New wood flooring for Victorian

bostonhomeDecember 31, 2009

I couldn't save the wood flooring in my 1870 Victorian house due to water damage when I bought it last year. I don't think it was the original floor, but need to replace it right now. I'm not sure what kind of wood and width would be period appropriate for my house. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

I'm thinking clear Red Oak either 2 or 3 inch wide.

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White oak, maple, walnut, ash, or heart (yellow) pine are all appropriate. Where available, fir was used. The typical width could have been 2 1/4 for the hardwoods, or 2 3/8, 2 7/8, or 3 3/8 in the softwoods (often a mix of widths). Could also have been a custom parquet inlay floor, or interesting french knot border details.
Red oak wasn't really used for much but framing until white oak stocks were exhausted mid last century. It's just not as good a wood.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 11:02AM
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In my geographic area, the "good" wood was used on the main floor, where one's guests/company would see it. That would mean white oak, walnut or the really good woods. The second floor, bedrooms and family quarters, had maple and then pine was in the attic.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 5:27PM
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