Well finally after 5 years the interior of the house is complete. The last things that needed doing were the bathroom (see earlier posts) and the kitchen floor.
Originally we were going to continue our bamboo floor right through the kitchen but after a year of use in the studio we have found that although the bamboo itself does not scratch or dent, the polyurethane finish scratches and shows up white. We have found a product that can be used to disguise the scratches. It is called Tibet Almond Stick and it works really well. Available from My Tool Store.com approx $10.00
As our back door is the one we use constantly and we have gravel outside the likelihood of scratches was very high. Also we were worried about possible water egress around the kitchen sink area as time went on. So the search for sustainable and hardwearing floor coverings started.
Some of the coverings we looked at were:
- Rubber (natural rubber covering made in France) www.dalsouple.com.au very expensive and needs installer. Floor must be level. Around $180 per sq m plus install
- Marmoleum. All natural ingredients but again needs experienced installer. Floor must be absolutely level
- Plywood. FSC accredited, needs sealer. Can install ourselves. Floor does not need to be so level
- Cork. Recyled available. Good colour range. GECA certified. http://www.comcork.com.au/ needs to be glued
- Sheet Vinyl. Needs installing. Plasticisers to make flexible not so very environmentally friendly
- Vinyl Planking. Loose laid. DIY install. Floor can be a little uneven. Used in commercial applications. Fully recyclable. Lots of work being done by industry to make more evironmentally friendly. Around $90 sq m
In the end we chose a product by Gerflor. Made in Europe Creation Clic is a vinyl plank product. It is loose laid over the existing floor and click into each other with a vertical groove arrangement. All that is needed for installation is a craft knife, white mallet, tape and straight edge. You can easily install it yourself.
I laid 9mm plywood over our existing floor to bring it up to level with the bamboo in the studio. this evened out the slight heigh difference between the plywood in the extension and the hardwood floor in the kitchen which was not in the best condition with gaps between planks.
Over the plywood we laid the Gerfloor. We chose a colour called Portobello which is a bleached, denim looking plank, All the range are wood grained planks. Each plank is 1000mm long and 176mm wide and 6mm thick.
After laying the planks we fitted ramps down to the hardwood floor at the entrance to the sitting room and the hallway. Also made trims to go along the kitchen bench kickboard from scrap plywood finished with the Haymes paint rust finish and added the skirting boards. Job finished and the house finished………………apart from loads of minor jobs that is.
Now onto the garden, single garage and cladding the western side of the house!!!