[Greenbuilding] Cheap flooring

Benjamin Pratt benjamin.g.pratt at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 11:58:17 PST 2013


I appreciate all the wisdom.
Trying to get a trendy look for cheap, but based on your advice, I am wil
probably tell them the best option is to refinish the floors. Any
recommendations for a durable finish that has a trendier look?  Maybe a
grey  stain?

Students are not going to be doing the remodeling, just the design.

Ben


On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM, Clarke Olsen <colsen at fairpoint.net> wrote:

> Using plywood for flooring is a bad idea. The only way to make it worse,
> is to cut it into strips.
> If you are determined to use sheet goods for flooring,
> put down 5' x 10' sheets of OSB and paint it a beautiful color.
> Clarke Olsen
> clarkeolsendesign.com
> 373 route 203
> Spencertown, NY 12165
> USA
> 518-392-4640
> colsen at taconic.net
>
>
>
>
> On Feb 20, 2013, at 1:23 PM, Benjamin Pratt wrote:
>
> I'm leading a small team of students to do furniture and interior
> design for a local internet cafe that is opening up. They came to us
> because they have a tiny budget. My university gets grants to help
> local businesses, and we work for cheap.
> The existing floor mostly maple and oak, is in bad shape, with a lot
> of holes and
> other damage. There is also a 1" or so level change where there was a
> wall. My two ideas so far are in the links below.The first could
> possibly bridge the level change and would definitely cover the holes.
> I was trying to find a floor I saw in another store that seemed to be
> rough-sanded lumber, with no appearance of any finish at all. I
> couldn't find it, but the second link is close.
> Any comments on my ideas, or have any other recommendations?
>
>
>
> http://www.picklee.com/2012/12/12/farmhouse-wide-plank-floor-made-from-plywood-diy/
>
>
> http://wormtracks.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/beautiful-wood-seen-at-anthropologie/
>
>
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>
>
> b e n j a m i n p r a t t
>
> professor art+design
> the university of wisconsin stout
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b e n j a m i n p r a t t

professor art+design
the university of wisconsin stout
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