3 Overlooked Benefits of Carpet in your Home

Posted by on 2014-11-04 12:02 pm in blog

More and more homeowners are considering the benefits of installing hardwood in their home. Not only does it look good, but it works nicely in almost every room. Even though some people are leaving carpet in the past, this remains one of the most popular flooring options. Most realize that carpet is comfortable, both on the feet and when sitting on the floor. While this may be the most well known benefit, there are others that you need to consider. Here are three to keep in mind: 1. Improves indoor air quality. It is a common myth that carpeting leads to more allergens. The exact opposite is true, with studies showing that people with allergies and asthma experience improvement with carpet. 2. Soften the blow in the event of a slip and fall. Do you worry about your young child falling on hardwood or ceramic tile? With carpet, the impact is much less painful. Not to mention the fact that there is less chance of injury. 3. Reduces noise. From computers to televisions to home theater systems, many people load their home up with electronics that can be loud from time to time. By adding carpet with a high quality pad, you can reduce most sounds, including footsteps. Not sure if carpet is right for your home? Contact us for more information on the pros and cons of each type of flooring. We are more than willing to help you make the right decision for you and your...

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Do you know the Benefits of Hardwood Floors?

Posted by on 2014-10-22 11:11 am in blog

When the time comes to change the floors in your home, you will be faced with a variety of options. While carpet and ceramic tile remain popular, more and more people are turning to hardwood. Are you familiar with the benefits of hardwood flooring? To go along with a variety of vendors, all of which have something special to offer, there are many other advantages when compared to the alternatives. Here are three to consider: 1. Can be installed in almost every room. From living spaces to the kitchen to bedrooms, hardwood is a great option for almost every room. This gives you the ability to have a cohesive look throughout your home. 2. Low maintenance. Despite the fact that hardwood floors can get chipped, scratched, and dented, if you take the appropriate care, this is not something you will run into often. Compared to the alternatives, such as carpet, hardwood floors require minimal maintenance. Note: hardwood is also more resistant to stains and spills. 3. Variety of options. From solid hardwood to laminate to engineered, you may be surprised at how many options you have as you begin to shop around. On top of this, there are a variety of colors to consider. If hardwood flooring is on your mind, the three benefits above may be enough for you to make a purchase in the near future. If you need help making a selection or assistance with the installation process, contact us for professional guidance and...

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Home for the Holidays

Posted by on 2014-10-14 12:03 pm in blog

By Jessica Cannon Design Director – FA Design Build The question that I get most often during this time of the year is, can I get my kitchen remodel completed before the holidays? Now that we are 6 weeks away from Thanksgiving, there are some remodels that are perfect for this time of the year….just in time to have Thanksgiving dinner at home. In the kitchen, there are a variety of remodeling options that I recommend that can be completed before it’s time to cook the turkey.  1.      Countertop replacement:  Most of our clients are choosing to remove their old and dated laminate or Corian countertops and replacing them with either a quartz countertops (such as Silestone, Cambria, or Caeserstone) or granite.  During a countertop replacement, this is also a great time to change your kitchen sink and faucet.  Also consider adding a decorative edge profile to your countertops or extending a portion of the countertop to create a seating or bar area.  Changing this one item in your kitchen is an easy way to make a big impact, and there are so many options to choose from. 2.      Installation of Backsplash Tile:  Backsplash tile can be the wow to your kitchen and bring all your design elements together. To install a backsplash tile, you don’t need to remodel other portions of your kitchen – you can simply select tile that you love and have a professional install it.  A backsplash tile is a great standalone project or can be combined with other projects in this section to make a bigger impact.  Current trends include subway tile, linear mosaic tile, natural stone tile, and glass tile. 3.      New Flooring:  FA Design Build is partnered with Flooring America.  This time of the year is our busiest time in floor replacement, especially in the kitchen as our clients are getting ready for family and friends to visit for the holidays.  We have seen a huge increase in popularity of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) such as Armstrong Alterna, Mannington Adura, and Flooring America Purstone.  LVT is currently our #1 seller in floor covering in the kitchen due to its durability, tile look, warmth, and ease of install. 4.      Painting:  One of the most cost effective ways for a holiday update is to refresh your kitchen with a new paint color.  While we always recommend hiring a professional, painting can be the easiest DIY in the kitchen.  Choosing a color can be exciting but sometimes challenging.  Our color specialist, Denise, is a great resource in paint color selection to bring all the design elements in your kitchen together. Many of our clients choose to do all four of the above projects at the same time, and you definitely have time to complete all four before the holidays.  Our design team can help you put together your dream kitchen with a big impact that you and your holiday guests will love.  Our showrooms are a great place to start building your design inspirations and finding the perfect selections to update your kitchen.  Our team will coordinate the design, purchase of all materials, and the installation for you – and deliver in time for your holiday...

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3 Factors to Consider when Choosing Flooring

Posted by on 2014-10-09 9:35 am in blog

When choosing flooring, it is easy to get so caught up in the appearance that you forget about everything else. Rather than risk a mistake, here are three factors to consider as you attempt to make a final decision. 1. Location. Which room or rooms are you working in? You aren’t going to put carpet in a kitchen or bathroom. You may opt against ceramic tile in a cold basement. The room itself will go a long way in dictating your options. 2. What is your square footage budget? Once you have a total budget in mind, you can break it down by square foot (which is how most types of flooring are sold). This will allow you to focus on the options that fit your budget, while putting others on the outside until the next time around. 3. Durability. Do you have children? Are you installing the flooring in a high traffic area? Durability is a big deal, because you don’t want to be replacing your flooring more often than necessary. Solid hardwood, for example, may look best in your home but it may also invite scratches if you have children or pets. Is this something that concerns you? If so, carpeting or tile may be better options. These are the types of factors to consider when choosing flooring. If you have any questions, concerns, or are looking for advice, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you make the right decision the first time...

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Add These Ideas to your Bathroom Remodel

Posted by on 2014-09-30 11:01 am in blog

There is nothing more exciting than taking on a bathroom remodel. In no time at all, you can take your bathroom from dingy and uninviting to a space that you will want to spend a lot of time in. Before you take on a bathroom remodeling project, you have to make a list of what you are trying to accomplish. Are you going to gut the room down to the studs? Are you going to make surface changes and leave it at that? Here are three bathroom remodeling ideas to consider: 1. Subway tile. This trend continues to grow in popularity as it gives your bathroom a clean, classic look that is sure to remain stylish for many years to come. When it comes to choosing wall tile, this is a great place to start. 2. Add a bathtub. Do you find yourself thinking about taking a nice long bath, just to realize that you only have a shower stall in your bathroom? If space allows, consider adding a bathtub. This may add time, money, and manpower to your project, but it will all be worthwhile once the project comes to an end. 3. In-floor heating. Stepping onto cold tile is enough to send you running from your bathroom and back into your bed. Fortunately, you can protect against this once and for by installing in-floor heating. The weather may be getting cold outside, but your feet will stay warm while you are in your bathroom. As you plan your bathroom remodeling project, consider adding one or more of the ideas above. These may be just what you need to take your space to the next level. If you have any questions about your project, be sure to reach out to us at your earliest...

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Analysis Paralysis

Posted by on 2014-09-23 11:48 am in blog

By Denise Smith Too often we are so concerned about “making it right” that we give up before we have even begun. I recently had a client who expressed wonderful ideas in our time together, yet hadn’t taken steps to do anything. When I asked her why, she said “I get so nervous about making a decision that I just can’t get anything done. I am afraid that one mistake will ruin everything.” She confessed that when a bedding set she had been admiring for months was finally deeply discounted, she couldn’t bring herself to take it to the counter. Most homeowners embarking on a home improvement project are, thankfully, don’t suffer from such extreme analysis paralysis. Many do, however, put off making a decision for fear of getting it wrong. The projects pile up, which contributes to the predicament of not knowing where to start. I try to encourage my clients to have fun with their spaces, and to remember that if they love it, then it will work. Learning to identify what it is you love will help you have the confidence to make excellent decisions. Peruse catalogues, magazines and decorating books and take notes on what appeals to you. Notice colors, shapes, and sizes and don’t get too hung up on sticking to a particular design style. Go with your gut reaction. Listen to your immediate response. When it is finally time to make a selection, recalling your previously chosen preferences will come easily. There are many factors that can influence where home improvement dollars should be spent. Return on investment is at the top of this list, but today’s economy has motivated many homeowners to think long term, which can change the budget priority. An additional bedroom may not add as much to the value of a home as an updated kitchen, but in a growing family, this extra space can greatly improve the quality of life for its inhabitants. There is no Magic Formula. There is no Good Taste Indicator. Remember, it is your space. Don’t be afraid to make it...

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Think Twice about DIY Hardwood Installation

Posted by on 2014-09-16 11:36 am in blog

Are you interested in hardwood floors? No matter how many rooms of your home need TLC, you have a couple of options. Like many, you may consider the DIY (do it yourself) route. This includes purchasing hardwood, ripping out your old flooring, and installing it on your own. And then there are those who understand the benefits of hiring a professional. While doing it yourself may sound tempting, once you dive into the project you could soon find that you are in over your head. What are you going to do at that point? Here are three reasons to think twice about DIY hardwood installation and instead opt for a professional: 1. Save time. Do you really want to put all the time into this type of project? If you don’t have any knowledge, you can expect to spend many hours just getting up and running. In the event that you are installing floors in a large space (such as an entire floor), your project could drag on for many weeks or longer. 2. May not have access to the best products. When you shop on your own you never know if you are buying the right hardwood for your home. With the help of a professional, however, you can gain access to high quality products at the best prices. Does it get any better than that? 3. Save money. Believe it or not, you can actually save by hiring a professional. Time is money, and you know you will be saving in this department. Additionally, you won’t have to spend any money purchasing the tools you require to complete the job. Before you put on your work boots and get dirty, think twice about your stance regarding DIY hardwood installation. You may soon realize that hiring a professional is the best way to go. We are here to answer all your questions and address your...

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Design Dilema – Kohler HydroRail

Posted by on 2014-09-09 12:11 pm in blog

by Jessica Cannon, Director – FA Design Build “Take your shower from ordinary to extraordinary – without remodeling your plumbing!  With Kohler’s HydroRail shower columns, you can transform a standard, single valve shower into an unforgettable showering experience without altering the existing plumbing locations in your wall.  The Kohler HydroRail is the best way to turn your standard shower or tub/shower combination into a luxury shower system.”   One of the most expensive portions of a bathroom remodel is relocating and upgrading the shower area.  Most of my clients want a “car wash” for a shower – – adding in a rain head, hand shower, body sprays, etc.  This can not only get expensive in plumbing fixtures, but even more so in the labor.  Anytime you add a fixture (for example, adding a handshower, additional shower head, or body sprays) you need to add another type of valve creating a multi-valve shower system.  The extra valves turn the water on/off to the additional shower fixtures.  Or, the extra valve will direct the water to go to go which fixture. Kohler’s Hydrorail is unique in that it requires only 1 valve – the standard pressure balance valve that you already have.  The Hydrorail come with options for a shower only (shower stall) or for a tub/shower combination – so it can be used in any scenario.  HydroRail gives you the option of a handshower only configuration or converting your single outlet shower into a two outlet custom shower with a shower head or rainhead and a handshower.  You can choose the type of shower head that you want (even including a rain head!!) and the type of handshower you want.  The HydroRail system allows you to transfer the water to either the shower head or the handshower with a small transfer switch on the HydroRail system….or have both the shower head and handshower both “on” for a luxury shower experience. Kohler has exceptional plumbing fixtures and has always been my “go to” vendor.  They have high quality plumbing parts, a variety of fixture styles from traditional to contemporary to ultra-modern.  The HydroRail truly takes Kohler to a new level in superior showering experiences for their clients.  They’ve solved a major bathroom remodeling dilemma…how to get an awesome shower experience on a budget. Since the HydroRail was introduced, I’ve installed it in several of my client’s homes … I’ve even featured the system in our newly remodeled showroom to showoff this incredible new product.  Come and check out our “modern” bathroom vignette and we will show you how we can install a HyroRail system in your bathroom. Photo source:...

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Your Kitchen (and you) Deserve Better

Posted by on 2014-09-02 12:37 pm in blog

If you could remodel one room in your home, which one would it be? Like many, your answer may be the kitchen. There are many benefits of remodeling your kitchen, including the fact that you likely spend a lot of time in this room. Along with this, it is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. Is your kitchen in desperate need of an upgrade? Are you looking to make some changes that will allow you to better prepare meals for your family? If you find yourself faced with this project, don’t wait any longer to consider the scope and create a plan. Here are three areas to focus on: 1. Cabinets. There are many changes you can make, but none are more important than tearing out those old cabinets and adding something new. With so many styles, colors, and vendors to choose from, there is something out there that is perfect for you, your home, and of course, your budget. 2. Countertop. Which type of surface is best for you? From laminate to granite to marble, your options run deep. Best yet, with so many choices you know you will find something you can afford. Note: compare the pros and cons of each type of countertop, focusing on what would be most functional while providing a high quality appearance. 3. Flooring. Many old kitchens have dated vinyl or ceramic flooring. If you are tired of walking on such a drab surface, add new flooring to your kitchen project. From tile to hardwood to laminate, you never know what is going to work best until you take a closer look at each option. Are you more excited than ever before about remodeling your kitchen? If so, contact us and we can walk you through the planning process. From there, you are closing in on the kitchen of your...

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Matchy Matchy Syndrome

Posted by on 2014-08-27 10:07 am in blog

Spend some time reading a decorating book or flip through the pages of a shelter magazine. Now walk into the average American furniture store. Do you see a difference? Furniture stores love to sell items in groups because, quite frankly, one big collection of furniture means one big sale. It’s easy for the salesperson to suggest the matching loveseat and chair when it is plainly displayed with the sofa in the store. And when all the furniture exactly matches, there is no stress for the buyer. A few fluffs of the pillow and they are on the cash register… Though this is an easy method to decorating, it can be disaster in your home. Matchy Matchy furniture is BORING. It is devoid of personality and perfect for the showroom floor only. Now let’s go back to the books and magazines and television shows. Look! The sofa and the chair are in different fabrics! The end tables are completely different, and the coffee table is actually a bench! A well designed home coordinates and harmonizes. It doesn’t match. This needn’t be scary. Use these tips and become picture perfect: Use the same style of carpet throughout the house, but change the color in individual rooms. Paint the walls in a neutral tone that is not represented in the furniture.  If the fabrics are predominately gray, use beige instead. Use a solid print on the sofa, a small print on a loveseat and a bold pattern on a chair, all in the same color scheme. Match fabric weight but play with textures. Choose two different tones of wood which can either contrast or be close in color.  For example, natural cherry looks wonderful with black. Birch and white are fresh and fun. Find a unifying factor. Perhaps different tables will all have a flared leg style. Or the sofa and chairs have rolled arms. Keeping the heights of the backs of chairs equal prevents the space from looking too messy. Pillows add personality. Throw those matchy matchy ones that came with the furniture...

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