A Certain “Je ne sais quoi”

Traditional Hardwood Flooring Ltd. has been working on residential and commercial flooring projects across the Greater Toronto Area for close to two decades. Each installation is unique or, you could say in this case, has a certain je ne sais quoi.

One of the team’s latest installations was an 18,000-square-foot French-style manor house located just north of Toronto. The client was looking for a unique floor that would unite elements of nature, visible both inside and outside the home.

“A hardwood floor is a work of art that gives a space depth, personality, and class,” shares Balazs Keppel, Owner. “No matter what the client’s vision is, our team can make it happen.”

To achieve this, the architect J.S. Barmi, who Traditional Hardwood Flooring worked with on their 2017 Wood Floor of the Year Award winning project in the Best Parquet/Inlay category, merged aspects of wood with natural stone for warmth and balance.

The focal point of the project was the great room floor that can be viewed from almost every point in the home. The floor is visible from the gallery, which contains the client’s art collection, the upper hall, and the master bedroom. The room leads from the great entrance to the kitchen and is also visible from the library.

“Floors are the first thing people see when in a space, and the first opportunity to wow,” says Keppel. “We work hard to ensure our clients have the right floor for their space and personality.”

The main themes of the 580-square-foot white oak and walnut floor are a reflection of the coffered walnut and cedar ceiling 26 feet above. The two are connected by a tapered floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Norbert Kabok, lead the team of six in the week-long installation, which required extensive fieldwork and thousands of cuts on site. The remainder of the home featured rift and quarter cut, 41/4″ engineered white oak.

All of the floors were finished with a penetrating natural oil, designed to bring out the rich colors and differences in the species. The adhesive as well as the finish used during the installation were low VOC, a priority for both the homeowner and Traditional Hardwood Flooring Ltd.

“We don’t just work in the Greater Toronto area; we live here too. We are committed to keeping it clean, which is why we consider the environmental impact of all our processes,” says Keppel. “We take great pride in providing an eco-friendly service that protects our environment and keeps the area beautiful for future generations.”

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