4 Unique Floor Designs that Make Your Home Stand Out

One of the most fashionable trends in the flooring world is the desire to be unique and stand out. It’s a way to express yourself and your love of design in your living space while also adding a lot of personal and physical value to your home.

Here are some of the more unique designs that you can play with to make your home entirely you. These are not patterns you can copy anywhere else, but instead ways you can customize your flooring project to really take it to the next level.

Intricate Carpet Patterns

Carpets are making a comeback! And they’re coming back strong! But they’re also nothing like the carpets we used to know. Gone are the days where you have one single (and often unappealing) color. Now we have carefully designed patterns.

They often have some sort of light/dark contrast in the color and they can be either very complex, floral like designs or they can be simple geometric shapes. They can also be custom designed to have a frame around the walls.

Mixed Width and Color

If you’re going for hardwood, this is a wonderful way to play around with the variety of hardwood available. Usually households would opt for just one type of wood plank, but you can also mix and match them so that you have rows of different colors and different widths.

Mixed Herringbone

You can take it one step further and mix up the herringbone. It’s a bit harder to do the mixed width, but you can definitely play on color contrast with this mesmerizing and unique pattern.

Mixed Tile

Notice a trend here? Mixed tile is another way to go. It follows the same concept as mixed width and color planks for wood but instead with tile. This way you can play even more with deep color contrasts and get some more primary color play on your floor.

Conclusion

All of these patterns have the same core concepts in common that make them unique and fashionable. They all focus on contrast instead of blend, usually relying on some sort of light versus dark contrast with what are often regal colors (i.e blue and gold).  

 

The point is not to make sure everything matches but to create as much color contrast as possible. The uniformity is created by the minimalist patterns and shapes, and can be emphasized through the furniture.

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Flooring Budget

Any housing project is going to be huge and even daunting, especially for new homeowners. There is no doubt that these projects can are both expensive and necessary. It can be easy to try to find ways you can do it yourself and save as much money as possible. And that actually leads to one of the most common mistakes first timers make in that they overestimate their abilities, go cheap and do their own floors, and as the project goes on, they are met with a ton of surprises that blows their project way over budget.

We don’t want that.

So we made this guide to help you as you go through budgeting for your flooring project.

Start Planning Early

As with any housing project, you want to plan for it over a long period of time. If possible, see if you can start putting in a little bit of money every month do that you can save ahead instead of spending over a period of many years later. The earlier you start saving, the easier this process will be.

The good thing about your floor is that it decays very slowly, so you can be aware of the warning signs and start saving over a period of many months and you can expect the floor to still be usable until you replace it.

Get an Accurate Measurement for Your Room

Floor prices vary depending on the amount of floor space you’re modeling. One common mistake new folks make is that they estimate their floor measurements. Don’t eyeball it, just do the work and get an exact measurement for your room in square feet before moving on. You want your budget to be accurate.

Research Supplies and Get Samples

Don’t be afraid to take your time and compromise between the floor you want and the floor you can afford. You’re going to be happiest when you can sacrifice a little bit of both, but not go too far on one side. So that means allowing yourself to spend a little bit extra on a floor you like while also not overspending on a luxury you can’t afford.

When doing this, you want to meet with a professional. Having a professional to consult early on will not only help you as you adjust your plans and your budget, but it also helps us because we know you’re serious and responsible about this project.

Once you’ve done your research, you should be able to calculate how much money you will need for materials. The professional you consult with also give you a quote for the whole project.

Be Patient, Save Your Money

Don’t gamble by doing the project yourself. When you budget with a professional, the amount you spend becomes a lot more similar to the amount you were expecting to spend. Once you get a few quotes from various professionals, allow yourself some time to save up the money, negotiate quality and price, and also work with your professional flooring service about pricing options.

It’s best for you to save your money ahead of time, but you can often take a loan with the company to pay off the floor over time. Most folks do both, they save for quite a while so that they can take a much lower loan. That decision is up to you and how much you trust yourself to save along with how urgent the project is.

A new floor is a huge investment, but these first steps should help you get started,

Is DIY Flooring Cheaper than Professional Installation?

Is DIY Flooring Cheaper than Professional Installation?

We understand the temptation to do a floor yourself. After all, it’s just ripping out what’s there and putting the new thing on top right? Wrong. While it can be tempting to do the floors yourself, it can actually be more difficult, more time consuming and even more expensive than hiring a professional Here’s why.

Time

Being in a home without a floor installed is annoying, to say the least. It puts a strain on the whole family and will force you to do a lot of extra work. Professionals don’t just do the work faster, but much faster. We can have your floors done in no time, meanwhile, your work alone could take weeks.

You know the saying, “time is money.” Any money that could be saved from DIY flooring is then spent on the amount of time you take to install the floor. You will get to work fatigued for many days in a row, your housemates will be annoyed, and the stress will certainly pile up.

Skill

Installing floors is a skill. It requires a lot of work and experience in home building and remodeling. Proper installation requires expertise that not everyone has. And the skill shows. Even something as simple as putting carpet tiles on concrete requires a professional to look good.

Unless you have a lot of experience in home remodeling yourself, chances are very high that everyone will know your flooring project was DIY. Only a professional can make a floor look like a solid floor. Amateur skill shows, and you don’t want it on a floor that lasts 10+ years.

Cost

You might think that DIY is cheaper than hiring a professional, but that’s only true if you yourself are a professional. While professional costs do include the costs of labor, we also have better deals on materials and know the right manufacturers to buy from. We also make fewer mistakes, which cost money. If you break a piece of material you buy, that’s on you to then buy more and fix the issue.

Mistakes due to lack of skill are costly, and the price can very easily become greater than hiring a professional service. So why take the risk for something that’s not even guaranteed to be cheaper? Instead, hire a professional, we’ll work out a payment plan, and make sure you get the floor of your dreams at the budget you want and we’ll get it done quickly.

I don’t know about you but I think that’s worth the labor cost. Call us today at (703) 898-5912.

The Ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown

The Ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown

Greece vs. Egypt, Sith vs. Jedi, the colonies vs. England. These are some of the most dramatic rivalries of all time, but they don’t come close to the battle between Luxury Vinyl and Hardwood flooring. Today we’re putting this bitter rivalry to rest with the ultimate comparison. We’re looking at cost, style, usage, durability, customization, all of it. So let’s jump right in with the ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown!

Cost

Everyone’s putting their bets on this one, we’re starting with what should be a clear battle for the Vinyl. Since quality of vinyl varies so much, we’re only looking at luxury vinyl. We took the average cost of both and here are the results:

Luxury Vinyl: $3-11 per square foot

Hardwood: $8-25 per square foot

Of course the winner goes to luxury vinyl but not by much. The race is much closer, and if you don’t play the game right, you can actually pay more for luxury vinyl than for hardwood!

Environmental Impact

Both of these materials have the potential to make mother nature shriek. But they also both have green options, it all depends on the material and manufacturer you buy.

Hardwood is the more natural option of the two but by virtue of being made of wood, they tend to contribute to deforestation, a major issue today as forests and rainforests are dwindling at a terrifying rate around the world. There are greener options made of recycled materials however, and if you’re careful about getting an ethical manufacturer, you can limit your carbon footprint.

Luxury vinyl obviously does not grow on trees, they don’t contribute to deforestation but do carry a significant carbon footprint. Green options of this floor are available as well. They are recyclable and you can you also have the option to buy recycled vinyl as well.

Our verdict? It depends on the manufacturer. Both can be great or terrible for the environment.

Durability

This one used to be a no brainer. Cheap vinyl doesn’t last and will look gross after a few years. But luxury vinyl has gone a long way. Can it beat hardwood though? Let’s find out.

Hardwood

Hardwood is one of the most durable floors out there, as long as you take care of it. Hardwood aften lasts 25 years or more, but the amount of time and effort for maintenance should be considered.

Vinyl

Vinyl also lasts over 25 years but not that much more, whereas some hardwood does have the potential to last a whole lifetime. That said, 25 years is still a long time, and warranties often go up to 20 years. There’s also less maintenance required.

Style

This one is obviously the most subjective. We aren’t going to say which one overall looks nicer, but we’re going to look at stuff like how customizable each flooring type is, what options are available, and where these floors can be used.

Vinyl

Vinyl is much more customizable than hardwood. The image of wood is basically a picture of wood printed on the vinyl. Then there’s also material to make it feel like hardwood as well if you want to match that look as much as possible.

Vinyl also works well anywhere. You don’t have to worry about moisture or maintenance. It works great in commercial and home spaces.

Hardwood

Hardwood is obviously much less customizable because instead of a picture, it’s the real deal. Authenticity has a price however, you have to be aware of moisture levels and spend more on maintenance. But while sometimes luxury vinyl comes close, good hardwood will always look like good hardwood.

Conclusion

So who wins? Well, it’s up to you, luxury vinyl is a wonderful and valuable alternative to hardwood, but if you’re looking for something timeless, beautiful, and authentic, and aren’t worried about the extra price, hardwood’s the way to go.

3 Modern Ways to Use Carpet

3 Modern Ways to Use Carpet

Carpet gets a little bit of a bad rep these days. Older carpet is hard to take care of, looks outdated, and can look filthy if it’s not cleaned regularly. Nowadays, hardwood floors are the most popular flooring option available, with wall-to-wall carpet having a reputation as being cheap.

But there’s nothing wrong with saving money if you can make it work, and there has been a lot of renovations in carpet that will make your living space more beautiful and elegant than ever before. Here are 3 modern ways to use carpet.

Use Rugs

The main design of today is simplicity with variety. Multiple designs that are very different, but simple in themselves. One way to do this is by using a plain carpet and layering it with rugs. This is a common solution for hardwood floors but is considered less often for carpet.

Part of the reason why is that using rugs on carpet is technically putting the same thing on top of itself, but it’s the variety of design that keeps it from feeling redundant. The rugs should be a different color and a little more complex in design.

Use Colorful Furniture

If you have carpet that’s very simple, very traditional, then consider going bold and colorful with your furniture. This contrast will bring more attention to your interior design and allows your floor to ironically blend in with everything else.

You can also embrace the one color of your carpet and use the same color throughout the room. This is a great choice for bolder colors like red or blue.

Go with Variety and Color in Your Carpet Design

Instead of adding color and variety to a dull carpet, you can also use carpet that itself is lively. You can do this through varying carpet tiles, geometric designs, or using layered and multi-color carpet designs. There are so many more unique options for carpet today than even a few years ago.

Carpet can be beautiful and elegant, you just have to be creative with it!