By Hardwood Floors Magazine editors
Best Extreme Makeover | Czar Floors (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.)
Their floors have been inspired by Roman ruins and Europe’s Middle Ages, and they’ve installed them in yachts and palaces. But it wasn’t until this year that the seven-time Wood Floor of the Year-winning company Czar Floors finished a project at the noblest location yet: a man cave.
And in so doing, Czar Floors won the company’s eighth Wood Floor of the Year award, this time for the Best Extreme Makeover category. While not as large as Czar Floor’s 1,600-square-foot medallion that was part of the company’s 2007 award-winning project in an Eastern European governmental facility, the Boston Celtics logo certainly confronted the Czar team with challenges to overcome, said vice president of operations Edward Tsvilik. And overcome them they did.
For one, color. The Celtics’ green isn’t just any green. The customer demanded nothing but the truest of Irish greens for the finished product.
“We try to persuade people to use natural colors, but in this case with this color there’s nothing close to it,” Tsvilik said. “Especially since it’s a logo, we had to stick to the official colors of the logo.”
This required Czar Floors to seek the help of a custom stain shop to develop the green, which took multiple iterations to get just right. The stain also had to soak into the wood deep enough so that the color stayed on-hue through post-installation sanding. The magic depth was a quarter of an inch, achieved with a long period of stain saturation and heat treatment.
The second issue was caused by Lucky the Leprechaun. Lucky’s walking stick, shoes, basketball and part of his bowler hat extend outside the medallion circle.
“With a circle you can pretty much orientate it the way you want,” Tsvilik said. “With this, you have one shot to get it right and glue it. You cannot turn the medallion the way you want.”
After a couple weeks of testing stain chemistry and planning the design, Czar Floors installed the medallion in the Massachusetts home. The final medallion uses maple, wenge, oak impregnated with the custom green stain, walnut and ash.
“We’ve heard nothing but praises from the client and their guests,” Tsvilik said. “It makes no difference about the size of the piece.”—A.A.