Finalizing Our Madrone Hardwood Flooring in Bonny Doon

 

Our house is (will be?) ultra-modern.  We are using concrete, glass and steel and very little ‘trim’ so it will have a clean, bold look.  This could result in a somewhat ‘harsh’ feel so, at the same time, we need to soften the boldness with wood and make the house more gentle.  Of course, the materials must be from California …

With our ceiling being made of the reclaimed Redwood from the original house in 1969 (it is a remodel), we thought the hardwood flooring could be extremely complimentary if it was made of Madrone.  The native forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains are mainly Redwood, with some Madrone sprinkled through.

We investigated Madrone hardwood flooring and came across Out of the Woods, which is a local producer of native Caifornia hardwoods and is located close by in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Bonny Doon, to be exact.

We have been working with Dave Merchant, from Out of the Woods, in order to use Madrone hardwood in our house.  Dave has been very patient with us as it has been an exceptionally long ‘sales cycle’ with us.   Bryan first toured Dave’s operations on May 20, 2009 (see Touring the ‘Out of the Woods’ Operations in Bonny Doon).

Knowing where we are with our project, Dave called Bryan and invited him to come see the pallet of Madrone hardwood flooring that Dave had allocated to our project.  If the wood meets our needs then Dave would like a deposit on the wood until it is delivered to our job site.

Bryan drove to Bonny Doon and reviewed the Madrone hardwood …

Dave has a shop that is located on a unique property, which overlooks the Pacific.  It was a rainy, damp day in the Santa Cruz Mountains so the spectacular view of the Pacific were hidden.

Dave has a shop that is located on a unique property, which overlooks the Pacific. It was a rainy, damp day in the Santa Cruz Mountains so the spectacular views of the Pacific were hidden.

This pallet of wood looks like it is ours ...

This pallet of wood looks like it is ours ...

Yes, it is ours.  The tag reads, 60 Bundles, Bryans Flooring, 1,520.8 sq. ft.

Yes, it is ours. The tag reads, '60 Bundles, Bryans Flooring, 1,520.8 sq. ft.'

The wood looks good - nice and dry as it has been cut, kiln dried and then seasoned for more than a year.

The wood looks good - nice and dry as it has been cut, kiln dried and then seasoned for more than a year.

View from the end of the pallet.

View from the end of the pallet.

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