The Retreat is the first beneficiary of the thick flooring that we got out of the Hocheim house we did the Salvage Bootcamp at.
This was the Hocheim house that was built in the 1880’s or earlier. We salvaged it in November with mostly rookies who had never done it before. It took a couple of weeks of work, but now you get to see the results created from the booty.
You can see the wear of a 150 years on some boards that has worn them down as much as a half inch where the foot traffic was highest. Still there was lots of wood so strong we can use it for the loft, with a few modifications from what we had before. We added some loft supports between the big beams to bind the flooring together and give it just a little bit more stiffness. This 150 year old flooring was 500 years old when the tree was cut. Imagine that it can still be around for another 100 years and know that that is still less than is possible, if cared for properly through the next hundred years. The sap of the tree has crystalized and it is harder than it has ever been before and it is ready and able to be used to build houses stronger than any modern materials can match.
Another look at the 5″ flooring in Long Leaf Pine. It is also behing the wall board, in many cases, just cheap paneling covering it up. All we have to do is take it out and put it in a pile to get to the good stuff below.
The loft floor is going in quickly as it has a 5 1/4″ width and is 12′ long. You can also see some interesting use of true 2″ x 3″ ribs to go under the floor in between the big beams. This aged wood is 4-6 times stronger than the newer woods that might be found in a big box store thus you can span distances and carry loads far greater than new woods will allow.
UPdate 1/22/16 Pre laying
First we had to clean all the tongues and grooves that had a hundred years of dirt caked on the top of the tongue.
Here you can see some of the flooring that is forming the master bedroom floor that will be 12′ deep and almost 12′ wide with a height of 6’4″ in the middle.
Here you can see the cut and mortise where the 4×4’s are mortised into the cross beams.
The other view shows you a bit of a gap where you can see the small overlap.
Beautiful glass in this house.
The first set of windows is planned to be the dining area. Behind that is the stained glass of the bath room.
The stained glass could be over the bath sink or on a wall not yet built, and the window next to the toilet, shower will be in the corner.
You can see the bracing and beams that will carry the loft.
Carlos is getting the floor started with the flooring nailer.
See the beautiful grain on this aged board. Wait until the oil gets on it too.
Israel is sanding the tops and the bottoms as both will be seen.
You can see some of the different wear patterns on the floor as we put them up to each other but not in the same order as they have been worn over the years.
The floor grows.
A view down to the kitchen area.
This is the end of the counter window.
This is looking from the master bedroom where the floor is going down. When finished the bulk of the area to the left and far end will be floored soon. The area below the green glass will be open to allow air to flow and the steps to the upper floor.