original floors at the livermore, east liberty

10 times we lost our s*** over original floors

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.

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

1005 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233

2 — The time we learned that the gorgeous hardwood floors in Lawrenceville’s City Grows are as organic as its greenery.

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

3 + 4 — When we peeled back FIVE. LAYERS. of flooring to uncover incredible 19th-century hand-set tiles…

1912 termon avenue, pittsburgh pa 15212

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

1912 termon avenue

1912 termon avenue, pittsburgh pa 15212

5 — Once, 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

3514 Shadeland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

7 — While cocktailing at The Livermore, this intricate mosaic promptly stole our attention (as did Tara’s fab footwear).

original floors at the livermore, east liberty

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

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

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.

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

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.

original floors, k bennett development group, pittsburgh


→ Find any original pieces (flooring, fireplaces, windows, etc.) in your own home? Feel free to send some photos our way. They just might seize a spot on our social networks.