Barely dry

The polyurethane is barely dry on the floor in the studio at Howlets. After 100 years of wear and tear, the wood floorboards had a very dull dark — almost black — appearance. A thorough sanding and three coats of poly brought the detail of the graining of the southern yellow pine springing to life. The huge new window allows loads of light into the room. Now the light reflects and bounces off the floor, instead of the floor absorbing every ray. Previously, the stone walls, dark floors and old glass block window gave a gloomy, almost dungeon-like feel to the large room. No longer.

David and Heather’s youngest daughter practices piano in this room. Upon seeing the floors redone, she told me, “I had no idea this room could be made so beautiful, it now feels joyful.” Indeed.

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You light up my life