Flooring

Urban Warehouse Renovation

Urban Warehouse Renovation

In my recent issue of Natural Home, I fell in love with a revamped warehouse-turned-home in Chicago. I was most impressed with the home’s exterior elements. Outside is a greenhouse and a roof garden surrounding solar panels. An outdoor boardwalk overlooks the courtyard and connects to the homeowner’s studio. There’s […]

Go Big on Your Patio

Go Big on Your Patio

Patios are personal things. You’ll probably spend time out there in your robe and PJ’s. You might have romantic meetings on the patio or entertain important people. There’s bound to be tons of memories played out on the surface of your patio. So you need that patio surface to reflect […]

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

We were recently introduced to SnapStone which is a floating porcelain tile system. What’s unique about SnapStone is that along the edge of each piece of tile are a set of over/under teeth that when set against another piece of tile will lock each in place. This inter-locking system creates […]

Spend or Save on Home Upgrades

Spend or Save on Home Upgrades

Our favorite This Old House host Kevin O’Connor joins three other home design experts as they share their Spend or Splurge tips when it comes to outdoor furniture, flooring, appliances and outdoor grills.

Marmoleum: The New Linoleum

Marmoleum: The New Linoleum

Before I moved into my current apartment, I took a tour of the building with the developer. During the renovation, he and his crew tried to use as many recycled materials and environmental practices in the building. I noticed the lining of the window sills were an odd material, like […]

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

A lot of consideration needs to go into the flooring you choose for your home. Other than considering your personal design aesthetic and the use of the space, you have to think about what’s going to work best for you and your family – especially when it comes to refinishing, […]

Green Flooring Options

Green Flooring Options

If you are building a house, or remodeling, it is a great time to explore green options, including your flooring. Green flooring is never “no impact” or “zero emissions,” but choosing a green flooring does reduce impact on the environment. When it comes to choosing green flooring, you have many […]

Green Protective Floor Coverings from the 2010 Builders’ Show

Green Protective Floor Coverings from the 2010 Builders’ Show

At this years Builders’ Show we came across two floor protection materials that both claim to be green products but take two entirely different ways of achieving this. The Cover Guard temporary floor protection mats are made for use on high end surfaces and finishes such as tile, terrazzo, stone, […]

Rug and Slipper Combo

Rug and Slipper Combo

Who knew it would work out so well…or not. [via Gizmodo]

Do Your Homework Before Buying a Green Floor

Do Your Homework Before Buying a Green Floor

If you are building a house, or remodeling, it is a great time to explore green options, including your flooring. Green flooring is never “no impact” or “zero emissions,” but green flooring does mean that making a responsible choice will significantly reduce your impact on the environment. When it comes […]

Restore Hardwood Floors to Mint Condition

Restore Hardwood Floors to Mint Condition

CES is all about the gadgets and this automated hardwood floor cleaner certainly fits the bill. The Mint automatic floor cleaner works with popular cleaning clothes such as Swiffer or Pledge. You simply install the cloth of your choice, turn the unit on and let it run. It will go […]

How to Care for Terrazo Flooring

How to Care for Terrazo Flooring

There are many benefits to terrazo flooring but before you choose it as a surface make sure you know what it takes to install and care for it. Terrazo flooring is a complex installation process, most often done by professional flooring experts. But once it is installed properly, it can […]

Benefits of Terrazo Flooring

Benefits of Terrazo Flooring

Terrazo flooring is an Italian flooring technique that looks like luxury marble, but without the high cost. To produce terrazzo, pieces of aggregate (marble, glass or stone chips) are mixed with a cement binder. Traditionally, terrazzo flooring is done by a professional, true terrazzo floor is an art form that […]

How to Care for Brick Flooring

How to Care for Brick Flooring

While brick flooring has been around for millenia as a building material, once it moves inside it does require more maintenance, despite its reputation for strong durability. Brick flooring for indoors is made of various materials ground up to form tiles. Depending on the quality of the materials, brick flooring […]

Benefits of Brick Flooring

Benefits of Brick Flooring

Brick flooring has been an appealing aesthetic for centuries, making up the roadways and walkways for cities. Modern times have brought bricks indoors, where they continue to give an appealing aesthetic sensibility, no matter what your mode of decor. Whether your home is elegantly furnished or, casual and comfy, brick […]

7 Tips to DIY Carpet Pulling

7 Tips to DIY Carpet Pulling

Pulling carpet yourself can save a few bucks and here are 7 tips to make the process go smoothly. 1. Pulling up carpet is a labor-intensive activity, so while you can do it by yourself, it’s a lot easier, and a lot less heavy, if you bring in at least […]

Melt Snow Without Damaging Your Walkway from Salt

Melt Snow Without Damaging Your Walkway from Salt

A reader wrote in this question: What is best to use to melt snow on different kinds of surfaces? We did some damage on our slate steps last year by using rock salt. We polled some experts including Deren S. Monday and the consensus is that slate is definitely not […]

Level a Concrete Floor Before Setting Tile, Wood or Carpet

It’s difficult for contractors to set level concrete floors especially when they are under time and budget constraints. Unfortunately this flaw is passed on to you and comes into play when you decide to recover your concrete floor with tile, wood planks or carpet. Thanks to Wired.com we’ve got a […]

Concrete Slab Flooring – Spice it Up

Water Damage – Prevention & Drying

In Parts I and II of this series, we learned how to safely approach water damage and identify and stop the source. Now we will discuss preventing the spread of water damage and setting up effective drying systems for light water damage. Step 4: Prevent Further Damage Furnishings: Immediately relocate […]

Water Damage – Check for Danger

Water Damage – Check for Danger

My daughter loves throwing her pacifier around her room; not yet understanding that throwing her pacifier while in her crib makes said pacifier unavailable for the remainder of her nap. As a result, my wife and I hunt for pacifiers daily, finding them in all sorts of interesting locations. I […]