Zee Swartz wrote:
4) ...as I understand it, end wood drinks moisture like a sailor. (But any moisture, not just rum) Can it still qualify for high traffic use with children (and their cups, toys, water balloons, potty training (just keepin it real) etc.) if it's sealed with something serious? If so, any suggestions? Again, the maker of the above floor said, "I finished the floor with three coats of an oil based finish." If not, (or really even if so) would just cut pieces of lumber (same thickness, as in 2x's) laid flat like tile work better?? Cuz I have access to lots of random stuff like that from conventional building sites (waste can be beautiful.)
5) The Hand Sculpted House also mentions what I call "cookies" or rounds cut from roundwood (p 254) (thus-ly: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/just-floored-15-totally-unexpected-diy-flooring-alternatives-46258/cheap-flooring-ideas-cross-cut-wood-floor#.WM3XsfIx_IU ). Dude. We have so. much. cedar. It's dry, cured, the works. Could I use that? Would YOU? What steps would YOU take to make it a successful choice?
Zee Swartz wrote:Travis,
Yes! Thank you for that- I'm so excited to hear your experience.
Can you tell me this: You said you installed this floor over concrete...do you think it would do as well over an earthen base floor? What would YOU change about how you installed the floor if you wanted/needed to lay it over tamped earth? Also, can you make any guesses about how soil cement would perform in comparison to the concrete you used between the rounds? Ahhhhlso, did you seal your floor with anything? If not, having experienced the performance of this type of floor, what do you think you would lean toward in the way of sealants?
A WOFATI, eh? I've only heard them described. Better hop on over to the WOFATI forum and get a better idea of what they entail now!
Thanks again for sharing your experience with me-it's very valuable.
I did not place this wood OVER concrete, I placed it IN the concrete, so the wood rounds were indeed placed over tamped earth. That was my whole purpose, to save the amount of concrete I needed to make up the floor. I carefully placed the rounds, then poured concrete between them
Anything that isn't waterproof, such materials high in clay or cement, will likely wick moisture. This might not be a big deal if the house foundation is raised up compared to the surrounding areas. If this is on a hillside or someplace where part of the house is below finished grade then you would need extra precautions to keep all moisture away from the house so it can't wick up through the floor and soak into the wood.