[Greenbuilding] Cheap flooring

Jason Holstine jason at amicusgreen.com
Wed Feb 20 12:51:04 PST 2013


A grey, whitewash, or ebony stain with a natural/low sheen finish will (a)
completely go with the theme of the reclaimed and rustic look, (b) be
trendy, ( c) repairable, (d) healthy chemistry.  Look at the OSMO line
(www.osmona.com).


On 2/20/13 2:58 PM, "Benjamin Pratt" <benjamin.g.pratt at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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 <http://clarkeolsendesign.com>
>> 373 route 203
>> Spencertown, NY 12165 
>> USA
>> 518-392-4640 <tel: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-plywo
>>> od-diy/
>>> 
>>> http://wormtracks.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/beautiful-wood-seen-at-anthropolo
>>> gie/
>>> 

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