Flooring Trends

The economy may be keeping a lid on spending, but when it comes to flooring, it’s driving trends. That’s because today’s cost-conscious consumer is more demanding of value than ever.

There’s definitely been a shift from spending to savings. But that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t buying flooring: it means they’re looking for value and comfort. They might not be moving up right now, but they’re still into feathering the nest.

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Composite Decking

For an increasing number of us, a deck is as valuable as any other part of our homes. The number of decks built on homes in North America reached over 4.3 million units in 2004, and the construction of decks on homes has grown at roughly 5 percent per year since 2000, according to a study by Principia Partners. Continue reading

Bathroom Surfaces: Ceramic Tile Pros and Cons

Often praised for its durability and variety, ceramic tile is a popular choice for bathroom finishes. If you’re drawn to color and texture, this material can deliver on both fronts. But the sheer variety of ceramic tiles is endless, which can make finding just the right tile very difficult.

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7 Reasons Why Your Shower Floor Squeaks

There’s little that makes me crazier than a squeaking shower floor. Because there are so many reasons your floor could be squeaking, it can be tricky to see how to fix it — or if it’s fixable. Your best bet is to prevent squeaks in your fiberglass or acrylic shower base from ever getting started. Here’s what to watch out for.

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Modern Bathroom Essential: Know Your Options for Shower Glass

Glass shower enclosures are clearly a designer favorite, but is the choice of glass always so … clear? There are many options for glass finishes, so it’s worth considering the wide variety of looks and functions you can achieve to get the best fit for your bathroom style and your comfort level.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Flooring

So many flooring choices, so little time to research which looks good, feels good, and lasts. No worries. We have it all sorted out for you with the following hand do’s and don’ts list.

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10 Key Features of HVAC Systems

It’s probably not news to you that, while the first considerations when buying a new home are usually the plumbing fixtures, cabinets, countertops or floor treatments, the heating and cooling system is often the feature with which most people are dissatisfied after they’ve lived in the home for a while.

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Cheap vs. Steep: Bathroom Countertops

Countertops are expensive. It’s as simple as that. Countertops can easily be one of the most expensive components of a bathroom remodel. If you are considering changing out your bathroom countertops, look below to find which options may fit into your budget. Continue reading

Adding Laminate Floor

Laminate is the chameleon of the floor world. It can emulate hardwood, tile or stone, and it gives you those looks at a lower price. This durable, affordable floor surface resists stains, fading and moisture, and installation is a snap. It won’t develop character the way wood does and it can have a hollow sound when walked on, but its sturdiness makes it a favorite for many homeowners, especially those with kids and pets. Continue reading

10 Budget-Friendly Ideas for a Cozy Bedroom

Your bedroom is where you go to find comfort after a long, hard day, so it deserves a little TLC. You’ve probably been scared off from completing bedroom renovations for multiple reasons, money being at the top of the list. However, when it comes to making your bedroom a cozy oasis, it doesn’t need to coast a fortune to add major comfort. Below are our 10 budget-friendly tips to turn your bedroom into a cozy, relaxing area. Continue reading