cemented wood brick floor 3

Of the many inspired DIY ideas to be found in the rustic Sunset House we posted previously is a beautiful and rather startling floor made of wood “bricks”. We’d never thought of simply cutting the ends off wood planks to make wood bricks. Industrious owners Lilah and Nick made a pattern of the wood bricks, end-cuts-up, above, and then grouted it with cement, which makes some bricks darker, while others take on a muted silvery sheen. 



Great and surprising. We especially love the floor as-is,imaginig it weathering with age on a patio or outdoor living room.


via Cabin Porn via Old World Grange

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26 replies on “awesome wood brick floor (with + without cement)

  1. Wood block floors were common in railroad repair shops. They absorbed heavy loads and dropped tools better than regular clay bricks. Those at the Central of Georgia Roundhouse were restored several years ago (it’s a museum now).

  2. How were the block of wood adheared to the concrete if the ‘concrete grout’ is not used?

  3. …and what type of sealant should be used? 😉

  4. You know, I don’t know the precise answer to either of your questions. I posted it really because I like the uncemented wood and would try to find a way to make a floor like that myself, probably filling the cracks with dirt or small pebbles. I don’t know that I would seal the wood; probably just let it weather. If it’s hard wood, it should hold up for a few years at least.

  5. I saw a floor like this once inside a log home. This is how they explained the process to me. They sliced 6″X 6″ cedar post to make their tiles, glued them down to the sub floor, mixed the cedar saw dust with polyurethane to make their grout, grouted it and let it dry, then they put several coats of clear polyurethane on top. It was beautiful!

  6. Patricia, thanks so much for these specifics. A number of people were wondering how exactly to do it. We just figured we’d wing it! (:

  7. this is amazing!!!!!!! we have an old front stoop that we need to do something with…this just might fit the bill!!!! Love love this idea! will be talkin to the hubster about this one!!!

  8. This looks great for a while but you never or at least I haven’t seen any aged shots of stuff lie this. Used outdoors I can imagine how this would look over time. The blocks would warp and shrink and it would look awful and be dangerous to walk on I imagine. But then I could be wrong.

  9. Im wondering if I can do this indoors? Has anybody done it? Or is it strictly for outdoor settings? The area I would love to try this on is about a 3’x8′ hallway in my home.

  10. This type of floor cover has been used for decades, I`ve seen this used in large shops at Pearl Harbor in the shipyard, held in place cement mortar. At Pearl they used oak, it took a pounding, fork lift traffic, heavy equipment.

  11. I’m thinking any properly cured hard-wood would likely work. I’m glad to know about the ones you’ve seen.

  12. Check out Mike’s comment above. Seems like a definite YES. Please send pix if you do it.

  13. We did this years ago inside a very large open family room. It was lots of work but beautiful. We used to collect offcuts from a local roof truss manufacturer. The offcuts were pine and jarra. They seemed too good to be just firewood. Have since sold the house.

  14. SO glad to hear this. I’ve been wondering if anyone had actual experience with this beautiful flooring. Thanks for letting us know.

  15. Well..grt job…but I have a doubt regarding the cement and wood coexistence for a longer duration….as there is drastic difference in their thermal expansion property…So how to deal with that?

  16. Excelente idea !!

  17. If you look at the pictures of the wood floor before grouting it looks like the blocks were held in place by caulk or liquid nails.

  18. I can’t believe no one has asked what is UNDER the wood. I’m assuming from the pictures that this floor is located outside. The cement grouting will protect the top, but what stops the wood from rotting on the bottom or from being chewed by termites?

  19. I see some people wondering about the longevity of the wooden pavers. In the 1880’s the roads of Sydney Australia were paved in hardwoods, the technology was exported, along with the hardwood to London England in the 1890’s. These Jarrah roads existed in London until 1938.
    So if you are concerned about the lasting quality of the wood be assured if you use quality hardwood you will get many years of enjoyment.

  20. I saw something similar, but the end grain wood was round, evidently cut from branches of a hardwood tree.

  21. Hi if it’s dry gust a line of silicon will do.

  22. Wrt Mike’s comment about pearl harbor, I seen it used in shops on alameda naval air station…

  23. These floors all seem to use end grain wood. We’re hoping to use side grain wood. Our home burned in the Northern California fires in 2017. We milled a large number of oaks and dried them in our garage. Some cupping resulted but we rough milled them to 1″. I purchased a planer and now have a large amount of absolutely gorgeous wood. We thought of using it for a floor but were told that the normal expansion and contraction that occurs makes this difficult to use for flooring. I am thinking of cutting the side grain wood into blocks and using this same design along with a flexible grout. I have a lot of saw dust so it sounds like we can incorporate that into the grout. We haven’t done it yet but this appears to solve the problems of expansion/contraction. It appears that repair will require only sandpaper and grout.

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