Features I Love: Floors


This house has great features that mostly have not been touched since it was built.

One of my favorite features is the floor in the entrance hall.  It is in amazing shape, considering it is over 100 years old.  I initially thought that it was just tile, but according to WASHINGTON, Houses of the Capital, where the house is featured, “[t]he inlaid border of the floors, which looks like mosaic tile, is in fact mahogany and other woods in a Greek key fret,” (190).

Entrance hall

Floors on the ground floor

The rest of the floors throughout the house are wood, the main floor has inlaid borders in the living room, landing, and dining room.

Before we moved in, main floor

The floors in the third floor are not as detailed, but still nice.

Master Bed, the furniture, etc. is the previous owners’

The floor in the pool room is pretty much done.

Water damage in the pool room

our (temporary) solution

The only bathroom that has been updated has been the master bath, sometime in the 1980s.  I’m sure everyone will agree- it needs a revamp!

master bath shower. The rest of the bathroom floor looks the same

Fourth floor bathroom


One small detail that I love and that speaks to the house’s long history are a few “blemishes” on the dining room floor.  They are hot oil burns from the lamps that hung here before the house had electricity.

Oil burns




The floor in the conservatory/ sunroom is heated and where I spend most of my time.

Sunroom floor detail

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