Q: I am installing a new kitchen. I would like to use hardwood floors throughout the great room which includes the kitchen. I also live on the water with a lot of windows and skylights. What kind of wood do you recommend, keeping in mind the fade factor?
I am looking at a Brazilian Teak or Brazilian Oak at the moment. Any thoughts?
A: I’m not yet familiar with the species you mention. It has only been in the last 10 years or so that so many exotics have started to appear in this area. Most woods will change colour from exposure to sunlight, as most items do. Some are quite rapid and extreme, such as Jatoba. It is my understanding that Cabreuva (Santos Mahogany) tends not to change nearly as much though will get darker. It offers excellent stability and durability. I personally love the look of the wood. Or you could go with a domestic species such as quarter sawn white oak.
Acacia wood smells?
Q: I have boxes of both Bellawood Ash and Short Leaf Acacia, both 3/4" prefinished hardwood. The ash, from the US, has virtually no aroma. The acacia, an exotic hardwood, prefinished in China, has a strong aroma which I am attempting to vent. What is the aroma? Could it be…
Best wood floor acoustics
Q: I am about do up my 14*11 penthouse room, and I want a wooden floor. I am definitely not going for a laminate. Should I go for softwood or hardwood, and how should I lay it? Considering I am a musician, it would be nice if it helps in…
Staining two species of wood to match?
Q: I have stairs that are pine and oak. I want to re-stain. Is there anyway to make them match? A: Not that I'm aware of. Two different species, one soft wood and the other hard. Even the grain is totally different. The best you can hope for is complimentary.
Species of wood that is best for dog owners?
I was considering putting wood flooring in my home, my question is: What type of wood flooring is best for dogs to walk on and not damage? I have a Bulldog to two German Shepards who all seem to nail-walk on the tile floors.
Is Koa acceptable to use in the kitchen?
Q: My interior designer suggested I do the kitchen and breakfast room floor in Koa because I'm doing the entryway in Koa with a maple border. Is Koa acceptable to use in the kitchen? A: I've never heard of the wood until your question. My wood dictionary, as no surprise…
I'd like to put in White Oak throughout 3 bedrooms, a dining room, a hall and foyer. What would that cost, in Toronto? I want HARD wood that's dog friendly. If something cheaper is actually better, that would be nice.