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Ash wood floor, staircase and balustrade


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After so much stress for so long, I'd forgotten what it felt like to enjoy this self build. I've not felt joy in it since the first day of raising the frame. After more than a year I felt it again and am compelled to post.

 

It isn't done, but I can see it'll eventually be a home.

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Thanks all

 

24 minutes ago, wozza said:

How did you source the timber - is the floor engineered or solid?

 

How do you plan to finish it, oil, varnish?

Solid wood due to us wanting a continuous seam of wood from floor through to the stairs.

 

We got wind of a timberyard that specialises in reclaimed wood via some other fellow self-builders. Very affordable approach to our desire for a natural floor upstairs. Cost less than engineered wood even.

 

Went to see them and by chance saw some ash offcuts they had from another job. Near perfect match for the windows and just the right amount of pattern in it. Did a 180 and went for new wood rather than reclaimed as a consequence. Exceeded budget, but worth it.

 

Polish team (UK resident) and ash imported from there too. Some of the best trades I've had period.

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11 hours ago, Visti said:

After so much stress for so long, I'd forgotten what it felt like to enjoy this self build. I've not felt joy in it since the first day of raising the frame.....

 

I'm very grateful for your post because thats often what I feel. Its the first few minutes of almost every day that are the hardest:

  • pick up yesterday's cockups and postponed items
  • how the Hell do I do that ? - (that one NEVER stops)
  • what am I forgetting?
  • couldn't I do that cheaper, better, faster, neater?

And yet, I am deeply concious that many would give their eye teeth to be able to do what I'm doing. We are, as a group, immensly priviledged. 

Thank God for a supportive partner: without her I would have gone under long ago. BuildHub helps us stay sane too.

 

Looking at those images of yours gave me a bit of a boost. Thanks.

Ian

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12 hours ago, AnonymousBosch said:

Its the first few minutes of almost every day that are the hardest

 

Yup, beginning the day on site it always a challenge. Then I get angry, start fixing something and am on a roll of just fixing more stuff until the day is over. 

 

@Mr Punter Yup, you can see in the top of the 2nd last picture how it was drilled into the studwork and 18mm ply on both sides.

 

Skirting was going to be plain white MDF glued on, but we've been so impressed by these guys that we've asked them to quote for doing all of it in the same wood. Unconventional, but I am finally having fun playing around with the finishes!

 

@wozza I should have said it'll be a clear varnish. Final image shows the result vs the others that haven't got it on yet.

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