• Jon Ruwolt

Floors, Windows and Lights

Another Federation House Renovation - Blog 3

Lock Down

Lock down, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, put a halt to many of our planned restoration and

renovation projects and stopped the completion of those that had already commenced.


Our home was situated in a Local Government District (LGA) of Concern, meaning that for three months, no trades people could enter the LGA and our movements were severely restricted.


Fortunately, we managed to have the upstairs rooms painted and three rooms of timber floors sanded and treated before the harsh restrictions commenced.


During the lock down our time was spent doing small projects, such as scraping paint from the timber detail, mending broken fittings, garden clearing and online research for future projects.


Floors

The floors, some of which are the original jarrah timber and others that have been replaced by previous owners, all needed repair and maintenance.

They were all dark in tone and the natural grain of the timber was hidden by the various treatments and finishes undertaken over the years.


One section of the upstairs hall had been coated in black tar. Many of the rooms had been changed in their function, with the two upstairs formal rooms being turned into bedrooms.

These two rooms have lovely jarrah parquet floors. Many of the parquets were loose, along with some damage to the timber and missing quad on the join to the Australian cedar skirting.

A parquet flooring specialist has been able to restore these two floors with an outstanding result.

Parquet Repair

He had to be creative in diagnosing how to adhere the loose parquets, as to take each individually cut parquet up and re-glue each piece to the base would have been extremely time consuming.

The parquets are not precisely uniform, meaning each parquet needed to be placed back into its original location.

To address the issue of loose parquets, glue was spread across the top of the timbers and allowed to soak between each piece of timber.

Once the glue set, the timber was sanded and treated with several coats of a finishing product, which was a natural sealer, not polyurethane which has previously been used on some of the floors.

This restoration process has allowed the natural grain of the timber to be revealed. The treated floor boards have light and dark tones which also helps to lighten the rooms.


The restored floors enhance the new colour scheme chosen for the walls,

Natural White above the picture rails and

Barrister White in the lower section,

and with dark stained cedar doors, skirtings, picture rails and architraves.