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Muse Collection by Mirage: Inspiring Flooring for Your Home

Just in time for Women’s History Month, Mirage Hardwood Flooring has released its newest flooring collection inspired by eight remarkable women with enduring legacies. The Muse Collection by Mirage features eight modern White Oak hardwood flooring colours, available in linear and herringbone boards. These choices effortlessly complement the latest interior design styles and allow homeowners to express their taste through this elegant collection. 

White Oak Character in Grace

Meet the Muses

The Muse Collection pays homage to exceptional women who made significant contributions throughout history. These muses, hailing from various parts of the world, inspire us to make a difference in society. The floors are named in honour of these remarkable women, celebrating their impact on humankind.

Ada Lovelace – 1815-1852 – Mathematician and Writer

This hardwood flooring boasts a whitewashed tone with a brushed finish. The soft, lighter hue adds brightness to any space while still retaining the natural warmth of the wood with the visible texture. It really allows bold design to shine without fading into the background.

Grace Hopper – 1907-1992 – Computer Scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral

A graceful greige tone, this hardwood flooring stain is the quintessential complementary hue to a variety of colour palettes. It particularly stands out in open-plan decor, as the brushed natural texture adds warmth and character.

Rachel Carson – 1907-1964 – Marine Biologist and Conservationist

The best use for this light wood flooring is to soften monochromatic contemporary designs or to subtly balance a room with bold or dark-colour walls. The finish’s neutral undertones adds a quiet luxury to all spaces, no matter the mood of the decor. 

Maud Watson 1864-1946 – Tennis Player

The exquisite brown-beige of this brushed wood flooring creates a cozy atmosphere in any room. The combination of creamy undertones and the texture of natural character lines offer an elegant base for those looking for a timeless space.

Ingrid Van Houten-Groeneveld – 1921-2015 – Astronomer

The sandy neutral of this flooring infuses complexity and character into any room. It is a beautiful choice for statement rooms and works wonderfully when paired with either high- or low-contrast decor.

Eleanor Roosevelt – 1884-1962 – Diplomat and Humanitarian

This rich golden-brown stained hardwood is incredible for those looking to add an earthy element to their space. The light colour is stunning with rich warm tones, such as burnt reds and rustic greens.

Amelia Earhart – 1897-1937 – Aviator

This bronze-coloured wood flooring will elevate your home with its warm depth and dimension. This flooring boasts subtle variations in tone that is perfect for contemporary designs in cool tones for soft balance.

Hattie Larlham – 1917-1996 – Advocate and Humanitarian

The nutty brown stain of this brushed flooring subtly highlights the natural wood grain of the White Oak. The rich tones beautifully compliment warm and neutral interiors.

White Oak for Lasting Beauty

Investing in hardwood flooring means investing in lasting beauty. White Oak is one of the most aesthetically pleasing wood species, and it blends well with most styles and colour schemes. Mirage designed the Muse Collection colours to allow homeowners to seamlessly integrate traditional and contemporary styles, creating harmony and balance between the old and new. In this way, the collection mirrors the innovative and visionary spirit of the muses.

Not only beautiful, White Oak’s adaptability makes it suitable for residential and even light commercial settings; its high durability and resilience withstand high-traffic areas. The Muse Collection hardwood floors boast a 3-ply structure, providing a durable foundation for your living space. Mirage’s exclusive DuraMatt® finish offers up to 35 years of wear-through protection for residential applications, ensuring your floors stay beautiful for years.

White Oak Character in Eleanor

The Muse Collection by Mirage at West Wind Hardwood

Visit our Flooring Gallery to see this timeless flooring collection in person. We also provide samples to take home so you can explore the quality and craftsmanship that sets Mirage’s Muse Collection apart. This Canadian-made flooring is a superior choice for beauty and durability, and it is made from the finest responsibly sourced wood from managed forests.

Embrace the spirit of remarkable women, express your individuality, and let the Muse Collection be the canvas for your style. Elevate your home with the enduring allure of Mirage Floors and celebrate the legacies of inspiring women.

Prefinished vs. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring: Selecting the Ideal Fit for Your Home

Selecting the perfect hardwood flooring for your home involves a careful evaluation of the unique benefits associated with prefinished and unfinished options. Each type presents a distinct set of advantages to consider, as you need a floor that not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your space but also aligns with the practical requirements of your home. This decision-making process goes beyond mere preference. It’s about understanding the intricate features and qualities that make prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring stand out, ensuring that your choice is not just about style but also about functionality and long-term suitability for your family and your home.

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring: A Natural Canvas

Unfinished hardwood flooring looks clean and natural, showcasing a surface that’s both classy and practical. Without the subtle indentations of micro beveled edges, it’s not just visually clean but also easy to maintain because you don’t have to worry about cleaning buildup from the grooves. 

After installation, the hardwood flooring will need to be sanded and finished. This allows for your personalized colour choice and integrates with your chosen interior style. In addition to this, unfinished hardwood allows for modifications over time. Homeowners can refresh the look through sanding and refinishing without replacing the entire floor, providing long-lasting flexibility and versatility.

Check out our custom wood flooring gallery.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring: A Convenient Option

Contrasting the raw nature of unfinished hardwood, prefinished or factory-finished hardwood flooring brings its own set of advantages to the table. Factories often apply finishes under controlled conditions, resulting in a consistent, high-quality finish. This consistency also enables them to provide warranties on the finishing, offering assurance against wear or defects.

One of the most compelling benefits of prefinished hardwood flooring is the time saved during installation. Unlike unfinished hardwood flooring that requires on-site finishing, prefinished options arrive ready to install. This eliminates the need for additional finishing steps, significantly reducing the installation time and allowing for immediate use of the floor once installed.

Customization vs. Convenience: The Choice Is Yours

Unfinished hardwood flooring offers homeowners a blank canvas, allowing for custom stains, finishes, and artistic touches that reflect individual tastes and complement the home’s ambiance. When you install unfinished hardwood you are creating a tailor-made floor for your pace. 

In contrast, prefinished hardwood showcases a uniformity and precision that originates in a controlled factory environment. This uniformity is not just about aesthetics; it’s a testament to the exacting standards upheld during the finishing process, promising a consistent look and feel throughout the entire floor. Homeowners seeking a hassle-free installation process like the reliability of prefinished hardwood. The assurance of a well-executed, uniform finish can eliminate the uncertainties associated with on-site finishing. Moreover, the accompanying warranty on the finishing stands as a testament to its quality, offering a safety net against wear, defects, or inconsistencies that might arise, providing peace of mind for years to come.

In essence, while unfinished hardwood flooring opens doors to personal expression and creativity, prefinished hardwood offers a reassuring uniformity born from factory precision. The choice between the two hinges on whether you are looking for customization or the convenience that comes with a consistently flawless finish.

Long-Term Considerations for Prefinished and Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Long-term considerations for both prefinished and unfinished hardwood floors pivot on their respective characteristics, maintenance needs, durability, and adaptability over time.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

Durability of Factory Finish

Prefinished hardwood floors come with a factory-applied finish that often boasts exceptional durability. This finish is cured and dried under controlled conditions, ensuring a robust protective layer against wear and tear, UV damage, and moisture.

Warranty

Manufacturers typically provide warranties on the factory-applied finish, offering reassurance and coverage against premature wear or defects. For example, we are partners of Vintage and Mirage, who offer a 35-year warranty on finish wear-through for residential applications.

Consistency of Appearance

The uniform finish applied in a factory environment tends to maintain its appearance consistently throughout the floor’s lifespan, ensuring a timeless look without the need for additional treatments or refinishing.

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Customization and Style Changes

Unfinished hardwood allows for extensive customization. While this presents an opportunity for personalization, it also means that eventual changes in style or preference might require sanding and refinishing the entire floor to achieve a new look.

Adaptability

Unfinished hardwood offers the advantage of multiple sanding and refinishing opportunities. Over the years, the floor can be easily sanded down to remove wear, scratches, or stains. It can be more difficult to find stain matches for prefinished flooring if you need to sand down a problem area and refinish it to match the rest of the floor.

Longevity

Unfinished hardwood floors, with proper maintenance and periodic refinishing, can potentially last for generations. The ability to refresh the surface through refinishing ensures that the floor can maintain its allure and structural integrity over the long term.

Making the Decision

In summary, prefinished hardwood floors excel in immediate durability, consistent appearance, and initial convenience, backed by a factory finish warranty. Unfinished hardwood floors, on the other hand, offer long-term adaptability and the potential for extended longevity with periodic maintenance. Choosing between the two involves considering the desired lifespan, flexibility for customization, and the balance between immediate convenience and long-term adaptability.

You also need to consider your immediate priorities and long-term goals, as well as your home’s specific requirements. If you prioritize a quicker installation process, a consistent factory finish with a warranty, and immediate use of the floor, prefinished hardwood might be the better fit.

On the other hand, if you seek customization options, the adaptability to uneven surfaces, and the potential for multiple refinishing opportunities, unfinished hardwood emerges as a strong contender.

Selecting between prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring is about finding the ideal match for your home’s unique needs. Evaluate the benefits each type offers, considering your preferences, desired level of customization, installation timeline, and long-term maintenance requirements. By doing so, you’ll make an informed decision that ensures a floor perfectly suited to your space, style, and lifestyle. If you need help making your decision, reach out to our hardwood flooring experts today

Understanding Eco-Friendly Hardwood Flooring: A Sustainable Choice for Lasting Beauty

When choosing flooring for your home, eco-friendliness is an increasingly important consideration. Among the many options available, hardwood flooring stands out as a sustainable and durable choice, offering a blend of natural beauty and environmental responsibility. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the virtues of eco-friendly hardwood flooring, highlighting its superiority over flooring alternatives, its extended lifespan, and the significant environmental benefits of sourcing local hardwood from Canada.

Choosing Eco-Friendly Hardwood Flooring for Sustainable Living

Sustainability and Longevity in the Home

reclaimed hardwood floor
We made a reclaimed fir floor from glue laminate beams.

One of the fundamental advantages of eco-friendly hardwood flooring lies in its longevity. While vinyl or laminate flooring might seem cost-effective initially, hardwood flooring offers a far more extended lifespan. With proper care and maintenance, hardwood floors can last for generations. For example, Canadian company Mirage Hardwood Flooring designs hardwood floors lasting up to 100 years. This durability reduces the need for frequent replacements. It minimizes the environmental footprint associated with manufacturing and disposing of flooring materials.

Environmental Benefits

Hardwood flooring significantly reduces the burden on landfills because of its durable and long-lasting nature. When finally retired, hardwood flooring is biodegradable, allowing it to decompose in landfills naturally. Additionally, its organic composition enables recycling, where reclaimed wood can be repurposed into various materials, reducing the need for resources and minimizing further environmental impact. This sustainable life cycle of hardwood flooring underscores its role in curbing landfill waste while offering timeless beauty and reliability.

Hardwood vs. Alternatives

Image via nwfa.org.

Unlike vinyl or carpet flooring, primarily composed of synthetic materials, hardwood is derived from natural timber, making it more sustainable. We have a graphic from the National Wood Flooring Agency (NWFA) showing that hardwood flooring, both solid and engineered, has a noticeably lower carbon footprint than other flooring types. 

By opting for hardwood, you’re choosing a renewable resource that, when sourced responsibly, has a significantly lower environmental impact than other flooring options. 

Reducing Carbon Footprint with Canadian Hardwood

Investing in hardwood flooring produced in Canada further elevates its eco-friendly credentials. Canada boasts a robust forestry industry that adheres to stringent regulations and sustainable harvesting practices. Canadian hardwood flooring companies exemplify this commitment to sustainability by employing responsible wood harvesting techniques through selective cutting and reforestation. By supporting such practices, consumers contribute to preserving and renewing forests while reducing their own carbon footprint.

Naturally Responsible Canadian Flooring

We are partners with Mirage Hardwood Flooring and Vintage Hardwood Flooring, Canadian companies that have gained recognition for their dedication to sustainability. Their commitment to responsibly harvested wood aligns with principles of environmental conservation. Choosing Mirage or Vintage floors means selecting hardwood flooring sourced from forests managed with ecological responsibility, ensuring the preservation of natural habitats and biodiversity. Furthermore, the durability and longevity of their floors significantly reduce the need for frequent replacements, diminishing future environmental impact. We proudly stock both Mirage and Vintage hardwood floors in our flooring gallery

Certifications for Eco-Friendly Hardwood Flooring

PEFC Certified

Specific certifications for eco-friendly hardwood flooring for your space indicate responsible sourcing and environmental compliance. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) signifies that wood originates from sustainably managed forests. The EPA TSCA Title VI Compliance also assures consumers that composite wood products like engineered hardwood flooring meet stringent formaldehyde emissions standards, ensuring healthier indoor air quality. Look for these certifications when choosing eco-friendly hardwood flooring for your home. 

Making Sustainable Flooring Choices

As consumers become increasingly conscientious about their environmental impact, choosing flooring materials becomes more than a mere aesthetic decision. It becomes a statement of commitment to sustainability and responsible consumption. 

Hardwood flooring, solid hardwood even more so, emerges as a superior eco-friendly choice over vinyl, carpet or laminate options due to its environmental benefits, durability and longevity. Opting for hardwood flooring, particularly from reputable Canadian brands, not only enhances the look and feel of your space but also contributes to environmental conservation and reduces your carbon footprint.

By choosing eco-friendly hardwood flooring, homeowners invest in both the timeless elegance of natural wood and the planet’s well-being, creating spaces that endure beautifully for generations to come. To learn more about West Wind’s hardwood flooring offering, visit our flooring gallery in person or contact us

The Reemergence of Parquet Wood Flooring

The Reemergence of Parquet Wood Flooring

Featuring Zech Inkster of Plank+Saw

Jan and I have travelled to Europe a few times.  Beyond the usual touristy activities, we are always on the lookout for all-things-wood; especially of times gone by when a joiner was a respected artisan and a guild member.  Tools were specialized.  Consider the curved planer.  What do you think?  Curved stair bannisters or curves of a church window.  Purchased in a German shop of antiquities.

Since we’ve been importing the Oli-Natura line of oils from Germany, we have come to understand that Europeans use the term ‘parquet’ as a loose term for wood floors including floors with patterns.  Parquet floors can also incorporate other geometrical patterns such as triangles and squares but can also contain curves. Design starts from the floor up. A common way to make a statement with wood flooring is through the incorporation of geometric mosaic patterns in the place of straight timber planks. These geometric patterns are known as “parquet”, meaning “small compartment” in French. The most common and well-known style of parquet flooring is the herringbone pattern.

Named after its resemblance to the skeleton of a herring fish, the herringbone pattern consists of an arrangement of rectangles or parallelograms in a repetitive pattern, based on the symmetries in the pattern (known as a wallpaper group).

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My Old House

My Old House

Everyone who works at West Wind has formed a close relationship with wood. Most are passionate and take advantage of any opportunity to use and/or work with it. Last year, one of our employee’s bought their very first home. Here is the start of his journey. Enjoy and stay tuned for updates.


The house is from the late 1920s, but well maintained over the years. Being mostly original inside and out, a lot of the original character of the house remains. The history is not known for sure, but it is believed that the first owner was a manager or caretaker of the Agriculture Canada’s Experimental Plant Farm on East Saanich Road (now known as the Centre for Plant Health). Who knows maybe the old fig tree on the property was planted by the original owner? The house sits on a half acre, surrounded by forest and gardens.

The new owners plan to keep the original character and style of the house intact as much as possible. This started with refinishing the original Douglas-fir flooring. Tearing up the laminate floor and carpet revealed a floor full of character. The whole process felt a lot like an archaeological dig to us.

After the floor was refinished it was obvious that that baseboard and door jambs needed a lot of work. All the door jambs and plinth blocks were undercut when the laminate flooring was installed. The jambs were all re-cut, filled and faired; baseboards sanded, filled and repainted. At the same time the stairs were in need of some attention. It was obvious that the stair case was well used, full of dents and dings. The treads were covered in carpet and a rubber floor covering. The original treads were also refinished.

We also knew we wanted to be as self-sufficient as possible and we knew we wanted to heat with wood. No time was wasted repairing the chimney tops and installing a wood burning insert. The fireplace was stripped of its dated tiles from the 80’s and re-tiled. It took a lot of time and effort to find a tile that was both modern but looked like it could have been original.

Custom Wide Plank Flooring

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Precision manufacturing & Quality

If your dream floor is a wide plank, vintage look and feel, than look no further! Each and every floor that we produce is made to exact specifications to ensure an exceptional fit from the first plank to the last board. In order to produce quality results, you must first start with a strong foundation.

Our foundation is built on our talented staff and our German made Weinig moulder. Together we are capable of producing the finest quality wood flooring.

Wide plank floors have a timelessness and character that suits almost every décor. If custom is not the route you’d like to take, than we also carry a brand called DuChateau.

DuChateau Floors produces top quality, wide plank hardwood floors that are distressed, Hard-Wax oiled, smoked and brushed to achieve a true vintage look. Their floors are antique reproduction hard-wax oil floors developed in Holland. Their hardwood floors are designed to reflect the styles found in Europe from centuries ago. DuChateau Floors’ goal is to recreate the same time worn look that showcases the character and longevity of a hardwood floor.

Please enquire with us today or visit our flooring website: View All Our Flooring Products