How to Select the Floor You Need

Photo: Tarkett

Photo: Tarkett

Choosing a new floor is very exciting. You probably already have some ideas about the style you would like, but the following tips will help ensure you get the floor you want and need.

Floors can be installed over a variety of different surfaces:

  • Concrete, tiles, stone and marble – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Wooden floor – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Very short-pile carpet – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Embossed vinyl – laminate and wood, but must be removed or covered for vinyl
  • Long-pile carpet – must be removed for all new floors

Which Floor for Which Room?

Entrance and Hallway – People coming and going will bring dirt and dampness into your home, putting special demands on this part of the floor. Choose a hard surface that can stand up to moderate dampness and is easy to clean.

Office – If keeping your office quiet for concentration and comfort is a top priority, you should consider floors with good acoustic properties. If you expect a lot of visitors, you’ll probably want a tough surface that won’t be easily damaged by office furnishings or heavy use. Floors with anti-static properties can be a wise investment if you use a lot of electrical equipment.

Kitchens –Spills and dropped food and equipment are a fact of life no matter how careful you are as a cook. Choose a floor that not only has good stain and traffic resistance, but that will also stand up to light moisture and repeated cleaning.

Bathrooms –Water makes the bathroom a challenging environment and you must be careful to select a floor that is water-resistant. In addition, for safety you’ll need to be sure that the floor won’t be slippery when it’s damp and that it will be easy to clean.

Bedroom –Your bedroom is often a very personal space so you’ll be looking at a wide range of decorative finishes. Don’t forget that looks are just part of the equation and that you’ll also want to be sure that it’s comfortable and warm for bare feet.

Kid’s Bedroom/Playroom –These bedrooms often have to accommodate a wide variety of play as well as sleep. To cope with active youngsters you’ll need a tough, practical floor that’s comfortable but also easy to look after and clean, and that will also help to keep noise levels down.

Living Room – You need a multi-purpose floor that reflects your style but can stand up to the challenge of a variety of activities. A tough surface that’s easy to clean and look after will reduce the time you need to spend keeping your living room looking good.

No one wants to spend every minute worrying about stains and cleaning. By choosing a floor that suits the area, you’ll cut down on the cleaning and general care you have to provide. You should also select a floor with the best possible surface protection.

Source: Tarkett

 

Home Tours Stimulate Creativity

Photo: NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Photo: NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Whether you’re planning a major remodel or just want a few ideas to freshen a space, attending a home tour this fall will help get your creative juices flowing. Here are four places to start.

Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes and Gardens

Thursday, Oct. 1 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)

This tour will offer an intimate look into older homes in sought-after Brookhaven, a community located just inside the perimeter.

Cost: $50-$70 (armhc.org/BrookhavenTour)

 

Roswell Woman’s Club home of distinction

Oct. 2-11 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. on Sundays)

This new home is a 6,700-square-foot structure with seven bedrooms and nine baths. It was inspired by Old World architecture and materials, including General Shale brick and James Hardie shake siding and cornices.

Cost: $20 (homeofdistinction.com/15Atlanta/index.php)

 

Candler Park Fall Fest Tour of Homes

Sunday, Oct. 4 (Noon-6 p.m.)

You will find an eclectic mix of homes and outdoor spaces, including treehouses and gardens.

Cost: $20 (advance) or $25 (tour day) (fallfest.candlerpark.org/tour-of-homes)

 

NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Saturday, Oct. 24 (10 a.m-4 p.m.)

Eight private homes transformed throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs by members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Atlanta Chapter will be open to the public. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.

Cost: $20 (advance) or $25 (tour day) (atlantaremodelingtour.com)

What other tours would you add to this list? What’s the best idea you have picked up on a home tour?

Take Care of Glazed Ceramic Tile

Photo: daltile

Photo: daltile

Contaminants and spills on a glazed ceramic tile are, generally, easier to clean than most other unglazed ceramic and porcelain surfaces.

Glazed tile products should be cleaned routinely with an all-purpose, low VOC household or commercial cleaner. The product chosen should also be grout joint cleaning compatible. The type of product may vary depending on the tile application and use. A multipurpose spray cleaner, which removes soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew designed for every day use, can be used on wall tile areas in residential baths and showers.

The entire area should be cleaned and scrubbed with cleaner solution through the use of a cotton mop, cloth, sponge or non-metallic brush. The entire area should be rinsed with clean water to remove any cleaning solution residue. Remember that you should sweep or vacuum floor areas prior to cleaning to remove any dust or debris. Routine cleaners should never contain hazardous or polluting products including, but not limited to acids or ammonia. Acids can damage the grout and the glazed surface of the tile, and ammonia can discolor the grout.

Unglazed tile should be cleaned routinely with concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for safe regular use. These cleaners are better suited at removing grease, oils and normal spills from unglazed products. Again these products will vary depending on the application, amount of traffic and the use. The product chosen should also be compatible with cleaning the grout joints at the same time.

Source: daltile

Top Kitchen Remodeling Projects for Ultimate ROI

daltile Photo

Photo: daltile

It’s a well-established fact that improvements to the kitchen are one of the best things you can do to increase the value of your home. Market Watch recently stated that the average minor kitchen remodel brings a return of 82.7 percent. Major kitchen remodels bring an expected return on investment of 74.2 percent.

Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or are making improvements for the long haul, giving the kitchen a facelift does wonders. Here are three of the most profitable projects to increase the value of your home.

Redesign the Backsplash

Redesigning the backsplash can be as simple or complex as your budget allows and it can redefine the room to give you that new look you’re going for. Get outside the box with a uniquely shaped tile, fresh color or a new layout.

If you’re planning a major overhaul, you have many more options to consider. As long as the cupboards are ripped out, why not reconsider extending your backsplash up the wall? Traditional backsplashes are usually limited to a few inches around the sink and stove. Tiled walls are durable and easy to clean. They let you make a contemporary design statement as well.

Get a Slab Countertop

A slab countertop is durable and gives you a continuous look that makes your kitchen look high-end. Nothing can quite match the elegance of natural stone countertops. Natural stone does require some special care so take that into account as you design your new kitchen.

If you love the look of natural stone but aren’t sure about the maintenance, check out engineered stone surfaces. More than 90 percent natural stone, these products give you the color and textures you want plus they can be stronger than granite and resist scratching, heat and stains better than granite. They are pretty much maintenance-free.

Upgrade the Tile Flooring

If your big plans are interfering with the budget, a good mid-range option with lots of possibilities is porcelain tile. Porcelain tile comes in just about every color, texture and design you could possibly imagine.

Want to create a classic farm house kitchen? Think about wood tile. Want natural marble floors but it’s way out of the budget? Try a porcelain tile that mimics the veining and depth of natural stone. Porcelain doesn’t require the special treatment that hardwood or natural stone do.

Updating your kitchen is always a good investment. Get the best return on your investment with the right tile selections.

Source: daltile

Refresh Home With a Few Key Pieces

In this video, Shaw designers show you how to use the top colors of 2015 to refresh your home. These colors can coordinate with the neutrals you may already own. Don’t be afraid to add a splash of coral.

 

 

ReStore Sales Support Habitat for Humanity Mission

ReStore DonationMODA Floors & Interiors recently donated 10 pallets of tile, hardwood and laminate to the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement outlet store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a discounted rate.

Net proceeds from ReStore sales support Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building quality, affordable, green homes in partnership with working families. Since December 2001, the ReStore has diverted more than 7,700 tons of materials from landfills by offering them to others for purchase and reuse.

By donating to the ReStore, individuals, companies and organizations support affordable homeownership and community revitalization in Atlanta. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

To make a donation, contact the ReStore at 404.525.2114 (Extension 155). They have a pick-up service for large items that you can’t easily transport.

The Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 271 Chester Ave. S.E. Additional information is also available at www.atlantahabitat.org/restore.

 

Home Tours: Get Inspired!

Decorators' Show House

2015 Decorators’ Show House

“Fashion fades; only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel 

Home and garden tours are one of the best ways to get design ideas for your home. Shopping for new flooring, window treatments or appliances? Searching for striking paint colors, new wallpaper designs or beautiful tile patterns? You are sure to pick up at least one idea from these metro Atlanta events.

Decorators’ Show House & Gardens (April 18-May 10)

  • Chateau Soleil, a French-style estate (4701 Northside Drive)
  • Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its education and community outreach initiatives
  • Tickets: $30
  • Info: www.DecoratorsShowHouse.org

Inman Park Tour of Homes (April 24-26)

  • 12 homes and points of interest in the community, including Victorians, Craftsman-style, Arts & Crafts, condos, Inman Park United Methodist Church and the historic Trolley Barn
  • Tickets: $15 (advance) or $20 (on-site)
  • Info: www.Inman ParkFestival.org

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens (May 1-3)

  • Five homes, a garden and a plant sale
  • Proceeds benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood
  • Info: www.DruidHillsTour.org

What other springtime events should we add to this list? What inspires you when decorating?