The Cross House
Originally, the 1894 Cross House had cheap pine floors on its first and second levels. This was because these floors were covered by the extraordinary luxury of wall-to-wall carpeting (27-inch wide strips hand-sewn together).
Later, the pine floors were covered with plain oak floors.
Had the Cross House NOT had wall-to-wall carpeting in 1894, it would certainly have had gorgeous wood floors with intricate parquet borders:
If I were rich I would not hesitate to tear out the plain oak floors and at long last install gorgeous floors with parquet borders.
If I were rich.
As things stand however, I must make do with what I have.
Most of the oak floors are in relatively good shape. Save the library. This room had two bathrooms later inserted into it (since removed) and a closet (also removed). There was termite damage, too.
Justin C, the floor master, said he could repair all the damage, and this would cost like twice the money than if he just wholly tore up the floor and replaced it.
This option had a big dividend: the torn-up flooring would be a perfect match to repair all the other floors in the house.
If all goes well, the library and living room flooring will be sanded and varnished…soon. April? I am crossing my fingers.