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12 golden rules for timber flooring

there’s plenty to consider when specifying wood flooring, from selecting a product that suits your home to applying the correct finish. Rebecca Foster explains how to get it right
The pale grey shade of this oak flooring from Kahrs’ Smaland range gives the space a stylish, modern vibe. Priced from £102 per m2, it features a brushed, handscraped finish

When it comes to flooring, there are few materials that match the warmth and character of wood. Available in a range of styles, sizes and species, timber is highly prized amongst self builders and renovators as an eye-catching, low-maintenance and long-lasting solution. The right products, properly installed, can add real value to your home and set the tone for your interior decor. Here’s what you need to know to ensure you get a high-quality finish.

1 Plan the look carefully

Before specifying any products it’s worth assessing whether you want to create a traditional or contemporary look. Timber comes in plenty of hues, from chocolate browns to warm golds.

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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!