Bathroom Remodeling

Because bathroom remodeling involves smaller rooms in the home, it’s an area where you can indulge without breaking the bank. It’s also a room that pays to indulge. If you plan on staying in your home, a bathroom remodel can provide functionality as well as luxury. If you plan on selling, remodeling a bathroom will increase the value of the home and improve its attraction to buyers.  When considering a bathroom remodel, you should consider these features:

Function of space: What will you be doing in that space? Master bathrooms often have dual his and her sinks. This allows two people to function in one space at the same time, but not all households or bathrooms need that space. You may only need one sink with a generous amount of counter space. 

Storage: Another aspect of bathroom remodeling of space is storage, and storage doesn’t have to stop under the sink. You can add cabinetry behind the toilet, above the sink or along a free wall. More importantly, when choosing cabinetry, remember that bathrooms harbor moisture, so you will want to avoid using particle board as it tends to swell.

Flooring: Avoid carpets and woods in the bathroom as the likelihood of flooding can produce mold in carpets and warp wood. The best flooring choices for bathrooms are the various tile or natural stone selections. Both are easy to clean and resistant to water damage.

Extending into other rooms: Whether you are designing a master bathroom or another room in the house, you will want to consider how it blends with other rooms it is attached to. What do you see when you look into the bathroom from the bedroom? Chances are, you don’t want see the toilet. At the same time, what will you see if you are taking a bath and looking out? You will also want to consider how the floors and walls blend from room to room. 

Lighting: Bathroom remodeling serves several functions that require specific lighting needs. As it is a room used for grooming, you will want good lighting, but because many people also unwind after a long day by soaking in the bath, you will want the ability to dim the lights. 

Color: You can make a smaller bathroom look larger by choosing a white or cream color for the walls. And don’t limit your ideas to painting your walls. Covering your walls in tile ads elegance and is easy to clean.

If you need further advice making bathroom redesign decisions or if you want to get started on your bathroom redesign project, call Act 1 Flooring Clearance to let our consultants get started today.

 

Kitchen Remodeling

For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so kitchen remodeling can make for a more inviting room. It’s the room where we provide nourishment, both in the form of food and community whether it be while cooking for a holiday meal, family dinner at the end of the day, or as a dual workspace where both cooking and homework is completed. Your kitchen should be functional and warm. Take a look at these tips to find out how you can provide both when you remodel your kitchen:

Kitchen Islands: Islands are functional in many ways. They offer storage space and added counter top cooking space. They can be a way to separate your cooking space from your living space in an open home plan while still allowing you to connect with other members of the house who may be working in other parts of that open space. They also provide a seating area for guests and children so that you can entertain or help with homework while performing kitchen duties.  Kitchen remodeling can bring a whole new organizational efficiency to your home.

Storage: There can never be enough storage in the kitchen, but often people don’t plan for it. When choosing cabinetry, selecting glass cabinet doors give the kitchen a more open and airy look. However, you should be mindful of what is displayed behind those doors. A hodge-podge of odd dishes isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as a set of single color plates. While you might find cabinet-top shelves appealing, the disadvantages to choosing these cabinets are the loss of storage space and the dirt and dust that knick knacks displayed on these shelves collect. Finally, when planning your kitchen storage system, consider how you might add a garbage storage solution. Garbage in the kitchen is unsightly. Additionally, many who incorporate recycling in their garbage management will sometimes have a number of collection containers in the kitchen. Hide these items by installing built-in bins behind a cabinet door.  Act 1 Flooring Clearance can help create storage with a kitchen remodel.

Counter tops: Your countertop selection should suit your needs. If you have children who aren’t mindful of their cutting surfaces, you might want to avoid countertops that aren’t scratch resistant such as laminate. Many people like the look of tile countertops, but grout can stain, tiles can break, and if you like to bake, tile can be difficult for rolling out dough on. You might also want to consider rounded countertops to help with safety concerns in small children or the occasional hip bruise when rounding a turn. 

Flooring: Kitchen flooring should be slip resistant as it is a place where spills tend to happen. You want to choose a flooring that can withstand those spills. Hardwood is a durable kitchen floor that will retain its stylish look even as other trends change. Luxury Vinyl Flooring is soft and cleans easily. It is also an affordable product if your are on a budget. If you like the look of stone, you can either select a porcelain tile or natural stone. Both provide strength and low maintenance.

Act 1 Flooring Clearance doesn’t just supply flooring products and services. We do many other remodel projects as well. To talk to a consultant about your kitchen remodel project, give us a call. We look forward to giving you the kitchen of your dreams.

Living Room

Generally, when a guest walks into your home, the first room they see is the living room, so your living room should be both comfortable and a reflection of your style.

If you want to display strong bold colors in your living room, do so, but big ticket items such as carpets and sofas should be kept neutral. Color and style trends tend to pass fairly quickly, as may your own preferences. Replacing pillows and throw rugs are a more affordable option than carpets and furniture.

When making color and style choices, choose a focal piece such as a piece of furniture or art work that you love and work around it selecting colors that blend and complement the piece.

Walls don’t have to be white. Many people fear making color choices for their walls. In fact, for some, it is difficult to even select off white or cream colored walls. White walls, however, leave a sterile or apartment look that is plain and boring. You can get the bright open feel that white walls reflect without the sterility by selecting a light muted color that blends with the rest of your décor. Another option is to be brave with one wall by painting it a color that contrasts with the rest of the room.

Finally, flooring in the living room is quite often a personal choice. Carpet provides luxury, but many are opting for a harder flooring surface that is easy to clean and doesn’t promote allergy problems. Hardwood floors and stone are an elegant choice for the living room that can be softened with an area rug. Another feature that hardwood or stone provides is its neutrality giving you more options when replacing furniture.

If you are ready to redesign your living room, give Act 1 Flooring Clearance a call. We can help you from the bottom up.

 

Dining Room

Gathering around the table is about more than sustenance. It’s also about food for the soul. Strong families are often built around the table because it is often the best place to come together. Many families do more than just eat at the table. They also play games, talk about their day, and plan activities, so your dining room design choices should be about more than how many people you have to seat at the table. This room should be comfortable enough for the entire family and its lifestyle. When designing your dining room, ask yourself these questions:

What is a dining room to you?

People see and use dining areas in different ways. It is not uncommon for a home these days to not even have a dining area as many people will opt to eat in front of the television. Nor is it unheard of to have a room designated for fancy dinners only.

When designing your dining area, you should consider how you and your family will use it. Will children be doing homework at the table? Does your family scatter during the week but all gather on Sunday morning for a family breakfast? Do you entertain extended family on a regular basis? All these factors should be taken into consideration when deciding on the décor, flooring, and lighting of your dining area.

What are your lighting needs? 

Your lighting needs will vary depending on the task at hand. Poor lighting makes activities like homework or crafts difficult while a strong, bright light might overwhelm guests at a dinner party. What’s more, candle lit dinners fare better with even a little man-made light. You can satisfy all these lighting needs by installing a dimmer switch that allows you to go from a low soft light to a bright light. Installing your main lighting feature centered directly above the dining table adds focus to the table.  Another option you might want to consider is accent lighting. Providing an accent light focused on a piece of art adds an elegant look to the room.

What kind wear will your flooring get?

The first thing most people consider when making a dining room flooring choice is the potential for spills. While that may be a major consideration, especially if you have small children, there are others to take into mind.

When choosing flooring for the dining area, many people don’t consider acoustics, but this can make a difference in some homes. Harder floors such as hardwood, tile, and stone don’t absorb sound which can create an echo in the room making the room noisier when entertaining and giving it a hollow empty sound when quieter. 

While carpets are not the best choice for spills, they do have their benefits. If you want warmth in your dining room, carpets provide protection against cold floors in cooler climates, and they are softer under the feet. 

As with any room, choosing a light colored flooring brightens a room and makes it look bigger, while darker flooring will make a room look smaller and in some cases, cozy.

To get help making dining room decisions that compliment your family’s needs, contact Act 1 Flooring Clearance today.

Interior Design Is Not Just for Creatives

Interior designers have an intuition that helps them see what works and what doesn’t. You can call it creativity, education, or a gift, but just because you don’t have that same intuition doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautifully decorated home that complements your style. While interior designers are skilled to make color and décor decisions, they still follow a few basic design rules to complete a look. With these five tips, you too can create a home interior design that you can be proud of.

Choose a focus: If your home has great architecture, that focal piece may have been chosen for you whether it is a fireplace, a stove hood, or an oversized window. If the room you are decorating, however, has plain lines with no outstanding features, you may have to create a focal point. The bonus is that you can use this to your advantage. Maybe you have a piece of furniture, area rug, or artwork that you want to show off. Once you have decided on your focal piece, build your décor around that piece. Remember when doing so that the piece is like the bride at a wedding. While you can show it off with its surrounding décor, you should avoid showing it up.

Color: Don’t be afraid of paint. There are a number of basic rules to color in a room.

  • Light colors make a room look bigger and brighter.
  • Dark colors make a room look smaller and darker.
  • Neutral colors allow you to change your décor more freely.
  • Colors chosen in threes—a dominant color, a secondary color, and an accent color—give the room contrast.
  • Finally, the color you see at the store will not be color you see at home, so it’s important that you get a sample and live with the color for a few days. The light in your home is not only different than that in the store, but it also changes based on the time of day and your light source. A soft yellow on a paper sample could end up looking like a banana on your wall. If you are planning on painting your walls, there is no harm in splashing a dash of paint on a wall to get a feel for how it’s going to look at various times of the day and how it settles with the rest of your décor.

Avoid overcrowding: Over time, many of us accumulate stuff that we develop emotional attachments to. This could be garage sale finds, gifts from family members, or trophies from our children’s achievements. While we might not be ready to part with these items, we are also not doing them justice by crowding them on a mantel. If you want to honor these pieces, select one or two that you can feature as a focal piece. The proper lighting will help them stand out and draw attention to them. By removing the clutter that surrounds them, you can create unity in theme.

The same rule applies to furniture. Of course, you need appropriate seating for the family and guests, but too much furniture in a room crowds the room so that those select pieces blend into the rest of the décor as opposed to expressing their architecture and beauty. Furthermore, an overcrowded room lends itself to clumsy flow causing bumps and trips when in use.

Wall décor: The average eye level is 57”, and that’s the level that your wall décor should be placed. Hanging artwork either higher or lower takes the piece out of the line-of-sight and is awkward to view.

Also, when hanging décor, you should remember the Rule of Three. One is boring, five is busy, but three is just right. With three, you can easily and naturally create balance in a focal point with accents. 

Lighting: Most rooms have a main light source, but adding other light sources can create different effects. For example, the ability to dim lights gives the room a softer look for those times when you need to unwind. Using accent lights to highlight features of a room draws attention to those areas. Sconces along a hall generate flow. 

The most important point is to avoid forcing a style that doesn’t complement your personality. It may feel natural to decorate a city apartment with sleek lines and strong black and white contrasts, but the space inside your home doesn’t have to reflect the atmosphere outside of it. In fact, it could be a way to escape from your outside environment. Finally, regardless of how beautiful your space is, if it doesn’t feel like you, you will not feel comfort in it.

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