If you're going to make wood and tile harmonize, a former church in Music City itself seems an ideal place to do it. When this 115-year-old place of worship was renovated into a boutique hotel in Nashville, Tenn., 2-by-15-inch prefinished engineered white oak herringbone was chosen to complement colorful flooring tiles specially designed after the building's original stained glass windows.

Textures Nashville installed the wood flooring. "We snapped lines where the tile was going to start and we just laid up to those points," says Rob Sutherland, director of operations. "I think we spent probably three or four hours on layout." Among the building's quirks was a slightly uneven subfloor. "That floor was not perfectly flat," Sutherland adds, "and we had to do some prep to get the tile to be flush." They worked outward from the tile lines, gluing with occasional nail assists over the plywood. Keeping straight herringbone lines in the L-shaped lobby was a challenge, and a jig saw was used to fit pieces around the room's islands and radius walls. Such installs can be time-consuming, Sutherland says, but the hotel's other renovations were behind schedule, leaving Sutherland's crew five days to complete the roughly 1,000-foot job on a site bustling with other trades. But like the sunlight hitting the room's massive stained glass, Textures came through with glorious results. The tile was installed by another company soon after.

"Just the way that it ties in with that tile is pretty special," Sutherland says. "Everyone loves it."


Adhesive: Wakol | Wood flooring: Peachey Hardwood Flooring


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Ryan Kushner signed on as assistant editor at Wood Floor Business in February 2018 after a year and a half as a staff writer at The Smithfield Times in Southern Virginia. He grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in English and Communication from Mercyhurst University. He is constantly in search of wood floor stories and terrible puns and wood love to hear suggestions floor either.