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What comes to your mind when you hear the word “vinyl”?

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “vinyl”?  For most people, they think of those huge rolls of cheap plastic flooring sold at the big box DIY stores. I try not to tell people that LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) flooring is actually a vinyl product until I have been able to tell them about the wide range of amazing attributes that have allowed it to become a very popular flooring choice. Otherwise, people immediately become close-minded about the product without wanting to hear additional details.

LVT most commonly looks like hardwoods; however, you can also choose LVT that mimics the look of porcelain, travertine, slate, stained concrete – pretty much any style you would want for your new floor.  Instead of one big sheet, the product will come in whatever form that the LVT is imitating.  “Hardwood” LVT will be shaped in individual planks to closely match the look of hardwoods.  When mimicking tile, it will be shaped in squares or rectangles, and it even has a line you would install to mimic the grout!  These individual pieces will be glued down using pressure-sensitive glue.  There are even some thicker, heavier styles of LVT with a gripping mechanism on the bottom, which allows it to be installed by merely placing them on the floor.

Luxury Vinyl Tile is most commonly used as the flooring of choice in the basement.  LVT is a great choice here because it is virtually waterproof so it can withstand the water from an outside pool, hot tub, or even a flood.  LVT is virtually indestructible, so it can withhold high traffic (often installed in Wal-Mart), kids playing around, get-together’s, etc.  I installed it for a customer who called me two days later, […]

By |October 25th, 2012|Basements|0 Comments|

What are “Green” Products and How do they Help Me and My Home?

If you asked 10 people what it means for a product to be “green”, you would probably get 10 different answers.  The truth is, there are many different attributes that allow a product to be called “green.”   This can range anywhere from being made of recyclable material to the cleaner or more efficient manner in which they are manufactured.  Basically, “green” products can loosely be defined as products that lower their negative impact on the earth.

The most recognized classification for green products is whether they are made from recycled materials or are themselves recyclable.  Manufacturers are finding many inventive ways to use recyclable material to create interesting things.  Take for example glass countertops.  There are companies that take particular bottles for their coloring (Heineken for green, Skyy Vodka for blue, wine bottles for red) and use them to create beautiful unique countertops.  These countertops are quite a fitting choice for a basement bar or wet bar area. In many cases you can also remodel your home using items salvaged from existing or demolished buildings such as bathtubs, sinks, and cabinetry. Doing this lowers the demand for having these items manufactured and in turn lowers the strain on the environment from the factories making these items.

Sustainability is a big part of classifying a product as “green”. Sustainability in the remodeling world has multiple definitions.  It can refer to the replenishment of the resource from which the product is made.   This is called “sustainable harvesting”. Many hardwood floor manufacturers have programs to plant a tree for every tree they cut down. Bamboo has become a popular green flooring choice for this reason. Bamboo grows at an incredible rate, reaching maturity in 3-5 years, as opposed to trees which require more than double that time. It […]

By |October 25th, 2012|Basements|0 Comments|

Kitchen Remodeling Tips

My wife and I took the plunge last summer. After years of talking about remodeling the kitchen, we decided to do it. It’s quite an experience — the dust, the noise, and all the strangers coming into the house. And of course, we had to live without a kitchen for a few months.

But it was worth it. We love the results! We spend most of our time in the kitchen and adjoining family room, so we get to enjoy the new space every day.

A kitchen remodel tends to have a high rate of return on investment. In most cases, it will almost pay for itself when you sell the home.

Even so, “Don’t think in terms of appreciating the value of your home,” cautions Bob Markovich, the Home Editor at Consumer Reports magazine. “You really should be doing a kitchen remodel for you.

According to the National Association of Realtors 2005 Cost vs. Value Report:

— The average “upscale kitchen” remodel cost $81,552 and had a payback of 84.8 percent.

— The average midrange “major kitchen” remodel cost $43,862 and had a payback of 91 percent.

— The average “minor kitchen” remodel cost $14,913 and had a payback of 98.5 percent.

You can’t do anything until you figure out how much you’re able or willing to spend. That means doing your homework — read magazines, visit showrooms, talk to friends and neighbors who recently remodeled. It takes a lot of time to do all this. But I can tell you, it’s worth the investment.

There are a number of free online calculators that can help you decide what you want and how much it will cost, including one from Consumer Reports and one from an industry trade group.

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Deciding Whether or Not To Finish a Basement

Basement Finishing – Does it Help the Value of My Home (Atlanta0

Many people when deciding whether or not to finish their basement in their home weigh their options. Is it for entertainment, kids, or investment. We discuss a variety of opinions and industry knowledge to know how it can effect your bottom line and if it is worth the investment.

Reasons to Finish a Basement
Or at least the one’s we have heard
Their are many reasons to finish your basement. Their are a variety or reasons and opinions on when and why you should.

Extra Space – Tired of having the treadmill in your bedroom? Are the holiday decorations and keepsakes over the years starting to creep out of the attic or closet into your living space? A basement can definitely provide you with more room for your spacing needs. Depending on what you are working with some plan for their basement to have additional storage space for their items. Their are two options you have. Finish the storage room or leave a portion of your basement unfinished for storage.

Leaving the basement Unfinished:
Pros : Save money on remodeling and finishing cost.
Cons: Can reduce the value your basement pulls and breaks the flow.

In our opinion it is what fits you. If leaving the space can save you money and you don’t mind then it is the wisest choice from a cost stand point. Although finishing the room allows for you to have more options like custom shelving solutions and more to help with your storage needs.

Entertainment:

Need the space to throw parties or entertain family and friends. A basement allows you to have more freedom to have things like pool tables, movie rooms, custom bars/kitchens and more. This is […]

By |June 22nd, 2011|Basements|5 Comments|