Posted on | April 20, 2010 | 26 Comments
Recently I’ve been really inspired by English cottages. Their unfussy charm is great inspiration for my renovation. The other night I came across these beautiful kitchens on UK site Border Oak featuring stone floors. The floors in my someday kitchen are not wide plank like the rest of the house but wood floors from the 1950′s. Do I keep the floors, paint them, or rip them out and put in something different? Merry from Border Oak was sweet enough to send over a few inspiration photos as well as some suggestions.
Popular stone options for floors are limestone, travertine, or natural slate. Merry also suggested reconstituted concrete ‘flagstone’ made in molds of original flagstone but out of a new mixed concrete formulation to give the appearance of traditional old flagstones (easier to lay, to actually find and cheaper). Try Classical Flagstones in the UK for more information.
I do have some hesitation about using stone in my kitchen. I hear from stateside friends that stone can be killer on a cook’s back. The other issue is weight. The beams below my kitchen need to be replaced but if I use a stone I assume they will be need to be additionally reinforced? If I choose stone I should probably use under floor radiant heat? Hmm a lot to think about. Above and below a few photos from Border Oak’s website.