Refinish existing floors. Stain & traditional oil finish
Refinish existing floors. Stain & traditional oil finish
In March of 2008, Nantucket Custom Flooring LLC was created. Previously, I worked for another flooring company for eight years. During that time, I flew out to Nantucket and started cold calling. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I had a full-time office on Nantucket.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to leave the flooring company. My wife was six months pregnant with our second child, and I had to make a huge decision. Meanwhile, the economy was still crashing. My wife, Maria Savo, and I took some savings and started Nantucket Custom Flooring. We finished our projects for that spring out on Nantucket as the economy was slowing. Our home, however, was in Connecticut, and we and decided to concentrate here in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Having been in the business for eight years, I have a lot of contacts and clients. These clients include architects, builders and designers that I got to know over the years. I wanted to have a small company that was very hands-on and had the ability educate customers so that they can make the best decision possible for their flooring needs. I continued to work out of my home office at my house until 2012, when I was very excited to have Scott Brownell and Brian Pinski join the team.
We have a combined 50 years worth of knowledge and we are very close, which helps to give our company a caring, family atmosphere. Through all of our hard work, Nantucket Custom Flooring is continuing to strive for greatness as a leader in the flooring world. In 2014, I was pleased to announce that Scott Brownell and myself partnered up and opened LV by Nantucket Custom Flooring. This is a luxury vinyl company we opened to give our customers even more options for their flooring needs.
– Brian Savo, founder of Nantucket Custom Flooring LLC
At the end of August, 2017, Nantucket custom Flooring and Karndean Design decided to partner up on a 2017 ALS ice bucket challenge to help support patients here in the state of Connecticut. All proceeds went to the Connecticut ALS chapter.
The Connecticut ALS chapter serves between 220- 300 patients a year, helping them during this critical time.
Here is a video of our event:
Below is a gallery of photos from our Ice Bucket Challenge event from 2017
The history of wood floors is a fascinating one, to say the least. According to the encyclopedia The Elements of Style, the ground floor of most European houses still lacked a wooden floor as late as 1625! Most houses had a beaten-earth floor that required visitors to wipe their shoes on an entry mat. This was done to prevent this natural floor from getting muddy or dusty, depending on the weather. The second floor, if you could afford one, had wooden joists and plank flooring. These planks were sometimes 2 feet wide, often of oak or elm.
It wasn’t until the Baroque Era (1625-1714) that wooden floors became popular, starting with the French parquetry and marquetry patterns. Illusionistic 3-D designs were made from hand-cut and laid pieces of contrasting colored hardwoods. They were then hand-scraped of their over-wood, scrubbed with sand, stained, and polished. These floors were only found in the most affluent and royal homes of their time. Some of the merchant class would imitate this by painting a plank floor with designs. Unfortunately, few of these floors survive today.
The great abundance of wood in North America brought common use of the plank floor on the main floor of a house during the Colonial days. At last, the new Americans could get off the earthen floors and enjoy the resiliency and warmth of wooden floors.
These early wood floors were not sanded nor finished. However, because they were made out of slow-growth pine, they were simply polished smooth by the feet of generations of colonists.
By the early 19th century, more parquet patterns were showing. Wooden plank floors remained the norm and were treated with paint. In the nicer homes, floors were laid in a tongue and grove configuration. More modest houses would have boards of random widths simply nailed to the joists. The carpenter would affix a scraper to a 6 foot pole and, using his foot as weight, pull ribbons of over-wood off the edges of the boards. A final hand sanding, a good shellacking, and a team of servants to wax and buff the floor made these floors glow.
Wooden floors didn’t get factory mass-produced until the American Victorian Era (1840-1910). These were not durable however, so the floors were hot waxed and buffed to a shine with the floor brush.
All that face-nailing of small strips made for a squeaky and split ridden floor. At the same time, mass produced 3/8″, 1/2″, and 3/4″ strip hardwood flooring was cheaply available at 10, 15 and 20 cents per square foot respectively.
By the 1920s and 30s, wooden floors came into competition with linoleum and cork floors, which offered a more basic geometry and less maintenance. This modern movement continued to emphasize hard and durable surfaces. Varnishes improved hardness and curing time with the addition of alkyd resin. Eventually, in the 1930s, polyurethane was the ideal no-wax finish for floors. This allowed wood to play a prominent role throughout the Modern Era (1920-1950). Even then, wall to wall carpeting was terribly expensive.
This was the time the industry tried to compete with the low price of synthetic carpeting by lowering it’s labor standards. For years, the production installer got faster and sloppier, and piece work payment dropped in 1970 from 6 to 4 cents a square foot for a parquet installation. The workers found themselves trying to install up to 1000 square feet in a day just to make 40 dollars for two guys. This was the case in high-rise apartment work that used the basic mosaic pattern parquet. Consequently, this turned the public off of these poorly laid and finished floors. Parquet was now branded as cheap and common.
Now, after 10 years of dominating the wood flooring industry, most pre-finished manufacturers have greatly improved their quality control. Unfortunately, some of the smaller brands have tweaked their milling tolerances to the point that some of the boards will no longer fit together easily. But the finishes have improved greatly. Some of the aluminum oxide finishes should far out last most any of the site-applied finishes. I ultimately leave it to the customer to decide what flooring fits their needs. We concentrate on educating so they can make that decision confidently.
In February of 2016, The Travelers Championship, which annually donates 100 percent of its proceed to local charities, announced that the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care (HSC) in New Britain, Connecticut, would be the primary beneficiary of the August 2016 tournament. Each year, HSC cares for more than 250 Connecticut residents with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscle. Last August, Travelers Chairman Jay Fishman disclosed that he had been diagnosed with the disease.
The Travelers Championship … will continue to support a diverse mix of more than 100 charitable causes throughout the region, including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a long-standing tournament beneficiary that provides medically supervised summer camps and programs free of charge to children with serious illnesses and their families.
A fundraising dinner will also be held on Friday, August 5, to support the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research. The dinner will feature legendary golfer Tom Watson, award-winning sports columnist John Feinstein and Fishman. Feinstein and Watson founded the Bruce Edwards Foundation in honor of Watson’s longtime caddy and Wethersfield native, Bruce Edwards, who eventually lost his battle with ALS.
Click here to read the full article on Travelers involvement with ALS
In the spring of 2016 I received a phone call from Jay Fishman, the CEO of Travelers Insurance company, and he asked me to be the honorary co-chair of the Travelers Championship for 2016. Jay was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, and he decided he would stay engaged instead of staying in bed. Jay being the CEO of Travelers Insurance company gave us a unique platform to raise awareness locally and nationally. Travelers put together a tent on the 18th hole with all needs met for ALS patients. It was truly incredible!! Patients can come to the tournament and not have to worry about having ALS they can come and just enjoy themselves. The patient’s faces are priceless.
The Hospital for Special Care’s ALS clinic was the main beneficiary of the tournament. This was amazing to have ALS get so much media attention for a week long. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Jay and build a relationship with him in such a short period of time. My heart was broken when I heard the news of his passing, but I will continue to carry his legacy on year after year. Travelers tournament gives 100% of the proceeds back to charities here in the state of Connecticut. I would like to thank travelers for everything they’ve done for myself and my family over the past two years. Travelers insurance company has become part of my family.
– Brian Savo, Nantucket Custom Flooring
Click on a photo below to scroll through a gallery of shots from the 2016 Travelers Championship
Click here to learn more about the Travelers Championship and additional charities they support