Hankering after parquet flooring once we finally buy our new (old) house next year.
I've got parquet in our current house in the lounge but not installed by us. It's solid parquet and nearly 200 years old. Looks beautiful.
Anyone have it installed? Any problems? And what type. Solid or engineered? I've had and installed various wood floors in various homes over the years. And generally happy with both solid and engineered. Engineered for difficult substrates and solid where not.
Have not installed new but have lifted an old one-100yrs ish- and relaid it. It was battered and loose with missing bits so had new blocks made to match old. Was relaid, sanded and varnished. Looks fab!
I briefly looked into it after I fell in love with some reclaimed stuff on eBay, I phoned around a few fitters and that priced us out. There were some beauties on eBay though, old school halls etc. lovely stuff.
Fitting it is expensive. We bought ours reasonably cheaply from an online place, and they arranged fitting for us (although the terms were that we would pay the fitter direct). When the fitter turned up he was horrified that the parquet was loose (on mesh) as he had expected it to be in large rigid tiles of 12 blocks. He still did the job (reluctantly) for the agreed price, but said if he'd priced the job, he would have charged a lot more.