Home renovation projects can be stressful. The noise, the mess, and the cost. If you are planning on doing home renovations but are worried about the frustrations that can come along, take a look at the home renovation tips below to help it go as smooth as possible.
Know your budget before the renovations have started. Your budget should also include a bit of extra in case of unexpected obstacles.
Have a plan in place for every detail of your renovation. Where are you going to get material from? How long until it will arrive? If you are renovating a kitchen or bathroom plan ahead how you are going to cook and bathe if your renovation is longer than a day project.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when renovating is accentuating the area’s assets. Do you have a beautiful view that could be hidden by those new windows? Are the new light fixtures as bright as the old ones? Ask yourself if what you are planning is better for the home in general or could it have a negative effect on the value or beauty of the home.
If you are hiring re-modelers for your project do some research first. Look at reviews, ask around and find out how long they have been in business for. Once you have made your selection on re-modelers do not be afraid to voice your concerns but do so in a courteous manner. The project will go smoother if everyone feels appreciated and respected.
Unless you discuss the details about your project, like which way you want your tiling to be placed, you may be disappointed. Make sure to communicate with hired professionals how you would like a project to look before they start on it. Do not make the assumption others will think the same as you.
Whichever area is being worked on, the valuable and breakable items should be removed before the project beings. Accidents happen and the last thing you would want is your inherited family heirloom in pieces from a misstep or brand new couches covered in sawdust.
Have you finally decided to replace your carpet for hardwood flooring? Or maybe you are changing the stained carpet for a new one? Whatever your reason may be, find below some tips and tricks to properly and efficiently remove your carpeting.
For the easiest process, remove everything from the carpet. This may mean carrying heavy items further than you would like, but it will make the removal process that much easier. Also, remove any doors that swing into the area of the carpet you are removing. Don’t forget about closet doors as well.
If you are planning on reusing the baseboard label each piece so you can remember where each piece goes. If the carpet is not underneath the baseboard, then removing the boards is not necessary.
Know where you are getting rid of your carpet before you start the removal. Whether your city will pick it up or you are bringing it to a recycling centre, have a plan in place.
Removing carpet involves a lot of dust so put a dust mask on before you start if you have allergies.
If you are removing carpet from stairs it is best to start at the top first.
Make sure you are wearing proper gloves to avoid cuts or stabs from staples or nails. If you are having a hard time seeing staples, they are always along the perimeter of the carpet padding.
If you do not have a floor scraper to remove the staples you can pound them down further using a hammer or remove them individually with a screwdriver.
Cut the carpet from the back as it smoother and easier to cut through. Always start the removal from a corner.
Most carpet pad warranties only work with the carpet it is paired with so if you are replacing the carpet for new carpet you will need a new carpet pad as well.
When the carpet is fully off take the time to check for squeaks or rusty tack strips. Remove any rusty tack strips and fix any squeaks before adding the new flooring.
Always roll the old carpet instead of folding it. This will make it easier to maneuver around and dispose of.
Dark wood flooring can be an intimidating thought, but it doesn’t have to be. When placed in a room with the right hues, dark floors can be enjoyable. They add a stylish elegance to a space. Knowing some basic tips about decorating around dark flooring can make a world of difference to the look of a space. Continue reading to find out what these tips are.
White walls and light wood furniture are a great match to dark flooring. When deciding on the hue of wood furniture to select choose a few shades lighter than the flooring but similar tones.
Matching as close as possible the furniture legs to the flooring colour helps to blend the different hues in the room.
The dining table or kitchen island can be the same colour as the dark floors so they fuse into each other nicely. Add contrasting chairs to surround.
Having one accent colour also works well with dark flooring if the rest of the space is white and other colours are barely noticeable.
Keep the dark on the bottom. Don’t be afraid to add a dark area rug.
Dark floors look fantastic in larger homes with open floor plans.
Since dirt and scratches can show easier on darker floors extra care will be needed. Clean the floors regularly and use area rugs where possible.
Be sure to have ample amounts of lighting and access to natural light. Dark floors tend to make a room appear smaller so the more lighting, the better.
Wood floors can be off-putting in their appearance because of the hardness. Adding fluffy area rugs and soft throw pillows can help to soften this.
A flooded basement is not fun. Issues with mold and electrical can be enough to make you want to move. Water damage is tedious to clean up and the last thing you would want to deal with after coming home from work. Below, we have compiled a list of simple tips for dealing with a flooded basement to help you get through this unpleasant experience. Note: it is always best to get a professional’s opinion especially if these quick fixes are not effective.
The very first thing you should do when you notice your basement is flooded is asses the situation. Wearing rubber boots and a mask, use a flashlight to search for any hazardous materials, figure out why the flood happened, and if any electrical wiring could be affected. If the latter is possible, contact an electrician immediately. If the water level is noticeably high enough to reach an outlet stay out of the basement until an electrician is called.
Floods usually occur due to a problem in condensation, runoff, or subsurface. To determine if it is condensation tape foil over damp spots for 24 hours. After 24 hours check to see if moisture formed on the outside of the foil. If there is, water is condensing from the air inside your home. If moisture is forming underneath the foil the water is seeping in from outside the home. To get rid of condensation air out your basement, turn up the heat during colder months, purchase a dehumidifier, add a water-proof coating to walls, insulate cold-water pipes and check a dryer vent is being properly led with no leaks to the outside of your home.
A runoff flood is from rainwater or melted snow that is not properly being led away from the home. Check the outside of your home to make sure the the ground slopes are high enough, downspout runoffs are not pooling, downspouts do not have any leaks, gutters are not full of debris, and that the runoff curbs beside your driveway are channeling to the street. To fix a runoff flood seal any cracks in the foundation and walls and any areas in the driveway.
If the flooding occurs more than just after heavy rain storms or snowfall, you could be dealing with a subsurface issue. The water table may be too high, which you can call your city to find out the level. If this is the case hiring a professional could be the best option as it can be an expensive job that needs to be done right. They can install a sump pump or inject clay into the soil and urethane caulk into cracks.
After diagnosing the reason for the flood, make sure to air out all possible items outside to dry. Unfortunately, you will need to throw out anything that could form mold such as carpet. If you find there are a lot of belongings that are damaged by the flood it is a good idea to invest in proper storage containers and shelving and to organize properly in case of another possible flood.
After the flood has been dealt with, clean and sanitize everything the water has touched before bringing items back in. For a more detailed explanation on how to properly clean up after a flood click here.
Selecting the right flooring can be a tough decision. There are so many products to choose from. Once you have finally selected your flooring, you may be wondering what to do for the flooring on your staircase. Below are some points to ponder when deciding on which flooring is right for your staircase.
If your flooring upstairs is different from your flooring downstairs it can be tricky when selecting the flooring for your staircase. There are many different solutions for this particular situation. If your downstairs is hardwood and your upstairs is carpeted you can do a full carpeted staircase, or a full hardwood staircase. If you prefer less carpet, have the staircase the same hardwood as the downstairs but add a runner, similar to the carpet upstairs. Or if your staircase has any landings, make the landings hardwood and the stairs carpet.
Staircases that are carpeted need to have the carpet wrap around any open sides. This helps complete the look of the stairs. Carpeted stairs is a safe option that can help prevents slips and falls which is especially important if you have elderly or young children in the home. Select a high-quality carpet cushion so they last longer as stairs tend to be a high traffic area. Carpet also works as a sound barrier and can help to reduce noise.
Hardwood staircases bring together the overall look of a home that already have hardwood floors. Harder woods such as Oak, Hickory, Maple, Birch, and Ash tend to be more durable and will last longer. If your stairs are exposed to sunlight this can cause your hardwood to fade over time so consider an alternative if this is the case or add a runner.
For a staircase that will withstand fading, scratching and scuffing laminate is the way to go. You can get the look of beautiful hardwood with laminate at a cheaper price. Laminate is generally easy to install in floors but tricky when it comes to stairs. Hiring a professional for this project may be beneficial to avoid mistakes and frustrations.
Tile is an uncommon but possible option for staircases. Ceramic and luxury vinyl tile are the two choices for tile stairs. Tile is extremely durable and has a countless amounts of styles, colours and patterns to choose from. Tile is easy to clean, but may require occasional special cleaning and sealing to keep the colour and look of the product. This installation is definitely something that a professional should be hired for, just make sure they do tile stairs as not all floor installers do.
Once your flooring is selected you may decide you would like a runner for added safety or appeal. There are many different options for runner patterns, materials and colours. If you require help with selecting the right length and style click here.
Heated flooring is a great way to keep your home warm and cozy during the colder months. Heated floors are noninvasive and can save you on energy costs. It also adds value to a home and once you have experienced it you will not want to go back! Below are the two basic types of heated flooring. If you need help deciding on which one to use in your home take a look at the simple points of both hydronic heated flooring.
Runs through an electrical current similar to a heated blanket
Placed between the sub-floor and flooring material so that the heat can rise
Works best under ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles
Are quick to heat up (30 to 60 minutes)
Will elevate the floor by only 1/8 of an inch
Electronic systems are great if you are wanting to add it to smaller spaces such as a bathroom instead of a whole house. Ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles tend to retain heat well. This means lower utility bills. If you are looking for something cost effective electric is the way to go.
To learn more about Electronic systems click on the image below.
Distributes heated water through a complex tubing system.
There are hundreds of different types of system arrangements available.
Hydronic systems tend to distribute a greater amount of heat at a lower operating cost than electric systems.
Can accommodate any type of structure, building or facility easily.
Uses the same heat source throughout the structure.
Hydronic heating is actually most cost effective if you are planning on heating several areas as several rooms share the same components needed. If you are heating an entire floor, for example, the cost will actually be cheaper than using electric heating.
To learn more about Hydronic systems click on the image below.
Choosing the right area rug can be quite a daunting task. You may think it needs to blend in with the rest of the room without standing out too much. Or maybe you want it to be a focal point of the room, but still match the decor? Is it the right size? Would a shag one match with the decor? Should you opt for a pattern or a solid print? Whatever your taste is here are some tips for selecting the area rug that is right for your room.
Size-Having the right size of area rug makes a huge difference when it comes to the overall flow of your room. It should reach underneath the front of your furniture legs at the very least. Avoiding this will cause your pieces to appear too scattered.
Sequence-An area rug is the first thing you should select before you piece together the room. The scheme in the room should revolve around the rug, even if it isn’t being used as a statement piece.
Rug on Rug-Don’t be afraid to add an area rug on an already carpeted area. It helps to create a boundary and adds a splash of decor to what could be an ordinary floor.
Material-Natural materials last longer and are generally easier to clean. They may be more expensive than other materials, but you will get your money’s worth.
Pattern-If you select an area rug that has a pattern on it incorporate the colours from the pattern into your decor. Make sure not to match the primary colour as this will result in an overload of the same colour.
Rug Pad-A big MUST when placing a rug on top of anything but carpet. The last thing you want is your rug slipping out from under someone or having to adjust it every few days. This is also a great idea if your rug is thinner; it adds an extra layer of comfort.
Have you recently decided to redo the flooring in your living room? Or have you recently purchased a new home with grotesque carpet? Whatever your circumstance may be, it is hard to select the right flooring for your home. Specific flooring is best used in certain areas, numerous shades look good with a distinct colour palette and different types are not as durable as others. So how do you decide which is best for you? Below are several factors to consider when choosing the right flooring.
Amount of use: Flooring receives a mass amount of use. However, there are some rooms in the home that get more use than others. It all depends on your lifestyle. For example, your kitchen may be the venue of choice for several family dinners, but your bedroom is only used if you are actually sleeping. Or maybe you have a home office that you spend well over 40 hours a week in, but your living room is only used for when guests are visiting. Think about your lifestyle, and decide if the room you are planning on redoing will have an ample amount of wear.
Products for use: High rating tile is a great product for high traffic areas in the home. If you prefer a stone flooring granite, limestone and sandstone are stronger varieties available. If you decide to use laminate flooring in a high traffic area select one with a high amount of melamine resin.
Household members: Another thing to consider is the other members in your household. Do you have small children or dogs? Certain flooring is easier to wipe up spills and stains, while others are harder to get scratches out from pet nails.
Products for members: Carpet may not be the best choice if you have small children, as spills are more likely to happen often. If you do decide to go with carpet, make sure you have an excellent stain remover on hand. Wood floors tend to scratch easily. That means if you select wood floors do your best to keep your animal’s nails neatly trimmed at all times or keep them out of the area with the wood floors. To find out how you can get scratches out of wood flooring click here.
Colour: The colour of your floor can change the entire dynamic of the room. When deciding on which shade of flooring to go with remember what your furnishings and decor look like. If your bathroom has a nautical colour scheme a black and white checkered floor may not be the best look. Unless you are planning on designing the entire room over, choose a colour of floor that blends (avoid being too matchy) well with your room. The size of the room is also something to take notice of. If it is already a small dining room, a dark stain wood may make the room appear smaller than it already is. A great way to help you select the right colour is to bring samples home. Holding the samples up to your furniture, walls and decor will give you a quick idea if it will work in the room.
Products for colour: To find the best floor colour choice for your interior click here.
Budget: There are many different price ranges available for flooring. Consider what your budget is and look for flooring options within that amount. Keep in mind the cost to install and the long term value your home may gain from certain types of flooring materials. Sometimes spending the extra money on the gorgeous hardwood can be worth it if you are planning on selling in the future and are up for the maintenance involved.
Now that you have selected the flooring that is right for you, make sure you properly maintain it for optimal appeal! Click here to see our blog on how to best maintain your floors.
Taking proper care of your flooring not only helps the longevity of the product, but it keeps the appearance in tact as well. If you have recently installed new flooring it is important to know which products are safe to use on it and any steps you should take in the preservation of the flooring. There is more to maintenance then a wet cloth and a vacuum! Below are flooring maintenance tips for three main types that can be found at Paul’s Floors.
Protect against scuffs and scratches by placing felt pads on the bottom of your furniture even if you are not planning on moving it around. There could always be a circumstance where the kitchen table needs to be moved a couple inches to the left because it is too close to the wall or a couch needs to be pushed back a foot in order to look for an earring you dropped.
Apple cider vinegar is a common substance used for cleaning a vinyl surface. There is no residue leftover and the acid in the vinegar helps to remove the dirt.
When using a mop or cloth make sure it is just damp as to not completely soak your floors.
If you are using a soap product on your floors rinse thoroughly as to avoid scum and film buildup which can attract more dirt. For more vinyl flooring maintenance tips click here.
With wood floors discolouration and scratches are the most common types of damage.
Keep rubber, steel, metal, foam or plastic off of wood floors as they can soak up moisture causing your floor to discolour.
Avoid long hours of sunlight exposure if possible as this can also cause discolouration.
High heels, plastic casters and animal nails can all be a cause of scratches on your wood. To learn how to get rid of scratches on wood floors click here.
Pick up dust, dirt and hair with a vacuum or broom consistently so it does not scratch the surface. Like with vinyl, do not use a beater bar attachment on a vacuum.
When washing a wood floor use only products that a label recommends safe for use on wood floors.
Do not let the surface of the floor get drenched or stay wet.
Rugs are beneficial in high traffic areas such as in front of a kitchen sink.
You can help prevent the amount of stains and dirt that is tracked into your home by placing doormats throughout your home entrances.
Deodorizing the carpet once in awhile is a great idea. This means eliminating odours with enzymatic cleaning products instead of masking them with scented sprays.
If your carpet has a warranty you may be required to hire a professional cleaner once a year to keep the warranty. Professional carpet cleaners don’t leave residue and provide a deep clean that you may not be able to attain without proper devices and products.
Every few years the protective coating that is added to your carpet when it is made can wear off. This coating helps to resist against stains and soils. A professional carpet cleaner can reapply this coating for you.
For a list of how to remove stains from your carpet click here.
With Summer right on our doorsteps, we’ve been reading all the new home interiors magazines, heading to supplier product launches and checking out stores in other places.
Why? To keep on top of the style game and fill our lives with flooring inspiration!
The two biggest styles that everyone agrees is coming on full force right now is something we’ve been waiting ages to become huge: super wide planks and white washed wood.
From laminate to hardwood to vinyl plank, the wide board trend seems to be going across all areas. We can see it in the Balterio Impressio Collection (check it out here) that we carry in the store – the planks are close to a foot wide! For people looking for something even more durable and really different, we carry a Denim series of luxury vinyl tile that is incredibly popular – (insider information: Paul even has it in his house!) and 12″ wide. Check out all the colours here – Argent & Liard look amazing! They look especially amazing in a large place with high ceilings but even in a smaller space they do a great job of modernizing and creating a more “expensive” look.
So many people, regardless of age, background, area or income bracket are going towards the wide planks but one thing that we LOVE that is taking much longer to get off the ground in Lethbridge is the white washed look. From a subtle graining in darker hardwood to a pure white laminate (check out the XperiencePlus Venetian Cypress Below), this light coloured flooring can be an amazing contrast to dark cabinets, can really lighten up a room that has limited natural light access and provide a fun but polished look to any home.
We are dying to do lots more – for anyone interested in it but are a little scared to go so different, why not book an appointment with our in-house design consultant to figure out how you incorporate it with your chosen furniture, paint colours and cabinets?
For more flooring inspiration, come on in to the store or follow us on Pinterest for daily updates!