International Wood International Wood 2005 - Page 26

“Santos mahogany adds a warmth to our home that could not have been accomplished with any other material.” JOHN LEJA New Home, Heirloom Floors Kim and John Leja are settling into their new home north of Madison, Wisconsin, and to say that they’re pleased with the Santos mahogany and Brazilian cherry floors they’ve chosen would be an understatement. “I absolutely love the wood,” says John. “Its enduring beauty, depth, richness of color and grain adds a warmth to our home that could not have been accomplished with any other material. Our floors will be a focal point of our home for generations to come.” The home was built by Duren Custom Builder. Dan Duren builds six to eight homes per year that sell from $400,000 to $800,000, and says exotic species have become very popular. “People love the real rich natural color,” says Duren. “And right now it’s relatively inex- pensive, about the same price as a dark maple that we use. Availability isn’t a problem. It’s relatively hard for flooring, so we don’t have any problems with dings and scratches, and it’s really stable.” “We were originally going to put wool car- peting in the office,” says Kim, “but I’m really glad we made the last-minute decision to go with the Santos mahogany. In the end, it was about the same cost as the carpeting.” 26 IMPORTED WOOD