When I think of home renovations, I tend to think of fancy upgrades: Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and sweeping staircases are usually the first additions that come to my mind (no doubt due to all those thousand-dollar makeovers I’ve seen on TV).
But thanks to the many creative “DIY” ers out there, home renovation is starting to take a more down-to-earth turn. Now, instead of getting big-ticket upgrades, more and more homes are going au naturel with cordwood construction.
And though I’ve seen a lot of interesting objects used in do-it-yourself home makeovers — like old pennies used to transform a boring kitchen backsplash — I’ve never seen a floor made out of this before…
I would love something like this in my home’s foyer, wouldn’t you? Let us know your thoughts on this unique floor in the comments below!
Across the nation, a very unique — and very beautiful — renovation technique is taking homes by storm. Though this special technique dates back thousands of years, more and more houses around the world have begun to bring it back into fashion.
Called “cordwood construction,” this technique uses debarked logs — either found naturally or cut from logged trees — that are stacked and mortared.
In this particular home, cordwood was used to give their yucky concrete floor a beautiful, all-natural makeover. They started by sweeping and mopping, then planning out the arrangement of their wooden discs.
The wood they used was legally gathered from their state forest. The trees — “Shaggy Bark Juniper” and “Alligator Bark Juniper” — had died and fallen naturally.
After running each piece through the chop saw (set at 1″), they sanded the discs down and glued them directly to the floor.
After setting each piece, they firmly tamped them to ensure they were on good and tight.
Soon, the entire floor was covered in the beautiful cordwood.
When it was time, they applied a light coat of polyurethane to the surface of the disks. They did this to prevent the grout from adhering to the tops.
Finally, after grouting the spaces and applying more coats of polyurethane, their stunning floor was complete. I love how warm and natural it looks, don’t you? Would you like to have this in your home? Let us know in the comments below!
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