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When laying hardwood a gap of at least a quarter inch should be kept between the hardwood and wall to allow for expansion and contraction. I use 15 pound felt paper under the hardwood as a moisture barrier and a preventative against squeaks that may be caused by wood rubbing together.

When laying hardwood a gap of at least a quarter inch should be kept between the hardwood and wall to allow for expansion and contraction. I use 15 pound felt paper under the hardwood as a moisture barrier and a preventative against squeaks that may be caused by wood rubbing together.

A conference room’s oak table and wool-nylon carpet are custom. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Mark Zeff Riffs on Austin’s Musical Heritage at the Hotel Van Zandt

A conference room’s oak table and wool-nylon carpet are custom. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A softly soothing and sophisticated palette of gold and silver is underscored by contrasting lacquered ebony and walnut woods in this 19th floor master retreat.

A softly soothing and sophisticated palette of gold and silver is underscored by contrasting lacquered ebony and walnut woods in this 19th floor master retreat.

Once all of the ceramic tile had been removed the thin set needed to be sanded to create a smooth surface to lay hardwood to. I used a floor maintainer with 8 grit sandpaper.

Once all of the ceramic tile had been removed the thin set needed to be sanded to create a smooth surface to lay hardwood to. I used a floor maintainer with 8 grit sandpaper.

Hallway of engineered hardwood. I installed this like a floating floor with a pad underneath.

Hallway of engineered hardwood. I installed this like a floating floor with a pad underneath.

Fireplace before hardwood installation. The tile on the floor will be removed.

Fireplace before hardwood installation. The tile on the floor will be removed.

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