Replacing Flooring Before The Holidays

No one wants to think about the holidays right now, but it’s really just around the corner! Halloween is closing in on us ,and less than a month from that is Thanksgiving, and only a month from that is Christmas, Before you know it, the year is over!  Before the stress of the holidays become part of the season, if you’ve been thinking about changing your flooring, you may want to consider doing it now.

 

Of course, considering replacing the flooring shouldn’t be done specifically for your guests, but it is a good time to upgrade so you can show off your beautiful home! Before you embark on replacing your flooring, there are a few things to consider outside of cost. We’ve broken it down to these few questions so you can get the most out of your flooring.

 

What is my style?

 

Look around your home and determine what your overall style may be. Perhaps you’re going through a phase and can’t be too sure what your core style is, but there are flooring options that go with multiple styles. If you find you’re more traditional a red oak hardwood floor would be a great addition; if you’re contemporary or modern, a  luxury tile may be a better option. Find your style in the things you have to determine what the style should be in the flooring you choose.

 

Is the flooring comfortable?

 

This is a pretty important question to ask. If the flooring is going to be replaced in the kitchen, think about how much time is spent in there. There’s a lot of time spent on your feet preparing food, and hard flooring can be tough on feet and legs making you uncomfortable. Luxury vinyl may be a better option than traditional tile.  Laminate or hardwood flooring may be a better option than slate, so on and so forth.

 

How easy is it to clean?

 

Again, another very important question. You’re going to have a house full of guests, most likely more often than once, and those people spill food and drink-it’s natural. Flooring with multiple grooves such as tile may be a little difficult to clean. Choose a flooring that’s simple to clean, and doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance.

 

What is the life of this flooring?

 

Most types of vinyl and laminate flooring have shorter lives than tile or wood flooring. Laminate reacts to moisture and temperature, which is common in the kitchen. Wood and tile hold up well through heavy traffic. If this is a home you plan to be in for a very long time, you may want to consider the type of flooring you install; do you want it to last as long as you do? These are questions you should ask yourself before setting out to select a flooring type.

 

Budget is the biggest question, and should be the first one you ask yourself. Once you’ve set your budget, ask yourself these previous questions, and see one of our designers to help you find the best answer. Knowing the answers to these questions will clarify your overall design plan and set you forth with the perfect flooring for you!  Just in time for the holidays!

Bring The Beach Home All Year Long!

Bring The Beach Home All Year Long!

August is otherwise known as Beach Season! Being that we’re in the thick of August, the beach seems like a natural part of the season. What do you do when the season changes, but you’re not ready to break up with the beach? Bring the beach style décor into your home with a few key pieces (including a special type of flooring) to enjoy the beach all year long!

 

Ford pic 3Beach-style accents are abundant, especially if you get them FROM the beach. It’s a fun way to make your whole family a part of the styling process. Have the kids go shell hunting and see how many shells they can collect! Bring home buckets of the beach and start decorating. Using hurricane vases, fill the vases with shells and use as table décor.  You can also fill a shallow bowl with shells to serve as a great centerpiece.

 

Sea glass and driftwood are great in décor as well. Place sea glass in a shallow, rectangular bowl and decorate with candles for a lovely coffee table centerpiece. Driftwood can be used in a multitude of ways as well. Cut one in half and use as bookends; drill holes and add hooks for a unique key holder, or jacket holder. Hang with twine and then cleverly hang pictures as a unique way to display your favorite snapshots!

 

Color theme is key when it comes to ‘beaching’ your home. Soft turquoise and blue along with creamy whites, and beige work well on walls and even ceilings.  Think of what kind of waterfront you want to invoke; do you like the southern California look, a lakeside cabin, the Florida Keys or the Maine Coastline. The colors of these very different waterfronts should serve as inspiration for your overall color scheme.

 

If you’ve been to our showroom, you’ve gotten a glimpse of our whitewashed or distressed driftwood looking hardwood floors, which are also available in luxury vinyl tile. Use this flooring DC-pic-4throughout y our house to fully evoke the beach house vibe, or use in just the space you want to really embrace the beach décor in.

 

Our designers will help you during the design process to help you bring the beach home in a way that transitions into the colder months without a thought. The idea of having your décor as a backdrop for your beautiful home is our focus! We will help you choose the right kind of flooring to give you the type of waterfront look you want!

Understanding Hardwood Flooring Cut Types

Hardwood flooring may seem to be a ‘seen one, seen them all’ kind, but in reality, the myriad of choices goes beyond width and stain options. Sure, you can choose to go with wide plank, or narrow; any shade between black and white, and of course there’s different types of wood from oak to bamboo, but there are different cuts that are also important aspects of the end quality of your hardwood. The various sawing methods available can create many different flooring options all from one species of tree. How it’s cut and how it’s dried are just as important as the width of the board or stained, if not more so. The cut affects how the flooring will be installed, which makes a huge difference in the long run on the life and maintenance of your floors.

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Plain Sawn:

This cut is also known as flat sawn. Most old homes built in the early and mid-1900s and is what most people think of when they think of common oak floors.  Plain sawn is the most popular type of cut, and involves the least amount of waste. Due to the large yield of lumber with faster milling times, this cut provides the most affordable lumber.

 

Quarter Sawn:

When a log is cut into quarters, the annual growth rings are at 90 degrees to the surface. White Oak is a popular type of wood to be cut in this way because of the vibrant flecks and tight wavy grain pattern it creates.  More physical labor and time are required for this piece of lumber, creating a more unique grain pattern. Of course the labor drives the price of these boards; however, the cut is more stable than plain sawn.

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Rift Sawn:

This cut has annual growth rings angled around 45 degrees.  This cut is best for tables, chairs, and furniture legs that require a straight lined cut. Certainly flooring can be cut in this fashion as well, but it products a great deal of waste and requires a decent amount of labor, making it a pricy flooring option.

 

Make your appointment today to learn more about cuts of wood, and what yearly rings can do to the look of your boards. Find out what flecks and rays are in a plank of wood, and discuss what grain patterns you will find with the different type of wood species. The more you know about the wood you put down in your space, the easier it will be to choose the one that’s right for you; and, the more you’ll appreciate the hard work that goes into those hard floors!

Creating the Perfect Space For The Last Days of Summer

Creating the Perfect Space For The Last Days of Summer

Can you believe we’re in August? It feels like summer is slipping between our fingers, just when we were getting comfortable with the lazier part of the season. Swim season is over and many of us are planning our beach vacations. It’s the perfect time to create a summer nook that can transition into the colder seasons to enjoy a glass of iced tea, or a hot mug of cocoa when the time comes!

Think about what you want for your nook; do you want to look out the window? Do you want it to be in a quieter part of the house? Do you want it to be more cave-like than sunny nook? What you want from your private space will determine where you place it. Some examples of space is a corner in the basement, a quiet part of a sunroom, an unused closet, a part of the outdoors that sees a hutchison_pic_3lot of shade, or an unused portion of your dining room beside a window.

Once you determine what you want, you can then decide whether you want it to be a completely separated space, or if you want it to blend in with the rest of your home.  To blend the nook with the rest of your home, stick to the same color scheme or style. if you want to area to maintain a little privacy, use a stylish drape or unique bi-fold.

Use pillows and a bench to start, with a side table, or foot rest to use for drinks or books. Add drawing pads and even a place for snacks!

Lighting should match the mood; if you want your area to be dimly lit, choose soft lighting, maybe a stylish lamp. If you want there to be natural lighting, use a space that maximizes sunlight. If the area you are using is an actual cove, you can hang a small chandelier to give the space a lush look.

If your floors are in need of a change, you can incorporate the new flooring with your new nook! Follow the pattern of flooring up the wall or create a whole new design with flooring on the accentDave-s-basement-design-pic wall! If the design fits, you can add a different type of flooring to the area your nook will be in, which makes the space permanent and separate from the rest of the room/space.

If you have the idea, but don’t know where to start, ask one of our many designers to create the look you want with the perfect flooring, and paint color pairing.  Make your appointment today!

Can’t Pick Just One? Mixed Wood Flooring Styles

Can’t Pick Just One? Mixed Wood Flooring Styles

Selecting the right design for your space or for your entire home can occasionally be a challenge when you like more than one type of flooring. Some rooms look amazing with dark floors, while others look incredible with light floors, but maybe you like traditional oak, but not so much that you want an entire home full of it. The choices can be dizzying, which is why we provide you with a designer who will help you every step of the way. Here are some tips on how to blend your favorite flooring to create a unique look!

 

Size Matters:

 

Combining different tones of flooring is fine if you stay with one plank size. Wide plank floors make a space feel more open, and by reducing the number of seems will showcase more of the beauty of the wood. The direction of the planks will align with the longest side of the space, and set the stage for the different types of flooring.

 

Shade Matters Too:

 

IMG_3005Keep the contrasting colors of the flooring close enough to one another where they are complimentary, not fighting one another. For example, white and gray wood floors bring enough interest without making it looking like a fun house. Keep the shade difference at one tone below or above the other.

 

Pattern May Need To Take A Backseat:

 

Patterned wood floors such as chevron or other interesting designs may bring a unique level of style, but with the contrasting colors in the floors, it will make the room look busy and smaller.

 

If what you want is more along the lines of using one shade of flooring in one room, and a different shade in an adjacent room, the above mentioned still stands. Additionally, you’ll want the transition between the two rooms to happen in a straight line at the threshold of the room.

 

Contrasting Furniture Makes a Difference:

 

If you’re not brave enough to commit to mixed flooring, create contrast with your furniture. The look of gray floors against dark kitchen cabinets, or dark flooring against white or light-colored DC-pic-2furniture is quite sophisticated and may give you enough of that interest you’re looking for in your overall design.

Call us to schedule your appointment with one of our designers. We will help you realize your vision and do it within your budget as well!