We first saw the idea of wood tiles at IKEA. The look was great, but we couldn't decide on if we'd rather have that or tile. Fast forward some months... did I say months? I meant years!,... and we finally decided that we love the organic look of wood tiles.
I did some googling, and found a company that uses leftover wood from high-end furniture making to make snap-on tiles. It was definitely the 'green' way to go, and as if it wasn't enough, they were a family-owned company, which was a definite plus in my book. :D
|Hubby wanted a flat surface for the entire balcony. So we bought molding|
from HomeDepot, drilled into the concrete and attached an 'end piece.'
|The orchid corner.|
|Our balcony is very long, about 23 feet. This is the 'lounge' side,|
with the end piece installed.
|Boxes of yummy 'balau' wood. Balau, I read, originated from Malaysia.|
Totally cool and a little piece of home. :)
|Let the fun begin. Laying the full square tiles took us about two afternoons.|
While most of them popped right in, there were some that were quite fiddly,
and it took quite a bit of work to make the rubber feet fit.
|Rubber mallets are so ordinary. I thought it'd be nicer to have a towel hammer...|
|Getting close to the edges where the tiles will have to be cut for them to fit.|
|Our 'little tool spot.'|
|The orchid corner. Mostly done, except for the edges.|
Since we anticipated that cutting the tiles would take some time, we didn't tackle it till over the weekend, when we were both feeling better. Bought a honey of a circular saw that cut through the Balau hardwood like butter... ok, somewhat cold butter... but still. :)
|A top view...|
|The orchid corner...|
|The lounging area. I'm contemplating getting a double lounger for this area. ;)|