This week, our contractors finished installing the new wood floors on the main level of our cabin and it CHANGED EVERYTHING. We really debated and mulled over flooring options before landing on these. We wanted something rustic (because, hey, it’s a cabin), but all the dark options felt TOO rustic and almost cliche. We went through about 30-40 different samples from all different companies before we ordered a round of lighter samples from Stuga Studio–a newer company that carries, literally, the oldest, top quality, hardwood flooring in the world–Kährs of Sweden.
In the end, we fell for their Oak Aspeland floors. They were a little out of our normal wheelhouse, in a good way!, while feeling modern and rustic and really interesting with some large cracks and knots and a warm-whitish hue.
Fall at the cabin is already magical (just look out those windows!) but seeing everything coming together is making it even more so. Even though we aren’t on site every day, our contractors cannot stop raving about how easy these floors are to put down. They’ve already taken notes and plan to use them on other projects. It comes with a black and you use the block to tap the boards together while pressing down and it locks it in place and makes it virtually seamless. In fact, Stuga Studio says their Woodloc joints are so tight, you could lock two pieces of wood together and hang a car from them!
We put this short video together showing the install and floors in action (you can watch it on our YouTube channel here):
As you can see from the below photo, there’s still a LOT of work to be done. The next time we go up all the flooring should be covered with ram board to protect it until renovations are done.
One last really cool and unique thing about these floors is they don’t need to be climatized. So they have gone from box to floor over and over again.
I love the little peek above with the dark exterior and the light interior floors. We’ve gotten a few questions about whether we’re reconsidering staining the interior walls. We’re not opposed to it, but don’t have any plans to right now. We love the natural wood! Although we do plan to add some paint to areas.
This week, the rock for the fireplace is going up, carpet is being measured for the loft (and we just decided to add a crow’s nest up there too!) and we are finalizing kitchen plans. Can’t wait to show you more.