Re: Common House flooring
From: Holly McNutt (
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 11:23:52 -0800 (PST)
Thanks all who have replied about flooring - great info!  I will pass along to 
our Common House group.  - Holly

On Mar 4, 2011, at 12:10 PM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah wrote:

> At RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend, WA, our common house has been in  
> use for more than ten years. Dining room/great room floor is "smart"  
> certified oak and beautiful. The more so as there is a design inlaid  
> in a square in the center of the floor (the parquetry area is about  
> 14x14 and mirrors an overhead coffer in the ceiling there). As we  
> often clear the center and gather in a circle, it's pretty to have the  
> center marked that way.
> Kitchen, and what was the young children's play room are Marmoleum. I  
> have that in my home kitchen as well. It is really attractive, and  
> dropped dishes almost bounce! Easy under foot. The drawback is that  
> the material WILL nick, and will etch if you spill chemicals (like  
> some dishwasher chemicals) on it. I'd do it again, though. Make sure  
> any nails in the subfloor are solidly hammered down: if they work up,  
> they will make visible bumps in the Marmoleum.
> Foyer, bathrooms and hallways are a stony tile, which is easy to clean  
> and looks fine.
> Good mats inside and outside doors are very important for keeping dirt  
> from tracking in. We also are a shoes-off common house. (This is a  
> fairly common custom in homes in our town.) Residents keep slippers in  
> their foyer cubbies. Baskets of loaner slippers are next to front hall  
> benches. For dances, people bring special shoes and change from their  
> street shoes. Only those who must wear shoes for reasons of disability  
> or age keep shoes on.
> Someone asked about cork flooring - check with Sharingwood in  
> Snohomish WA, I think they have that.
> Our rec room, with pingpong and foosball tables, was originally  
> floored with recycled scrap flooring from a demolition site. The multi- 
> colored pattern that resulted looked cool, but the wood turned out to  
> be laden with MOLD. Several of us couldn't even enter the room. An  
> expensive re-do replaced it with bamboo, which is really pretty, but  
> cost a lot.
> A floor-maintenance help is our built-in vacuum system. I thought it  
> silly at the time, but really appreciate it now. A small portable  
> upright vac is useful when there is just a little rug to do. Presently  
> the only rug is in front of the hearth at one end of our dining room  
> where the sofas are.
> Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
> where spring flowers are in bud and we have a couple of resale homes  
> available
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