5 Types of Flooring….. Though options are endless.

Here at Shoreline, our signature in every custom home is always the flooring. We are known for our truly reclaimed 150-year-old barn wood site finished floor and our clients love the look! We have a supplier that tears down barns in the northwest US and takes the wood directly from the barn and brings it here to be installed.

 

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Its truly an amazing process and these floors have such history and tell their own story for sure!

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The newest craze is white oak

this more uniformed but still custom look is coming in fast. It is lighter, it comes in both machine sewn or rough sewn so you can control the “rustic-ness” of it, can be stained or just clear coated, and tighter gaps and even heights make it easier to clean.

In addition to these popular two real hardwoods, there is also a plethora of other types, colors and styles. Such as pine, poplar, red oak, and so much more! This type of flooring is durable, able to be personalized and easily repaired but is pricey. The barnwood and white oak options can run anywhere from $9 sq ft up to $20!

The next type of flooring is laminate. This type can mimic hardwoods in look and even feel sometimes but much more affordable, very durable as its made of either lots of pressed material or rubber and plastics. It can be used in wet areas depending on type and is easy to install. It comes in thousands of different verities from bamboo, pine, oak to even cork depending on your tastes and budgets.


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The next type of flooring is tile! This used to be ALL the rage to use in entire homes but has lost some of its trendiness in the last few years. But tile can still be a wonderful choice no matter home level. There is the expensive marble and travertine look that can be designed in patterns and intricate designs for interest and a high-end look. Then there is the classic porcelain or stone tiles that are super durable and great in wet areas like kitchens, baths, laundry, porches and pool areas. They even make very realistic wood look tiles that give you that warm wood look but have the durability and water resistance of tile.

 

Carpet is flooring type number 4. This tried and true home staple will never fully go away and does its best to keep up with trends and stay relevant. Its true carpet is not looked at as beautiful or used throughout homes anymore, but it’s still very useful and has a place. Lets face it, if we didn’t care at all about looks and price point, we would all carpet everywhere for comfort right?! There are tons of colors and designs that make it a tad more flattering but I doubt we will be covering our homes and walls with that long shaggy stuff from decades past. We still love this cozy element in guest rooms, playrooms, mancaves and media rooms!

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Last but certainly not least, the newest trend we see peaking into the market is actually the most cost effective in the market…….. concrete!

Byt using your slab foundation as the actual floor there is no need to purchase flooring. There are tons of products and treatments to achieve almost any desired look. With rugs and furniture, how much flooring can you really see anyways? This look is modern industrial and may not fully fit in our lowcountry “fixer upper” trend right now, but in the next year or so, it will take a slight move in that direction. This could even be a DIY project for those handy people or a simple painter can handle it. Unlimited color selection make it universal for any décor, it can even be designed to look like tile or even wood!  And for the cost of a few gallons of paint, you can put that huge floor budget into something way more fun!

 

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Hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about the most popular floor options. Don’t worry, if you build your dream home with us, you get an in house designer to help guide you through all these tough decisions and keep you on budget and on time!

Reach out with any questions!!

New Years Re-Solutions

Its that time of year!

 We just ushered in a New Year and everyone feels like they need to make some changes. Changes to themselves, changes to habits, changes in their professional lives, changes with their family and changes in the home. 

The term resolution actually comes from the idea of a re-solution or a change for the better to someone or something. Unfortunately, the statistics are not very encouraging, as only 8% of those who have a New Years Resolution actually keep it the whole year. 

Since the numbers are against us, we have come up with a few simple changes and tips for how you can come with with new solutions for your home! (Sorry, we don’t do miracle weight loss). 

DO you have a wall in your home that is prime open space and you cant seem to come up with something to do with it? How about a “mud wall”? All you need is some reclaimed wood or shiplap sheets you can paint, some hooks and a bench or cubbies!

 

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Need more storage? Do you have stairs? How about adding shelving or drawers in the open space under your stairs?

 

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This space is often wasted and closed up in framing and sheetrock, but if you can open it up and take advantage of its space, its not that hard. Use a stud finder to find the studs, mark them out on the wall, use a hammer or a sheetrock saw to cut back the sheetrock. Use 2x4’s to frame out the shelves, re sheetrock, paint and voila! Instant storage!

Sometimes more desperate situations call for desperate measures. DO you feel like your “stuff” is weighing you down and you just don’t know where to start to declutter? Experts say to start with the smallest room in the house, pull everything out and if you haven’t used it in the past year, its time to get rid of it. If the idea of this makes you sweat, perhaps its time to call in the professionals. There are several companies locally that will come help you reorganize, declutter, purge and redecorate. Sometimes, its just worth spending a few dollars to get free of the overwhelming pressure extra things around the home can add to your life! 

Sorry, there is no miracle suggestions here, unfortunately good things take work.

 

Happy New Year from our family to yours! Best wishes for an amazing 2018!!!

5 Tips and Tricks for the Holidays!

Welcome to that time of year…… SO wonderful but can be oh so stressful to get your home ready for those gift exchanges, dinners, parties, family and so much more! We are here to help! We have some wonderful ideas for decorating your home in gorgeous but so easy ways, your friends will be asking you how you did it!!

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1) Use Holiday Cards as décor! Attach cards to a shelf, on string with laundry pins, to ladders or even in a tobacco basket to fill your kitchen, entry or living areas with cheer from those you love the most! They are already colorful and so festive! No need to add anything else!

 

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2) Use your scarves, blankets or kaftans as table cloths.

I am sure you have some plaid scarves laying around in your closet! Get them out and use them! In a brand new way! Put them on your table! Add some greenery, candles or fruit for a super awesome centerpiece to your celebration!

 

3) For easy tree install and take down put your tree in a flower pot! It looks amazing, you don’t need a tree skirt and its so much easier than a screw in tree holder.

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4) Use inexpensive materials as décor.

 Go to your nearest big box store and  grab a tomato plant stand, tie some ribbon on and put on some ornaments or lights for a great decoration for inside or out!

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5) Use fruit as décor!

Apples are a gorgeous, cheap and easy way to add to your home décor. They bring in festive colors and its something your guests can grab if they need a snack! Put them in a bowl or in greenery, on the mantle or coffee table! Use everywhere and will be sure to last from now until New Years!


Hope these few little tips and tricks help you to finish preparing for this busy season! We hope its filled with many blessings and wish you the best in the Holidays from our family to Yours!

 

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