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Residential Flooring Choices

Residential Flooring Choices

Summary: Choosing residential flooring isn’t that hard, it’s a matter of choice and a good sense of style.

With the number of choices available, it would be as you would expect daunting. Residential flooring choices are just too many, stone flooring, brick flooring, hardwood, or even the cool and green natural cork tile flooring. One small gaffe and your going to live with that choice for the rest of your damned life, err… at least until you can get hold of another budget for remodeling.

Choosing residential flooring isn’t that hard. It’s a matter of choice plus a good sense of style, plus keeping in mind the properties you want to have or inherently have. Residential flooring has the choices of: carpet, wood, stone, and brick. Others fall into any category stated. Here are some suggested pointers for residential flooring.

Ecological Enthusiast

Are you a practitioner of Zen? Are a Tai Chi material? Then having an environmental themed residential flooring can bring you more good. I even find those Japanese homes very neat, very relaxing. Speaking of which, why not remodel it the Ecological Enthusiast’s way. Hardwood residential flooring is a way to start. These types of residential floorings are prized since they afford the easiest cleaning, but alert maintaining that is still easy. The surface of hardwood are non porous and they also don’t attract dirt. Grit and dust just skim over the surface, making vacuuming and cleaning uncomplicated. Besides, hardwoods are among the most beautiful floors.

Another fine choice is the natural cork floor. They offer plenty of benefits. Cork are water resistant. Even if placed in areas prone to much condensation and wet, they still make excellent floors; a good choice for bathrooms and wash area. Corks also have the inherent buoyancy, making it an outstanding material to cushion falls and tenderfoots. Putting it in nurseries and playrooms can really use the benefit of cork. And they are also surprisingly hypoallergenic, another reason why they are excellent for children’s room flooring.

Architectural Revival

Manors and villas are eternally enchanting. They speak of permanence, of being there for some time, witnessing the passage. That’s what brick flooring gives. Romanesque, Baroque, Victorian, and Gregorian, homes with architectural revival design complement well on brick residential flooring, another material that exudes timelessness. In fact the more aged the brick gets, the expensive they become. Bricks salvaged from old structures and then resold are quite lucrative businesses. Suffice to say, aged bricks are worth more than new ones.

Brick residential floorings are frequent in places on Europe. Especially on wine and country estates, where well endowed private villas abound, you can see especially timeless homes.

What’s Your Style? A Guide to America’s Most Common Home Styles

What’s Your Style? A Guide to America’s Most Common Home Styles

Styles of houses vary across the country. From the New England Cape Cod to the Victorians of San Francisco, the choices are almost endless. Knowing which style you prefer is one of the basic elements in your hunt for the perfect home.
Following is a quick guide to help you recognize and use the professional terms for many of the most prevalent house styles:
Ranch: these long, low houses rank among the most popular types in the country. The ranch, which developed from early homes in the West and Southwest, is one-story with a low pitched room. The raised ranch, which is also common is the U.S.. has two levels, each accessible from the home’s entry foyer, which features staircases to both upper and lower levels.
Cape Cod: this compact story-and-a-half house is small and symmetrical with a central entrance and a step, gable roof. Brick, wood or aluminum siding are the materials most commonly seen.
Georgian: Popular in New England, the Georgian has a very formal appearance with tow or three stories and classic lines. Usually built of red brick, the rectangular house has thin columns alongside the entry, and multi-paned windows above the door and throughout the house. Two large chimneys rise high above the roof at each end.
Tudor: modeled after the English country cottage. Tudor styling features trademark dark-wood timbering set against light-colored stucco that highlights the top half of the house and frames the numerous windows. The bottom half of the house is often made of brick.
Queen Anne/Victorian: Developed from styles originated in Great Britain, these homes are usually two-story frame with large rooms, high ceilings and porches along the front and sometimes sides of the house. Peaked roofs and ornamental wood trim, many times referred to as “gingerbread,” decorate these elaborate homes.
Pueblo/Santa Fe Style – Popular in the Southwest, these homes are either frame or adobe brick with a stucco exterior. The flat rood has protruding, rounded beams called vigas. One or two story, the homes feature covered/enclosed patios and an abundance of tile.
Dutch Colonial – the Dutch Colonial has two or tow-and-one-half stories covered by a gambrel roof (having two lopes on each side, with the lower slope steeper than the upper, flatter slope) and eaves that flare outward.
This style is traditionally make of brick or shingles.
New England Colonial – This two-and-one-half story early American style is box like with a gable roof. The traditional material is narrow clapboard siding and a shingle roof. The small-pane, double-hung windows usually have working wood shutters.
Southern Colonial –this large, two-to-three-story frame house is world famous for its large front columns and wide porches.
Split-levels: Split-level houses have one living level about half a floor above the other living level. When this type of home is built on three different levels, it is called a tri-level.
These are just a few of the many styles of homes available across the country – some are more prominent in different areas than others. Knowing home style terms will help you zero in on the type of house that will fill your needs and suit your taste.