Lau’s team ripped out the carpeting in the reception and relaxation areas, replacing it with strandwoven bamboo floors from Sustainable Flooring. “We put a quarter-inch layer of cork underneath it to absorb shock and make it softer to walk on,” Lau says.
After raising the beams for a more open feel, Lau installed insulation and tectum panels on the ceiling for sound absorption. “The tectum’s made from straw, so it’s eco-friendly and provides added insulation,” he says. “When you’re dealing with hardwood floors there can be quite a bit of sound. This keeps everything quiet.”