Home Tours: Great Source for Design Ideas

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Get design inspiration for your next home improvement project during one of the many home tours scheduled across metro Atlanta in December.

The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, presented by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, will take place Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 7, from noon-4 p.m. The seven beautiful homes reflect the owners’ distinctive tastes and passion for living in Virginia-Highland. Local restaurants will provide food tastings at each of the tour homes. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on that weekend.

Eight condominiums in the Cross Creek community in Buckhead will be open for tours Sunday, Dec. 7, from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the tour. Proceeds will benefit Snap to it Dog Rescue and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Call 404.351.7600 for more information.

Four Buckhead homes will be showcased on the Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour, scheduled Thursday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event.

The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes will feature six homes ranging from contemporary to classic. It will be held Sunday, Dec. 14, from 3-8 p.m. A trolley will take visitors to each home and the Holiday Market.

What other local home tours would you add to this list?


FAQs About Wood Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Is it cost-effective for home builders and renovators to select wood flooring instead of less-costly materials?

Yes. Residential real estate agents say homes with wood floors sell faster and fetch higher prices, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the National Wood Flooring Association. By a four-to-one margin, real estate agents said that a house with wood floors would sell faster than a house without wood floors. Some 90 percent said a house with wood floors would bring a higher price.

Does wood flooring go well with most design styles?

Yes. In a survey commissioned by the NWFA, 96 percent of interior designers find that wood flooring works well with many decorating styles – modern, traditional, and formal. Designers rated natural materials as superior to man-made materials in beauty, prestige, style, maintenance, and durability. A variety of woods and finishes are available to complement the décor and style of any room.

There are so many species of wood. How do I select one?

Choosing a species of wood involves more than selecting a color to match your décor. Other appearance-related attributes are important too, such as texture, grain, and cut. Installers will want to consider mechanical properties like dimensional stability, machinability, and ease in finishing. And any specifier will need to consider availability and cost.

Does wood flooring provide good acoustics?

Churches, synagogues, and other clients with auditorium projects increasingly request wood floors for its warmth and acoustic attributes. Ask your wood flooring professional at MODA Floors & Interiors about special installation techniques that can increase acoustic abilities.

Source: National Wood Flooring Association

How to Clean Wood Floors

Photo Courtesy: Shaw Floors

Photo Courtesy: Shaw Floors

With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional.

There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.

  • Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
  • Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
  • Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
  • Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
  • Do not over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
  • Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become imbedded on the pad and act like sand paper on the flooring surface.
  • Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
  • When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.
  • For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
  • Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to minimize gaps or cracks.

Source: National Wood Flooring Association