Author: Jess Tanner

Photographer: Brian Gouth

 

When it comes to areas of London that combine understated cool, a hip edge and  old school charm, you’d be hard pushed to beat Kentish Town. The house we are  talking about was built in a tight space in the heart of this North London district.

This building participated in UK’s most popular and longest-running property show

The building has been featured in Grand Designs, which is one of the UK’s most popular and longest-running property shows. Hosted by Kevin McCloud, a former  theater designer with a truly dazzling collection of outerwear and a taste for  sustainable, minimalist architecture, the show recently concluded its 17th season.  And it was with the help of SikaBond®-52 Wood Floor elastic flooring adhesive that the house has been brought to life.

Lower floor was sunk 5.8m into the ground

The 1,130 m2 house, which includes a lower floor that has been sunk 5,8 m into  the ground and a ground floor that is made almost completely of glass, brings a  touch of Hollywood glamour to a small suburb of London, creating a bright, open space.

Environmentally friendly products

One requisite of the project was the incorporation of environmentally friendly  products. While many of the rooms kept simple, concrete flooring, for the  bedrooms and staircase there was a need for a more comfortable, warm surface.  Wooden flooring was chosen, specifically Burano grey oiled and brushed Oak  flooring from Source Wood Floors, which not only complemented the concrete flooring but also added to the stylish, contemporary look flowing throughout the  house.

SikaBond®-52 Wood Floor adhesive achieves a strong, long lasting finishQuality, craftsmanship and aesthetics

Of course, no choice of flooring would suffice unless used with a compatible fixing mechanism. SikaBond®-52 Wood Floor elastic flooring adhesive is a great choice as it can be used with any width board, is incredibly easy to apply and remains resilient. Peter Lazar, Managing Director of Source Wood Floors, commented on his choice to use SikaBond®-52 Wood Floor adhesive on this project: “The floors could have been floated, but as a specialist distributor of Sika flooring materials for many years now, we understand the merits of  SikaBond® wood floor adhesives and always strongly recommend this installation option to all of our clients. We know it will achieve a strong, long lasting finish  and is a trusted and reliable product that provides peace of mind to users with  outstanding performance and bond strength.

Solvent free, odorless and possessing an EC1PLUS emissions accreditation

With the floors being responsibly sourced through the sustainable management of  forests, it was important to use an adhesive that would complement the  environmentally friendly product and being solvent free, odourless and possessing  an EC1PLUS emissions accreditation SikaBond®-52 Wood Floor is exactly that.”

Full-surface bonding including more problematic woods like beech and bamboo

As a one-component product it is ready for use and can be used for full-surface bonding on both solid and engineered wood floors – including strips, planks and  mosaic or herringbone panels – from the most common types of wood to more  problematic woods like beech and bamboo. Being solvent free, SikaBond®-52 Wood Floor is not only safer, but also has no odour, making it a much more pleasant experience for users.

Reducing footfall noise

Although buildings surrounded the house, being able to create a space that  maintained a sense of privacy and softness was also of great importance to the client. One of the elements of SikaBond®-52 Wood Floor is that it reduces footfall noise, dampening sound especially when used in conjunction with Sika’s AcouBond noise reducing system.

Accommodating the natural movement of wood flooring of up to 600%

Applied by gun or dispenser, the adhesive has excellent workability and possesses fast curing properties, which is ideal for projects like this where time is a serious  constraint. SikaBond®-52 Wood Floor has very high bond strength and can accommodate the natural movement of wood flooring of up to 600%, which is particularly useful when considering changing climatic seasons and just how much wooden floors need to move and flex in tune with the house and those using it.

 

Find out more:

Source Wood Floors

Sika Floor Expert