Flooring

Soundproof a Room for the Guitar Hero in You

Soundproof a Room for the Guitar Hero in You

With the rise in audio devices and gaming, the sound separation between rooms and apartments is becoming more important. Soundproofing a room by professional means isn’t always the best or cheapest option but here are some tips to consider before wailing away on Guitar Here at 1am. Rugs and Carpet […]

How to Lay a Sub Floor

How to Lay a Sub Floor

Anytime someone is installing new flooring, whether it is carpet, wood, vinyl, or laminate, the floor beneath should be as level as possible. Of course each type of flooring will be have its own varying degree of flexibility according to the material, and for small trouble areas, a cement patch […]

Bamboo: Planet-Friendly Hardwood Floors

Bamboo: Planet-Friendly Hardwood Floors

If you’ve just got have hardwood floors but are battling with the eco-friendliness of the decision, we may have an answer for you: bamboo floors. Although the product involves cutting down grass, which is what bamboo really is, it is seen as planet friendly because it only takes up to […]

Cushion Your Step

Cushion Your Step

When you get professionally installed carpet, you know it comes with padding underneath. But did you know just how important that padding can be? If you’re thinking of installing wall-to-wall carpet yourself or are buying a large area rug, read these tips before you do it.

Glossy Garage Floors

Glossy Garage Floors

The easiest way to give your garage a finished and professional look is by improving the floor surface. Typically garage floors are unfinished slabs of concrete with possibly a clear coat that offers mild protection form oil and dirt. Many homeowners now want a sharper look that can showcase their […]

Lessons in Stripping

Lessons in Stripping

Houseblogs.net has been packaging some great content from their community and they’ve recently pulled articles from 10 renovators who are going through the process of stripping paint, varnish, and wallpaper from floors, walls, and banisters. Read what techniques and products have been effective before approaching your next stripping project.

Remove and Recycle Old Carpet

Remove and Recycle Old Carpet

Tearing out old carpet is a quick way to give your room a fresh new look and if you are fortunate enough to live in an older home you may find wood floors underneath. Here are some tutorials for doing the job yourself which will at least save in 1/2 […]

Recycling Slate Rooftop Tiles for Flooring

Recycling Slate Rooftop Tiles for Flooring

From the Building a timberframe home from scratch blog we’ve found a great posting of how they used scraps and leftovers from their slate roof installation to tile their bathroom and sunroom. With the help of a wet saw they were on their way. This is a great example of […]

Techniques for Cleaning Tile Grout

Techniques for Cleaning Tile Grout

We’ve found that oxygen bleach and water work great for cleaning tile grout but to thoroughly clean your tile you’ll need to take the time to remove the top layer of old grout then re-apply new grout. This is a time consuming process and you must be careful as to […]

Wood Floor Covering

Wood Floor Covering

This wood floor covering from Ruckstuhl is gorgeous but I’m not sure of it’s real world applications. Bamboo floor mats are great because they are durable and light but “oiled-oak” doesn’t sound too appealing. The polyurethane added may be the special ingredient that makes these floor coverings work. [via Materialicious]

Selecting Tiles

Selecting Tiles

Choosing the right tile can be an arduous and painful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead visualize how your ideal tile will look in your home before setting foot into any tile shop or speaking to a tile setter. Your gut feelings should guide you towards colors that […]

How-To Stain Wood

How-To Stain Wood

You may think that staining wood is an inexact science but there is a method to the madness. Understanding the type of wood you are working with as well as the technique used to apply the stain can alter the color of the stain dramatically. Here are some tips to […]

Subway Tile

Subway Tile

Subway tile looks great in any home and here are the resources to find the best tile and the know-how to install it.

Dirt Floors

Dirt Floors

In keeping with the “green” theme this week, the NY Times takes eco-friendly flooring to the next step, or shall I say below the step. Dirt floors were installed by this couple in their El Cerritos, CA home and they love it. The dirt is mixed with lime and sand […]

Carpet Repairs

A lush carpet feels great on bare feet and the right texture and tone can make a room, but carpet is susceptible to being damaged from spills, pets, and wear and tear. Here’s a guide for keeping your carpet healthy. How to Fix Frayed Carpet [eHow] Repair and Treat Crushed […]

Pulling Carpet

Pulling Carpet

Got carpet to rip out? Make sure you use the right tools and take the proper safety precautions.

Vacuum Cleaner for Hardwood Floors

One of the more active discussions on the Houseblogs community website is which vacuum is best for hardwood floors. We’ve waxed poetic before about our Oreck XL Deluxe as we think it works well on our hardwood and transitions nicely to our rugs and carpeted areas. Regardless of surface, what’s […]

Cork Tiles

Cork Tiles

We’ve highlighted the benefits of using eco-friendly cork flooring, and now Design*Sponge has showcased some great looking cork tiles that are made from reconstituted cork. You can use the provided temporary adhesive tabs or install them permanently with proper cork flooring glue. These modutiles can also be waxed, oiled, or […]