Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide

Hardwood flooring is warm, cozy and inviting and is the preferred flooring among many homeowners. However, before making a hardwood flooring purchase, there are a few things you should know. Among other things, are a few factors that make hardwood flooring a good choice for certain rooms within the home but at the same time it is not right for other rooms. Read more...

Interior Designing and Flooring

One of the hardest things to learn in life is when to ask for help. For some people this means not knowing when to delegate something to an associate and for others this means not knowing when to hire a professional for a job that they truly aren't qualified or committed to completing. For example, the home buying or home renovating process can be overwhelming Read more...

Where does Hardwood Flooring Come From?

Before it’s a floorboard, it must be a log, and before it’s a log, it must be a tree. While hardwood floors are much sought as one of the most reliable ways to imbue any space, private or public, with warmth and class, the consequences of high demand on the world’s forests can be severe and long-lasting. Read more...

No Longer Just for Thumb Tacks

When asked to imagine cork, an image of either wine bottle stoppers or a bulletin board probably comes to mind. This is to be expected given that around 60% of cork products come in the form of wine bottle stoppers. The wine industry has recognized and maximized the utility of cork based upon its properties of being elastic and efficient in creating airtight seals. Read more...

Keeping up with the Jones' and Doing so Sustainably

The time has come that we can no longer turn a blind eye on the environmental degradation of this planet. However, because our lives are so complex, and our societal wants and needs are so engrained, actually making practical changes has been somewhat of a challenge. Read more...

When Less is Not More

Perhaps one of the most remarkable learning events occurs when one takes a step into an industry or trade that he or she was previously unfamiliar with. Due to the fact that our environments are already extremely complex, as a survival mechanism, we are forced to simplify our thoughts about the things that we do not know. Read more...

Is Anything Really Made in the USA?

Virtually everything comes with a wealth of history, which is often accompanied by many years of stories or experiences. Take a look around your home and consider that nearly every product in your immediate environment is more multifaceted than it may seem at first glance. Read more...

Which kind of floor do you need?

Solid or engineered wood? Each type has its specific use and the answer depends on your lifestyle and your needs. The solid choices can be installed on grade and above grade, but not below grade. Solids should be in a moisture-controlled environment. Solid wood strip or plank is nailed down only and requires a wood sub floor. Read more...

The Ugly Duckling Grows Up

Remember in elementary school when the teacher would take your prized drawing of your favorite animal and later return it to you in a nice clear film that thankfully protected it from spills in the lunchroom. Whether or not you knew it at the time, your teacher laminated that drawing by melding it between two layers of plastic. Read more...

Old Faithful

Say you are considering purchasing carpet either to spice up the home you already have, or to be installed in the home you are building. Perhaps you have decided that under no circumstances will you end up with anything that, even vaguely, resembles the shag carpeting of the seventies. Read more...
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