Shelly Logan. Floor. November 05th , 2017.
Once you have identified this all-encompassing ’wish list’ you will almost certainly find yourself over budget. If money is no object - no problem, but if that Lotto jackpot has so far eluded you there are things you can do to bring that budget back in line. The most obvious and often least expensive way of doubling your floor space is to make use of the basement. A properly designed and finished basement is the perfect place to have a spare guest bedroom, home theater, hobby or play rooms, additional bathroom(s), laundry facilities or a home office.
To alter the look of your floor, you may consider tinting or bleaching it for a lighter or darker shade. When you lighten your wood floor you will obtain a classy pristine finish that will easily complement your modern day furnishings. However, when you bleach hardwood, the greater part of the color is removed. An alternative to bleaching would be the use of varnish that is water-based. This provides similar results; however, it is a little more costly than bleaching.
Tile flooring comes in many designs and patterns. These range from simple 6 inch by 6 inch squares of a single color to marble tile with natural mixtures of colors to ceramic tiles with ornate designs painted on. Whatever your taste and design style, you are sure to find something that fits your needs. In general, bigger tiles look small spaces look larger, while smaller tiles work better on walls or in larger spaces. Installation Considerations. If you are thinking about installing tile flooring by yourself, there are several things to consider. First, make sure you have an accurate measurement of your room, so you can purchase adequate tile. A good rule of thumb is to buy about 20% more than you think you’ll need. This will provide extra for breakage as well as tiles that have to be cut to fit the space.
Ceramic tiles are extremely resistant to water and sudden extreme changes in temperature. They are durable and long lasting - and this is why ceramic tile flooring has been used in kitchens and bathrooms with great success. They are attractive - if you choose the right kind of tiles - and can be found in themes and colors to suit your home. However, ceramic tiles do not make a smooth one-piece flooring that your child’s play scooter wheels can roll across safely - or a non-slippery surface that your toddler can learn to take his or her first steps on. Neither are they extremely cost-effective when it comes to flooring your entire house with them. However, if you live in areas where your house might be open to rain - or moisture - then ceramic tiles would be a good idea because they are far better at resisting moisture and temperature changes than any other kind of flooring.
A combination with flooring of hard surfaces like linoleum, brick, tile, slate etc. can be achieved with the use of carpets and rugs to save wear for optimum decorating floor covering. As part of grouping or decorating the flooring, you can use your rug in free form style. This enables in cutting down the carpet quantity needed, giving texture and embellishment. For emergencies it is a good idea to keep a spot cleaning kit ready at hand to clean both soft and hard surfaces, of accidental, unavoidable spots immediately.
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