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Thoughts on Wood Floors and Selling Your House

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You’re ready to sell and move on to bigger and better things in a new home. But, first, you’ve got a lot accomplish in your existing house in order to prepare it to sell. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not the floors need to be replaced or spruced up in order to catch buyers’ attention.

Although it might sound over simplified we can confidently say to you that wood floors are the safest bet. Why? Because the most popular and well loved flooring option has long been and continues to be hard wood. Home buyers not only appreciate it, but they sometimes won’t even tour potential homes if it isn’t present.

It is particularly preferred in common areas like the living room, den, dining room, or library. It’s warm and welcoming and it provides the room with a sense of solidarity and tradition. Before you purchase new wood flooring, though, be sure to pull up the corner of any rooms with carpet and double check to see if wood flooring lies beneath. It wasn’t uncommon during the 70’s and 80’s when carpet and vinyl were all the rage for people to cover up a wonderful wood floor in favor of the trendier options. (Thank goodness green shag has come and gone and isn’t likely to return. Ever!)

If you do find an existing wood floor you’ll have to decide if it’s worth saving or if you want to replace everything entirely. Keep in mind that cost can be affected by the subfloor so make sure you check to see what you have before visiting with a flooring expert. Concrete sub floor is a different consideration from plywood sub floor.

Also be sure to take a close look at the setup of your kitchen if you’re thinking about doing some flooring work in it. As mentioned, wood floors are hugely popular in the kitchen. Keep in mind that a kitchen is an especially important place to include an expert because there are many architectural causes for concern. Everything from cabinetry to appliances has to be properly coordinated when installing or refinishing a wood floor.

Certainly, other flooring options such as carpet, tile, bamboo, and concrete are well received by some buyers. But, if you want the most bang for your buck on the seller’s market, wood floors are the way to go!

The Retreat in Your Own Home

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Your bedroom is your retreat, one of the most personal rooms in your home and the place that you go to when you want to relax and feel comfortable. Choosing your bedroom flooring is incredibly important because this is the one room where you will most likely be barefoot in your home while at the same time simultaneously needing your floor to work aesthetically in a way that fosters tranquility and happiness.

 

You have several options when choosing the bedroom flooring that is right for you. What is most important is making sure that you make your decision based on several criteria—you will want to factor in your own design aesthetic, the size and layout of your bedroom, and the climate you live in.

 

The most traditional of bedroom flooring choice is hardwood. If you love the look of hardwood but don’t like the feeling of cold feet on hardwood floors, you can still enjoy the elegance of the hardwood in your bedroom.  Simply incorporate an area rug into your bedroom layout or include a small rug next near your bed. Other economic and sustainable options include hardwood floor alternatives such as bamboo.

 

Carpet is also a great option for your bedroom and you can accomplish this look in several different ways. If you have a hardwood floor you could choose a large area rug that centers under your bed and radiates out into the room, adding a splash of color and texture. If you want to fully carpet your room there are many different carpeting choices and which one is right for you will depend on how much foot traffic your bedroom receives while also factoring in what type of design aesthetic you wish to accomplish.

 

There are many different flooring options for your bedroom and it can sometimes feel overwhelming choosing what is best for that special room where you go to rest and recharge. What is important is knowing that you have options and then choosing what type of flooring feels most natural and relaxing to you.  At Ambassador Floor, we are happy to help you choose the option that will be best in your bedroom retreat!

Four Elements of a Hotel-inspired Bedroom

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22348766_SFor many, hotel rooms conjure chic, calm feelings. When decorating your own bedroom, borrow elements from your favorite hotel rooms to achieve a sophisticated, relaxing look.

White bedding

Possibly the most important part of a hotel-inspired bedroom is high-quality linens. High thread count sheets, a waffled blanket and a fluffy comforter encased in a sateen duvet will invite you to melt into your bed. Crisp white is surprisingly easier to care for than a pattern or color.

Plush flooring

A place to rest tired feet is essential, especially if you have hardwood floors. A neutral rug, placed on either side or at the foot of the bed, will allow you to step out of bed in comfort. A white rug with a dark grey pattern would look fantastic. Add a memory-foam pad for a surprising indulgence.

Blackout curtains

Deep, restorative sleep can be achieved with the help of blackout curtains. Select a heavy curtain that blocks all light, or add a separate panel to the back of an opaque curtain. A dark grey velvet curtain would pop against a neutral wall and your new bedding.

Sitting area

To really achieve the look of a sophisticated hotel room, you’ll need to add a sitting area. The type is up to you! Maybe you need a plush reading chair near the natural light. Or, perhaps you’d like a small table and sturdy chair for applying makeup. Even a structured settee can invite conversation in the bedroom.
A bedroom retreat is just what you need to escape a long day of work and family. Creating a hotel-inspired master suite can help you feel rejuvenated in your own home.

Prepare Your Hardwood Floors for Winter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Maintenance Tips

Winter is official here and as many of you know, it is near impossible to avoid winter elements being tracked into your home and over your hardwood floors. Dirt, slush, snow, and salt can all damage your beautiful and healthy hardwood floor.  To help avoid and problems follow these tips courtesy of Growers and Nomads:

Floor mats are your friends – There’s a reason that welcome mats are placed at the front door, and it’s not to welcome guests. It’s to ensure that all the dirt and grime from the outdoors don’t make it inside. For a floor mat to truly serve it’s purpose, it must be cleaned regularly.

Dishes vs. shoes – Who ever said dish drainers were just for dishes? Take a simple plastic drainer, place a towel underneath and use it for
children and guests to place their wet shoes.

Treat your pet – By placing a bowl of treats at your front or back door, you can begin to train your pet to stay near the entrance until you
can thoroughly wipe their paws clean.

Stock up – With all the foot traffic coming through the front door, it may be a good idea to keep whatever cleaning supplies you might need
nearby – particularly towels and maybe even a Wet Vac.

Know your investment – Whether your wood floors were already installed in your home or you had your floors redone, always know what type of
warranty exists, if any, in case major damage ever takes place.

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For help upgrading your flooring contact Ambassador Floor Company in St. Louis.

Green Flooring For Your Kitchen

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Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Then mostly likely you are looking to replace your old flooring with new stylish and maybe green flooring. We have complied a list of sustainable flooring, that are strong enough to stand up to the regular wear and tare of your kitchen as well as make your kitchen a little more green.

  • Linoleum: Real linoleum is an all-natural flooring option made of linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and pigments, all pressed onto a jute backing. It’s long-lasting, easy to clean, and often contains recycled content.
  • Wood: Wood is a classic and durable flooring option. Just make sure that the wood you choose is Forest Stewardship Council certified, or salvaged/reclaimed wood. Avoid products with added formaldehyde, which are sometimes used in engineered/pressed wood backing or sublayers. Also look for sealers and cleaners that are environmentally benign and low-VOC.
  • Tile: Tile is beautiful and durable, and you can find companies that make their tile products with up to 100% recycled glass or ceramic.
  • Stone: Look for locally (or at least domestically) mined and fabricated stone, but avoid buying imported stone in order to reduce transport-related energy. If you need to use a sealer, make sure it’s a low-VOC product (less than 200 g/L of VOCs, per SCAQMD Rule 1113).

For assistance selecting sustainable flooring for your kitchen contact a consultant at Ambassador Flooring Company in St. Louis.

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How To Clean A Hardwood Floor

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Many people believe that the best way to clean hardwood wood floors is with a wet mop, but actually you should never use a wet mop on a hardwood floor, this will raise the grain and may permanently damage the wood’s surface.  We recommend using surface cleaners and a dry cloth. If you have a Mohawk Hardwood Floor, use Mohawk Floor Care Essentials Hard Surface Products to clean and protect your hardwood floor. Always apply the Mohawk Floor Care Essentials Hard Surface Cleaner directly to the terry cloth flooring mop, not the floor.

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Remodeling- Start From The Floor Up

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All great ideas start from the ground up, and remodeling a room in your home is no different.  When designing or remodeling a room you want it to be inviting and functional, so don’t forget the floor.  The floor will set the tone for the room.  So whether you prefer the soft plush look of carpet, the bright color of hardwood or the long lasting style of a tile floor; the floor should pull the entire room together. There is nothing worst then a beautiful decorated room, wrecked by an out-of-date carpet or a poorly installed wood floor.

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Carpeting is the top floor-covering choice in the United States.  The single most important thing in choosing a carpet or rug is understand your lifestyle and select carpet that will stand up in places where it will get the most wear. The trick is to avoid abrupt transitions between areas. It’s more pleasing to stay with a basic tone and coordinate choices for continuity in texture and pattern.

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Natural wood floors are beautiful, but also increase the value of your home. Hardwood floors are available in many colors and makes, such as cherry wood, walnut and laminate.  If you want to install new wood floors, be sure to choose a wood that meshes with the style of your home or the style you aim to create.

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Ceramic tile outperforms and outlasts most other floor covering product.  Tile is a practicel flooring option for bathrooms and kitchens because of its durability. It also offers limitless design possibilities in color, style, shape and finish, giving you the opportunity to create a very personal design statement.

Need more remodeling inspirations, click through the slideshow on PointClickHome.com.