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Reclaimed Flooring Takes Me Back to Hawaii

The Arch can provide you with a beautiful reclaimed flooring of Heartpine, Chestnut, Oak, Maple, and Red Gum to name a few. These are just a few examples of the possibilities that you can admire under your feet.

It’s interesting to me that nearly twenty eight years ago (yikes) when I was living on the Big Island the decision was made to include a reclaimed floor in a home we built. We chose to purchase a wide plank tongue and groove pine floor from an old warehouse that was torn down in California. Nearly everything shipped over to the islands in huge “containers” by boat and California was about as close as we could get for flooring. When it arrived it was nearly black with years of dirt but the boards were long and a true two inches in thickness and so what if it required a serious sanding. To see the old wood come to life was a joy. I looked for a photo and came up with a couple from an old photo album.  My girls (Tracy on the bucket, Roxanne with the cup in her teeth) had a couple of  big rubber gymnastic rings hanging from reclaimed beams (from the same warehouse) and they would spin in circles and have the best time. The photo of the other girl is a friend in the neighborhood. Of course I didn’t think ahead to the present day for photographs of floors).  I always felt good about that floor. Great in fact and still do for the lucky soul that lives there now.  I didn’t have to worry about the occasional dent or scratch because it had that wonderful patina and worn appearance from the beginning.  It was great for raising kids and with three bull terriers at the time it never worried me at all.  Though, in Hawaii, all shoes are left at the door- which adds to the life of any floor, not to mention keeping things clean. I wonder just how old that floor was?

The flooring we can obtain for you won’t need near the work that that floor did and you can get an up close and personal view of the samples we have in our showroom.

There’s always a home, studio, addition restaurant, you name it, that is fitting for reclaimed flooring. Consider it!