Flooring Choices for your New Build

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One of the advantages of a new build, is that you can start from scratch and carefully make choices like overall design, fittings and flooring. Trying to create a perfect balance between beauty and practicality is the key to success here, and a bit of thought will go a long way.

When it comes to flooring options there are a few hard and fast rules to consider before making your decision. Being aware of areas that will receive heavier foot traffic, or are liable to be in receipt of spills etc is important. Ignoring these points in favour of what looks nice or is on trend could end up costing you an arm and a leg before long. Here are some of the most popular forms of flooring, and their advantages and downsides:-

Carpet

This has been the floor covering of choice for years, until laminate became desirable with its easy clean surface. Asthma and similar problems have resulted in a lessening of carpet use too, although it is still on the agenda for many. Carpet is hard to beat for luxury, warmth, comfort, and these days their stain resistant nature is incredible. Bear in mind it isn’t the best choice for constantly wet areas or extremely high traffic.

Vinyl

This used to be a favourite with landlords as it was cheap, cheerful and practical, but vinyl is still very much around. There is also the high quality Luxury Vinyl Tile [LVT] which is more expensive but replicates materials like marble, stone and wood beautifully. It can often be used with underfloor heating but check with the manufacturer.

Wood

This choice feels warm, natural and is hard wearing, although maybe not the best for kitchens or bathrooms, plus it can be damaged by stiletto heels. You can find a wide selection of shades from dark to light, to compliment most decorating schemes. Works well with underfloor heating too!

Stone

Natural options like marble, granite, sandstone and slate can produce gorgeous results, and this type of flooring is well known for raising the profile and value of any home. They are not cheap, but if maintained properly these natural materials will last a lifetime and look even better with age. Underfloor heating also has the green light here.

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Elevate your living experience with an Orangery

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For those who want something a little more substantial than a conservatory or sunroom, but without the hassle of an extension, an orangery is an ideal option. As summer approaches, we all naturally gravitate towards the garden to enjoy the bright sunshine [when we get it] and fresh air. Rather than stepping out of the home straight into the garden, it’s nice to have a structure that kind of represents both indoors and outdoors. An orangery performs this function very well, and is an extremely popular home improvement.

This light and airy, but solidly built room provides space for a range of purposes and activities, whether work or play related. They can be designed to compliment the rest of your home, or to display an individual look. These structures have all of the advantages of being part of the exterior or garden, as well as being highly versatile by adding a room to the home. If you decide to sell your property, most buyers are delighted to see home improvements of this kind, and the value of the home is typically increased.

Orangeries are elegance itself and advances in design and technology mean that they are innovative, thermally efficient and secure. If you’re wondering whether or not to invest in an orangery this year here are a few reasons why you should. An orangery will give you:-

  • More living space
  • A bright sunny room
  • The ability to customise the light with blinds
  • Energy efficiency
  • A place to work, rest or entertain
  • A smooth transition from indoors to outdoors
  • A valuable home improvement
  • A cosy area in wet or cold weather
  • A great view of the garden, birds, sunrises, sunsets, etc

There’s a wide choice of flooring options for orangeries with stone, slate or tile being favourites. These are great with luxury thick pile rugs scattered around, and comfortable, stylish furniture to complete the look.

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Traditionally New

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It’s increasingly common to see existing buildings renovated or refurbished to create a new home or business premises. The process is ideal from an environmental perspective, limiting the need for major demolition, plus saving time and usually money. The concept is also popular due to the aesthetic results of many projects, which develop beautiful properties while retaining a unique character. The old and the new are merged to give an attractive and functional building solution favoured by developers and investors. In many cases these projects do not even require planning permission, allowing them to get underway faster.

There is a need here for professional input when it comes to renovating older structures, to ensure that the intended outcome is possible and that projected costs are acceptable. Buyers expect these properties to perform in the same way as new builds, and this is frequently the case, although listed buildings can present some issues here.

The key to success with this type of enterprise is a realistic and flexible approach, along with the right technical support and advice. Important aspects are:-

Structural stability – An investigation or appraisal by a structural engineer should identify the suitability of the property for the proposed renovation.

Roof – An existing pitched roof which is under 15 years old can be considered for retention pending an expert report.

Treatment of timber – Timber components should be assessed for signs of moisture content, presence of insect infestation or fungal attack. It may be wise to consider options for treatment of timber.

Opting for things like natural types of flooring such as stone or marble will not only provide a hard wearing, practical solution, but a chic look that never goes out of fashion. For advice on any renovation, refurbishment, extension or conversion contact construction specialists like Thornwood Construction Ltd. They have substantial experience and an excellent success rate when it comes to this type of project.

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A World of Extension Choices

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A new extension is always an exciting prospect, especially with all the choice in design, colours and materials available these days. This bright, open space is perfect for modern family life, adding extra space and serving as a playroom, dining room, another living room, kitchen, study area or somewhere to entertain. The sky’s the limit when it comes to décor, as you can either design the extension to compliment the rest of your home, or give it it’s own unique look. The flooring you choose is important, as this area is more accessible from the garden, so maybe luxury pile cream carpeting isn’t the best choice! Easy clean laminate, vinyl or stone tiles are options to go for here, and there are lots to choose from.

Pastel colours and luxury seating, mood lighting and a home entertainment system will all provide the perfect relaxed and modern setting for this room. Or perhaps you prefer country cottage chic with tongue and groove walls and a cosy multi fuel burner, for a rustic feel. Grey slate floor tiles set the scene in this arrangement, whether it’s the real thing or the LVT original.

The use of glass, gloss, and acrylic will increase the feeling of light, as will light coloured walls, and extensive use of glass will have the effect of bringing the garden indoors. Pale sun kissed yellow will add a bright sunny dimension to your extension, complimented by rattan furniture and plenty of plush scatter cushions. Pale travertine flooring is wonderful here and completes the airy fresh feel.

The ‘chocolate box’ look is great in this kind of space too, featuring old style pine table and chairs with lots of plants, botanical prints and floral patterns. Laminate floor keeps up the natural homely theme here with it’s practical warmth.

Make sure you find a qualified professional company like SJP Building Services to complete your extension, and you can sit back and enjoy the results!

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Restoration of Wood Flooring

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We not only provide spectacular results with repair and restoration work on stone, marble, concrete, terrazzo and slate floors, we also offer the same service for wood flooring. A beautiful, gleaming finish for your wooden floor will add a stunning dynamic to rejuvenate your rooms, giving them a shine that can last years.

Damage from heels, toys and pets along with problems like old peeling varnish will render wooden flooring unsightly and compromise it’s functionality. Sometimes the degraded varnish is a darker shade than the wood underneath, making it look even worse. In this case, you may consider dabbing a little fresh varnish over the top for a quick fix, but proper preparation and treatment will give a much longer lasting outcome.

We recently completed restorative work on a wood floor at a popular Social Club in Greater Manchester using our tried and tested methods. We of course use personal protection such as dust masks, ear protection and appropriate shoes while carrying out this type of work.

  • Masking – We masked all fixtures and fittings near the area in order to protect them from dust and debris accumulation, as well as contamination by other materials.
  • Sanding – The floor surface was then dry sanded using coarse, medium and fine heads (plant complete with dust control attachment). This process gets rid of any scratches, scuffs or old varnish, and leaves a gloriously smooth finish ready for the next step.
  • Epoxy Application – This two pack epoxy moisture curing floor seal was applied using short nap applicators, and allowed to cure.
  • Wet Sanding – Once cured the floor was wet sanded with fine Fabricut discs and wet vacuumed dry.
  • Finishing Application – The final application of seal was carried out and all protection removed.

As you can see the results are extremely impressive delivering a pleasing transformation. Call us to discuss how we can help with your wood flooring on 01942 674785.

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The Beauty of Stone Flooring

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A favourite with home owners and businesses alike is natural stone flooring, as beautiful as it is functional. This type of flooring has many benefits and is perfect in a wide range of settings, including kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, conservatories and outdoor areas like porches. It brings a timeless elegance and sophistication to any space, and is practical, hard wearing, and a dream to keep clean.

Stone flooring in the form of tiles, is so popular and blends seamlessly into any interior design plan, that it compliments any style and design, and will not need to be replaced each time you decorate. Stone tiles come in materials including marble, granite, limestone, slate and travertine, each bringing it’s own character and aesthetic qualities. Whether you want a classic, rustic or chic look for your home, you will find your idea of perfection with real stone flooring.

Some of the advantages of choosing stone flooring include:-

  • A floor which is easy to clean just requiring a soft brush and a mop
  • An investment which will raise the value of your home
  • A home improvement that will never go out of fashion
  • A floor which always looks classy and stylish
  • Tiles which are all unique, featuring natural colouring, and characteristics like veining
  • They keep homes cool where the climate is warm
  • They can be decorated with luxurious rugs or even carpeted over for a change
  • These tiles require little or no maintenance
  • Stone flooring delivers a hygienic flooring solution and does not hold onto pet hairs, skin dust or debris
  • As it conducts heat well, this flooring option is ideal for use with underfloor heating

 
If you want the look of stone floors but would prefer a more affordable choice, there are some amazing products available which replicate stone, marble, slate and also wooden floors. Karndean have a range of stunning, high quality luxury vinyl tiles [LVT] in a variety of designs and colours, and can be found at reputable flooring specialists like Wood Street Carpets. Give them a call on 01245 358900.

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5 Steps to Stone Floor Installation

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There is not much to equal the beauty and longevity of a real stone floor, for your kitchen, hall or bathroom, and contrary to popular belief it’s not that difficult to lay it yourself! So if you’re feeling brave have a go:-

  1. Prepare Prepare Prepare! This is the most important rule within DIY, as you will always regret it if you rush or bypass this stage. If you are installing stone tiles in a new build, a layer of concrete can be poured to create a level subfloor. You can hire a cement mixer here to make light work of this step. A remodelled floor however, will need a purpose designed, water resistant backer board.
  2. Measure Up and Buy: Multiply the length of the floor by the width and add 10 – 15% more so there are enough for cutting any small pieces, and don’t forget to buy the appropriate adhesive.
  3. Lay That Tile: It’s best to start laying the tile from the middle of the space, so that cut tiles only appear at the edges. Make sure the last tiles you lay are in an inconspicuous place as these could be uneven. Work out the layout of rough cut natural stone flooring before placing the smaller pieces in between larger flagstones. A hammer may be used to break off these small pieces.
  4. Securing: Once you’ve decided on the layout of your stone tiles, you can mix your adhesive, spreading a thickish layer before fixing the tiles. Use a spirit level to ensure a neat finish with no edges sticking up across all tiles.
  5. Sealing: When the floor is properly set, apply a good quality stone sealant to protect from stains and scratches and for a fabulous finish.

Once your floor is completed you can celebrate with a nice cup of tea while you admire your handy work! Oh and if you need any repairs or maintenance we can help, or if you don’t feel confident to lay your tiles, call us on 01942 674785 and we will provide you with stunning results!

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