Brian Maize and the Elite Hardwood Flooring Team Tackle Their Biggest Project Yet—and Help Restore the Grandeur of Redstone Castle
RFL: Tell us a bit about yourself and the Elite Hardwood team.
Maize: I started Elite Hardwood Flooring in August of 2009, so this summer marked 10 years in business. We’re a small crew: just myself, my brother, my best friend from high school, and one apprentice.
How did you get involved with the Redstone Castle renovation?
It was the result of a long-standing relationship with one of our best clients, Steve and April Carver, who own the castle, as well as their contractor B&H General Contractors. We also helped the Carvers restore the other historic property they own, the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs.
Have you done projects on this scale before?
Yes, we did extensive work on the Hotel Denver, as well as many custom homes throughout the valley.
What areas of the Castle did your team restore?
Top to bottom! The entire property is essentially hardwoods, besides the bathrooms of course.
What types of flooring were used in the Castle?
We used Long Length Select Rift and Quartered White Oak throughout.
Did you encounter any unexpected problems that required unique solutions?
Every day. While we were there, we just never knew what the sub-floor would look like while patching in new flooring. It was quite an ordeal day by day.
Does Elite do a lot of old home/property renovations in the valley?
We do it all when it comes to hardwood. I personally love restoring old floors that the client might think are too far gone for repair.
Can locals get the same Redstone Castle flooring looks in their own homes?
Absolutely. Call me at 970.366.1676.
What were the most interesting and rewarding aspects of working on the Castle?
It’s obviously very rewarding; the Pazours, who live on site, keep the place looking like a museum and we take a ton of pride in being involved in this restoration.