Should You Use Vinegar to Clean Hardwood Flooring? | iwilldecor

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Sleep expert, professional interior and luxury sheet sets designer Jennifer Adams is back to answer your questions and provide some helpful advice! Today we consider whether vinegar is a good cleaning agent to use with hardwood flooring:

Why Do My Floors Look Dull? I Try to Be Very Intentional About Cleaning Them!

I really appreciate you reaching out to ask about best approaches for cleaning your hardwood floors. I’m so sorry to hear that the finish on your floors looks to have become dulled, I know how frustrating that can be! Depending on exactly which type of finish you have on your flooring, it’s indeed possible that the vinegar or some other acidic cleaner you’ve used could have led to some dulling of the finish. I will also tell you from experience that there’s a chance your finish hasn’t really been dulled. It’s possible that there’s just some dried, leftover cleaning product on the surface of your flooring that’s making it look dull. I’d recommend you try cleaning a patch of your floor with just a mop and some warm water, just to see if that helps.

Check with the Manufacturer

Hopefully you kept all the paperwork from when you had your floors installed, and have been following the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions to the T. If you’ve been doing that and the finish has still become dull, you should take it up with the manufacturer or installer, especially if your floors are still under warranty. Even if your warranty no longer applies, it would still be a good idea to ask the manufacturer for suggestions about what might bring back the shine. If all else fails, you may just need to have your flooring refinished or replaced.

Good Tips for Cleaning Hardwood

The key to cleaning any hardwood floor is to try and be as gentle as possible. For starters, you need to regularly be removing dust and grit. To that end, I’d recommend a vacuum over a broom. Sweeping tends to rearrange and redistribute dirt and dust more than it actually removes it. For some deeper cleaning or spot cleaning after you vacuum, I don’t recommend using regular soap or detergent products. Rather, use a non-acidic, CO2-based spray cleanser that’s designed for hardwood floors, and go over your floors with a padded microfiber cloth mop that’s just slightly dampened.

Don’t Use Any More Water Than Necessary

If you’re not sure about your finish, it’s generally safe to just go with a cloth that’s barely damp. If possible, it’s always advisable to test in an inconspicuous corner first. Never – and I mean NEVER – pour water or any other fluids on a hardwood floor. The fluids can easily seep into the wood, potentially causing warping, staining, or other significant damage to your flooring.

A Few Final Thoughts

I hope you’ll find these tips to be helpful. I’d love to hear about anything else that works well for you. My two great passions are home décor/maintenance and sleep science. And speaking of the latter, if you’d like to experience some fresh bedding that perfectly balances style, softness, and comfort, I hope you’ll take a moment to peruse our Luxury Bedding Collections at Jennifer Adams!

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How To Install Click Lock Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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Oh. My. Goodness. YOU GUYS. Is it possible to fall completely in love with your hardwood flooring?! Because that’s totally happening rightthissecond. Our new hardwood floors look SO GOOD!!! If you recall, we had three different types of flooring on the main floor of our home: dated honey oak hardwood, builder-beige carpet, and dark laminate (my least favorite thing in the world) that was installed over ceramic tile (okay, that’s technically four different types of flooring). I’m not sure why there were so many different floor choices to begin with, but I’m a big fan of a cohesive, seamless look throughout. Replacing the mismatched floors was one of the things we wanted to do as soon as we moved into this house. I’m thrilled to partner with The Home Depot on this hardwood flooring project!

Click lock engineered hardwood floor
I researched a ton of different flooring options, from vinyl plank to tile. I talk more about why I chose engineered hardwood in this post. While all wood floors expand and contract due to changes in temperature and humidity, engineered hardwood is more stable than solid wood floors because of the way it’s constructed. Engineered hardwood is made up of layers of real hardwood and high-quality plywood, each layer positioned in opposite directions. This makes for a more stable product, so the wood will less likely warp and bow in moist or humid conditions. This is especially important in rooms where moisture might be an issue, like a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.

French oak hardwood floor
While all that’s well and good, let’s be honest. The main reason why I chose this flooring is because it looks INCREDIBLE. When we lived in Texas, we rented a house with dark wood floors and it showed every dust particle and dog hair, it was next to impossible to keep clean. I vowed never to have dark floors again, so when I laid eyes on this wide plank French oak hardwood flooring by Malibu Wide Plank, I was smitten. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love the light (but not too light) wood tone, the wide 6 1/2-inch planks, the depth of the smoked, hand-scraped oak grain, and the matte finish.

Also, this flooring can be installed as a floating floor (not nailed or glued) or it can be glued down. We chose to float the floor just for ease of installation (and because I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe). It can be installed on, above, or below grade and no acclimation is required. I love that it comes in various lengths, with 70% of the planks being 48 inches long.

How to install click lock engineered hardwood flooring
But wait…
It gets better.

This flooring comes with click lock construction, so installation is a breeze. Each piece fits together like a puzzle; you shouldn’t have to wrestle with the floorboards to get them to lay flat and lock into place. Once you lay the tongue in the groove, it should click, lock, and fit like a glove.

“Like a glove!” That’s what my husband said after each plank was laid down, Ace Ventura style. Oh, did I mention we had 1600+ square feet to cover?

Yeah. That didn’t get old AT ALL. #sarcasm

Closeup of click lock installation for hardwood floors
The most challenging part of this project was the fact that we were laying hardwoods across such a large space. Because the dining room opens up to the foyer, which opens up to my office, which leads into the living room, we needed to be sure that the floorboards would be straight going from room to room. And we didn’t want to use any transition boards if we could help it; we wanted a beautiful, seamless floor throughout.

This is the first time we’ve ever laid hardwood floors, so I called on my good friend and custom home builder, Josh Brantingham to help us get started. Josh has built and renovated several homes and he was a huge help! The first thing we did was find the longest exterior wall to start on. An exterior wall is more likely to be straighter than interior walls, so that’s what we wanted to reference. We measured and snapped a chalk line from one end of the house to the other. As long as the floorboards stay parallel to this chalk line, we know the floors will be straight.

How to lay hardwood flooring
Once we had our chalk line, we rolled out the underlayment over the plywood subfloor. We chose this 2mm underlayment because it was cost-effective, yet provided a good moisture barrier and some sound dampening. It was an upgrade from the tar paper the contractors stapled down under the original floors.

Underlayment for floating hardwood floors
We laid the first few rows from left to right, top to bottom, checking to make sure we were staying parallel to the chalk line. As more rows are laid, the more secure the floor becomes. You also want to leave a slight gap between the floorboards and the wall, to allow for any wood movement. The baseboards will bridge this gap. This flooring installation kit comes with a pull bar, tapping block, and spacers. The spacers keep the planks the same distance off of the wall, while the pull bar and tapping block are helpful in tapping the joints tightly into place.

Using spacers when installing hardwood floors
Also worth mentioning… when you’re installing hardwood floors in a single room, you’d typically measure the room and figure out what width the first and last rows should be. Ultimately, you want the first and last rows to be similar in width – you don’t want to start with a wide plank, then end up with a super skinny plank. But because we’re laying this flooring across the entire first floor of our home, this step wasn’t necessary. These floors are going in our foyer, dining room, home office, living room, kitchen, laundry room, powder bath, and hallway, so there will be many, many different walls and doorways that the floorboards will die into. It would be next to impossible to make each beginning and end plank match in width.

How to install click lock hardwood floors
We laid the planks in a random pattern, staggering the seams. There should be a minimum of 6 inches from the seam of one board to the seam of the board below it. In other words, don’t line up your seams – allow there to be at least a 6-inch overhang.

Stagger seams when installing hardwood flooring
For vents, floor outlets, around door jambs and such, we had to cut or notch out parts of the floorboards. First, we took measurements, then notched out the board with a jigsaw.

How to notch hardwood floors
For this floor outlet, we first drilled a pilot hole for the jigsaw blade to start, then followed the pencil lines with the jigsaw. When we were done, we had a neat little window for the floor outlet to peek through.

How to install engineered hardwood flooring
There were other times when we had to trim up the door casing so that the floorboard would fit under it – the Dremel Multi-Max worked well for this task. We used the Multi-Max in the floor demo as well, which you can see here.

How to install hardwood floors the easy way!
Once the tricky parts were taken care of, we were able to rock and roll. It was really easy to get our groove on and make great progress in very little time. Get it? Groove? Because this flooring has a tongue and groove? I’ll be here all night, folks. Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

It’s fascinating how each plank clicks and locks into place, like a puzzle. And because we’re floating the floor, it was easy to go back and lift up the planks if we made a mistake. This flooring is incredibly forgiving. The thing I can’t stress enough is this:  just start. If you make a mistake, you can easily go back and fix it. It might take more time, but because there are no nails or glue involved, your mistakes will be easy to correct.

How to lay engineered hardwood floors
Lather, rinse, repeat! Oh, and invest in some good knee pads. They were our saving grace.

How to install click lock engineered hardwood flooring
You guys. I can’t believe we did this!!! It was our first time laying hardwood floors and they look absolutely amazing! It was a bit tricky to photograph because the light coming in from the windows washed out the wood tones a bit, but take my word for it, they look spectacular in real life. We saved ourselves thousands of dollars by installing these floors ourselves – the click lock installation really made things pretty foolproof.

How to install hardwood flooring click lock installation
Oh, and don’t mind the missing baseboards and trim – they’ve been special-ordered, along with my new French doors and custom transom windows. We can’t wait to put this house back together – hopefully before we have to host Thanksgiving this year (!!!). We’re also going to be tackling a home office makeover soon, so stay tuned for that! It’s gonna be so good.

Want to see how we demo’d our old floors? Check out this post.

How to install hardwood flooring
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One-of-a-Kind Design – Fine Homebuilding

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“This is my mother’s house and she is a ceramic artist and a sentimental collector, so display was a driving factor.” —Hannah Bell, architect

When architect Hannah Bell and her husband, Kevin Bell (also an architect), took on the design challenge of revamping the first floor of her parents’ 1970s colonial-inspired house in Longmeadow, Mass., they had some hurdles to get over. First, they needed to rectify the boggling floor plan, which had the kitchen and dining rooms at the center of the house—sandwiched between a vestibule and a closed porch—making them dark, cavern-like spaces. Also informing their decisions were her mother’s desire to incorporate both her own artwork and generations’ worth of family heirlooms. Additionally, the wish list included pantry storage.

Their first move was to relocate the kitchen, thereby increasing access to natural light and improving the circulation between the main living areas and the rest of the house. The kitchen was moved into the former living room, where the fireplace was significantly altered; the hearth was removed, the height was raised to be above the counters, and tile was brought up beyond where the brick had stopped.

Now, the kitchen connects directly to the sun porch, which brightens the space. The room had previously featured a peaked ceiling, which the Bells lowered, removing some beams in the process. Interestingly, according to Hannah, the kitchen’s new location outside the main volume is more in line with the early colonial architecture after which the house was modeled.

Reworking of the kitchen included narrowing the French doors to the sun porch in order to accommodate the new pantries. To compensate, they raised the door height to maximize daylight. Hannah designed the pantries and together she and Kevin built them. One is strictly utilitarian with floor-to-ceiling stainless steel shelving, the other is more of a coffee bar. With a kind of Victorian vibe, the latter is meant to be attractive when open. “I was trying to include my mother’s things,” Hannah notes. “That mirror belonged to my great grandmother.”

The sliding pantry doors are notable for their panel insets, which were fabricated from radiator coverings and installed with small nails on the backside. Another innovation was to use a Wood Panel X-Mold to create a reveal where the edges of the panels meet at an outside corner joint. This detail was used to hide imperfections in the ship lap’s alignment at the corners—caused by expansion and contraction of the wood.

The dressier pantry sits beneath ceilings of different heights. This was done in order to make it align with the front door, which, in turn, expanded the kitchen. “That was a tricky part to figure out,” Hannah says. “It felt like we should keep [all of the kitchen elements] inside the tall portion of the ceiling, but this way, I was able to make the room a little bigger.”

Of course, the waterfall stainless steel island is a defining feature. Hannah designed it and the couple installed it themselves. “We’ve started to perfect stainless steel countertops,” Hannah notes, adding that they make templates for a local fabricator to follow. “The trick with the island, which includes four corners, is that you can’t just slide the top on. You have to make a template that comes apart. You need to be able to take the outer boarder off and then reassemble it once they’ve welded the sink and countertops.” Where the stainless steel wraps around to meet the cabinet on the waterfall side, they added slightly loose-fitting steel in order to be able to slip beneath it. “It’s not hard to accomplish, but you have to think about it. And until you’ve done it, you don’t even know what to think about,” Hannah muses.

Other notables include the commercial-grade rubber floor and the unusual backsplash, which is made of marble thresholds typically used on floors. This was a cost-savings solution to the expense of a marble slab, which the contractor was hesitant to install, given the weight. “It was way less expensive and it added another layer of texture and pattern,” Hannah says. It also plays well with the high-gloss 3-in. by 9-in. herringbone-patterned subway tiles, which Hannah likes for their undulating, handmade look. The other treatment of note is the LED tape lighting that runs in a channel at the top edge of the tiles. Used to wash the ceiling in ambient light, it is yet another measure to transform the previously dim space. LED strip tape was also used around coffered ceiling in the dining room for the same reason.

The floor plan shuffle included situating the dining room at the center of the house, and the living room was switched to the rear, where it is somewhat removed from regular foot traffic. With views of the gardens, it is significantly more inviting than it had been. The new dining room location, on the other hand, is meant for easy everyday circulation; and its openness allows the table to expand to seat additional guests.

During the remodel, the designers discovered a 12-ft.-long steel beam that had been poorly disguised to look like a wood beam. The decision was made to leave it exposed and paint it, which pushes the contemporary aesthetic. Also contributing to the style are the homeowner’s many art pieces. “Her work is installed throughout the house,” Hannah notes, giving the examples of the hand-thrown counter sink in the coffee pantry and the chandeliers above the dining room table. “Places for antiques, watercolor paintings, prints, and future art were an important part of the renovation.”

Photos courtesy of Hannah Bell

Kitchen flooring: norament grano from Interface; color: Agapanthus

Hardwood flooring: 8-in. solid hickory from Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring

Shiplap corner detail: Wood Panel X-Mold from Flannery, Inc.

Kitchen backsplash: marble thresholds from Daltile

Fireplace wall: 3-in. by 12-in. Artigiano from Daltile

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Sienna Mahogany Hardwood Flooring

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Mahogany is one of the hardest woods on the planet, perfectly suited for flooring applications. It will bring an exotic elegance to your home, while offering a lifetime of use.

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Looking for a new home? Don’t miss these 9 open house events this weekend – CharlotteFive

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This post is brought to you in partnership with Savvy + Co. Real Estate. All opinions are our own.

What’s better than a piping hot pumpkin spice latte in weather that actually feels like fall? That same piping hot PSL in your new home! If you are searching for a new home, or are starting to think you need a bigger space, more privacy, an abode close to the city or something in between, the expert agents at Savvy + Co. Real Estate can help.

The homes featured this week are stunning, with a variety of styles, beautiful updates and fun places to entertain! With these can’t-miss choices, you are sure to find one you will FALL for!

Beautifully-renovated bungalow in the heart of Midwood

Address: 1806 Club Road
Subdivision: Midwood
List Price: $449,900
Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m.
Listing Agent: Jeff King
Open House Agent: Sarah Martin
Description: This charming cottage will make you feel like you’ve walked right into the pages of a magazine. You’ll love the amazing curb appeal, full front porch, copper roof, screened back porch and backyard oasis with multiple sitting areas. Inside you’ll find your dream kitchen with marble counter tops, farmhouse sink, white shaker cabinets and more. Walk-up stairs lead to a huge attic for storage or possible expansion, downstairs has a large basement. Much love is in every detail of this beautiful home.

Modern-construction home across from the greenway

Address: 420 Wesley Heights Way
Subdivision: Wesley Heights
List Price: $675,000
Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m.
Listing Agent: Patrick Deely & Lana Laws
Open House Agent: John Geuss
Description: Stunning modern construction on the west side with long range views of the Charlotte skyline from the living level, upper loft area and owner’s suite. This house has a full bedroom suite on every floor, a wide-open living level with fireplace and balcony, a large kitchen and island, a separate pantry area, ample dining space and so much more. You’ll love coming home to the owner’s suite featuring a walk-in closet, dual vanity, separate water closet, tiled wet room with freestanding tub and water spout filler (from the ceiling!). Wow!

Charleston-style home with covered front porch and fenced yard

Address: 17119 Sulky Plough Road
Subdivision: Ardrey Commons
List Price: $489,900
Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m.
Listing Agent: Melissa Christiansen
Description: This fab home in Ardrey Commons includes an open floorplan, gourmet kitchen with large island, great room with gas log fireplace, kitchen with granite, tile backsplash, gas cook top, vented hood, and stainless steal appliances with a breakfast area. You’ll look forward to coming home to your master bedroom retreat with walk-in closets, en suite master bath with garden tub and tile shower. Hardwood flooring throughout main living area, nine-foot ceilings with detailed moldings. The wow features continue with a screened porch, two-car attached garage and huge walk-in storage space above garage. Amazing shops and restaurants are within a mile!

Pristine contemporary South End townhouse in the middle of everything

Address: 2704 Youngblood St.
Subdivision: Southpoint
List Price: $619,000
Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28 AND Sunday, Sept. 29, 2-4 p.m. both days
Listing Agent: John Geuss
Open House Agent: Emma Rothe (Saturday) and John Geuss (Sunday)
Description: This home is better than new! Walk to the light rail, breweries, restaurants and retail. You’ll appreciate the significantly-upgraded interior finishes including lighting, a built-in stacked stone electric fireplace, Hunter Douglas solar shades, Wi-Fi access points on all levels, surround sound, white quartz countertops in the kitchen and master bath, barn doors, and so much more. Come home to your expansive roof top terrace with unobstructed views of Uptown. Perfection!

New-construction close to Uptown in hot Enderly Park

Address: 2222 Camp Greene St.
Subdivision: Camp Greene
List Price: $389,000
Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, noon-2 p.m. AND Sunday, Sept. 29, 1-3 p.m.
Listing Agent: Mike Feehley
Open House Agent: Danielle Potter (Saturday) and Kim Parati (Sunday)
Description: Every inch of this home has been thought out in great detail — from the classic craftsman exterior with huge covered front porch, to the 9-foot ceilings and open floor plan on the interior, this home was meant to impress. Inside, you are met with hardwoods throughout the majority of the house, a fireplace in the living room, and an open kitchen with quartz counter tops and unique backsplash. Off the kitchen is a large laundry room/mud room that leads to the large backyard and driveway. The master bedroom offers a large walk-in closet and custom walk-in shower. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a bathroom and bonus area.

Three-bedroom, two-bath ranch in model home condition

Address: 11819 Hampton Place Drive
Subdivision: Hampton Place
List Price: $274,900
Open House: Sunday, Sept. 29, noon-2 p.m.
Listing Agent: Charisma Smith
Open House Agent: Samara Brown
Description: This home shows like a model home with hardwood floors, an office/study area, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen (double-ovens), open great room, and beautiful sun/sitting room. This ranch features a split-bedroom plan with the master separate from additional bedrooms. Master suite features speakers for relaxing music that leads to a private master bathroom retreat. You’ll want to start and end your day in the ultra-private backyard with no neighbors in the back. This home is turn key ready, don’t miss it.

Bike to your favorite places to hang out and live near the planned trolley line

Address: 339 Cemetery St.
Subdivision: Biddleville
List Price: $319,800
Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1 – 3 p.m.
Listing Agent: Mike Feehley
Open House Agent: Samara Brown
Description: This practically brand-new Biddleville home is ready for you! Home features four bedrooms, hardwoods, stainless steel appliances, granite, walk-in closets, and a fenced yard. New development surrounds this home and community, and the area is booming. You’ll love living near the new trolley line — nearing completion — that can take you and the crew directly to Uptown.

Urban living at its best in this Midwood home

Address: 1511 Landis Ave.
Subdivision: Midwood
List Price: $620,000
Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m.
Listing Agent: Patrick Deely & Lana Laws
Open House Agent: Jean Gossett
Description: Walk to Resident Culture Brewing, Veterans Park, Pure Pizza and all the entertainment that Midwood has to offer. This home blends high style and rustic chic with a board-formed concrete fireplace and bright, clean, shiplap walls and natural flooring. Come home to your two-car garage and fully-fenced, low-maintenance yard with covered rear porch off the kitchen. The second floor includes a spacious master suite and a huge third floor loft, PLUS, a fourth bedroom with full bath.

You’ll love your new Midwood Place at Commonwealth Park address

Address: 1531 Briar Creek Road
Subdivision: Midwood Place at Commonwealth Park
List Price: Starting under $265,000
Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28 AND Sunday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m. both days
Listing Agent: Shonn Ross and Josh Starnes
Description: Make your homeownership dreams come true today with a two-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath end unit townhome starting under $265,000. Plus, it’s so close to entertainment, parks and restaurants in the hot Midwood neighborhood. With a future trolley stop a half a block away, the convenience and desirability factor will only continue to rise. Visit the models across the street at 1531 Briar Creek Road and see for yourself.

Cheers to your new home!

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Spanish style Hollywood Hills hideaway with jaw-dropping views

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This beautifully renovated Spanish style villa in the Hollywood Hills, California, showcases breathtaking panoramic views of the city and ocean below. Constructed in 1923, the home has been transformed both indoors and out with plenty of stunning features that will leave you speechless. Most notably is the cascading waterfall that travels down the side of an outdoor stairwell that leads from the top level down to the bottom level. The multi-tiered outdoor spaces includes a lounge space with a fireplace, dining al fresco courtesy of an outdoor kitchen and cozy outdoor living space, this home has everything, including a hot tub! This residence holds plenty of character on the interiors, with wood beam ceilings, warm and cozy fireplaces and a speaker system that runs throughout the interior and exterior living spaces. A vine clad porch entryway leads you into this three bedroom, three bathroom property with a cozy living room that steps up to the dining area and open kitchen with Carrara marble countertops and a Sub-Zero fridge, and a sitting/changing room just off the master bedroom retreat. Hardwood flooring runs throughout the interiors of this spectacular oasis that offers great privacy with all the lush, mature gardens that surrounds.

Spotted on Emmanuel Xuereb, the asking price for this lavishly designed property is $2,098,000.

Take a tour through this wonderful home and discover all of the unique features that it has to offer. Let us know your thoughts on what you like or not like most about this Spanish style property in the comments section below. Take a peek at some other fascinating features here on 1 Kindesign with cool Spanish style aesthetics:

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5 Reasons Wood Look Tile Beats Hardwood Flooring Sjm Tile And With Wood Look Tile Making Wood Look Tile — The Home Redesign : Making Wood Look Tile

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1647 Kiralfy Ave, Pittsburgh (Beechview), PA 15216 | Beechview Real Estate

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Property Description

Great opportunity!! Large home with so much potential! Sun porch! Level back yard! Decorative fireplace in living room! Hardwood flooring could be refinished and gleaming again!! Galley kitchen offers plenty of cabinetry! Three generous bedrooms and an additional room on upper level! Basement for additional storage! Centrally located!!

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7 Tips for Installing Solid Hardwood Flooring

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One of the best ways to increase a home’s value is by updating the flooring. You can hardly go wrong with hardwood flooring despite the ever-changing trends. As long as you use the right tools, have adequate knowledge and patience, the installation of the floor wouldn’t be a much bothersome job. When using solid hardwood flooring, leave the wood in open boxes for at least a few weeks before installing the hardwood flooring. The wood needs to acclimatize to your home’s temperature and humidity to prevent cupping or shrinking post installation. Advice for installing Solid Hardwood in 7 Steps Removing the Baseboard Before installing solid hardwood flooring, the baseboard needs to be removed. While people may recommend undercutting the base, it may make you lose height of the baseboard. You may want to replace or upgrade your baseboard when installing new hardwood flooring. To ensure you remove the base cleanly score the top edge of the base with a utility knife. To pull the baseboard away from the wall, use a small trim pry bar. If you plan to use the baseboard again, set it aside on the site or dispose if you plan to replace it post installation of the hardwood floor. Preparing the subfloor It may take more time to prepare the subfloor that the actual installation of the hardwood flooring. When removing carpet, you can simply use pliers to pull up the carpet and then remove tack strips and underlayment. When removing other types of flooring, the work may be more time consuming. Vinyl flooring is the most difficult to remove Hardwood flooring may be installed on top of particle boards, however most manufacturers wouldn’t recommend that as the staples and nails won’t hold on well. You may simply remove the vinyl layer with a scraper and heat gun the surface flat in case of vinyl over OSB or ply underlayment. Final Subfloor Preparation It is important to check for remaining nails or uneven floor after removing the flooring before you begin installing the new flooring. You can use a steel dustpan or a scraper to run it across the floor at a sharp angle to figure out what needs to be fixed. You can sand the edges to ensure that the edges of the subfloor are flat. With this done, the installation will get much easier. Laying Moisture Barrier/ Paper To keep things from sliding around, it is best that you use a paper underlay as a moisture barrier. You can check with the hardwood supplier as to what they’d recommend according to local climate. Racking the Floor While trends change, the fundamentals remain the same. Here is what to follow when laying out the floor: Ensure that the joints do not come too close together. The joints at the same location need to be at least two rows apart instead of one row apart as seen in older homes. Start laying out or racking before you start stapling or nailing. When racking, use both the table saw or miter saw and ensure that you have a clean cutting area to avoid sawdust under every board post cutting. Installing and Layout the Hardwood Use a pneumatic tool for nailing, as it is one of the most important steps of the installation. You can rent the equipment if you don’t have it already. Manual nailing is also a choice with professionals these days. Solid hardwood has some natural expansion and thus you must leave space for that while nailing. The baseboard will cover the extra-allotted space. This is essential to avoid floor cupping at a later stage due to expansion. Baseboard Installation and Touch ups Once the installation is done, half the work is still left. You need to re-install the baseboard and ensure that any nailing marks you may have made on the wall or the floor is cleaned. These touch ups add to the wow factor of your flooring. This done, installing solid hardwood flooring will now be a breeze.  

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Trending Flooring Types used in Building and Renovation

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Have you planned to get new flooring installed in your home? Then you might be looking for flooring types which are in trend these days. Choosing the right flooring is a critical decision to be taken. It can add value to your property and can make your place look appealing. You can find a variety of trendy flooring types in the market but important is to select the one which satisfies your needs and goes with the interior of your house. Also, if necessary you should take the advice of a flooring expert. Go with the following trending flooring types to have a clear knowledge about them. Also, it will become easy for you then to select the right flooring for you. 1. Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Having tiles in the bathroom is the best option, but many people like to have them in the kitchen, dining area, or laundry room. Tile can be considered as the most versatile flooring as there are certain tiles having the design of hardwood and durability of ceramic. Porcelain and glazed ceramic tiles require very little maintenance and are most durable. The tile needs not to be expensive. It only requires the right person for the installation process. 2. Hardwood and Bamboo – When it comes to hardwood flooring, nothing can beat its aesthetic appeal. Hardwood is a fantastic option for living areas and kitchen in some cases. But it should not be installed in areas which get wet frequently like bathroom, mudroom, and laundry room. The plus point about hardwood flooring is that it can go with almost all types of interior decor. Bamboo flooring is similar to hardwood in terms of cost, installation, performance, and maintenance. Hardwood flooring demands extra care because if not kept clean, it gets scratches easily. 3. Carpet – No doubt, carpet is an attractive option and is available in many colors and styles. Also, its installation is very easy and quick. Carpets are very warm, quiet, and soft, and it is the reason that most homeowners like to have it in their bedrooms. Remember carpets are prone to damage from pets and stains. So be cautious while selecting a carpet if you have pets and kids at home. 4. Laminate – Laminate flooring is a low-cost alternative. It is made up of resin and wood pulp and can give the look of real wood. It is quick and easy to install and is created for the click-together floating-floor installation. It can be glued on the floor, but is not recommended. 5. Vinyl and Linoleum – Both vinyl and linoleum belongs to resilient flooring and are almost similar. The main difference between them is that vinyl is plastic, usually acrylic, PVC, and the same polymer, whereas Linoleum is made of natural materials like cork and jute. They come in the form of tiles, sheets, and planks and are easy to install. They are available in a wide range of styles and colors. Furthermore, they are moisture-resistant, highly durable, and are a good option for high-traffic areas.  

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4 Things to Consider Before Buying New Floors

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Are you
thinking about replacing your floors? Here are four things you need to consider
before you invest in new floors.

One way to give your
home a fresh look is to buy new floors. Quality flooring can change the entire
ambiance and feel of a room, increase your home’s curb appeal, and add a touch
of style.

The problem is that
there are way too many options to choose from.

Most stores nowadays
sell bamboo flooring, laminate flooring, hardwood flooring, and ceramic tiles —
just to mention a few. Plus, you need to consider its color, dimensions,
durability, price, and other factors.

A little research can
make everything a lot easier. Here’s what you should know about buying a new
floor so you can make the right decision!

Consider How the Room Will Be Used

The first step to buying
new flooring is to consider how the room will be used. A cheap wood floor, for
example, might be great for your basement or attic, but not for your bedroom or
living room.

If the new floor will be
installed in a bathroom, basement, or other high-moisture areas, go for vinyl
tile, porcelain tile, or ceramic. Concrete flooring is a good choice too.

Do you have children or
pets? In this case, it’s important to opt for quality flooring that resists
wear and tear.

Think plank vinyl
flooring, laminate, porcelain or ceramic tile. Shop around for discount vinyl plank
 and other models
to get a good deal.

Choose the Best Type of Flooring

There are literally
dozens of flooring materials on the market. Choosing one depends on your
budget, preferences, and individual needs. Popular options include:

  • Luxury vinyl tile
  • Rigid core flooring
  • Engineered wood flooring
  • Ceramic tile flooring
  • Glazed vitrified tiles
  • Marble flooring
  • Stone flooring
  • Limestone flooring
  • Granite flooring
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Laminate wood flooring

Let’s say you need a new
floor for your kitchen. In this case, it’s recommended to use waterproof
materials, such as wood, linoleum, or natural stone.

The possibilities are
endless when it comes to buying new floors for your living room. Some
homeowners love the classic feel of carpeting, while others prefer the
durability and timeless style of hardwood.

Request a Sample

Once you’ve decided on a
type of flooring, ask for a sample. Whether you shop online or at a physical
store, sellers should be able to fulfill your request.

It’s one thing to see
your flooring choice in photos and another thing to see how it looks in your
kitchen or bedroom. Consider the lighting of the room as well as the overall

Do the Math

While the price per
square foot matters, there are plenty of other factors to consider when buying
new floors.

First of all, some types
of flooring are easier and cheaper to install than others. Secondly, certain
materials either require extensive maintenance or need to be replaced every few

Hardwood flooring, for example, can last a lifetime. Although it
comes with a higher price tag than most materials, you’ll save money in the
long run. A more affordable alternative is engineered wood flooring.

Terracotta tile, on the
other hand, needs to be sealed regularly. Otherwise, it may become stained. If
you choose linoleum floors, be prepared to refinish them every two years or so.

Change the Look and Feel of Your Home with New Floors

Shopping for new floors
can be excruciating, especially if you’ve never done it before. You may not
know what to look for, how to choose the right materials, and where to find a
good deal.

Take the time to
research your options. Read about the different materials, how long they last,
and whether or not they require maintenance.

Not sure where to start?
Perhaps you need some inspiration? Browse our DIY section for tips and tricks
that will make everything a lot easier!

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Best Craftsman Miter Saw – Buyer’s Guide for 2019

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Craftsman tools have been a powerhouse for the last 90 years due to their wide product line and dependability. Their miter saws also fulfill these promises to consumers. Craftsman was sold to a new company in 2017, making changes to their product line and providing new miter saw offerings. Some of these older models are still available today alongside Craftsman’s new line.

To help you navigate their products, we have chosen the best Craftsman miter saws available on the market and where to find all the accessories to make your sawing experience seamless. Are you looking for the best miter saw overall? If so, check out The Best Miter Saw – Complete Buyers Guide & Reviews.

Quick Look at Our Top Picks:

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Craftsman 10″ Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw (21237)
  • $278.01
Craftsman 7-1/4” Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw (CMCS714M1)
  • $289.00
DOIT 15-Amp 10-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide
  • $99.99

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Best Craftsman Miter Saws

The first saw we recommend is part of the old Craftsman line, and you won’t find it on their website. We believe it’s a great quality saw that you can still find through other online retailers. Our other two recommendations are part of the new product line, which can be found on their website, in big box stores, and on other online marketplaces.

Craftsman 10″ Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw (21237)

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This saw works for almost everyone, and that’s why we like it. Whether you are planning on using this around your home or on a job site, its versatility and cutting power make it a great choice for a variety of jobs. Professionals may get the most out of it as you can take it from job to job and perform many types of cuts. At a reasonable price point, this saw satisfies the needs of anyone who needs a sliding compound miter saw.

What We Like

  • Lightweight (31.8 lbs.) and portable for easy use from job site to job site
  • Capable of clean cuts on both soft and hard wood
  • Quiet saw compared to most in its class

What We Don’t

  • Laser location makes it almost impossible to see the line in sunlight
  • Dust sprays everywhere due to poor dust collection
  • Plastic carrying handle has been known to break

DOIT 15-Amp 10-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide

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One of the newer Craftsman offerings, you can find this saw online or at many big box stores and local hardware stores. This small and compact saw is our recommendation for DIY projects, such as framing, molding, and furniture building.

It comes at an affordable price for small projects and those who don’t use their saw frequently. While it may be less expensive and for smaller jobs, its accuracy and performance do not suffer. You will find that this saw delivers on quality and precision.

What We Like

  • This is a folding miter saw, great for flat and small storage
  • Lightweight design (28 lbs.) makes portability optimal
  • Electric brake stops your cuts for quickness and efficiency
  • Laser guide improves efficiency in cutting accuracy

What We Don’t

  • Poor dust collection like most miter saws
  • Plastic saw base could use improvements in security and stability
  • Angle gauges are stickers rather than metal plates with potential to rub or scratch off

Craftsman 7-1/4” Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw (CMCS714M1)

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Don’t be fooled by the small blade size, this saw packs a punch for its size. At an affordable price point, this saw is best for those who work on smaller projects. It is a great addition to your home power tool collection for its power, accuracy, and easy storage.

Hardwood flooring, baseboards, trim, and 2-dimensional lumber are just a few of the materials this saw can cut with no problem. With a quiet motor and smooth cutting, we are impressed by the high performance with a smaller blade compared to the competition. We recommend this saw for all your DIY projects!

What We Like

  • Incredibly lightweight (21.8 lbs.) design with carrying handles makes it very easy to transport and store
  • Battery-operated machine allows for working in powerless locations
  • Battery lasts up to two hours without recharging and can recharge in 60 minutes or less
  • LED light aids in accuracy and visibility of cut line

What We Don’t

  • Poor dust collection gets dust caught in sliding rails and can limit saw movement
  • Unit only comes with one battery, making a full charge necessary when remote
What Should You Know About Craftsman Miter Saw Stands and Parts?

Once you found your miter saw, you’ll need something to put it on. If you do not have a work table with lots of space for long or large pieces of wood, it may be difficult to use your saw effectively. Using a miter saw stand can solve these problems. With an ability to set up in any space, you’ll have enough room and can conveniently move it to your desired work location. Are you interested in buying the best miter saw stand? If so check out The Best Miter Saw Stand.

Craftsman miter saw stands pair well with your saw for sturdy and easy use. They offer lightweight stands with universal brackets for almost any saw and more advanced models with outlet connectors, wheels for transport, and increased stability. Make sure you look for a stand that can support the weight of your saw and is easy to transport.

Finding Craftsman miter saw parts doesn’t have to be difficult either. When things break down after extended use or accidents happen, we want to know that our saw can be repaired with the correct parts. With the change in ownership from Sears to Stanley Black and Decker, you might be on a chase for your model’s part.

If you need new Craftsman saw parts, you can contact them directly. You can also find a variety through online marketplaces. Check for correct dimensions for parts that are not made by Craftsman to ensure proper fit. craftsman miter saw

How Should You Navigate a Craftsman Miter Saw Manual?

For many things we buy, we take one look at the manual and throw it away. For a miter saw, it is important that you take the time to acquaint yourself with the tool for safety and proper use.

Miter saws usually require minimal set up, but need to have all parts attached and often need to have the alignment adjusted. Using your manual, it will guide you through these steps. Craftsman miter saw manuals are easy to follow with clear descriptions and photos. Consumers regard them as generally helpful and easy to use.

They are also helpful to refer back to after initial set up when changes need to be made or problems arise with your saw.

Final Recommendation

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While it may not be part of the new product line, our favorite Craftsman miter saw is the 10″ Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw (21237). Its versatility and usefulness for beginners, homeowners, and professionals had us sold. You will be able to complete a wide range of jobs and complete many types of cuts with this easy to use and affordable saw! Are you looking for the best Ryobi or DeWalt miter saw? If so, check out The Best DeWalt Table Saw, DWS709 vs DWS779: Head to Head with Two of DeWalt’s Best Miter Saws, and the Best Ryobi Miter Saw 2019: Which One Should You Buy?

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What Are the Best Types of Wood for Hardwood Flooring? | Embrace Home Loans

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Back in the 1980’s, a whole new generation of homeowners experienced the thrill and beauty of solid hardwood floors as they stripped away the orange and green wall-to-wall shag carpeting which had been so popular in the 1970’s. Hardwood floors are resilient and long-lasting. They don’t peel or crack and best of all — unlike that old shag — they don’t get moldy. Real hardwood floors are easy to refinish and restore and are sure to add value to any home.

Hardwood flooring is typically 3/4″ thick, with each plank a single solid piece. Hardwoods can contract and expand depending upon the climate and the plank width. Hardwoods are generally more expensive than engineered flooring and require the addition of a sub-floor, as well as several coats of protective finish. The most popular hardwoods are those that are readily available.

Choosing hardwood flooring

Aside from plank width, color, and grain, when it comes to choosing a type of hardwood flooring the most important thing to consider is strength and durability.

Hardwoods like oak and maple derive from deciduous trees, while softwoods come from conifers. Softwoods like pine, poplar, walnut, and spruce are better used for furniture and cabinetry. You may also choose form tropical hardwoods such as mahogany, teak, and rosewood. These hardwoods are are not native to North America and can be considerably more expensive as a result.

Top 10 hardwoods, according to the American Hardwood Information Center

Hardwood re-engineered

Unlike solid hardwood floors which are milled from a single piece of timber, engineered wood flooring planks are made up of two layers — the lamella, or top surface, over a supporting core layer. The core can be made of a “wood ply” which uses multiple thin plies of wood glued together, “finger core” made of small pieces of milled timber that run perpendicular to the top layer, or fiberboard.

Engineered floors maintain stability by running each layer at a 90 degree angle to the layer above. A true engineered hardwood floor uses sawn wood for its surface layer, not veneer. No wood composite or plastic is used in the manufacturing process. Engineered hardwood can be installed over concrete and doesn’t generally require a separate sub-floor.

Engineered flooring gives you more choices

When shopping for an engineered floor you’ll find many wood veneers options, from standard oak to exotic Brazilian cherry. Oak, maple, walnut, and mahogany are all considered traditional, whereas beach and pine are lighter and more suitable for a contemporary space. You’ll have a variety of choices when it comes to plank width as well — wide or narrow, edging, beveled or square, as well as the type of installation system. Perhaps the best known of these is “tongue-and-groove.” Each plank having one side and one end grooved so that they fit tightly with adjoining planks.

Unlike tongue-and-groove which must be glued down, a number of manufacturers have developed patented “click” systems of installation. While similar to tongue-and-groove, instead of fitting directly into the groove, the board must be angled or “tapped” in to make the curved or barbed tongue fit into the adjoining modified groove. Other floor connection systems are available that allow for the incorporation of other materials including metal and rubber. Parquet style floors use a glue down method. Small pieces of wood are affixed to glue applied directly to the concrete surface and then tamped down with a rubber mallet.

Engineered wood flooring has made it possible for a generation of DIY homeowners to upgrade their homes. A word of caution, though — the top layer of your engineered hardwood floor is much thinner than a solid hardwood floor and should not be sanded often. A true solid hardwood floor will last for generations. Engineered hardwood flooring? It remains to be seen.

The Bottom Line

Whether you choose real hardwood or engineered flooring, there is wide range of high quality products available that will enhance both the beauty and value of your home.

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art Reopens With New Exhibits

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It’s light, it’s bright and on September 14, a refreshed Amon Carter Museum of American Art will reopen to the public after a year-long renovation.

“For the last year, the museum has been engaged in what we would refer to as a transformative experience for the Amon Carter,” Andrew J. Walker, the museum’s Executive Director, said. “The public spaces of the Amon Carter over the last year have been completely reimagined.”

The reimagining of Fort Worth museum began in October 2018 with an upgrade and expansion of its photography vaults. The visible changes to the public areas come after a three-month closure. Hardwood flooring, LED lighting mimicking daylight while preserving delicate artwork, new sightlines and a new gallery layout showcase the museum’s newly reinstalled collection of American art. The museum’s front entrance now features a ramp system, increasing accessibility to the main campus.

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The museum’s curators have used the renovation as an opportunity to re-evaluate the collection and create galleries offering fresh perspective on American creativity. Thematically focused galleries include American Roots, Opulence and the Everyday, America as Landscape, Legacy Galleries: Remington and Russell, Modern America, Make It New and Works on Paper.

The Works on Paper gallery will highlight the nearly 10,000 works on paper in the museum’s collection. The gallery currently features “Seeing in Detail: Scott and Stuart Gentling’s Birds of Texas,” an exhibition featuring 23 original watercolors of native Texas birds by the Gentling brothers. The museum also announced the establishment of the Gentling Study Center. The center will support the acquisition, research and conservation of the Fort Worth artists’ works.

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The first major touring exhibition in the newly renovated space is “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940 – 1950.” Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington and in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation, the exhibition, on view through December 29, chronicles Park’s formative years. “When the show starts, he is a fledgling self-taught photographer,” John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs, said.

The exhibition explores Parks’ evolution as a photographer through 150 photographs as well as magazines, newspapers, pamphlets and books. From working as a portrait and fashion photographer in Saint Paul and Minneapolis to becoming the first African American staff photographer at Life magazine, Parks used his art to lift the story and the contributions of the African American community.

“This is a story about not only achievement, not only a story of roots, but a story of community. We all work with others; we rely on the gifts of others to us to find our own way. And what Parks did was take those connections and strive to better himself and do something more, not only for himself but also for the African American community,” Rohrbach said.

The renovation expanded and improved the museum’s special exhibition space. Walls that do not quite reach to the ceiling are module units that can be reconfigured to meet the program’s needs. “It allows us to host more ambitious special exhibitions and it also allows us to host more than one rotating show at the same time,” Brett Abbott, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, said.

The exhibition to most benefit from this expansion is “Set in Motion: Camille Utterback and Art That Moves,” now on view through December 8. “This is a show that wasn’t possible before this renovation,” Kristen Gaylord, Assistant Curator of Photographs, said. Before the renovation the video space was not large enough to house Utterback’s digital work, “Untitled 5.”

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“Untitled 5” is an interactive work with visitors stepping into a rectangle illuminated on the floor. The visitor’s movements through the rectangle is tracked by a camera overhead, run through an algorithm and then translated into markings on a digital painting. Visitors can watch how their movements push against the artists’ brush strokes. The piece constantly changes as visitors walk, skip, twirl and wave through the space. “Camille Utterback really believes technology is a tool that can be used in many different ways and her way of using it is to try to emphasize our physical experience,” Gaylord said.

This interactive piece is paired with art by women who also experiment with the idea of bodily movement and motion in their work.

The museum commissioned Justin Favela, a Mexican-and Guatemalan-American artist, to create a large-scale work to fill the first-floor gallery connecting the museum’s original 1961 building to the 2001 extension. Maggie Adler, the museum’s Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, introduced the space to the artist known for reinterpreting historical artworks employing materials used to make piñatas.

“When Maggie approached me and said, ‘Alright, this is the space. What do you want to do with it?’ I just said, ‘I want to cover the entire thing in paper. I don’t want any negative space,'” Favela said. Thanks to a new paper supplier, this creation will be Favela’s most colorful work yet, using 43 different colors of tissue paper.

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Favela started looking at the museum’s collection for inspiration six months ago. This immersive work called “Puente Nuevo” is inspired by color lithographs depicting scenes of rural and urban Mexico by Casimiro Castro, a 19th century Mexican printer. “I’m really excited to pay homage to a Mexican artist that is part of this collection that maybe wasn’t looked at in many years,” Favela said.

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An Agent’s Guide to Home Styles, Architecture, and Design

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Home Styles guide for real estate agentsWant to know a secret? As a real estate agent you’re not really selling relationships or trust or negotiation skills. Nope. You’re selling houses, plain and simple. There’s no way around it.

That means if you want to become a hyper local expert, you’d better know the different home styles in your region, state, and farm area. After all, wouldn’t you rather ask your client if they liked the Queen Anne with herringbone floors and Palladian windows they saw yesterday instead of “the old red house with the cool floors?”

Thought so.

If you’re even a little unsure about the common home styles you’re going to be selling in your farm area, check out our cheat sheet of common home styles, window styles, door styles, and flooring styles below.

Cheat Sheet for Common American Home Styles

Although Europeans love to joke about how new and boring American architecture is, in reality we have dozens of influential styles of homes. Since you’re a real estate expert, you should be able to identify each style listed below. If you can’t, read the style and description below then come back to this article in a few days and quiz yourself.

Here are the most common home styles in the United States to get you started:

Craftsman Style Homes

Period: 1900-1930
Commonly found in: California, Seattle, Oregon

With design elements from the British arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century, craftsman style homes became extremely popular in the early 20th century. The characteristic elements of a craftsman style home include a low slung roof, large front porches with a staircase leading up to it, large squared off columns that were usually exposed or decorated with stones or brick, and minimal decorative elements.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate Agents

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Period: 1840s-1890s
Commonly found in: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston

Built from the eponymous stone quarried in Connecticut, brownstones were a very popular style of townhouse in many East Coast cities like New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Boston. When first pulled from the ground, brownstone is actually pink, but settles into a rich dark brown over time.

Many brick townhouses are mistaken for brownstones because of the way they’re painted, but true brownstones were always made from actual brownstone which was a preferred building material because of its softness and ease of working with.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsPeriod: 1820s-present
Commonly found in: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore

A rowhouse is a single family home that shares a roofline and one or more walls with a group of other homes on a single block. Frequently built at the same time by the same developer, rowhomes were a very popular style of housing in 19th century American cities due to the cost savings of building multiple homes at once on one plot of land.

While rowhomes generally share many of the same features including window styles and placement, front stoops, and yards, some rowhouses were built with eclectic styles of homes grouped together. When building homes, workers built doorways connecting each rowhome together so they could easily walk from one home to the next to finish construction. These doorways were then sealed when the homes were sold to buyers.

Cape Cod Style Homes

Cape Cod style homePeriod: 1740s-present
Commonly found in: East Coast, Midwest

Cape Cod style homes were very common with early American settlers due to their relative ease of construction and simplicity. They generally feature a single pitched steep roof, front door in center with rows of windows on either side. Shingle or clapboard siding, sparse and minimal decorative elements. Dormer windows were common additions to Cape Cod homes.

Ranch Style Homes

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsPeriod: 1920s-present
Commonly found in: West Coast, Everywhere

Ranch style homes were the modernist answer to affordable family living. With only one story and low slung roofs, ranch homes allowed for open-plan layouts and a more laid back, less formal style of living that became popular in the early 20th century modernist movement.

A hallmark of American suburbia, ranch homes became so popular that by the 1950s nine out of 10 new homes built were California ranch homes. Ranging from luxurious and sprawling midcentury modern homes to the most basic starter home, ranch houses were truly versatile and built for American families from every walk of life.

Split Level Homes

split level home stylePeriod: 1950s-present
Commonly found in: West Coast, Everywhere

Split level homes are multi-floor houses with short flights of stairs connecting each level. On the East Coast, split levels almost always have an entryway that opens on to two flights of stairs, one going up to the second level, and another heading down to the first or ground floor. The top floors of a split level home tend to have full height ceilings while lower levels might have lower ceilings.

Midcentury Modern Homes

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Period: 1940s-1960s
Commonly found in: New Canaan Connecticut, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York

Inspired by high modernist European architects like Le Corbusier and Ludwig Meis van der Rohe, the midcentury modern movement in American houses began in the 1940s and became extremely popular. Common features include minimalist design with no ornamentation, single story construction, large picture windows, flat roofs, and an attempt to blend the natural surroundings into the design of the home. Interiors usually had open layouts with few walls separating the space which allowed rooms to blend into one another.

Bungalow Homes

bungalow home stylePeriod: 1940s-1960s
Commonly found in: California, Oregon, Everywhere

Often borrowing elements from craftsman design, bungalows are relatively small, single story homes. They often have small front porches and double pitched roofs often with small dormer windows.

Want a fun talking point for your clients when you’re showing a bungalow? Tell them that the style and term originated in the word “bengala” which referred to homes built in the style of the Bengal region of India.

Greek Revival Style Homes

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsPeriod: 1820s-present
Commonly found in: Southeast, Middle Atlantic Region

Often called America’s first unique architectural style, Greek Revival homes were inspired by elements of ancient Greek architecture. These frequently include large columns in at the entryway or along the entire front of the home, symmetrical double hung windows, and large front doors with sidelights. Ornamentation is generally very restrained and almost minimal.

Also called the national style, Greek revival homes were very popular in the South, especially for mansions and plantation homes.

Postmodern Style Homes

postmodern home stylePeriod: 1980s-present
Commonly found in: California, Everywhere

The postmodernist movement was a philosophical and artistic movement in the 1980s that questioned traditional modernist ideals and employed irony and pastiche in home design.

Postmodern homes might borrow elements from Spanish, Midcentury modern, or even Victorian elements into one house.

Storybook Style Homes

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Period: 1920s-present
Commonly found in: California, Everywhere

Storybook homes are houses that take design cues from medieval European homes that were popularized by fairy tales and castles. Often incorporating stone and shingled roofs, you can usually tell if you’re looking at a storybook home if it wouldn’t look out of place in a Disney cartoon about knights and princesses.

We recently wrote an article featuring seven excellent examples of storybook homes here.

Contemporary or Ultramodern Style Homes

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Period: 1990s-present
Commonly found in: Everywhere

Contemporary homes are homes that follow up-to-the-minute architecture and design trends. That means that a contemporary home built in 1990 will look significantly different from one built in 2017 like the example above.

Some common elements of contemporary or ultramodern homes include walls of glass, open concept layouts, high ceilings, kitchen islands, formal and informal living rooms—and large open kitchens.

Spanish Style Homes

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsPeriod: 1920s-present
Commonly found in: California, Southwest

Inspired by the architecture of Spain, Spanish styled homes generally have low slung roofs, terracotta roof tiles, and white plaster walls. The interiors frequently have tile floors, and arched entryways and windows are common.

Tudor Style Homes

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsPeriod: 1850s-1970s
Commonly found in: East Coast, Midwest

Tudor homes generally have high sloped roofs with multiple pitches, brick or stone construction of facades, chimneys, and the trademark faux exposed timbers set in white stone or stucco. Tudor homes saw a resurgence in popularity in the 1920s, and entire neighborhoods like Forest Hills in Queens are almost entirely Tudor houses.

Victorian Style Homes

Victoria home stylePeriod: 1850s-1920s
Commonly found in: East Coast, Midwest, San Francisco

Based on the Victorian design movement in England, Victorian homes in the United States featured ornate decoration on the outside of the home including steep gabled roofs, bay windows, rounded turrets, and dormer windows.

Colonial Style Homes

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsPeriod: 1700s-1780s
Commonly found in: Northeast, Southeast

Colonial houses are characterized by gently sloped roofs, an entrance door in the middle of the home, with two windows flanking the entrance door. Colonials can also have dormers, sunrooms, or other smaller additions to the sides of the home. They are frequently found in the northeast and southeast, and have been a popular style that is still built to this day.

Federal Style Homes

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Period: 1780s-1800s
Commonly found in: Northeast, Southeast

When colonial style homes fell out of favor in the 1780s, federal style homes took their place. Federal style homes are very similar to colonials, except they tend to have more ornamentation, decorative or even round windows, columns, and dual chimneys.

Queen Anne Style Homes

Period: 1880s-1920s
Commonly found in: Northeast, Southeast, California

Queen Anne style homes are a type of Victorian home that is even more ornate than a typical, earlier era Victorian. Queen Annes tend to have features like large rounded turrets, steeped roofs with many pitches, stained glass, finials, ornate shingles, and enclosed rounded porches.

Common Window Styles of American Homes

Now that you’ve got a good grasp of some of the more common house styles in the United States, let’s check out some common window styles.

Dormer Windows

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsA dormer is a small structure with a roof that extends out on the roof of Colonial, Cape Cod, Victorian, or Federal style homes. They generally have double hung windows and were often designed to allow light into lofts or even attic spaces.

Bay Windows

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsBay windows are large, segmented windows that extend out from the wall of a house. Bay Windows generally have three angled window panels, and can sometimes have a built in seating area as in the picture above, or add slightly more floor space to a room.

Bow Windows

Bow windows are very similar to bay windows except instead of having three panels, they often have five or more panels which creates a more curved look. To remember the difference, try and associate a bow window with a bow and arrow and a bay window with three bays.

Double-Hung Windows

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsDouble hung windows are rectangular windows with two panes of glass (called sashes), each of which can be raised or lowered to open either the top or bottom of the window. Multiple double hung windows can be installed in one large opening in order to create one larger window. The picture above shows three double hung windows installed into one opening.

Single-Hung Windows

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsSingle-hung windows are identical to double-hung windows except for the fact that only one window sash slides up and down. In most cases, the movable sash will be the lower one.

Casement Windows

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsUnlike double hung windows which open and close vertically, casement windows are hinged on one side to open horizontally into a room.

Palladian Windows

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsPalladian windows are made up of one long rectangular panel with a rounded top flanked by two shorter rectangular windows with flat tops.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsSidelights are long, thin, rectangular window panels traditionally installed on both sides of entry doors. In more modern homes, there may be only one sidelight, and instead of paned glass, it will be one large section of glass.

Arched Windows

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsArched windows are rectangular windows with a rounded top. One arched window makes up the center window for a Palladian window.

Picture Windows

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Picture windows are large, rectangular windows that are longer horizontally than vertically. Picture windows are made up of one large piece of glass without any separate panes. Picture windows let in lots of sunlight and great views, but generally do not open. The picture above shows a picture window with a casement window section that opens.

Paned Windows

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsPaned windows are windows that are broken up into smaller square sections by wooden frames. They are designed this way because breaking one pane of glass means you only have to replace that single small pane instead of the whole window. Since glass is much cheaper these days and construction costs higher, many modern windows have faux wooden frames to separate a sheet glass window into panes. The picture above shows a paned casement window.

Common Door Styles of American Homes

While getting familiar with windows is helpful, doors are arguably more important for many homeowners, and something any weekend warrior can handle replacing. That means knowing some basic door styles can only help you as an agent. Here are the most common exterior and interior door styles in America.

French Doors

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsFrench doors, sometimes referred to as dual doors, are sets of two doors that are hinged from the right and left to open in the middle. French doors usually feature paned glass, and were traditionally used indoors to separate common rooms without sacrificing light. Sometimes, French doors are used to open onto a deck, patio, or back garden, but are rarely used as entry doors.

Pocket Doors

A common feature in turn of the century brownstones and mansions, pocket doors are similar to French doors except, they slide on tracks instead of opening on hinges. Each of the two doors in a set of packet doors slides into the wall. This gives the homeowner the choice between totally closing off rooms for privacy, or keeping them totally open without any visible doors at all.

Barn Doors

Popularized on Pinterest and many home renovation shows, barn doors are generally repurposed sliding front doors from barns. While some barn doors have windows, many do not and only feature minimal panels, or even just planks. They are almost always made out of repurposed vintage barn wood, or new wood that has been weathered to look like vintage barn wood. Like pocket doors, barn doors allow homeowners to put furniture very close to them without worrying about the space required to open the door.

Panel Doors

Very common for interior and exterior doors, panel doors are doors with either decorative or structural panels on both sides of the door. While there are many different patterns and sizes of panels for panel doors, most interior doors have only two or three panels. Panel doors are very common in any pre 1950s house style.

Flush Doors

Flush doors on the other hand are most often found in midcentury or contemporary homes. Unlike panel doors, they have one solid plane of wood on either side of the door. They can either be one solid piece of wood, or made with wood veneers on either side of hollow constructed frame.

Dutch Doors

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsDutch doors are almost always found in vintage homes and rarely found in homes built after the 1960s. They have one unique feature that sets them apart from other entry doors. There are two hinged sections of the door rather than just one and each section can be opened or locked independently. Dutch doors are great for pet owners who want a breeze but don’t want their pets to escape.

Interior Design Elements of American Homes

Now that you’ve talked your way inside, it’s time to learn about some of the trickier interior design elements that are common in American homes. While most of these elements will be found in historic homes, you will find them in newer homes as well.

Crown Molding

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsCrown molding is the decorative trim at the corner where the top of the wall meets the ceiling. Found in many historic homes, crown molding was originally made from plaster with molds and returned to the wall. Today, crown molding and other decorative elements traditionally made from plaster are made from wood, MDF (Medium-density fiberboard), or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The benefits of using wood or synthetic materials is that they are much easier to work with and require fewer skills to install.

Chair Rails

Chair rails are a type of molding that is attached to the wall at chair height in dining rooms or eat in kitchens. The idea was to protect delicate plaster from being constantly bumped into by people pulling out chairs and hitting the wall. Chair rails are frequently installed along with wainscoting, decorative panels installed below the chair rails in order to protect the plaster wall.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsFormerly used as a type of exterior siding in cold climates, shiplap is now a trendy feature for country chic homes. What makes shiplap unique from ordinary boards nailed to the wall is that shiplap boards interlock together creating a tight and weatherproof seal that made shiplap ideal for colder climates before the advent of modern weatherproof siding.

Picture Frame Molding

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsAnother decorative wall element common in turn of the century homes, picture frame molding is any molding used to create rectangular shapes that are reminiscent of picture frames on walls that already have crown and baseboard molding.

Baseboard Molding

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsBaseboard molding is molding that is installed on the bottom of the wall where it meets the floor. Baseboard molding can be decorative, or serve to protect delicate plaster from kicks, moving furniture, or anything else that might hit the lower part of the wall.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsWainscoting is a decorative element often installed below chair rails that features large, rectangular panels made out of painted wood or plaster.

Ceiling Medallion

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsOften used to accent a chandelier or lighting fixture, ceiling medallions are either painted wood, MDF, PVC, or plaster decorative elements that are installed on the ceiling. They can be purely decorative or used to hide wiring or support systems for chandeliers.

Types of Wood Flooring Common in American Homes

What’s beneath your client’s feet is also a very important interior design element to know about. After all, replacing doors is easy, windows more challenging, but replacing floors can be extremely expensive and will change the look of any home since flooring is usually at least one quarter of the visible space in any home. Here are a few common styles of wood and tile floors.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsParquet, French for “a small compartment,” is a style of wood floor that uses small pieces of wood cut into shapes that fit together to make larger patterns. The classic parquet is the interlocking squares version seen above. Herringbone and chevron are also common patterns used in parquet flooring.


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Without a doubt one of the most eye catching wood floor styles you’ll see as an agent, herringbone floors are made with small strips of wood installed in an interlocking “V” pattern on the floor. Herringbone floors have been used as a decorative element in homes since the 1500s, and continue to be a popular, if expensive, option for wood flooring today.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsChevron floors are a variation on herringbone parquet floors with a simpler, easier to install pattern that does not interlock. Instead, small strips of flooring are simply cut at matching angles and installed on the floor.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsInlays are purely decorative parquets that are often used to make border decorations or central medallions on high end wood floors. Due to the cost and expertise involved in installation, inlays are very rarely used today except in very high end homes. They are however somewhat common in turn of the century homes.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsLaminate flooring, also known by the earlier trademark “Pergo,” is a modern flooring product that uses layers of synthetic materials that have a wood grain pattern applied to them. They provide the look of hardwood floors, but for a fraction of the cost. Laminate flooring is also easier to install and maintain than hardwood flooring.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsHardwood flooring is made of thin or wide strips of actual hardwood like oak, walnut, hickory, maple, or cherry. These wooden strips generally also have a tongue and groove construction which allows them to be locked together for a tighter more water resistant seal. Note that the different varieties of hardwood species can be stained pretty much any color. Grain pattern is the best way to differentiate between species of wood used for flooring.


An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsCork flooring is a flooring product made from the bark of the cork oak tree. The bark is processed into sheets, and used as a flooring alternative to hardwood. Cork flooring is thought to be more environmentally friendly than hardwoods as the bark of cork trees can be harvested again and again.

Strip Flooring

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Strip flooring is made up of thin strips of wood, generally cut from less attractive areas of the tree including limbs and the upper portion of the trunk. If used in larger pieces, imperfections such as knots would be visible making the floor less uniform. Strip flooring can be made either from solid wood, or more commonly, thin strips of hardwood glued to other cheaper species of wood to save cost.

Wide Plank Flooring

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsWide plank flooring on the other hand is flooring made up from large sections of the trunk of the tree. Imperfections such as knots are sometimes included in wide plank flooring. Since large sections of grain are visible and wide planks can only be cut from the most expensive parts of a tree, wide plank flooring is the most expensive hardwood flooring material there is. That said, wide planks are more common in 18th century homes as wood was less expensive.

Common Tile Flooring in American Homes

Natural Slate Tile

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsOne of the most attractive and surprisingly affordable types of floor tile in American homes is natural slate, which is made up of large, sometimes rough sections of slate stone. Since slate stone can have natural imperfections, it provides a warm, natural look that is difficult to duplicate with synthetic materials. Slate tile is commonly found in entryways, basements, kitchens, and living rooms.

Terracotta Tile

An Architecture Cheat Sheet for Real Estate AgentsMore common in the Southwest, terracotta tile is a ceramic tile with a warm, reddish brown color that is also commonly used for roofing on Spanish style homes. Terracotta tile is commonly found in kitchens.

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