yes, we are moving forward again. the “restart” has been a little slower than i had hoped. causes for our standstill are many – my absence for two weeks; cabinetwork budget issues required a few weeks to remedy; delivery and acclimation of wood flooring; delivery of interior doors and trim, to name a few. the good news is now we have most of the parts needed for interior fit out to move along in a ready manner. so, here we go!
the flooring at the second floor has always been planned to be wood. but, the species and finish type was only recently decided. jessica had been planning on using bamboo flooring. it has some appealing sustainable qualities – namely, bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource. however, i’ve had longstanding misgivings about bamboo flooring. these include: it’s not wood, it’s plant fiber – the bamboo fibers are “sliced and diced” and then glued together under heat and pressure to create a wood-llike product – what is the glue?, how much energy is required for that “heat and pressure”?; bamboo is mostly harvested in southeast Asia where it is then processed into flooring, then shipped halfway around the world to land here in Maine; i question its ability to be refinished in the future (can it be sanded?); and, i’ve been told its very difficult to install (hardness of the glue!). bamboo flooring’s upsides include the aforementioned renewability, popularity and hardness. so, given my misgivings, i urged my client to consider a more local flooring resource – pre-finished maple flooring grown, harvested, milled and finished right here in maine. granted, maple takes a lot longer to renew (vs. bamboo), but the product we used is a local resource (A LOT less than 500 miles from the jobsite); provides local Maine jobs; has a very low VOC finish; installation is familiar with commonly available tools and know-how; can be sanded and re-finished (longevity/durability); and, it looks good! what’s not to like about all that, except for the renewable part, i suppose? oh yeah, this locally sourced product is surprisingly affordable – about $8/sf to buy.