On the hunt for wood flooring 

Last Friday, Riley and I decided to venture into London town on a quest to find the right type of wood flooring for the house. We visited the recently opened Havwoods showroom in Great Sutton Street which offered us the opportunity to view large samples of their products all in one space. We even managed to get daddy to join us and partake in a spot of lunch afterwards!

We were well looked after in the showroom and even offered a fresh cup of tea and piece of cake on the side.

We managed to whittle it down to a shortlist of 4 types of engineered word flooring (we have to go with engineered wood rather than solid wood as we are having underfloor heating). Our shortlist consisted of all oak woods but in varying finishes, grades and thicknesses.

We are swaying towards character grade (2nd best, Prime being the best), UV-oiled to give a natural look and feel and 13mm in depth rather than 20mm due to a slightly cheaper price and also the 13mm being more than adequate in a residential home.

The question we are circling around is whether to go with a natural finish (sample on the right) or a smoked finished (sample on the left). Matt is routing for the smoked due to it’s richer quality but I’m nervous that this may be too dark throughout the house…?

Below is an image of the smoked wood in situ at Harrods Jazz cafe in London.

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I think we need some more time to think and to do a little more research before we make our final decision but Friday was definitely a worth while trip. Some might say it was a little tiring though….

Thanks for reading!


  1. Les
    July 13, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I would opt for the one on the left. The smoked one.

  2. July 15, 2016 / 9:16 am

    Thanks for this wonderful write up. Your story is featured on our Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/havwoods.uk , and will also feature on Instagram shortly. Please keep me updated with your progress, can’t wait to see the finished project.

  3. Lotty Keen
    March 7, 2019 / 6:25 pm

    Hello, did you opt for the smoked in the end?

    • justalittlebuild
      March 7, 2019 / 7:41 pm

      We did, yes!

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