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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.
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.
3. When we peeled back five layers of flooring to uncover these incredible 19th-century hand-set tiles…
4. …and when that same house surprised us with perfectly installed boards upstairs. (Nothing a little TLC couldn’t fix.)
5. One time, we took a tour of Elisco Advertising‘s Lawrenceville house-turned-office and captured these beauties.
6. But we really lost our shit when construction started on this Brighton Heights bedroom. (Can you blame us?)
8. We should also mention the time we discovered that everything in Lawrenceville’s Toll Gate Revival — flooring not excluded — is an antique.
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.
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…