We found some wonderful oak flooring a few weeks ago on Craiglist, for sale by somebody who was remodelling. This weekend, Rog got very ambitious and installed the floor in the granary, with a little help from me, a lot of help from Cadence, and close supervision by Nutmeg.
We rented a power stapler and compressor, which probably reduced the work by three-fourths. Because the lengths of flooring had previously been sawn to somebody else's dimensions, the trickiest part was finding pieces in lengths that required minimal cutting and didn't waste much.
Last weekend Rog had taken out the wood stove and cut out the floor below the brick hearth. He re-installed the bricks so they would be nearly flush with wood floor. The granary has no heat or electricity, but we strung a very long extension cord from the barn for light and power and the little parlor stove did a great job keeping the building warm. We plan to re-chrome the decorative metal trim on the wood stove and we still need to grout the bricks and cover the fireboard behind the stove - perhaps with tile, or maybe old decorative metal ceiling tiles, if we can find some.
The finished floor! We had planned to leave the barn board walls rustic and natural, but now we are thinking they might need some sprucing up to match the elegance of the floor --and to make it not feel like you are inside a wooden crate. This building is shaping up to be pretty darn cute, and nearly every building material has been purchased on a shoestring, salvaged and recycled.