|"We'll take the lot!"|
When designing our home to be as self-sustainable and gentle on natural resources as possible, it was a foregone conclusion that this would include using recycled timber for our flooring. Friends who had some major renovation work done last year were able to recommend a business based in the capital of the Manawatu which specialised in recycled flooring, and Rose was quick to get in touch with them.
Eventually, a matai floor in a condemned building became available and we were given the opportunity to inspect it on-site. As adverse as we were to wasting hours of a sunny day in the car, we knew that we owed it to ourselves to be duly diligent. We had elected to go with a matai floor as long as it wasn’t too dark, and this was the only way for us to be certain.
Arrangements were made for when we could collect the salvaged timber (another trip to Palmerston North!) and in the final analysis this was a journey worth taking - a surprisingly fascinating experience to be guided through our future floor’s original home.
|This could have been a cafe if the roof hadn't been stolen|