One of the “job hazards” of working in the hardwood flooring business is that one notices hardwood floors
way more than one would otherwise. We regularly refinish hardwood floors in restaurants and bars in Indiana, so I tend to notice those wherever we go! :) That was definitely the case during our recent trip to New Orleans. (one of my absolute favorite cities to visit!).
I continued to see hardwood flooring in many of the higher end restaurants and hotels in the French Quarter. Often it was hardwood flooring alone or mixed with tile flooring. With New Orleans’ rich historic past, it is not surprising that hardwood flooring exists, but what is surprising is how beautiful it remains despite the humidity. Goes to show you that hardwood refinishing
can keep any hardwood floor looking great as seen in the two places I’ve chosen to highlight from our trip: Mr B’s Bistro and The Inn at St. Peter’s!
Hardwood Flooring Adds Elegance to Restaurants
I am completely partial to Cajun cuisine so going out to eat is a must while I’m there. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive (and often the dives are the best spots!) but it must be tasty.
While I have my favorite haunts, we decided to try a new place (Mr B’s Bistro
) because it was well-recommended on Yelp and near our hotel in the French Quarter. And we were not disappointed by either the food or the ambiance. The decor was excellently chosen for a bistro and with that of course were gorgeous pecan hardwood floors
Pecan was the perfect choice for these floors because its irregular, distinct grain pattern adds a unique character to the floor and its hardness will allow it to better withstand the daily traffic of patrons and staff. (Pecan is about 33% harder than white oak and over 25% harder than maple.) It is also a locally grown tree that can be easily found in the southern region of the US so that has an added appeal as well.
Hardwood Flooring Adds Charm to Boutique Hotel
There is something about hardwood flooring
that can add an unique charm to any space and that can be seen in the renovations in our cute French Quarter hotel, The Inn at St. Peter’s
. I adore renovations of historic buildings, especially when care is taken to retain the uniqueness of the place but also add the right touches of modern convenience. That is the reason I think those chose to add solid pine hardwood floors
in their restored rooms.
Pine hardwood flooring isn’t as popular today as it was years ago (probably due to more options being available or because it isn’t has hard as oak or maple), but it still has its place in the hardwood flooring market. In fact because it was so popular years ago and has aged so well, that reclaimed pine flooring has become a sought after options to be installed in new homes! (another reason hardwood flooring will remain one of my favorite flooring options: you will never see reclaimed carpet or vinyl!)
Inspired to Install or Refinish Your Hardwood Floors?
If these picture gave you an idea of what you’d like to do in your home or business, we would love to talk with you about your hardwood flooring dreams! We have been in the hardwood flooring business for decades and have worked on thousands of projects all over the state of Indiana. Our hardwood flooring experts will give you the best service and highest quality product – we guarantee it!
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