Meet Sunny Pettis Lutz and her friend Tony – the duo who went on and created an economical and unique flooring for Sunny’s home by making use of materials that were locally available and thus saved quite a lot of money. The first step was to collect enough wood so that the Lutz’s version of a wooden floor could be created. Sunny resides in Arizona and her flooring is basically created from shaggy bark juniper and alligator bark pine. No living trees were harmed and only dead trees were harvested for this project. The wood removal carried out for this project was in compliance with the Forest Service.
One-inch disks were created by having the cordwood run through a chop saw and were sanded down until they were smooth. The duo then started laying them out on the floor.
The disks were placed as close to one another as possible and the pieces were glued to the concrete floor.
Floor was swept and mopped before to create a clean surface.
Despite the fact that these pieces had been sanded when they were cut, the whole floor was sanded again using a belt sander to ensure that everything was level and even.
This didn’t allow the grout to stick to the wood which would have resulted in the covering of rings and patterns.
A mixture of 80% tile grout and 20% sawdust was used. Sunny’s home now looks quite warm and sports a unique floor that amazes all those visiting her. And obviously she gets to beam with pride as she tells them that she did it herself!