I'm having my fir floors finished, but the finisher says he can't do anything with the two oak (?) planks between the living room and dining room. My father wants to install small benches that would double as bookshelves there, but I'm afraid it's going to disrupt the flow. The planks are 29" long and 6.5" wide. The bench would be 7.25" wide and about 18" high. The space between the attic ceiling and the top of the floor is 9". I was thinking about installing either glass bricks or dark blue glass tiles in the space left by the planks. Any suggestions?
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Without knowing too much more, we like your father's bench idea. Keep with the wood theme and keep it warm. Glass bricks or tiles will be very jarring next to your lovely old wood floors.
Question: have you considered replacing the oak planks with fir so that you could finish it all together?