10 Times We Lost Our S*** Over Original Floors

July 29, 2016 / By

In the seven years we’ve been renovating and building houses, we can’t tell you how many times we’ve torn up carpet, cracked off vinyl, or straight-up peeled away multiple layers of mystery flooring — only to reveal the truly astonishing original floors hidden underneath. Really though, we can’t tell you — because we’ve lost count. These days, naturally, we can’t go anywhere without at least one of us causing a scene over what’s under our feet. “Do you think these are originals?” “Gotta be. Look at that grout.” Exchanges like these? Common. Not so common are the kick-ass floors we’ve highlighted below. Some, we’ve discovered by way of our own restorations. Others exist inside a few of our favorite Pittsburgh establishments. Whatever your style, here’s to hoping you’ll appreciate at least one of these gems as much as we do. Long live the wooden boards and hand-set tiles of yesteryear.

Photos by Tara Bennett Photography


1. That time we ditched a long-abused carpet in this Manchester house…and found a goldmine underneath.

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, 1005 allegheny avenue, manchester

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, 1005 allegheny avenue, manchester

 

2. The time we learned that the gorgeous hardwood floors in Upper Lawrenceville’s City Grows are as organic as the plants on owner Patty Logan’s shelves.

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, city grows, upper lawrenceville

 

3. When we peeled back five layers of flooring to uncover these incredible 19th-century hand-set tiles…

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, 1912 termon avenue, brighton heights

 

4. …and when that same house surprised us with perfectly installed boards upstairs. (Nothing a little TLC couldn’t fix.)

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, 1912 termon avenue, brighton heights

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, 1912 termon avenue, brighton heights

 

5. One time, we took a tour of Elisco Advertising‘s Lawrenceville house-turned-office and captured these beauties.

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, elisco advertising, lawrenceville

 

6. But we really lost our shit when construction started on this Brighton Heights bedroom. (Can you blame us?)

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, 3514 shadeland avenue, brighton heights

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, 3514 shadeland avenue, brighton heights

 

7. While cocktailing at The Livermore in East Liberty, this intricate mosaic promptly stole our attention (as did Tara‘s fab footwear).

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, the livermore, east liberty

 

8. We should also mention the time we discovered that everything in Lawrenceville’s Toll Gate Revival — flooring not excluded — is an antique.

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, toll gate revival, lawrenceville

 

9. When we first visited The Butterwood, we assumed that floors this flawless must have been added to complement the bakery’s Victorian vibes. Alas, owner Ally Slayden proved us wrong. They’re originals.

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh, the butterwood, upper lawrenceville

 

10. Most recently, we lost our shit over the pine floors we unveiled beneath layers of carpet and vinyl in our new Bloomfield office (coming soon). But more on that later…

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh


+ Find and keep any original pieces (flooring, fireplaces, windows, etc.) in your own house? Send them over to hello@kbennettdevelopmentgroup.com. We’d love to share them on Facebook and Insta.

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