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Anyone used Parquet or alternative for living room?

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buckeejit Fri 10-Mar-17 11:59:04

I've always loved parquet flooring. Yes, it is expensive and we'd need to do our hall, stairs and landing in something cheaper.

Has anyone used it and do they love it or have any problems or have an alternative recommendation that they've used instead?

I'm awful at making decisions!

Cezzy Fri 10-Mar-17 12:01:08

We used Karndean, I think they do a parquet effect and it's easy to clean and warm.

Smurfpoo Fri 10-Mar-17 12:17:56

Have a google of biscuit parquet floor. Its beautiful

Cant help you other than that, I haven't got it as i rent but i do think its beautiful.

buckeejit Fri 10-Mar-17 12:46:17

Crikey I love the biscuit stuff - pil have boards that are rounded and love them. Not sure anywhere in Nor Iron will do that but will investigate-thanks!

Anotherminime Fri 10-Mar-17 12:54:34

We have engineered parquet flooring which allowed us to put underfloor heating in too. We love it.

Bluntness100 Fri 10-Mar-17 12:57:30

I love parquet flooring, it always makes a statement, I've original floor boards otherwise I'd seriously consider it. I do think investing in good flooring uou love is important as you live with it for years.

wowfudge Fri 10-Mar-17 21:34:18

We have oak herringbone parquet. It was under the carpet of the living room when we bought the house - we had no idea it was there. We had it restored and it is beautiful.

JakeBallardswife Fri 10-Mar-17 21:45:45

We had an extension and matched up the existing parquet to the new. Bought 50m2 from eBay for £360 from a 1950's bungalow. Then scraped tar from every bit and paid to have it professionally laid. That was £1500 but it looks amazing I. Our open plan kitchen & snug.

JakeBallardswife Fri 10-Mar-17 21:46:58

We sanded it ourselves and dyed half to colour match. Then revarnushed it. Took ages, but will last forever. Easy to clean too.

anotherdayanothersquabble Fri 10-Mar-17 21:50:21

We lived in a rented house with the most beautiful parquet flooring. I love it!!

Purplebluebird Fri 10-Mar-17 21:54:07

My dad has it. In my flat I used to have hard wood laminate, (very common in Scandinavia). I love both to be honest! Not much help, just wanted to say either option looks lovely!

buckeejit Fri 10-Mar-17 23:21:07

Ooh, I'm more tempted. I've wanted to view unsuitable houses in the past just because of a parquet floor! There is some reclaimed on gumtree but I don't think I'd have time to sort it all out.

Can a decent joiner lay it or would it need to be a specialist? Off for a bit more of a Google....

Smallangryplanet Sat 11-Mar-17 00:12:45

I love parquet flooring. I'd love it throughout my entire downstairs area. Too ££££

wowfudge Sat 11-Mar-17 10:47:08

I think laying parquet is a specialist job. The guys who restored our floor only do floors - restoration and new floors.

venys Sat 11-Mar-17 10:53:07

We have the original stuff restored. Although it does.get a hammering with the kids on it. It does require a specialist to lay - we had to fill in some gaps because of layout changes and it is important to get the levelling right.

Miniwookie Sat 11-Mar-17 22:46:52

I have original parquet, but because it's pitch pine, in dents and scratches really easily. I still love it though and if you got it in a harder wood it would be fine.

HomeExtender Fri 17-Mar-17 16:39:36

Anyone got parquet karndean and are willing to share a pic?

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