Whole House Flooring Projects
Our team can deliver flooring, carpets, rugs and runners for multiple room, whole house projects. It’s not always easy to find an experienced, reputable flooring company who can manage jobs on a larger scale. From delivering on time to working with other tradesmen or builders, there’s a lot involved.
We recently kitted out several rooms and staircases at a house in Wilmslow. We thought we’d show you the steps taken to ensure the best installation, and how all the finished rooms look.
Why are whole house projects different?
We are usually required to provide and install flooring solutions for several rooms and stairs after a renovation, large extension, or a complete new-build. The first thing which is important to be able to offer customers, is choice. And across all areas of flooring, be that LVT, engineered wood, wool carpets, faux silk carpets, and all manner of stair runners; we have lots of options from the leading names in flooring. But not only that, we are experienced in fitting all these types of floors and carpets, too.
Having done several whole house projects over the years, we understand how to project manage the flooring side of the work. And we are well-versed at doing this working alongside builders, contractors, other tradesmen, or interior designers. We can work to your timescales, ensuing the flooring and carpets are delivered on time and the separate phases of installation are done in line with the wider project. It’s our ability to bring all these elements together, without sacrificing on the quality of the installation, which makes our service somewhat unique to other floor or carpet fitters.
A close up of the engineered wood floor we fit at the Wilmslow home, just one of the rooms within the property where we have been working since the start of 2023.
Flooring Project in Wilmslow
We recently finished a large project at a property in Wilmslow. It involved, after considerable renovation work having been done, new faux silk carpets in the bedrooms and the dining room, a new carpet to the staircases and landings, and engineered wood flooring to the lounge and hallway.
Once the customer had chosen the final types of flooring, and before any installation is done, we make sure to prepare the sub floor. This can be a little more challenging if other work is going on around the house at the same time. But, in the case of wood floors, for example, it is imperative the conditions are right before we lay the floor. This is something we do for every job, no matter how large or small, to make sure floors are fitted properly and will last for many years.
This is the house in Wilmslow where we installed lots of carpet, and laid a beautiful, engineered wood floor.
Making sure conditions are right
With this project having an engineered wood floor included, we needed to make sure the conditions were right for its installation. Engineered wood floors still contain real wood, which being a natural material, can change (expand or contract) depending on environmental conditions. To avoid any changes to the floor, we don’t deliver the flooring on-site until we know the conditions are as they should be.
The two factors we check for are relative humidity and room temperature. During installation of an engineered floor, the ambient temperature of the room should be around 20°C. The relative humidity should be between 45-65%, the ideal being 55%.
In Wilmslow, we first took temperature readings after installing the ply subfloor and it was clear the temperature reading at 10°C was too cold. Plans were made to get the room conditions right, and when we went back a little while later, both the room temperature and relative humidity readings were good. That meant we could deliver the flooring to the property and let it acclimatise before installation.
Showing the temperature and relative humidity readings on the two occasions we visited to take them.
Preparing the subfloor
All rooms are different, and what goes on beneath your new floor is important as the final finish. When it comes to hard floor installations, there are often extra steps needed to get the subfloor in good order. These steps vary depending on the new floor chosen, and the current condition of the subfloor. In the case of the engineered wood floor at this property, one of the first things we did was to lay 6mm ply wood to the original suspended floor boards. This was necessary to ensure stability. The ply wood was secured using 20mm ring shank fixings, these are used to ensure extra strength and holding power.
The lounge at the home in Wilmslow where we prepared the subfloor with ply wood.
Engineered French Oak wood floor
Our customer chose a stunning wood floor for their lounge; it is the Champagney Herringbone floor from Ted Todd in their Aged collection. It is beautifully crafted, being made by hand in Ted Todd’s Cheshire workshop, using the finest French Oak. The first thing you’ll notice about this classic dark brown floor is how much character it has, from the scrubbed, raised knots, to the undulating texture across the whole floor. The floor has a burnished hardwax oil finish, which gives it extra durability. Plus, with all the blocks and boards being 20mm thick, it’s designed to last for decades. A real investment floor.
When we installed the beautiful Champagney floor, we undercut the skirting boards. This was done as all the walls had been newly plastered and decorated, so we had to keep the skirting boards in place. The undercutting was done to allow for an expansion gap for the floor and the final finish allowed the floor to sit neatly underneath the skirting, with clean lines all around the room.
The Ted Todd Aged Champagney Herringbone floor installed by our expert engineered wood floor fitters.
Practical elegance for the stairs and landings
There were two sets of stairs and quite spacious landings to carpet at the Wilmslow home. When it comes to stair carpets, as best as possible our surveyor will check the subfloor. However, it can sometimes be the case that issues relating to levelling or boarding might come apparent once the new stair carpet fitting starts. In the case of this property, there was some undulation in the subfloor, which we had to make sure wouldn’t be visible through the carpet once it went down.
Our customer chose a great practical carpet, made from 90% polypropylene and 10% wool. It’s the wool flatweave classic herringbone carpet from Fibre, in the lovely neutral shade of Arbor. What makes this carpet very popular (and we’ve installed it on several staircases in Cheshire homes lately), is the elegant herringbone pattern which runs through it. The carpet is perfect for busy areas of the home and is easy to look after thanks to its wool content.
Before and after pictures of the staircases and landings, showing the fibre wool flatweave classic herringbone carpet.
Luxury carpets for the bedrooms
For the three bedrooms of the Wilmslow home, our customer chose faux silk luxury. And not only that, but one of our bestselling faux silk carpets. It’s the Manhattan Times Square carpet from Elements London, in colour Cosmopolitan. This carpet is not only silky soft beneath your feet, but it’s incredibly hardwearing too. The wonderfully decadent soft sheen and practical qualities of the carpet all come down to the fact it is made from 100% TekSilk® nylon P.A 6.6.
TekSilk® is the champion of nylon carpets, offering up to 75% more longevity compared to other nylon carpets. By lasting longer and looking greater, they make a good, economical investment. And if you want a carpet that leaves the lovely patterns when you vacuum it, this is the carpet for you!
Three bedrooms – three luxurious carpets. And while the tones vary in each picture, the carpet colour is actually the same. It’s the different lighting in the rooms which makes the carpet colour look a little different each time.
More luxury downstairs too
To finish this beautiful Wilmslow home, we also installed the very same Elements London Manhattan Times Square carpet to the dining room. Again, this carpet is as robust as it is decadent, so it is perfect for a space such as this. And when we fit the Elements TekSilk® carpets, we always leave customers with a carpet care guide so you will know how to keep it looking fabulous for years to come.
A close up of the Elements London Manhattan Times Square carpet, a sumptuous carpet for this beautiful interior.
A 5-Star Review from our Customer
Upon finishing the Wilmslow project, our customer left us a 5-star Google Review. Here's what they had to say,
"Flooring 4 You helped us in the selection of new flooring throughout our new home. Having completed the installation I can't recommend them highly enough. The quality of the products and install are first class. The team arrived when they said they would, completed the work in line with expected timescale, kept the house clean while working and the finish is spot on. Well worthy of the 5 star rating we've given them."
If you’re having a whole house renovation, or a sizeable extension for which you will need a combination of flooring and carpets – contact us. We not only have an excellent selection of flooring products, but we can also help design bespoke solutions such as rugs and stair runners, and we are experts at managing large-scale projects. Get in touch with us to start planning flooring for your new space.