oak floor boards which were in good enough condition to restore to keep even more of the properties original features.
For some of downstairs living spaces they had wood floors in mind, and quite a specific brief.
“In keeping with the oak boards upstairs, we wanted to find extra wide wood floors to match, and offered an almost antique look – like they had been here for years – whilst presenting modernity to match our more contemporary furniture and decoration style.”
Ocean Flooring in nearby Hove paid Daniel a visit to see the home and understand the brief. Returning with about ten wood floors samples Landscapes Moorland stood out.
“This wood floor met the brief perfectly. They were the widest of the samples we looked at, and the hand oiled surface gave them an antique feel but with a modern surface colour. They would blend perfectly with both the old and new styles in the house.”
The Landscapes collection comprises beautifully hand-crafted larger sized boards which give impressive scale to any size space.
Produced with European Oak, the surface of each board is hand scraped, planed and distressed, following the natural contours of the oak. They are then washed with a natural monochrome hard wax treatment to deliver striking muted tones that harmonise in any interior space.
The floors have been installed in the drawing room and library – bright open spaces that get lots of use by the couple and their two dogs.
The earthy tones blend effortlessly with the original wood and brick features, and sit just as naturally with the modern furniture and soft dressings the couple have added.
“We are delighted with the floors. The finished effect is exactly what we had in mind. We were worried about wood floors and two very active dogs, but they have been brilliant to live with. They are strong floors with a durable top layer and have been so easy to keep clean. And despite the heavy dog traffic they still look like new.”