Here is a close-up of the strand-woven bamboo. Surprisingly, it is one of only a few engineered floorboards that I came across in my product research that isn't made with formaldehyde containing glue! It is also more sustainable as the bamboo (which is actually a type of grass) grows in only 6 years, a lot quicker than an oak tree!
This strange rectangle is actually going to be the hearth for the woodburning stove. It doesn't look like much at the moment but it is a beautiful polished starry granite. We managed to get it in the back of our tiny car (without breaking the axle surprisingly) but we needed Ebi's help to carry it into the house.