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 — all to reveal astonishing originals underneath. (Seriously though, we can’t tell you. We lost count a very long time ago.) Naturally, it’s impossible for this crew to go anywhere without at least one person causing a scene — yes, about the floors.
“Do you think these are originals?”
“Gotta be. Look at that grout.”
Exchanges like these? Common. Not so common: the beauties we’ve highlighted below. Some we’ve discovered by way of our own restorations. Others exist inside a few of our favorite establishments here in Pittsburgh. 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.
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 Lawrenceville’s City Grows are as organic as its greenery.
3 + 4 — When we peeled back FIVE. LAYERS. of flooring to uncover incredible 19th-century hand-set tiles…
…and when that same house surprised us with perfectly installed boards upstairs. (Nothing a little TLC couldn’t fix.)
5 — Once, 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?)
7 — While cocktailing at The Livermore, this intricate mosaic promptly stole our attention (as did Tara’s fab footwear).
8 — We should also mention the time we discovered that everything in Toll Gate Revival — flooring not excluded — is an antique.
9 — In visiting The Butterwood, we assumed that floors this flawless must have been added to complement the bakery’s Victorian vibes. Alas, we stand corrected.
10 — Most recently, we completely lost our shit when these pine floors emerged beneath layers of carpet and vinyl at our new HQ…but more on that later.