15 Homes With Million Dollar Views of the Ozarks

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One the things we hear most from people who love living here in the Ozarks is that they love the natural beauty that surrounds the cities on every side. We would have to agree with that assessment. There’s nothing like a gorgeous Autumn view in the Greater Springfield area. There are lots of awesome homes for sale right now that offer breath taking views to their future owners. Let’s take a look at some homes for sale in Springfield, Missouri that have million dollar views!

644 VALLEY VIEW ROAD

WHO KNEW??? This Frank Lloyd Wright inspired custom home nestled on 25 acres in Rogersville and only 25 minutes from Springfield area is a hidden OZARK gem! Stunning windows bring the outdoors in literally from every angle… the lush gardens and woods, the heatedinfinity pool and the view inspired deck… exceptional! Every detail has been thought of to make this a getaway retreat like no other! Private master suite w/ own screened in porch and VIEW! Guest quarters with full bath and VIEW! Private den and family living room w VIEW! 3400 Sq. Ft. on one level w exceptional outdoor retreats, gardens and walking path to the lower landl. 50 year shingles, concrete board siding, hand-laid Arkansas stone walkways. Spotless, exceptional and breathtaking! One-of-a-kind getaway!

7251 EAST STATE HIGHWAY D

This 5-acre property overlooking the James River Valley offers a million dollar view for half the price! Build your dream house in an idyllic natural setting while still being 5 minutes from the conveniences of Springfield. In addition to breathtaking views, the property includes living quarters, a workshop with Craftsman toolboxes, and a garage with space for 1-car and 1 RV/boat. The property is ready for building with a new well and new septic and electrical systems. The 900-sq.-ft. living quarters features tasteful decor, including white kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas stove, whole-house water filtration system, tankless water heater, wet bar and Anderson windows.

350 SOUTH JOHN Q HAMMONS PARKWAY 9-B

Here’s your chance to live in an upscale condo in the heart of Springfield! This lovely 2-bedroom condo has been completely remodeled. It features custom cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, crown molding, beautiful light fixtures, newer carpet, tile, and hardwood flooring and 2 bathrooms. The private balcony overlooking historic Walnut Street provides front-row seats to spectacular sunsets and a perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee. In addition, this prestigious high-rise offers many sought-after amenities, including 24-hour security, fitness room, outdoor pool & entertaining area, community room and secure underground parking. This is luxury living at its finest.

3947 EAST GLEN ABBEY DRIVE

This all-brick home designed by David Harper in Highland Springs defines luxury. Beyond the half-acre private backyard with lake views, it offers: open kitchen, dining and hearth area, stainless steel appliances, gas stove, spacious pantry, 3 living areas, formal dining room, hardwood and tile floors, central vac, lots of windows and 3-car garage. Recently remodeled, the master suite is spacious and has a soaking tub, glass shower, double vanity with quartz and a fantastic walk-in closet. The upstairs fifth bedroom allows for multiple options–playroom, office, media room, workout area or a combination of whatever fits your needs! The enclosed porch and covered patio is ideal for enjoying the lake views and lush landscaping. This home offers luxury living in Springfield’s premier gated community

1383 SOUTH JONES MILL LANE

Located in the fabulous Jones Spring area, this custom Mike Dobbs home, is a one of a kind showplace. Nestled among mature trees, this privately gated property features an in-ground pool with separate cabana house plus totally separate guest quarters with full kitchen and bath that was professionally remodeled and updated in 2017! The home features 4 fireplaces, high ceilings with an extensive use of wood beams, reclaimed wood floors and antique doors. Beautiful open living spaces plus large screened porch and patio with brick pavers. Other special features include a control 4 whole house audio system, new roof over garage and guest quarters in 2017, new pool liner in 2018, whole house generator.Truly a gorgeous property for the buyer that appreciates attention to style and detail.

137 JAMES FORD LANE

Exquisite finishes & details on this custom beauty! Over the river and through the woods to this amazing gated subdivision with river access! The Timbers at Riverdale offers this lavish story and a half retreat that is your dream come true! Features include:Hardwood flooring throughout main level, granite counter tops in kitchen and baths, two story foyer with grand staircase, and access to study & formal dining, extensive mill work thru out, bright with natural lighting! Master suite has cozy fireplace, and a wall of windows over looking the greenery and river beyond. Double vanity, and whirlpool tub. Be ready to entertain, Chef’s kitchen with modern flare, white cabinetry, beautiful granite! This 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 6 car garage (3 car detached with home office) on 5 acres, Nixa Schools!An additional 6.2 acres that neighbors subject property, and with Finley River frontage, is also available for sale! Enjoy 8 acres of common area and river access with the purchase of this property! Bon fire night has a new meaning at this home, with near by natural spring and river access just below property! If you are thinking about building your own custom dream home, you need to view this property first!

10999 LAWRENCE 1100

Magnificent gated all brick/stone walkout basement home nestled on a lush 10 acres with pond. This 5473 square foot home features a split three bedroom, three full bath floorplan with room for additional bedrooms in the full basement. This home features a large kitchen complete with granite countertops, under cabinet lighting, eat-in kitchen dining, pantry, Hickory cabinets and bar area adjacent to the wrap around deck to the master suite. Impressive open living room with cathedral ceilings leading into the formal dining room. The master suite is complete with dual vanities, walk-in shower and large walk-in closet. The basement features large rec room, the third full bath, study/office, family room with gas fireplace, wet bar, pool table/game room, three seasons room. The home also features a 18 x 36 pool with new lining, filter and pump, pool house, large patio with fire pit which overlooks the stocked pond, decorative fountain, gazebo, Bocce Ball & Texas horseshoe courses and a hot tub/sauna house perfect for entertaining. The back portion of the land has a covered RV parking pad, three car attached garage, generator hookup, an all brick 30×48 brick garage/workshop plus a NEW roof, gutters/downspouts on the home! Don’t miss this one!!!!

11355 GOLDENROD ROAD

This incredible custom built home is sure to impress even the most sophisticated buyer! The attention to detail is unsurpassed. The exterior is constructed of paver brick from Kansas along with a generous use of real stone. The warm and inviting interior offers three bedrooms with 2 1/2 baths, 3 living areas, a study and a formal dining room. The grounds are completely fenced with a hole already dug for a lake and a area for a pole barn complete with water and electricity. This fantastic home will not disappoint.

Custom one owner home secluded in 160acres+/- of woods, pastures, ponds, springs, parklike yard. A Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home with features unlike any other home. As you enter, the Kalwall Skylight sets the mood for this contemporary home. Chef’s kitchen is a culinary delight, features corian and soap stone counters surrounding cherry cabinetry and bamboo hardwood floors . Bonus room and lower level complete for 2nd family living . Office and sunroom have atrium doors to master suite and decks overlooking waterfalls, ducks and ponds. Estate includes shop buildings, horse barn, and high tensile fencing and water lines for rotational grazing, and wooded trails. Good location close to town.

115 ROCKY TOP ROAD

Custom built home. Spacious plan with 4686 sf. finished living space and over 1000 sf. unfinished storage; half which could be converted to more living space. Quality construction with 2 x 6 walls, hardwood flooring, soaring ceilings, walls of windows and two levels of decking including a large screened deck to enjoy the beautiful mountain views. Master BDR, Great Room, Formal Dining and Kitchen / Dining combo are on the main floor. Master Suite features mountain views, a glamorous master bath with walk-in shower, double vanity, jetted tub and dual walk-in closets. Large laundry is adjacent to master suite and has secret entry door. 2nd level has 2 BDR, bath and a loft office. Walkout basement has 4th BDR, Fam.Rm, Workshop/John Deere room & storage.

Located In Beautiful Sommerset Place!!! (A Gated Subdivision with less than 10 Homes!) This Luxurious One Of A Kind Home features 5 Bedrooms,9 Bathrooms and a 4 Car Over Sized Garage!!! Great for Entertaining the large covered patio overlooks the amazing saltwater infinity pool complete with 2 fire pits that are breathtaking! Across the pool you’ll find a 1000 Sq.Ft. Cabana that’s (NOT) included in the Sq.Footage of the Home!!! Counting the Cabana that would be a total of 8200 Sq. Feet of Paradise under roof! This property is a Must See and the amenities are just too numerous to mention!

256 OLD STILL ROAD

Lakefront living today! Two 10’x28′ boat slips w/lifts & private swim dock. Completely turn key right down to the beach towels & a kawasaki mule! Entertain w/all the lake has to offer from 1600sf of deck w/outdoor furniture, an outdoor kitchen & a separate deck for your private hot tub. Completely remodeled upstairs in 2016. The dock is like an oasis w/solar power & a huge swim deck w/composite retractable steps, swing & water level bench for the little ones,complete set of outdoor patio furniture, telescoping umbrella & even a jet ski lift! Addt’l amenities included in the documents.(the 2 slips are on a 4 stall private dock & must convey with home for $35,000 each additional cost)

383 TIMBERLAKE CIRCLE

Enjoy Table Rock waterfront living at it’s best from your custom built true Log Cabin Home. From the 2 story Great Room featuring native wood motifs and slate floors, to the hand built cabinetry, Amish Craftmanship is obvious throughout. Enjoy your lake view from a covered wrap around veranda. Boat Slips are available from a 3rd party.

771 SEVEN PINES DRIVE

Nestled in the gated area of Saddlebrooke is a stunning, prairie style, home with over 5,500 sf. It is extremely energy efficient and has the possibility of LEED certification. It has breathtaking views of Bull Creek from the 2nd level of the home and views of the rolling hillsides from the front. The walls and ceilings of the home were constructed with Structurally Insulated Panels (SIP). The panels offer an insulation value of R49 on the roof, and R26 in the walls. Throughout the home there are beautiful, unique, light fixtures creating a warm ambiance. An abundance of creative cubbies helps with decoration and furniture placement. The home features a master and laundry area on the main level as well as the 2nd floor. The main level offers a great room with a wood-burning fireplace accented with rustic wood beams. Behind the fireplace is an open family room that walks out to the lower deck. The office opens to the family room on the main level. The kitchen features a Professional Grade Viking exhaust hood above the gorgeous wood top island and a walk-in pantry. The adjacent dining area is large enough to hold a formal dining room table if necessary. . It offers 2 built-in gun cabinets and open access to a wet bar for your morning coffee or juice. The master bedroom sitting area offers access to a private deck. The deck offers a perfect spot to observe the wildlife and nature around Bull Creek.

11262 JOLLY MILL LANE

The unique ”Estate” hosts three separate living quarters within a private courtyard setting. Unsurpassed beauty sequestered in a story book setting, this ”Compound” overlooks Capp Creek, a year-round creek, and its historic dam and grist mill. Centrally located to many metropolitan areas, with a total of 18,000 sq ft of structure/8,456 sq ft interior living, with 8 bedrooms, 7 full/6half baths, 3 kitchens, 6 wood burning fireplaces, 10 garages, plus a beautiful indoor swimming pool and views from every window.The ”Nature” continues with a 720 Acre Conservation Area adjacent to this exclusive ”Compound” as well as a year round river stocked with troutThis breath-taking ”Estate” is perfect for a family with its privacy and/or a family who may wish to have guest quarters and/or care taker facilities. It is also ideal for the hunting/nature enthusiast – a dream come true.

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Hardwood Flooring Warranty Expectations « Hardwood Flooring Guide

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By Crystal Hosking, Hosking Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Flooring Warranties: What to Expect

When it comes to understanding just what is included in a warranty and what is not, fine print can get really confusing. A hardwood flooring warranty can be a great selling point for a particular product. However, all too often consumers get caught in the middle if a problem occurs down the road and these warranties weren’t properly explained at time of purchase. Hopefully, we can clarify some of the basics of hardwood flooring warranties here.

There are a few different types of warranties when it comes to hardwood flooring. Perhaps the most important one is the Structural Warranty. With reputable hardwood flooring manufacturers, you’re apt to find that most hardwood flooring products will carry a Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty, which applies to both unfinished and factory finished flooring. Structural Warranties guarantee that the hardwood flooring planks are stably sound and won’t crack, split or warp when installed properly.

It’s always important to follow the specific manufacturer’s prep and installation instructions, as installing hardwood flooring improperly could possibly void the warranty. Grade level (1st floor vs. ground level vs. basement), subfloor type and radiant heating systems can also be problematic for certain products, so you need to make sure the flooring you choose is approved for your particular room conditions. It’s not unusual for some manufacturers to demand the installer use their specific installation accessories (tools, underlayments, etc.) during installation to avoid voiding a warranty. It’s important to follow instructions for subfloor prep as well, as one of the major and most common situations where the Lifetime Structural Warranty is no longer valid is in a setting where there is a higher moisture content than recommended for that specific manufacturer’s hardwood floor.  Moisture is the number one reason for hardwood flooring to start performing badly (warping, buckling, cracking, etc.). Manufacturers know this and will quickly dismiss a claim where excessive moisture had a chance to get at the boards. It’s better (and cheaper) to be safe than sorry and have to replace your entire floor just because proper precautions weren’t taken prior to installation.

Residential Finish Warranty

Finish Warranties are a little bit different than Structural Warranties, as most of the time there is a specific number of years time limit on how long the Finish Warranty is valid for. The standard in the hardwood flooring industry for a Residential Finish Warranty right now is about 25 years. Although, with improving technologies, many hardwood flooring manufacturers are upping their Finish Warranty periods to 35 Years (Lauzon Designer Collection), 50 Years (Somerset Floors) and even Lifetime Finish Warranties (Award Floors). A Finish Warranty can be a bit confusing for some consumers, as it implies a lot more coverage than it actually has. A Finish Warranty won’t cover scratches, dents, gouges or damage to the finish caused by moisture. The basic principle of a Finish Warranty is that it guarantees the factory applied finish will not wear off in the time period stated when used in areas with standard residential traffic.

It’s kind of obvious, but still needs to be said: if you sand and refinish your hardwood flooring at any point, you’re automatically voiding the Finish Warranty. Why? You’re taking off the finish and that’s what the Finish Warranty is covering. To avoid scratches and the urge to refinish your hardwood flooring too soon, just make sure to keep it clean and use chair glides on all furniture legs. The major cause of hardwood flooring surface damage is when heavy things are dragged across the surface of the floor. As mentioned previously, scratches aren’t covered by the Finish Warranty, but shallow surface scratches can be somewhat fixed with the use of a touch up kit.

Commercial Finish Warranty

A Commercial Finish Warranty covers just what its name suggests: use in a commercial setting. The guarantees are the same as with a Residential Finish Warranty, but usually Commercial Finish Warranties cover fewer years because commercial settings (offices, restaurants, etc.) experience heavier traffic.

Hardwood Flooring Warranty Claims

Although top manufacturers invest a huge amount of money in Research & Development, making sure that the flooring stamped with their brand name is stably sound and a quality product, it’s not a perfect world and sometimes hardwood flooring has legitimate structural or finish issues that do fall within the limitations of the Structural or Finish Warranty. If you’re experiencing an issue with your hardwood flooring and decide to file a claim, in most cases, the manufacturer will tell you to contact the retailer from whom you purchased the hardwood flooring from. The retailer will act as a liaison between you and the manufacturer, relaying information about the problem you’re experiencing. It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but usually if a claim is accepted, the manufacturer will reimburse the end user for material and labor costs. All in all, if there is a problem with your hardwood flooring, the manufacturer probably already knows about it because, chances are, other similar claims have been filed, investigated and approved.

Not all claims, however, are verified and accepted by manufacturers. As mentioned previously, moisture issues are the leading cause of damage to hardwood flooring and are not covered by the warranty. If a manufacturer needs more in depth evidence that the problem was caused by the actual flooring itself and not improper installation of their product, they will insist that you have an independent inspector come out and determine cause of failure.

To the left is a photo of an installation that was inspected for a homeowner in the area. You can see that the boards are cupping and bowing up, creating a sort of wave effect throughout the room. An inspection determined that there was an existing moisture problem with the subfloor that should have been addressed prior to installation of the hardwood. The report was submitted and the warranty claim was dismissed because the manufacturer’s installation instructions, which included a required subfloor moisture content check, were not followed properly. There was nothing wrong with the actual flooring, all the damage was moisture related.

Purchasing Based on Warranty Offers

A Structural and Finish Warranty can be a good gauge as to whether the manufacturer of the hardwood flooring you’re interested in stands by their product. This somewhat attests to the quality of the product. But, should the warranty time period cause you to choose one product over another with a warranty period of fewer years? It’s hard to say for sure, but there are a lot of other aspects of hardwood flooring that should more importantly drive the decision to purchase: wood species (different hardnesses mean different durability levels), color (does it match the aesthetic you’re going for?), construction (solid vs. engineered), etc.

Ultimately, the warranty offered with a hardwood flooring product should be considered when making a purchase, but make sure you understand what’s included in the warranty and what is not before you let an attractive flooring warranty confuse you.

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Most Popular Custom Home Upgrades from Mitchell Homes

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Most Popular Custom Home Upgrades from Mitchell Homes

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Building a custom home is one of life’s most rewarding undertakings. Given the resources, you can personalize your home, crafting it to suit your every need and desire. While every project is different, Mitchell Homes’ customers are always excited to plan and build the home of their dreams.

Future custom homeowners don’t always know what they want, though. While all of our homes come with beautiful, durable, modern standard features, there’s no restriction on what we can craft. When customers contact us with uncertainty, we walk them through some of our most popular home upgrades for inspiration.

1. Custom Home Designs

Still, we won’t claim to satisfy every limit of the imagination with our pre-designed floor plans. We’re happy to build anything our customers desire, and we offer a whole host of custom upgrade options.

Custom options include anything that is non-standard. While Mitchell Homes offers thousands of upgrade options, there’s no boundary to what we’re willing to build. Our customers love finding unique custom upgrades on sites like Houzz and Pinterest and bringing them to us. If you can describe the project or show us what you want, we can make it happen!

2. Custom Cabinets for Kitchens and Bathrooms

It’s no wonder that many of our customers want to focus their home renovations on kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchens are truly the heart of the home, a space where families and friends congregate to share food, drinks, and memories.

Adding custom cabinets to your home carries a number of benefits. You can match your cabinet styles to your home’s design, create additional storage and organizational space, or add features such as glass-pane doors and internal lights to create beautiful showcase areas.

3. Flooring

What do people want? Hardwood flooring. Many customers have always dreamed of adding the comfort and class of hard wood to their homes. With a variety of options from solid wood to engineered wood floors, we’ve got a personalized solution to match any home’s design.

Hardwood isn’t your only flooring upgrade option, though. Hardwoods are perennially popular, but lately we’ve seen an influx of requests for laminate flooring and ceramic tile, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, and foyers. These classic and easy to maintain floors are perfect for families with children and pets.

4. Master Bath Customization

There’s no extent to the luxury that our customers desire in their master bathrooms. Bathrooms have a lot of small pieces that add up to an experience as indulgent as you’d like.

Mitchell Homes has upgrade options for every part of your bathroom. Our customers have requested all sorts of custom bath projects, including:

  • Changing from a tub-shower combo to a roll-in shower and walk-in bathtub. Custom bathrooms are our specialty, and that certainly includes handicap-accessible bath fixtures to cater to the unique needs of our elderly or disabled customers.
  • Upgrading to comfort height and water reducing toilets, faucets, and sinks. Water fixtures are small pieces of a puzzle that can come together to create a true luxury bathroom.

5. Site Work and Land Development

As a professional homebuilder, Mitchell Homes’ customization projects aren’t limited to home interiors. We help with all aspects as our buyers need. As part of the homebuilding process, we aid in all necessary site work and land development tasks on your property, including:

  • Grading to ensure a level surface and sound structural foundation for your entire home
  • Drainage control using up to 400’ or silt fence to prevent long-term damage from erosion, sediment loss, and standing water on your property
  • Paving, including stamped patterned pavement for a distinct custom home exterior.

These may be our most popular options, but they only represent the tip of the iceberg for what Mitchell Homes can create in your home! What upgrade options does your custom dream home include? For more inspiration, be sure to request a plan book from Mitchell Homes!

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The Impracticality of Hardwood Flooring

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My absolute hands down favorite flooring choice for a home is real wood, even more than engineered hardwood. I love the look and feel of real wood in a home, in family rooms, bedrooms, anywhere. Real wood has the warmest look and a softness underfoot that tile and vinyl can’t really compete with.

But today I’m sharing my tale of woe regarding my hardwood floors, specifically in my kitchen. My kitchen addition was eleven years ago and I at the time I chose more traditional style cabinetry. If I was doing it again now I’d go with a different cabinet style like Shaker and quartz countertops not marble but that’s not the point. The focus today is on the hardwood flooring, more specifically, it’s impracticality in kitchens.

Because I’m a lover of consistent flooring throughout downstairs community spaces, when we added this kitchen to the house eleven years ago I opted to continue the hardwood into the space for seamless flow. The truth is that over time we experienced water damage in this space on several occasions, first where that French door access has to the courtyard, next under the sink and dishwasher, and this month, under the icemaker.

I’m not alone in this experience, my parents chose hardwood for their new build fifteen years ago and when their icemaker leaked a huge section of the flooring had to be replaced at great expense. I’ve heard other stories of water damage from friends and clients too because hardwood flooring’s greatest foe is water.

Ever since I refinished my hardwood floors in a dark stain a year and a half ago I’ve been anxious about any water that spills on it, whether it’s from the dishwasher or the pet bowl or any moisture spill at all. Aaaaaand just last month, the icemaker started leaking and now look what’s happened to my beautiful floors… they’re buckling from moisture and I will need to have these boards replaced. This wood runs under under the cabinetry which means the cabinets and countertop next to the fridge have to be removed to adequately repair the floors. UGH.

I have a client with a full house renovation right now and she also wanted hardwood in her home and for it to flow into the kitchen. When she asked what I thought I said to her “hell no!” Hardwood is great for foyers and living rooms and bedrooms and home offices or in any space where there’s little danger of water damage. However, hardwood is a terrible choice for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, or basements and if you install it in those spaces, you’re asking for trouble.

Thankfully in these modern times we have really good alternatives that look just like wood!

I’m still in love with the wood look porcelain plank flooring in the Las Vegas fixer upper …

and I really love the look and feel of the luxury vinyl plank flooring in my upstairs studio rental (seen below).

So the two best and most practical choices for kitchen flooring are tile and waterproof luxury vinyl, and if you love the look of wood these days you can get it in those materials. (There is also the option of polished or honed cement flooring for those who like the modern or industrial look.)

But never ever ever again would I install hardwood floors in a kitchen. If you disagree tell me why! Do you have hardwood floors in your kitchen? Have you experienced water damage or have you been able to maintain them over time?

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Home in Jalisco by AM30 and Stephane Arriola clusters around a courtyard

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Mexican architects AM30 Taller de Arquitectura and Stephane Arriola have completed a vacation home in Jalisco, using traditional materials and aiming to disturb the site as little as possible.

Casa EC was created for an urban family seeking a natural escape. It is located in Atemajac de Brizuela, a small town roughly 100 kilometres (62 miles) outside of Guadalajara.

Casa EC by AM30 Taller de Arquitectura

“Architecture in the area is deeply rooted in tradition, and materials found in the landscape greatly influence the way spaces are built,” said the team in a project description. “The EC house embraces these cultural features and adapts them to the needs of a family of city dwellers.”

The 385-square-metre residence is made up of five rectangular volumes that cluster around a central courtyard. “Our approach was adapting to the natural elements on site, splitting the programme into different volumes and placing them around the existing pine trees,” said the architects.

Casa EC by AM30 Taller de Arquitectura

Two of the boxes, at the southern end of the site, contain a total of three guest bedrooms. Separating these areas from the rest of the home gives visitors more privacy, and allows the courtyard to act as a gathering space.

“A terraced courtyard functions as a central plaza linking the front and back of the plot, as well as creating a space for interaction between the main house and the guest rooms,” the team said.

Casa EC by AM30 Taller de Arquitectura

The three other volumes form the main portion of the home, and are arranged around an exterior circulation staircase.

Living and dining areas are split up, and because of the level changes on the site, are separated by short flights of steps. “The main floor adjusts to the terrain surface and inner patios provide light and ventilation, creating atmospheres with unique characteristics,” said the architects.

Casa EC by AM30 Taller de Arquitectura

Two bedrooms are located on the upper level, as well as a secondary sitting area that overlooks the main living room. The children’s bedroom is also located on a mezzanine, which sits above a lounge area that enjoys access to an interior courtyard.

In designing Casa EC, the team sought to maximise connections between living spaces and exterior spaces. “Hardwood flooring was used to create a continuous surface that extends the public spaces into outer decks, reinforcing the interaction with the surrounding vegetation,” they said.

Casa EC by AM30 Taller de Arquitectura

Their approach was to combine traditional materials and contemporary forms. Local stone was used for the exterior, while simple volumes and angled rooflines give the residence a contemporary appearance.

AM30 Taller de Arquitectura was founded in 2014 in Guadalajara by Bernardo Hernandez and Maria Emilia Sartoris. The studio collaborated with Mexico-based architect Stephane Arriola on the project.

Casa EC by AM30 Taller de Arquitectura

Lead architects: Emilia Sartoris, Bernardo Hernandez, Stephane Arriola
Structural engineer: Rafael Martín del Campo

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Carpet vs hardwood flooring: pros and cons of both floor types

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Carpet vs hardwood flooring — yes, this is a long-standing debate among homeowners as these two variants are, probably, also the most common flooring options. Although both the types are quite different from one another, you need to make the correct choice. Why? Because this decision will affect you for at least the coming 10 years. So, today, let us try to pit one flooring category against the other — based on some important attributes. After weighing all the pros and cons, we shall try to arrive at what is the best option to fit your requirements.

What is cheaper to install carpet or wood flooring?

Yes, the first factor is definitely your cost of installing the flooring. The average material and installation costs for carpet range from $3 to $5 per square foot, while for hardwood, it is approximately between $9-$14 per square foot. However, wood is durable and long-lasting. Therefore, if you consider the long-term costs, wood balances out its up-front investment over the years.

Carpet vs hardwood flooring: Which one is easier to maintain?

A hardwood floor — especially in a high-traffic area such as the living room — does not accumulate debris, dust, crumbs, or stains. You can easily wipe up anything with the help of a mop or a broom. But carpet tends to absorb particles and hence, it becomes very difficult to keep it clean. Most of the times, you won’t even notice that something has fallen on your floor. However, regular vacuuming and yearly deep cleansing can solve this problem.

wood flooringPhoto by Chris RubberDragon on Flickr is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

Does hardwood look better than carpet?

Depends on your individual taste. It is true that wood looks luxurious, elegant, and sophisticated. It is the classic flooring choice for homeowners with a refined taste. However, nowadays, the choices in carpet styles are also so many! You may choose from several colors, patterns, and fiber types — including nylon, wool, olefin, or polyester. Now, whatever decision you take, remember that your product’s style stays in trend for the coming 5-10 years!

Do wood floors increase home value?

Depending on the type of wood used, premium hardwood floors can last up to decades. Just that you need to properly maintain them and undergo a refinishing project when they get damaged. Since wood is timeless, it does increase your home’s value in the real estate market. Good-quality carpet fibers also last 10-15 years, and sometimes, people prefer to keep changing the overall look of their homes.

Carpet vs hardwood flooring: Which option is environment-friendly?

Authentic hardwood — derived from renewable resources — is a natural material. Therefore, it lends a natural-inspired, timeless appeal to your interiors. Moreover, you can always plant a tree, but not reverse the negative effects of manmade carpet fibers. But then, in the case of carpets, you can also go for natural fibers — such as wool or recyclable materials — ensuring that you embrace the environmentally friendly way of life.

What about versatility?

It’s true that wood comes in classic natural color options. But if you wish to add some drama, simply throw in an area rug and you are all set! You can get rugs in a myriad of designs as well — ranging from fun elements to luxurious, sophisticated looks. In short, you gain the best of both worlds, correct? However, even carpets are versatile enough by arriving in a gamut of colors, patterns, and styles. If you want to alter the existing look, simply get a new carpet and install it. It won’t even cost you much!

Are hardwood floors hard on your feet?

You definitely do a lot of walking in some areas of your home, such as the kitchen, living, and family rooms. And sometimes, hardwood is hard on your feet. In this case, carpet — with its dense, soft layer — acts as padding for your feet. Again, if you own a hardwood floor, you can solve this problem by simply placing some rugs in areas which experience high foot traffic.

hardwood flooringPhoto by Boa-Franc on Flickr is licensed under CC-BY-2.0

Have you considered the insulation factor?

Carpet is a good insulating material — thereby, lessening your energy bills and keeping your floor warm and comfy to tread upon. This is evident, especially during the colder winter months. In case of hardwood, you can tackle this issue by installing some insulation below your house.

Hardwood and carpet — each of them have their own pros and cons. While the former is classy, durable, and strong, the latter is soft, comfortable, and warm. So cozy vs sophisticated — which one do you prefer? Choose wisely and let us know of your decision in the comment section below!

Carpet Vs Hardwood Flooring: Which Is The Better For Your House? was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Anisha Dutta

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Welcoming Wine Country home includes Chardonnay vineyard

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20989 Broadway in Sonoma is a three-bedroom with vineyard views. 

20989 Broadway in Sonoma is a three-bedroom with vineyard views. 

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The Sonoma home sits on 3.35 acres and includes a chardonnay vineyard.

The Sonoma home sits on 3.35 acres and includes a chardonnay vineyard.

Photo: Vern Nelson

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Hardwood flooring graces the Wine Country home.

Hardwood flooring graces the Wine Country home.

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The Wine Country home includes a mezzanine loft area above the living room. 

The Wine Country home includes a mezzanine loft area above the living room. 

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The living room features a vaulted, beamed ceiling with exposed trusses. 

The living room features a vaulted, beamed ceiling with exposed trusses. 

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The living room offers a wood-burning fireplace and a vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses. 

The living room offers a wood-burning fireplace and a vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses. 

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Hardwood flooring, wood-framed windows, and a vaulted, beamed ceiling accent the interior. 

Hardwood flooring, wood-framed windows, and a vaulted, beamed ceiling accent the interior. 

Photo: Vern Nelson

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The eat-in kitchen’s dining area features a contemporary chandelier.

The eat-in kitchen’s dining area features a contemporary chandelier.

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The kitchen opens to the backyard through a glass door. 

The kitchen opens to the backyard through a glass door. 

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A French door refrigerator and terraced center island accent the kitchen. 

A French door refrigerator and terraced center island accent the kitchen. 

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The kitchen features dual ovens and a subway tile backsplash. 

The kitchen features dual ovens and a subway tile backsplash. 

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The owner’s suite includes a walk-in closet with custom built-ins. 

The owner’s suite includes a walk-in closet with custom built-ins. 

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The master suite’s bathroom opens to the outdoors and includes a walk-in shower and dual vanities. 

The master suite’s bathroom opens to the outdoors and includes a walk-in shower and dual vanities. 

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Sliding doors open to this bedroom. 

Sliding doors open to this bedroom. 

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A hardwood staircase ascends to the loft. 

A hardwood staircase ascends to the loft. 

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The loft offers an office overlooking the vineyard. 

The loft offers an office overlooking the vineyard. 

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The backyard features a sparkling lap pool.

The backyard features a sparkling lap pool.

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The 3.35-acre landscape offers plenty of room for entertaining. 

The 3.35-acre landscape offers plenty of room for entertaining. 

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An aerial shot showcases the landscape and Sonoma home. 

An aerial shot showcases the landscape and Sonoma home. 

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The 3.35-acre landscape includes a chardonnay vineyard.

The 3.35-acre landscape includes a chardonnay vineyard.

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Welcoming Wine Country home includes Chardonnay vineyard

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Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos:

Address: 20989 Broadway, Sonoma

Asking price: $3.2 million

Description: Less than 2 miles from Sonoma’s historic plaza, this three-bedroom country home sits on 3.35 acres. Hardwood flooring, wood-framed windows and a vaulted, beamed ceiling with exposed trusses accent the interior, as a mezzanine loft overlooks the living room. The eat-in kitchen offers a terraced center island, stainless steel appliances, and subway tile backsplash. An owner’s suite with a walk-in closet and spa bathroom opens to a patio.

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Built: 1980

Square feet: 3,229

For more information: Jennifer Power, Sotheby’s International Realty, (707) 301-6257, jennifer.powers@sothebyshomes.com

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Beautiful Homes of Instagram: Canada – Home Bunch Interior Design Ideas

Hardwood Flooring

I am truly honored to be featuring Kaitlyn Harris from decorating__life on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series. Kaitlyn lives in Calgary, Canada and you might even remember seeing this stunning home on the blog before. Keep reading and you’ll understand better as this homeowner explains below…

Hi everyone, my name is Kaitlyn Harris and I’m an interior designer based in Calgary, Canada (@decorating__life). Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my home on this amazing blog; I’m honored and excited to be part of such an amazing resource for the design community.

First let me start by saying I’m very grateful and fortunate to own a home that is well known among the design community – in fact, it’s even been featured as a previous Design Inspiration here on Home Bunch! The home was originally designed and built by a local builder called Veranda Estate Homes, and they lived in it from 2011 to 2017. I feel strongly that when a builder designs and constructs their own personal home, it’s probably done to the highest standards possible; this house was no exception. The attention to detail in the home was above anything we had seen in our search, and we instantly fell in love with it.

My husband, Steve, and I built our previous house from the ground up before our two sweet kids – Winnie (age 4) and Cash (age 2) – came along; so we began our home search by looking for empty land where we could build a customized acreage property better suited to our current life. However, after seeing limited options and facing challenging conditions during our search (hiking through feet of snow!) we decided to look at existing properties. We came across our would-be home: a stunning two acre property with over 7,000 square feet of developed space. The home features six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a 1,400 square foot garage, gym, 650 plus bottle wine bar and plenty of marble – just how I like it!

On our first tour of the home, we knew the layout and design was perfect for us, however, we could see some opportunities to improve on existing spaces and tailor them to our needs. Steve works in ecommerce, developing and growing online businesses. I do contract interior design work, when I’m not busy being a mom. We needed a house that was very specific to our lifestyle – lots of space was a must since the entire family is home every day. It was also important we had functional workspaces, in addition to extra usable rooms we could sneak away to for a moment of peace.

We purchased the home in the dead of winter, and moved in the following summer in 2017. The last year has been a fun process making the home our own and reimagining various spaces to fit our unique lifestyle. I had seen this home before on social media, and never dreamed it would become my own. My husband and I worked very hard to achieve this goal, and often the realization that this is our home still hits me – I love it so much!

In the photos below I’ll recap some of the spaces original to the home (with my decorating touch applied!), then explore some of the bigger changes we’ve made since moving in. Enjoy, and thank you once again for allowing us to show you our home – we’re truly honored!

Photography by Phil Crozier.

(Note: I am reposting this today because I am not feeling 100%, but I will be back soon with a new post! Thank you, my friends! 🙂 )

Beautiful Homes of Instagram: Canada

From the moment we drove up the long driveway, we were in love! This home has a very grand, but inviting curb appeal with large double iron front doors and a front veranda.

Front Door

The driveway continues past the front door to a large parking pad (we keep trying to think of a fancier name for it!) and the four car garage. Step inside…

Upon entry our guests eyes are guided up the stairs to a large light fixture and walk way to the master bedroom.

This grand foyer and spiral staircase is well-loved on social media.

Welcome!

We appreciate that visitors at the front door can’t see into common areas, which is great for privacy and leaves something to the imagination.

Entry Bench: Wayfair.

Dining Room

This room underwent a major overhaul immediately after moving in. The original dining room felt dark and heavy with tons of wood, and we prefer a brighter / lighter style. With a few coats of paint (including the ceiling) and the addition of a beautiful marble top dining table, the room now feels inviting and elegant. The marble top table is a great tie-in to the kitchen and butler’s pantry.

Dining Table

Our dining chairs are classic oval backs, with a durable fabric that will withstand family dinners for years to come. We’re still searching for the perfect fabric for drapery in this room.

Paint color is Sherwin Williams SW 6245 Quicksilver.

Dining Table: RH. Other Beautiful Dining Tables: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here & here.

Built-in Hutch: Designed by the builder.

Butler’s Pantry

The butler’s pantry is located between the dining room and kitchen, and includes a sink, glass / bottle storage and an icemaker.

We leave our most commonly used house liquor here and it’s the ideal spot to make a quick drink for guests.

Hardware & Lighting

We’ve made no major changes to this kitchen since purchasing the home – how could you! It’s absolutely gorgeous with a full marble countertops and backsplash.

Long before we moved in I searched for the perfect bar stools for the island. I eventually found them on Wayfair, and although they took 10 months to arrive, they were worth the wait!

Kitchen Hood

The custom hood acts as a focal point for the entire room.

Pot Filler: Perrin & Rowe.

Meet the Homeowners!

This is the very talented Kaitlyn and her sweet husband, Steve. 🙂

The island has a butcher block top, which is more durable than the marble and easily refinished.

Coffee Maker: Nespresso Vertuo.

Kitchen Desk

You will find the fridge and a custom kitchen desk on the left side of the kitchen.

Kitchen Desk

The kitchen desk features butler’s block countertop and seeded cabinet glass doors.

Chair: RH – similar: here.

This is one of my favorites breakfast rooms ever shared on Home Bunch. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

Dining Chairs: Ikea – similar here, here & here.

Great Room

This room is probably the most shared and pinned photo of this home – it was on my Pinterest board years before we owned the property. The great room features beautiful wood beams, a large stone fireplace and mantle, and our favorite feature: an oversized window bench.

Window-seat

The bench is one of our most common family hang out spots, and has large drawers underneath for toy storage.

The TV in this space is rarely used, so we often cover it up by leaning art on the mantle. It helps emphasize the high ceiling height in this room and nicely balances this grand fireplace.

Rug: Rugs.ca Copenhagen Rug – similar here & here.

Hardwood flooring is Rustic Hickory planks finished on site. The beams are alder and the stone veneer used on fireplace is similar to Montana Quartz – similar here.

This hallway lets tons of light in, and connects the home from garage to great room. I found the perfect small console to fit this space for ditching keys and sunglasses when you get home.

Console: Local – similar here, here & here.

Women’s Boots: Hunter.

This pantry got so many pins last time I shared it on the blog! It has a fantastic layout and I love the fact that it was a microwave.

Stand Mixer: KitchenAid in Aqua Sky.

Wood Crate: Wayfair.

Powder Room

The powder room features a classic marble washstand with metal base and wall paneling.

Washstand: RH – similar here.

We’ve left the original mudroom intact with no major changes. We followed the advice of our realtor, who told us to always put your kids cubbies furthest from the door – there’s nothing worse than a toddler sitting on the floor to take off their shoes while you have your arms full of groceries!

Our previous home had an upstairs bonus room where the kids watched TV and played with toys. This home doesn’t have one in the layout, so we reimagined an upstairs bedroom and converted it into a playroom. We added wall decals, custom art and installed a TV. The bedroom has a large closet, which is perfect for toys, and an attached bathroom. It’s become a favorite hangout space before bed, and the best part about it, you can close the door and hide the mess!

Side Tables: Wayfair.

Ottoman: Revolve – similar here, here & here.

Previous Home

Cashton’s bedroom in our old house was one of my most popular social posts, and it’s widely shared on Pinterest / Instagram – you’ll see most of the same furniture. The custom made “pipe” shelf was sourced from a local handyman who builds these using unused materials from job sites.

Son’s Bedroom

Cashton’s bedroom had a large hand-painted mural in it that didn’t fit our design plan for the room. Due to the thickness of the paint and the ridges it created, we had to have the wall skim coated and repaired to achieve a flat paintable surface. The whole room was repainted in a steely blue.

Crib: West Coastal Kids – similar here & here.

The kid’s bedrooms are connected with a Jack and Jill bathroom, which helps streamline bedtime for mom and dad. There is a water closet and tub opposite the sink, which are not pictured.

Bathroom Floor Tile: 2” white hex tile with a black pencil and white ceramic boarder.

Daughter’s Bedroom

The original owner of this home had two boys, so this bedroom required a major overhaul. Like most little girls, my daughter loves pink and princesses, and the existing wallpaper, paint and window coverings we’re not going to work for her.

Immediately upon move-in we stripped the wallpaper and repainted the whole room a soft pink color. Custom drapery was added above the window bench – which we repurposed from our last home – I made all of the paper flowers on the wall by hand, and we stapled those to the wall around her canopy.

The dresser is originally from IKEA, and we added the custom gold molding details (from “Overlays”) to ensure it was cohesive with the room.

Similar Mirror: Here.

Master Bedroom

One of our first priorities in this home was to brighten up the master bedroom with new paint. We also plan to add some architectural details to the walls / ceiling in the future (such as paneling or beams). The window looks out to a pond frequented by moose and deer.

King-sized Bed: Local store – similar here, here, here & here.

Her Office

My previous homes never had an office I could devote to my design work, and finally I have this perfect spot to edit my photos and sketch new ideas. The built-in desk is located off the master bedroom, and looks out to the front of the property. I love working here in the morning and enjoying a coffee while my daughter lays in my bed watching TV.

Chandelier is by Visual Comfort.

Beautiful Pin Boards: Here.

Dressing Room

Steve and I have separate his and hers closets, which means I can keep my closet perfectly organized and feminine (there’s a reason his isn’t pictured!) The closet has lots of built-in shelving and a full dresser with jewelry drawers. The oval shaped window lets in plenty natural light, which helps this space feel clean and airy.

Master Bathroom

Women swoon over this master bathroom! A luxurious, marble-clad space featuring dual vanities, a soaker tub, makeup desk and family shower.

We purchased the large freestanding mirror from the original owners – source here.

Beautiful Floor Mirrors: here, here & here.

The multiple shower heads and body-sprays are ideal for cleaning up the kids after a messy meal – they also love creating potions in here!

The bathroom featuring hardwood flooring in a herringbone pattern.

His Office

Function was key in my husband’s office. In order to effectively work from home, he needs a space away from the “action” of the kitchen / family room, lots of natural light and plenty of storage. This office is located right off the front entrance, with a perfect view of the driveway and gate. It has built in cabinets and we converted one side into a foam-lined recording booth that he uses for webinars and training videos; the desk was purchased from the original sellers. I made him hide three additional computer monitors for the sake of this photo shoot!

Desk Chair: Hooker Furniture.

Basement Rec Room

After a new coat of paint to brighten up the whole space, we added a large comfortable sectional and plush rug. It quickly became our preferred TV hangout and entertaining space. New window coverings were added for privacy, including custom drapery to cover the double doors.

Similar Brass Bowl: CB2

Just behind this seating area is a pool table, dart board and cabinet full of board games.

We have visions of converting this space to a pub feel, so there’s still some work to be done.

Barstools: RH – similar here & here (counterstools)

Cork Vase: Wayfair.

My husband has a large scotch collection as well, which we keep outside the wine room in a back-lit mirrored shelving area. The bar is outstanding for entertaining and storage, with a built in TV and our own house cocktail menu for guests to choose from.

Cabinetry is Alder.

Wine Room

This amazing 650+ bottle wine room and bar is definitely a focal point in the basement. While not big wine collectors originally, our passion for it has grown and the wine room is now well stocked.

We always loved the idea of having a dedicated gym in our house, however our homes in the city never had the space. This gym helps us avoid driving on treacherous winter roads, and it’s a good escape when you need to blow off some steam. The mounted TV is great for watching spin classes or YouTube workout videos – it’s like having a built-in trainer.

Guest Bedroom

We love to entertain, and after a night of games and wine we see lots of overnight guests. This room was completely overhauled with new paint, a large TV and comfortable amenities for guests. We keep the drawers stocked with overnight supplies so an advanced reservation is never required.

Fireplace Arm Chairs: Here.

With such a short summer, we spend most warm nights outside enjoying the peace and quiet; the outdoor fireplace sees plenty of action, and the kids enjoy watching a show while mom and dad relax.

I designed and drafted our outdoor dining table, which was then custom built by my father-in-law – it has a composite decking top, which is incredibly durable for our harsh winters. There is also a large seating area opposite the dining area which is not pictured.

Similar Outdoor Dining Table: Here.

Many thanks to Kaitlyn Harris for sharing all of the details above. Make sure to follow @decorating__life on Instagram and visit her website for more inspiration!

Photography by Phil Crozier.

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How to Remove a Single Piece of Hardwood Flooring.

Hardwood Flooring

O.K., so you have tongue and groove hardwood floors and you need to remove one piece.  How do you do it?  Like this …

Please enjoy the strained, pretend blog smile I use on the outside when I’m a home renovation mess on the inside.

The reasons for needing to pull up a single piece of tongue and groove flooring are varied. You might want to see what the floor underneath is like.  Your cat may have peed on it and you want to replace a section without wrecking all the floor around it.  Or maybe,  just maybe, you do it for no reason at all, other than your undiagnosed home renovating mental illness known as You Might as Well Trychosis.

I’m not sure if you know this or not but I’m in the midst of a design decision.  Whether to rip up my old floors to go down to the older floors, or whether to just let everything be. This is where Trychosis gets me in trouble every time.

My floor refinisher pulled up a small piece of my hardwood oak flooring while he was here assessing what my flooring options were.  He cut out a small portion of my floor in such a way that if I wanted to put the piece back no one would ever EVER know it had been removed.

I wanted to try.

How to Lift a Floor Board

  1. Pick the board you want to remove.  The shorter the board, the easier it will be to lift.
  2. Slowly run a sharp box cutter along the cracks on either side of the board.
  3. Continue cutting with the box cutter getting progressively deeper into the tongue underneath.
  4. When you feel no resistance you’re through the tongue.
  5. Gently lift the board, using a pry bar if needed.

So I did. And now I’ll show you how to do it in case you want to try it.  Due to your Trychosis.

The reason I couldn’t lift up a piece of this hardwood flooring easily is because of how tightly it is laid down.  If the floor has spaces in between the boards you can get a saw in there to cut between the boards.  Not so when it’s so tight.

The first thing I had to do was knock down a couple of finishing nails that were sticking up. If you have any any nail sticking up just using a nail punch and a hammer to hammer it down.  If you do any DIY and you don’t have a nail punch I’m gonna let you know right now your disorder isn’t nearly as bad as  you think.  Also you should buy a nail punch.

Your second step to removing a single piece of tongue and groove hardwood is to run a box cutter down the seam between two boards.  Just gently pull it through.  Keep doing that, going deeper and deeper until you can feel you’ve cut through the entire tongue of the hardwood.

This is not a fast process.  It probably took me 45 minutes to cut through both sides of one 2′ board.  You have to go carefully so you don’t cut yourself or slip and cut the hardwood.

The sharper your boxcutter, the easier this will be.

TIP:

Don’t pull towards any part of your body. Make sure your hands, legs and feet are out of the way in case you slip.

Once you’ve cut through the tongue there may still be nails holding the strip down. Gently pry it up with a prybar or hammer.

Once it gives loose pull your board out.

This technique cuts through both tongues on either side of the board you removed.

You can now take a moment to stare at whatever is underneath the floor you removed.  If your lucky it will be money. You’ll be staring down at gobs and gobs of money.  Or a hidden Renaissance painting.  Me? I was staring down at another floor.

Once you’ve satisfied your Trychosis, simply wipe the sawdust and shavings away and place the board back down.  If it’s going down for good, just drizzle the back with some wood glue before you put the wood back in place.

You can’t tell at all that one of those floorboards was removed and put back down.

If your floors are up against built in cabinets or baseboards use a multisaw to cut through the end of the board.

The reason you wouldn’t use this to cut through the sides of the flooring also is because even though the cut it makes is very thin, it’s still thicker than the seams between the boards.  In other words, if you put the flooring back, the cuts wouldn’t be invisible like they are if you use a boxcutter.

Again, if you’re a DIYer and you don’t own one of these tools you really should. Mine is the Dremel Multi-Max, but there are a few different makes of them.

So now that I’ve seen another section of the pine flooring  under my dining room floor am I closer to making a decision about whether to pull the floors up?

Yes.  Yes I am.

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Corner Lot New-Construction Home Ideas – Home Bunch Interior Design Ideas

Hardwood Flooring

Built and designed by Veranda Estate Homes Inc., this custom home was designed to take advantage of the unique raised corner lot that it sits on. Every side of this home had large scale windows to take advantage of the raised elevation off the street which gives it total privacy and walls of green trees once summer decides to show its face in Calgary. Since the home was a spec home, meaning the builder was building it without specific clients in mind, they were able to push the envelope with the overall plan and interior selections.

While each space is unique and individual, they kept the theme of black, white, and natural color wood elements consistent throughout the home. There are a lot of elements in this home that the designer, Melissa Manzardo Hryszko, gets asked about often. One is the staircase railing, which is a design she came up with for another home about 7 years ago. While it is certainly not cost effective, she felt it was a great investment for the space as it certainly demands attention. The staircase is a combination of custom iron post in a matte black finish, 10 mm glass panels, & a 1/4 sawn oak handrail. It goes perfectly with the black stringers and natural finish hardwood treads.

The other feature people love are the dividers that she incorporated into the informal dining area. This space is viewed right when you walk into the home so she knew they had to somehow make this space special and define it in some way. The industrial feel that these dividers add was the perfect touch to define the space.

The counters are another thing people loved when viewing this home, you can’t help but touch them! They are a leathered Angola Black granite, simple and clean but the leathered finish takes these up a level!

Enjoy the tour, everyone!

Corner Lot New-Construction Home Ideas

The smooth stucco color is Benjamin Moore Pashmina AF-100.

Exterior trim paint color is Benjamin Moore Seapearl OC-19.

Side Garage

The house features a side entry oversized attached garage with 8’ tall cedar stained garage door.

Home Style: West Coast Contemporary style exterior c/w low pitched roofs, 3’ overhangs, metal roof accents, cedar siding sections, and timber post detailing.

House Size: 3,733 Sq. Ft. custom built 2-storey home.

Front Door

The custom-made 9’ tall front doors are White Oak – stained Back with glass inserts – Similar font doors: here, here & here.

Exterior Stone, Milwaukee Limestone.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is finished on site 3” & 5” alternating boards in 1/4 & rift cut white oak finished with a custom stain and Bona Traffic in a matte finish applied.

Door Hardware: 3’ tall custom pulls with deadbolt – Modern Entry Door Sets: here, here, here, here, here & here.

Trim, Ceilings, Walls throughout is Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17.

Patio Doors

8’ tall sliding Terrace doors leading to the patio from the nook.

Main Floor Ceiling Height: 10’

This kitchen feels dramatic, modern and unapologetic. I love the layout and the raised kitchen island.

All of the cabinets throughout are custom and built-on-site in the home. The designer/builder went with a 1/4 Sawn White Oak for all of the back stained cabinetry.

Raised Countertop

Raised marble counter in the kitchen is polished Statuario marble with mitered waterfall detailing.

Dark Stained Cabinetry

All black stained windows & cabinetry is a custom blended black stain and it was shaded to create the depth that you see in the images. Any painted cabinets are created with MDF and paint grade woods.

Range: 48” Wolf gas range – Similar here, here & here.

Kitchen Island Dimension

Kitchen Island Dimension: 9’ wide x 2’ deep + the marble raised section which adds another 18” of depth for this island.

The island features built-in microwave drawer & Bosch dishwasher w/ paneled front.

Kitchen Desk

The kitchen also features a built-in command center wired for computer and phone.

Cabinetry Sheen

All cabinets and trim have a low sheen lacquer applied in 20 degrees.

Refrigerator: Paneled 42” Sub Zero refrigerator – Similar here.

Backsplash is a Cotswold or Lancaster (goes by both names) 3×6 white tile – similar here.

Kitchen Sink Cabinetry

The kitchen sink wall features built-on-site 1⁄4 Sawn Oak kitchen cabinetry with extensive drawer detailing, pull out trash cans and cabinets to the ceiling.

Perimeter Countertop

Kitchen cabinets are all custom pulls from Colonial Hardware – similar here, here, here & here.

The kitchen has “miles” of countertop… isn’t it dreamy?! I’d love to cook in here!

Floating Shelves

A door opens to an extensive pantry with lower cabinets, pull-out baskets and open floating shelves.

Countertop and shelves are stained Hickory.

Butler’s Pantry

This home features a large butler’s pantry with custom 1⁄4 sawn oak cabinets with under counter lighting.

Countertop is Leathered Angola Black Granite.

Backsplash is a Cotswold or Lancaster (goes by both names) 3×6 white tile – similar here.

Dining Room

The kitchen opens to a bright dining room painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17. Double French terrace doors leads to a private courtyard.

Create a Beautiful Dining Room:

Great Room

This bright Great Room features 8’ tall  black sliding patio doors and high vaulted ceiling.

Sofa is Article Cube Sofa – Beautiful Sectional Sofa: Here.

Vaulted Ceiling Height: 18′ with 23’ vaulted.

Metal side tables are Dovetail – similar here.

Fireplace Details: Clear view single sided 70” gas fireplace with solid marble slab surround and driftwood log set in the interior.

The staircase is a combination of custom iron post in a matte black finish, 10 mm glass panels, & a 1/4 sawn square Oak handrail. It goes perfectly with the black stringers and natural finish hardwood treads.

Home Office

The home office carries the same custom 1⁄4 sawn oak cabinetry. Note the floor plug under desk. Handy!

Corner chair is from HomeSense – Other Chairs (different colors & fabrics) here, here, here, here, here, here & here.

Desk & Chair

The dark cabinetry looks great with the black windows and the light hardwood flooring.

Desk is Sunpan.

This modern farmhouse-style bathroom features 4×16 white subway tile in a horizontal stack pattern on walls and 4×16 black subway tile in a stack pattern on floors.

Cabinet is Hickory with a custom stain.

Mirror: Custom round mirror – similar here.

Main Bathroom

The main bathroom features heated 8” x 8” black and white cement tiles and custom vanity.

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas.

The basement bathroom features heated 8” matte hexagon black tiles and leathered Black Granite countertop.

Wall tile is 3×12 vertical stacked subway tile on walls in white gloss.

Vanity: 1/4 sawn white oak with a custom milky stain applied.

Barn Door Paint Color

The barn door paint color is Benjamin Moore Midnight Dream 2129-10.

Bathroom Flooring: Master Bathroom flooring is heated 4×24 Carrara in a herringbone pattern.

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is spacious and it features a very inspiring layout.

Bathroom also features ‘His’ & ‘Hers’ custom 1⁄4 sawn oak vanities with granite vanity tops.

Shower Tile

The master bathroom shower features 3×12 Cotswold white tile for walls and ceiling (steam unit), solid Statuario marble bench, Carrara long octagon mosaic for the shower base.

Walk-in Closet

Wallpaper in the master closet is from Cole & Sons – similar here – Other Beautiful Wallpaper Choices: here, here & here.

Closet Details

This oversized walk-in closet has extensive shelving, shoe area, seating bench, full length framed mirror and over 15 built-in drawers.

Laundry Room

What a stunning laundry room! I am loving these warm tan cabinets and the herringbone flooring. Flooring is heated Olympia Regal series in various sizes. Cabinet paint color is Pratt and Lambert Ventana.

Laundry Room Layout

Large laundry room with fixed hickory shelving & lacquered cabinets to the ceiling and hanging rod above the washer & dryer.

Washer & Dryer: Samsung Washer & Dryer.

Downstairs Mudroom

Laundry Room and lower level mud room cabinets are also in Pratt & Lambert Ventana 11-25.

Cabinet features built-on-site lacquered lockers with Hickory bench top.

Basement Bar: Custom built-on-site 1⁄4 sawn oak wet bar with granite countertop.

Barstools are Sunpan – similar here.

Ceiling Height: 9’ lower level.

Wine Room

Wine Enclosure: Wood & glass walls with glass door leads to the wine room.

Custom designed 1⁄4 sawn oak wine room c/w accent lighting.

The main level mudroom features custom built-on-site 1⁄4 sawn oak lockers and shelves for shoe storage. Flooring is an oversized porcelain tile in a herringbone pattern.

Lighting: Visual Comfort.

Outside is full of surprises as the interiors are! This large exposed aggregate patio features a wood burning fireplace with natural stone surround.

Stone Sill: Buff Limestone with pitched edges.

Soffits are stained cedar in Cloverdale Chocolate, one coat.

Windows, fascia, downspouts are all Black.

Windows: Oversized Aluminum Clad windows with Low ‘E’ throughout.

Outdoor furniture is from HomeSense – similar here.

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Interior Design Ideas: Small Lot Family Home – Home Bunch Interior Design Ideas

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Hello, my dear friends! How GREAT it is to have you here! Are you having a good week so far? Are you ready for Christmas? I really can’t believe it’s almost Christmas already. This year flew by! But I am not complaining, in fact, I am looking forward to slowing down a little, spending more time just relaxing with my kids, baking, cooking and watching Christmas movies with hot cocoa at the end of the day. We need to learn to slow down and seize life, seize the moments we spend with our loved ones… and talk more looking into their eyes instead of a screen.

I am truly happy to end this week sharing this small lot family home built by M House Development (previously featured here, here, here & here – you guys need to see these house tours!). This is a sweet home that would be perfect for a young growing family that needs to live close to the city for work. Take notes on the many great ideas this small lot home offers, especially if you’re planning on building.

I honestly hope you can have a relaxing time on Home Bunch, my friends. Have fun dreaming and pinning this inspiring home!

Interior Design Ideas: Small Lot Family Home

Pendant Lighting: Rejuvenation.

Roof: Pewter Gray Timberline HD shingles & Weathered Zinc Pac Clad metal roofing.

Although located on a small lot, this home feels very bright and it offers a great layout.

Lighting: Hinkley – Other Beautiful Pendants: here, here & here.

Interior Paint Color

This kitchen was really well-designed. Adding a peninsula between the kitchen and dining area adds more storage and counter space.

Affordable Kitchen Essentials:

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Kitchen Island Dimensions: 67″x48″

Kitchen Island Color

The kitchen island features a custom stain color. Note the shiplap on the sides.

Kitchen cabinetry is Maple, shaker-style. Island features custom shiplap on both ends.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is site-finished 4″ White Oak floors with Pickled Oak stain.

Similar Runners: here, here & here (large).

A custom cabinet is located on a hall that leads to the mudroom and pantry area.

Wet Bar Cabinet

A wet bar, also painted in BM Silver Chain, completes this beautiful kitchen.

Breakfast Room

A cozy breakfast room is located on the other side of the kitchen peninsula. Paint color is SW Site White 7070.

This home wasn’t furnished when the pictures were taken. 🙂

This one deserves a pin!!! Isn’t this shiplap accent wall/fireplace incredible?! The shiplap was purchased pre-stained. It’s from a company called Empire and the color is Rustic Cottage – similar here.

Windows are Sherwin Williams Iron Ore SW 7069.

Flex Room

This flex room can be used as a formal dining room or home office. Paint color is Sherwin Williams Site White SW 7070 on top, Sherwin Williams Cyberspace SW 7076 on the bottom.

Powder Room Cabinet Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Anchors Aweigh SW 9179.

The staircase features White Oak treads and handrails. Wall paint color continues to be Site White by Sherwin Williams.

Windows are also painted Sherwin Williams Extra White. They’re Pella Windows.

Blush Pink Bedroom Paint Color

This girl’s bedroom is painted in a soft blush pink paint color; Sherwin Williams SW 6560 Venus Pink.

Jack & Jill Bathroom

The bedroom opens to a practical Jack & Jill bathroom.

Tile: Field tile hex 1×1 mounted 12×24 – custom blend – similar here (in black & white).

Shower Faucet

Shower Faucet: Adding a lower hand shower to a bathtub is a great idea, especially if you have small children.

Shower Faucets: Mirabelle.

The boy’s bedroom is painted in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154 on accent wall. Remaining walls are Sherwin Williams Site White.

Boy’s Bathroom

The boy’s bathroom feels more masculine. I especially love the tile combination.

Hardware: Top Knobs.

Paint color is Sherwin Williams Passive SW 7064.

Countertop: White Carrara marble.

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is full of inspiring ideas. I really like the warmth the wooden cabinetry brings to the space.

Floor Tile: Cream Taupe Marble 4×12 Tile – similar here.

This gorgeous vanity is custom and it’s made out of of clear Walnut.

Basement Bar

The basement features a grey wet bar with Carrara Marble countertop. Cabinetry is custom, similar paint color is Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray.

Basement Luxury Vinyl Flooring: Duchateau – similar here.

Cabinet Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Shade Grown SW 6188.

Countertop is Arabescato Venato marble.

Spa Floor Tile: Slab rectified natural 24×24 black – similar here.

Laundry Room

This adorable laundry room features a practical layout – keeping your washer & dryer side-by-side instead of placing a sink between the two, is always more convenient. Keep it in mind! Countertop is White Carrara marble. Paint color is Sherwin Williams Eider White SW 7014.

Faucet: Delta.

The mudroom is spacious and opens to the patio, which leads to a detached garage.

Mudroom Door Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Granite Peak SW 6250.

Paint Color

Paint color is Sherwin Williams Extra White SW7006. Bench seat is a custom stain.

3 Season Room

Windows are painted in Extra White SW 7006 by Sherwin Williams.

Many thanks to the builder and Lindsay for sharing the details above.

Exciting Holiday Sales!

Thank you for shopping through Home Bunch. I would be happy to assist you if you have any questions or are looking for something in particular. Feel free to contact me and always make sure to check dimensions before ordering. Happy shopping!

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New-Construction Farmhouse with Front Porch – Home Bunch Interior Design Ideas

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Located in Western Springs, Illinois, and recently completed by Timber Trails Development Company, this new-construction farmhouse has a white exterior, black front door and an inviting front porch.
Timber Trails Western Springs is well-known for creating a new subdivision with new-construction homes that are far from being cookie cutter.

With the help of interior designer Julie Howard, these homes, which includes the farmhouse I am sharing with you today, feature a lot of custom details, from custom cabinetry to high ceilings and plenty of shiplap.

This home also features a large mudroom, a large open kitchen and inspiring home decor. I hope this inspires you.

New-construction Farmhouse with Front Porch

Modern Farmhouse Board and Batten, Siding and Trim: Hardie Arctic White.

Black Windows: Andersen.

Black Door Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Black.

House also features black metal roof and half round gutters.

The rug is from Walter E Smithe and is actually the same as the living room rug. Inspiring Rugs: Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here & Here.

Wallpaper is Thibaut Summer House in Pearl. In person, the wallpaper looks like a water color mural – it’s really beautiful!

Black Wainscoting Paint Color: Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore 2134-30.

Desks in Both Offices – were made by Cabinet Maker @PalosFineCarpentry and topped with Caesarstone. Desk is stained Benjamin Moore Classic Grey.

A chic hall with wainscotting leads to the main rooms of the house.

This ebony console table brings personality and some contrast against the white paneling.

Console Table: 610 home -Similar Console Table: Here & Here.

Dining Room

The formal dining room is currently being used as a home office. Notice the beautiful wallpaper and coffered ceiling.

Wallpaper is Thibaut Greenwood “Marantha Arrowroot in Black”.

Desk is painted Benjamin Moore Black.

Trim Paint Color (Throughout the House): Benjamin Moore Simply White.

This custom buffet serves as a “butler’s pantry” between the kitchen and the formal dining room. A slightly similar buffet can be found here.

Buffet paint color is Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain – The Grey Buffet actually is the same color as the Kitchen island. The kitchen pictures do a better job of actually showing the true color – it shows how lighting can change the color of something in a photo.

The mirror is from Pottery Barn.

The rug is an antique found on Etsy – Similar Rug: Here, Here, Here & Here.

Hardwood flooring is set in a herringbone pattern.

Kitchen features white perimeter cabinets and a charcoal island.

I love the contrast of white kitchen with black windows. It looks even better with matte black hardware and rubbed oil bronze lighting.

Breakfast Nook

Breakfast nook  features black windows with leaded glass. Isn’t it beautiful?!

Table was from RH (discontinued).

According to the designer, the styling items throughout the house were found mostly at HomeGoods, Target and 610 Home (local store). They are all obtainable and affordable.

Daybed: 610 home – Similar Daybed: Here.

Pillows are all custom made with fabrics from Calico Corners.

Floor Lamps: Restoration Hardware French Column Glass Floor Lamp.

Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore AC-26.

“The window above is actually leaded glass even though you can’t tell in the pictures. The sconces are Visual Comfort and are huge. I’ve always wanted a space to use them and they work perfectly here. We had a full length mirror made for the back of the door since there isn’t a traditional mirror over the sink. For a powder room I think it’s perfect and actually better to have a full length option. The vanity is 6′ long and the toilet and door are on the opposite wall.” – Designer Julie Howard.

Sconces: Visual Comfort.

Sink & Backsplash

“We like to have our countertop fabricator cut interesting shapes on backsplashes. I think people forget to ask for this. We often bevel just the edges or make a backsplash taller like 6″ or 8″. The vessel sink is marble. A vessel sink was imperative because the corbels were desk height 30″ and we wanted our sink to be at 36”. “

Similar Marble Vessel Sink: Here.

The base corbels were from RH (they don’t sell them anymore) and were meant to hold a piece of glass as a desk. The designer turned the corbels sideways so you could enjoy the beauty of the carving. The top is a slab of Caesarstone in Raw Concrete which perfectly matches the wall color.

Tray: Target – similar here.

Mudroom cubbies are painted in Benjamin Moore OC-117 Simply White.

Mudroom Rug

Mudroom runner  is one of a kind from Turkey – The designer, Julie Howard, find them usually on Etsy. Similar Rug: Here

Grey Laundry Room Cabinet

Wainscoting paint color is Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Barn Door
A white barn door, painted in BM Simply White, leads to the ensuite

A white barn door, painted in BM Simply White, leads to the ensuite.

Chairs are from Ikea – they were black and the designer painted them white. STORSELE Armchair IKEA.

Similar Mirrors: CB2.

Blush Pink Nursery

A grey hallway, painted in Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, leads to a blush pink nursery.

Walls: Benjamin Moore Classic Grey.

Notice the nightstand decor – The lamp and decor are placed on the tray.

Whole House Flooring – Red Oak, Job Finished, 50/50 mix of Ebony and Espresso.

Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue HC-155.

Navy & White Pillow Fabric: Kate Spade Maxime Navy.

The master bedroom also features a separated sitting area/office area.

Flooring is herringbone white marble tile.

Rug: Vintage. Similar Here.

“Benjamin Moore Classic Grey” is one of the best neutral colors for any space, including bathrooms.

The freestanding bathtub is tucked into a cozy nook with window.

The nook features white marble wainscoting tile.

A staircase with shiplap leads to the basement. Notice the reading nook under the staircase. Sconce is by Visual Comfort.

The basement features a large black bar with white countertop and ceiling beams.

This farmhouse dining area features a window-seat banquette flanked by bookcases.

Dining table is discontinued – similar here.

Basement has Bella Beams in Slate (factory made rustic looking beams – they are awesome and easy to install)

Family Room

The basement family room feels masculine and it has plenty of personality.

The fireplace features a grey natural stone and rustic beam mantel.

This bathroom features patterned wall tile and large hex floor tile.

Cabinet: Maple cabinets with custom mixed stain.

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Pet-Friendly Home Updates for Home Sellers and Landlords

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Pets and real estate have a complicated relationship. The hard line used to be to hide away any sign of a pet living in a home that was being sold in hopes of attracting all types of buyers, pet owners and otherwise.

This absolutely holds true today when it comes to cleanliness and odors, but because the majority of people in the U.S. own a pet, there’s been some wiggle room when it comes to finding the next buyer or renter, especially when it comes to showing off pet-friendly amenities in the home.

All Those Pet Owners Need Homes Too

Take a look at his statistic from a Realtor.com survey describing Millennial home buying: 75% of home buyers with pets would pass on a perfect home if it didn’t meet the needs of their pets.

This is a significant stat for home sellers and landlords to ponder. 75% percent of those pet owners would walk away from a property that didn’t inherently work for their pet’s lifestyle. That’s a lot of people who really, really, love their pets.

As a military homeowner, what changes can you implement to attract the best and most reliable pet owners who want to buy or rent your house? If you’re a home seller or a landlord, keep these updates in mind; they might just bring in some extra cash.

Customized Mud and Laundry Rooms

Not every house has the benefit of a dedicated mudroom, but most have laundry spaces that could accommodate a lifestyle with pets. Large utility sinks outfitted with handheld showers makes bathing small pets easy. Adding accessible storage shelves to hold bathing necessities like shampoo and towels is an inexpensive way to expand organization capacity, not just for pet owners, but for anyone who seeks “plenty of storage space,” which includes most home shoppers.

For the ultimate in pet bathing, however, relatively small walk-in showers or washing stations are ideal for bigger pets. The cleanup is much easier inside tiled walls instead of chasing a wet hound through the living room while he rubs his soaked fur on the furniture.

Even if your mudroom can’t accommodate plumbing, the opportunity to have a pet friendly space exists. Many families choose to have their animals eat in a room separate from human dining rooms and kitchens. Creating a dedicated space for food and water bowls keeps these pet messes from the main part of the house. Food drawers can be built to tuck away site unseen until feeding time, if you’ve got a little DIY background.

Built-in crates, racks to hang leashes, perches under windows, and plenty of storage for food and accessories are all are options to customize a utility space for pets. Pet loving buyers and renters will find it hard to turn down these time and money saving options in the home.

Easy to Clean Flooring and Paint

Hardwood flooring remains the most requested flooring type among home buyers, and the trend appears stronger than ever. It’s a safe bet it’s going to remain popular long enough to get your return on investment. Sure, there are reasons to have some comfy carpet, but many buyers and renters would much rather deal with the clean-up pets require on solid floors.

True hardwood floors are expensive and can be finicky in their maintenance. Very dark floors show dirt and pet hair immediately, and some highly finished wood planks scratch under the normal circumstances of everyday life that could include the dog chasing a ball through the house.

Faux wood flooring in all of its variations (even tile!), high end to low cost, have improved exponentially over the years. Affordability, water resistance, hard-to-damage coating, and a variety of fashionable finishes make the option hard to ignore. Remember, the choices that are pet mess resistant are also kid mess resistant!

Renters and buyers, more times than not, are going to be thrilled not to have to inherit the previous family’s invisible and–no matter how many times you try to clean—always there messes. Not to mention the germs and odors that permanently lurk in cheap carpeting bought at the big home improvement store.

The micro technology found in today’s paint choices are similar to the qualities found in wood flooring as related to durability. The best brands offer low odor and environmentally safe options, but also sell formulas sturdy enough to scrub dog drool and pet water splashes from walls and trim. Those tricked out, pet-friendly mud and laundry rooms could use a coat or two as a finishing touch!

More Pet-Friendly Amenities

A new mudroom or floor are two worthwhile ways to attract pet owners, but there are many other projects that would please potential buyers and renters.

 

 

 

 

There is so much that goes into preparing your home for sale or for rent. Given the fact that more than half of the population owns a dog or cat, upgrading to attract the best pet owner/buyer/renter is a wise idea, . Updating your home with one of these options is likely a win-win situation because they are desirable not only for animal lovers, but non-pet owners too.

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How to Write an Effective Property Listing Description

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“Creating an image in a reader’s head is easier said than done. However, writing something such as ‘Enjoy your breakfast every morning on the bespoke breakfast bar while enjoying unspoiled views of your garden’ is a simplistic yet effective way of creating mental imagery while detailing certain features of the property.”

( Andrew C. Peterson, a listing writer for Paper Writing Service)

So, let’s imagine you’ve got your property ready, you’ve cleaned it up and it’s ready to go on the market for rent or to buy. There are a ton of property listing websites available, but you really want yours to stand out from the crowd. As you’ll already know, this is easier said than done.

What most real estate agents and private sellers overlook is how the property description is written. In most cases, this will be the only form of communication you’ll have with your potential buyers, so it’s vital that you get it right.

In this article, we’ll explain how to write an effective property listing description.

Be Descriptive

People that are searching for properties will be looking at a lot of potential places, and it will be too time-consuming to call up and ask questions about each, especially with the excitement of buying a new property.

When creating your property description, include all the information about the property you can.

Often times I will see stuff like, “Start making memories in this home”.  That does not tell me anything about the property and is just fluff that is taking up valuable real estate as you only get 500 characters (NWMLS).

Opening Statement

The first sentence of the description should answer the potential buyer’s question, “What am I looking at?”.

I suggest you not start right into the features, rather give a down and dirty description of the highlights of the property.

I apologize in advance for my writing skills.

Example:

“You will love this sprawling rambler sitting on 3 acres of gentle rolling hills with panoramic views of Mt. Rainier”

An opening statement like this lets people know right away what they are looking at.

Try To Use These Words

Zillow ran a data analysis on 24,000 home sales to find out what words that add value to your listing.

  • Luxurious
  • Captivating
  • Impeccable
  • Stainless
  • Basketball
  • Landscaped
  • Granite
  • Pergola
  • Remodel
  • Beautiful
  • Gentle
  • Spotless
  • Tile
  • Upgraded

Try To Not Use These Words

A study conducted by Paul Anglin, a professor at the University of Guelph in Canada show that you should stay away from these words.

  • Must Sell
  • Value – Homes described as a “good value” sold for 5 percent less than other homes, according to Anglin.
  • Motivated
  • Move-In Condition
  • Clean
  • New Paint or New Carpet
  • Ranch
  • Quiet
  • Vacant

According to researcher Paul Anglin, Words that denoted “curb appeal” or general attractiveness helped a property sell faster than those that spoke of value and price.

Create a Visual Image

It’s much easier to sell a property if the potential buyers can see themselves living in your property. Instead of superlatives, use imagery words that help to paint a picture. Andrew C. Peterson, a listing writer for Paper Writing Service, explains;

Instead of superlatives, use imagery words that help to paint a picture.

Rather than stating that the home has a deck, you could say, “enjoy listening to the bird’s chirp on your private back deck”.

Use Brand Names

If you are lucky enough to get a listing with:

  • Viking stove
  • SubZero refer
  • Nest thermostat
  • Bosch tankless water heater
  • Armstrong flooring
  • West Elm lighting
  • Trex decking

Add it to your description.

Buyers are looking for these kinds of brands and it adds value to your listing.

Describe The Best Features In Order Of Importance

The National Association of Home Builders 2016 report, Housing Preferences Across Generations, rank the importance of home features.

The Most Wanted Features
  • A separate laundry room
  • Energy Star qualified appliances
  • Exterior lighting
  • Energy Star rating for the whole house
  • Energy Star windows
  • Ceiling fan
  • Outdoor living spaces
  • Full Bath on the main level
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Insulation higher than required by code
  • Garage storage space
  • Eat-in kitchens
  • Walk-in kitchen pantry
  • Living room
  • Front porch
  • Shower stall and tub in master bath
  • Deck
  • Double kitchen sink
The Most Unwanted Features
  • Elevator
  • Pet washing station
  • Wine cellar
  • Golf course
  • Daycare center
  • High-density living
  • Cork flooring
  • Dual toilets in master bath
  • Two story family room
  • Wet bar
  • Two story entry foyer
  • Laminate countertop

Location, Neighborhood, Schools

Describing the structure itself is important but remember that you are selling a lifestyle.  We all have heard the phrase, and yes the location is very important. And equally important to many are the schools in that neighborhood.

Here are 5 characteristics that are important to home buyers according to Fox Business News.

1. A safe neighborhood
2. Good schools
3. Convenient access to popular places, shops, and restaurants
4. Water access and views
5. Access to public transit and/or freeways

Don’t Waste Space With Basic Listing Information

Every tool that your listing gets inputted into will display prominently the property square footage, the number of rooms, and bathrooms.

You don’t need to put that information in your description.

Use Online Tools

When creating your property listings, you want to ensure perfection. If you doubt your writing skills in any way, don’t risk it. Instead, invest the assistance of online tools to help perfect your content. Some of these essential tools are listed below:

Be Honest

When creating your property listings, in no way will you want to violate any housing regulations or housing laws. This means you need to be completely honest in everything you write with no exaggerations. Be aware; it’s relatively easy to break these guidelines without even meaning to, so make sure you check the guidelines in your local area before uploading your content.

An example of this would be stating that your property is easily accessible for disabled individuals because it has low counters. You can state your property has low counters but don’t state that it’s designed for disabled people when it may not be.

Summary

You only get 500 characters (NWMLS) to describe your listing… make sure you maximize your effort.

We have the benefit these days of big data to help us understand what we should write.  Use the power words, and features that are most important to buyers.

If you are not a great writer there are many tools online that help transform you into the Walt Whitman of property descriptions.

Find out here how to write an effective property listing description.

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20 Incredible Finished Basements with Hardwood Flooring

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Your basement is your playroom, your craft room, your entertainment space, your man cave, whatever you want to create out of the space. If you have plans to finish it off to make it a livable space and a place you can use on a regular basis, you will want to take into consideration, the type of flooring you install. You want it to be beautiful and functional, and suitable for a basement dwelling. One of the most popular types of flooring for many rooms in the home, including a basement, is hardwood. It is beautiful, sturdy, durable and it can go with just about any type of décor theme you can dream up. So how do you choose the right type of hardwood flooring for your basement? With so many different types of woods and colors of woods, here are some things to consider when looking for hardwood flooring for your finished basement.

1. Subflooring

While it is possible to install hardwood flooring directly onto the concrete flooring or slab that already exists in your basement by way of gluing it, a better option would be to install a subflooring first. Your basement is below ground, which is always a risk of flooding issues, or at the very least, moisture issues. Hardwood flooring is easily damaged by water and moisture, so to help give your wood flooring the best chance, bypass the concrete and have a subflooring laid before installing the hardwood.

2. What will your basement be used for?

You will want to consider what your basement will most be used for before choosing the type of hardwood and the color. If you have kids, pets, or plan to use it for a lot of entertaining, a lighter, harder oak might be the better option. Because hardwood is susceptible to scratches, dents, and chips, you will want a wood that is very hardy and doesn’t show imperfections quite as easy – not unless you plan to replace planks often, whenever your dog’s nails scratch the wood, or your children drop a toy and nick the wood. Darker woods, such as Cherry, are highly visible with imperfections. They also show dirt and dust build-up a lot more than lighter colors.

3. Style

Style will also play a role in your decision. If you have a certain theme throughout the rest of the home that you want to maintain in the basement, it may play a big role as to whether or not a darker wood or lighter wood would work and look better in the basement. You also may be going completely off the grid with the rest of the home, such as with a man cave, and having a whole new look and design, which will also play a role in what type of wood and color wood would work best. For more playful and casual looks, lighter oaks usually work better than rich, dark colored cherry woods or Mahogany. You may even want to consider breaking up the basement into sections and laying two different types of hardwood to give the room a breaking point for dual usage purposes.

No matter how you design your room, hardwood in your basement can be a great way to increase the value of your home. If you are looking for ideas, here are 20 incredible finished basements with hardwood flooring for you to view and draw inspiration from.

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The Biggest Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2019BECKI OWENS

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This month we are spilling our predictions for new interior trends, and today we are looking at hardwood flooring! If it fits your budget, hardwood is a no brainer. Timeless and warm, hardwood instantly elevates a space. But what width, stain, or finish to pick? 2019 is trending at both ends of the spectrum with a move toward warmth. Read on for all the details.

Pretty Light Woods Continue to Trend

Light floors create a fresh airy foundation for your home that is so beautiful. We like European White Oak. In our Villa Bonita Project we used Provenza Old World in Warm Sands. This is a hand-scraped wood that helps create a little organic texture. For a similar look, white oak in a cerused finish is another trending option.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we are seeing more fresh interiors grounded by rich dark wood floors. Dark hardwoods have always been big in traditional design, but they are creeping in to even light and airy coastal design and looking just right. A favorite kitchen trend that exploded last year was a layering of wood tones. Here, a blend of dark and medium-tones looks modern while crisp whites keep the look light and fresh. Or go for high drama with the darkest of wood floors paired with bright white walls. We recommend brass accents to soften the contrast and to add a little glam.

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A few years ago, most our clients wanted every bit of yellow or red undertone out of their flooring in favor of cooler gray tones. But like most trends, we are swinging back a bit with a craving for warmth. Floors in the warm, medium-tone range add contrast to crisp whites and popular greens and blues.

Hardwood floors, especially real wood, almost always look good even if you are not using the wood or stain of the moment. It’s an expensive commitment so consider the trends but go with what you love!

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Amber Brazilian Oak Cheap Hardwood Flooring – Cheap Hardwood Flooring – 25 Affordable Options – Bob Vila

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Made of a South American wood called Tauari, also known as Brazilian Oak, these golden-hued floors are notable for their strength and straight, fine graining. Part of the Lumber Liquidators Bellawood line, the floors carry a Janka hardness rating of 1650, and are backed by a whopping transferable 100-year warranty. Available from LumberLiquidators.com; $3.99/foot.

It’s no wonder that Red Oak is America’s favorite material for hardwood flooring. It is both beautiful and durable, and it can easily be sourced and milled domestically. These particular millrun grade floors feature some natural color variation and mineral coloring that give it distinctive character. Backed by.a 30-year warranty and carrying a Janka hardness rating of 1290, they are designed to bring beauty to your home for years to come. Available from LumberLiquidators.com; $3.59/foot.

Made from Hevea, also known as Rubberwood, these solid hardwood floors from Lumber Liquidators are about 15% softer than Red Oak, with a Janka hardness rating of 1092. However, despite the floors relative softness, they are surprisingly durable due to their butcher block construction, and are backed by a 50-year limited warranty. Available from LumberLiquidators.com; $2.99/foot.

High quality Hickory floors can outlive your furnace, your roof, and almost any fixture in your home, thank to their Janka hardness rating of 1820. In the case of these hardwood floors, made from sustainable domestic sources, a 50-year finish warranty proves just how confident the manufacturer is that the floors will endure for years and decades to come. Available at HomeDepot.com; $3.99/foot.

This online retailer might not be on your radar as a source for hardwood flooring, but Overstock.com offers a number of options at reasonable price points, like this richly colored Envi Brazilian Teak, which comes with a 25-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. Available at Overstock.com; $145/box of 15.56 square feet.

Perfect for homeowners with rustic sensibilities, the Antique Cabin collection from ReallyCheapFloors.com allows for knots, color variation, wormholes, and other imperfections that lend unique charm. The Red Oak floors carry a 1290-1360 rating on the Janka hardness scale. Available from ReallyCheapFloors.com; $1.99/foot. 

Embrace the color variation of natural oak by opting for hardwood parquet flooring. These solid wood parquet tiles have a Janka wood hardness rating of 1290, and a low-gloss finish, which means that, even with wear, it will be difficult to spot dents, nicks, and imperfections. The tiles can be glued down for easy installation. Available from HomeDepot.com; $3.29/foot.

With a Janka hardness rating of 1820, these moderately priced Hickory floors are some of the most durable you can get for your money. Sourced almost entirely from domestic materials, the Bruce Plano collection of hardwood floors celebrates natural imperfections like mineral streaks, knots and wormholes, adding character to a well-loved home. Available at HomeDepot.com; $3.99/foot.

Sourced from responsibly harvested forests, these domestic Red Oak hardwood floors with a Janka hardness rating of 1152 are made to last and backed by a 30-year finish warranty. The natural color variation of the boards is protected by a medium gloss finish. Available at HomeDepot.com; $3.89/foot.

The distressed finish of these Acacia hardwood floors will appeal to homeowners of rustic or industrial sensibilities, although they also work well when paired with contemporary decor. The floors have a Janka hardness rating of 783 and are backed by a 30-year warranty. Available from LumberLiquidators.com; $3.99/foot.

These first-quality grade Oak wood boards are finished in a medium gloss to protect their sheen while allowing their natural color variation to shine through. Rated a 1210-1290 on the Janka hardness scale, the Eagle Creek flooring is backed by a 30-Year Wear Warranty. Available from ReallyCheapFloor.com; $2.99/foot.

The craftsmanship of Virginia Mill Works hardwood flooring evokes the artisan charm of the homes built in Colonial America. Although manufactured by modern means, the distressed finish and natural graining give the impression that they were carefully finished by hand. Available from LumberLiquidators.com; $3.99/foot.

Prefinished in a rich chestnut hue, these natural grade Hevea floors are most suitable for shoes-off and pet-free households, as dark-colored floors can show signs of wear and tear faster than light-colored floors. All the same, with a Janka hardness rating of 1180 and a 30-year warranty, one can expect these hardwood floors to last. Available from LumberLiquidators.com; $3.79/foot.

Aside from Oak, Maple is one of the most popular materials for durable hardwood floors. Maple wood is harder than Oak, which means that it can stand up better to daily use. That said, Maple floors are often finished in dark stains, which can’t hide damage or imperfection as well as lighter colored floors. These Maple floors in Tumbleweed fall on the lighter side of the spectrum, making them a worthy option. Available from ReallyCheapFloors.com; $2.19/foot.

These unfinished Select Red Oak hardwood floors lend traditional ambiance to home interiors. Designed for nail-down installation, the tongue-and-groove edges ensure a snug fit and minimize the risk of gaps forming between floor boards. The floors have a Janka hardness rating of 1290 and come with a lifetime structural warranty. Available at HomeDepot.com; $3.69/foot.

Made of White Oak, these wide-planked floors are practically made for country farmhouse living. The honey-colored floors are crafted from White Oak and, with a Janka hardness rating of 1360, they are made to endure the daily wear and tear of a busy home. Available from ReallyCheapFloors.com; $2.19/foot

These floors are made of Hickory, one of the hardest option for hardwood floors with a Janka hardness rating of 1820. The durability of the material and the low-gloss finish make it a safe bet for pet owners who want hardwood floors that won’t be marred by pitter patter of tiny claws. Available from ReallyCheapFloors.com; $2.99/foot.

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Make Your House Stylish with the Help of Laminate Floor Installers | Life of Creed

Hardwood Flooring

Why should one choose laminate flooring over hardwood flooring?

The beauty of the floor at one’s home can be enhanced by making use of various materials that are now available in the market. Most people choose to give their floor the look of wood, which is indeed very beautiful. For this purpose, one can use either hardwood flooring or the laminate flooring, which looks like wood.  Both of them have their own merits and demerits.

Hardwood flooring looks stunning, but it needs a lot of care, even greater than laminate flooring. It also requires the application of protective coating several times. One has to be very careful whilst cleaning it. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is easier to clean.

Hardwood flooring is expensive while laminate flooring is lesser in cost. If one has budget constraints then hardwood flooring might just not be the choice. Laminate flooring is less expensive yet giving the look of wood.  According to some experts, it costs twenty-five percent less than hardwood flooring. Therefore, it can be seen that cost is a factor that makes one choose laminate flooring over hardwood.

Laminate flooring can have a waterproofing effect too and can get over the problem of getting moderately wet. It can also be used in bathrooms and kitchens but will suffer wear and tear more than hardwood. Hardwood flooring should not be installed in a bathroom or kitchen as it cannot afford to get wet. They cannot be expected to get wet.

Laminate flooring provides protection from ultraviolet rays. This prevents early fading. The hardwood flooring, however, does not possess this quality. Hardwood floorings cannot tolerate foot traffic the way laminate flooring can do. This is the reason why laminate flooring comes with a longer warranty

Laminate flooring looks very much like wood, but it is durable and easy to maintain. Being cost effective and scratch free, laminate flooring has emerged as the most preferred way to renovate and beautify homes. Hire the best laminate floor installers for this task for better results.

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