Recycled Red Beech, 180mm x 20mm boards. Recovered from a Christchurch earthquake damaged building.
A character and hand-finished wooden floor in a heritage building adjacent to Wellington’s waterfront.
Builders LT McGuinness briefed us – “a recycled wooden floor that could have been the original floor in the building – come back to us in a month with some options and samples…”
We used Red Beech as being harder wearing than Matai, and the wider boards at 180mm wide stepped out from the usual ‘6-inch’ Matai boards.
The boards were hand sanded to randomly remove paint from the previous use. The coating is Italian Carver Primol flooring oil colour Cappuccino, followed by moisture-cured polyurethane. The oil enhances the Red Beech timber and the polyurethane provides for an easy care wipe-down surface.
The bar tops were made from recycled Matai floor joists, recycled from an old doctor’s residence and practice rooms in Masterton.
It could have been the original floor in the building. The boards were laid leaving some ‘lipping’ and the hand-done floor sanding ensured that the character was not lost to over-vigorous sanding.