Bamboo flooring is not the most common choice for homeowners today, but with its beauty and durability it may just be the right choice for your remodel. It is strong, eco-friendly, affordable and easy to maintain. Choosing bamboo flooring could also change the entire look and feel of your home while reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Let’s take a look at a few facts to see if bamboo flooring is right for you.
One of the major pros for choosing bamboo flooring is the fact it is a highly renewable natural resource.Trees used for hardwood can take twenty years to one hundred years to mature to the point they can be used. On the other hand bamboo only takes three to five years to reach the same point making it much more eco-friendly.
Durable as traditional hardwood
Contrary to general belief, specific types of bamboo flooring are very strong and durable. Strand woven and natural uncarbonized bamboo, if harvested and manufactured correctly, can be even more durable than other hardwoods such as red oak.
Bamboo Flooring is Affordable
The idea that bamboo flooring is more expensive because it is an ‘exotic” hardwood is just plain false. It is actually similarly priced or even a lower price than traditional hardwoods. There are many options in the market ranging from about $3 to $8 per square foot.
Easy to Install and Maintain
Bamboo is reasonably easy to install and maintain. It takes the same amount of time to install as other hardwoods. For bamboo maintenance, regularly vacuuming or sweeping and occasionally mopping with a hardwood cleaner is the extent of the maintenance required.
Bamboo is more resistant to damage, stains and warping from water than other comparable hardwoods.
Bamboo is a great option to consider for those homeowners looking to liven up their home. It is a unique flooring style that will provide beauty and durability for years to come. If you are considering bamboo flooring, contact your local remodeler for more information.
Custom kitchens are becoming a “must have” for many homeowners in the Northampton area. The increased popularity of websites such as Houzz and Porch have given homeowners the opportunity to play a greater role in the design of their custom kitchen. On these websites homeowner can browse thousands of projects to stay updated on the latest and greatest custom kitchen trends. It also provides customers with an opportunity to have a plan before sitting down with a remodeling contractor. That plan can then be put into action by a design/build company, such as the professionals at Paradis Remodeling and Building. Trying to stay up to date on all the latest trends can seem overwhelming, so listed below are 5 custom kitchen trends that are popular right now.
Creating the look you desire in your custom kitchen is simple with all of the countertop choices available today. Solid stone countertops such as granite, marble and soapstone are still number one for homeowners. Other materials such as stainless steel, poured concrete, and man-made quartz are gaining in popularity. Mixing materials is not out of the question either, some custom kitchens use butcher block and stainless steel in certain areas.
With many homeowners trying their hand at gourmet cooking at home, cutting-edge appliances are a must for many custom kitchen remodels. Technology is getting better and the results are great for homeowners. From steam ovens that allow you to steam food in minutes and two fuel ranges, to designer dishwashers and refrigerators different temperature zones. All of this technology can help transform anyone into a gourmet home chef.
Hardwood moldings come in all types of wood and will provide intricate detail and richness to your custom kitchen. Details such as valances, cornices, grooved columns, and open shelves will add function and splendor. Moldings can also turn stock cabinets into custom cabinets by adding a few simple features such as crown moldings, and installation around corners and the face of the cabinet.
Cabinets are not the only place to store dishes in today’s custom kitchens. There are countless unique storage options that add functionality and end up becoming your favorite aspect of the kitchen. Homeowners can enjoy pullout trash and recycling bins, custom shelves, pullout knife racks, and overhead pot and pan storage.
Mix and Match Styles in a Custom Kitchen
Today’s custom kitchen blend many different aspects from country, modern, rustic, and traditional style kitchens. An example is a kitchen with an exposed brick wall (rustic) with stainless steel countertops (modern). There are countless other combinations of materials and styles that can make your custom kitchen uniquely your own.