I'm Karin H, co-owner of Wood You Like Ltd, independent specialised retailer in the lovely village of Kent. Me and my partner originated from The Netherlands (where, if we'd stayed there to open a shop like we have, we would have been number 12 or 13 in our home town).
Don't install floors myself - my better half takes care of that - but am the "advice desk" for DIY-ers, architects and interior designers in most matters related to natural wooden flooring (and then some).
Based on all the Q & A's received over the years about installing floorboards the correct way, we grouped this together into a paperback manual last year. A second manual, focusing on design parquet is - still - in the pipe-line
Never built our own home, gutted and renovated one 22 years ago though (in The Netherlands, where rules, regulations and methods vary in many aspects from here).
Edited by woodyoulike, 09 March 2011 - 09:42 AM.