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Upcoming Trend: Pet Friendly Bathrooms

Upcoming Trend: Pet Friendly Bathrooms

Trends in home design are constantly evolving. New innovations are regularly introduced. One hot trend right now is pet friendly bathrooms. People are keeping their pets in mind when designing or remodeling their homes. These alterations can come in many forms with a variety of purposes. Not only do homeowners wish to make their own lives easier, they’re also considering the health, safety and comfort of their pets. Here are just a few pet-centered innovations that have recently become popular in bathroom design.

Built-In Dog Beds

Having your dog sleep in the middle of the floor can be a pain, especially if your best pal is a large breed. It can also be a safety hazard when pets sprawl out in high foot traffic areas. To avoid tripping over your pooch, consider installing a built-in dog bed. These hideaway sleeping areas are often placed under cabinets or counters. The bathroom is a popular location choice as it’s convenient for easy clean-up and out of the way.

Dog Washing Station

Turn your shower into a dog washing station that makes clean-up time easy. It can be a literal pain to wash your dog in the bathtub. Kneeling and bending can cause you sore knees or pulled muscles in your back. Adding a low-tiled shower area in your bathroom with a waist-high hand-held shower head will allow you to stand and spray your doggie while sudsing him up. Another option would be to purchase a ready-made raised stainless steel bathing station for your dog that has a ramp for easy access. A less, expensive and more convenient choice may be simply to install an additional hand-held shower head at an easy-to-reach level in your current shower.

Kitty Comforts

Like the earlier mentioned hidden dog bed, a bed for your cat can be tucked in beneath counters or drawers in the bathroom. Another idea is to slip the cat’s litter box into such a tucked-away nook as inside a cabinet with an entrance suited to her size. An access can be placed on the side of the cabinet in order to allow the box to be removed for cleaning purposes. One more perfect plan to keep your precious feline from drinking out of the toilet is to install a cat water fountain in the water line. This type of drinking station is often attractive to cats.

Underfoot Options

Choosing the right flooring for your bathroom, especially when you have pets, may be one of the most important choices you make regarding home design. Carpet is rarely a practical choice for the bath area, but it’s really a bad idea for pet owners. You need a flooring option that is easy to clean when muddy paws walk through or your furry friend has an accident. You also don’t want sopping wet carpet after your pooch hops out of the bath and shakes off because that could lead to mold or mildew.

Fortunately, there are new choices in floor coverings that are just perfect for pets. Radiant heating has become a popular upgrade for many home owners. It’s an easy-to-clean option that offers the added benefit of providing warmth to your tootsies, as well as to your best four-footed friend. Other choices include vinyl flooring with seams that are waterproof, tile because it’s cool in the summer and hard coated laminate or hardwood to resist claw marks. Laminate and hardwood options also offer tight seams that can keep out leakage from pet accidents. You should contact Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers to discuss your bathroom remodel if these ideas sound appealing to you.

You love your home, as well as your pets. Lucky for you there are so many options for making your living area, particularly the bathroom, pet-friendly.

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Types of Tile

Types of Tile

It may be daunting when you consider the many types of hard surface tile available today. Whether you choose national stone, ceramic, or porcelain, there is a tile to fit every budget, preference and taste. Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers can install the tile that matches your lifestyle.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is classic and timeless and has been a popular flooring choice for centuries. Natural stones feature variations in color and pattern making stone floor tiles beautiful and extremely durable. Natural stone tile is made from natural materials such as marble, granite, limestone, travertine, and slate. With periodic sealing and polishing, natural stone will last forever. Contact Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers for more information and for a free no obligation estimate on your natural stone installation.

Marble is durable, easy to clean, versatile, and gives your room a look of refined elegance. Although available in a variety of colors, classic marble tile is typically white or off white with gray to black veining.

Granite is a highly durable, hard and dense rock and a good option for countertops and floors. Granite resists scratching when polished. With its unique veining and specks of minerals, granite is a classic and distinctive look and a good choice for kitchen and bathroom areas.

Limestone has a luxurious look and feel. Limestone is a soft, porous rock characterized by its earthy appearance and can be polished or textured. Limestone gives your room a look of classic luxury.

Travertine, a type of limestone, is characterized by classic neutral colors and unique natural patterns. Travertine provides a look of soft, natural, earthy tones.

Slate is extremely dense and durable and generally comes in darker tones. Slate is naturally textured, but can be honed to a smooth finish. Slate is a good choice for kitchens and high traffic areas and can also be used in outdoor areas. The richness of slate gives your room a look of classy elegance.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is durable and versatile and comes in a myriad of styles, colors, and finishes. Ceramic tile, made from clay, is molded and kiln dried at high temperatures. Color glaze is added prior to a second firing, to give ceramic tile its color. Ceramic tile is a budget-friendly choice. Ceramic tile can be glazed to matte, semi-gloss, or high gloss finishes.

Quarry tile is a sustainable, natural product made from clay and shale. Quarry tile is durable and easy to clean and features red and brown hues. Quarry tile is modestly priced and can be used outdoors as well as indoors.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is made from a mixture of clay and feldspar fired at very high temperature, resulting in a highly durable, moisture resistant tile. In addition to flooring, porcelain tile is a good choice for walls. Available in numerous colors, sizes, and textures, porcelain tile is a beautiful, durable, long-lasting option.

Mosaics and Medallions

Mosaic tiles are small pieces containing rock, shell, tile or glass that form a pattern. Mosaics can be used on walls and backsplashes. Medallions are single larger pieces that form designs and are used to provide focal points or give interest to a large expanse of tile.

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Whether you choose natural stone, ceramic or porcelain, let Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers’ skilled craftsmen install the hard surface tile of your dreams. Contact Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers for a free, no obligation estimate.

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Wood Flooring Types Explained

Wood Flooring Types Explained

Before replacing or adding wood floors, it is important to research the types of flooring available. Learning about the design options, benefits, disadvantages, and costs of each type of flooring can help you make the right choice. There are many options to consider including bamboo, laminate, engineered hardwood, cork, and natural or solid hardwood. Our company can get up to 40 percent off of any materials you choose for your hardwood floors if you decide to have Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers install your new flooring.

Laminate Flooring

Pros

  • Can float above most existing floor coverings
  • Durable, very difficult to scratch
  • Easy to clean
  • Resists stains

Cons

  • Not real wood
  • Non-insulated
  • Cannot be sanded or refinished
  • Homes resell for less
  • Cheaper laminates are difficult to snap / lock together, edges blow out
  • Does not stand up to puddled water, moisture causes it to separate / expand
  • Hard to walk on constantly
  • Can be slippery in sock feet

Cost

  • Starting cost is 50 cents per square foot
  • Luxury options average $6 per square foot
  • Labor runs between $1.50 and $3.50 per square foot for laminate floor installation

Designs

  • Light colors like maple and oak
  • Dark colors like cherry and redwood
  • Tongue and groove
  • Click together installation
  • Antique wood finishes
  • Stone and Marble-looking finishes
  • Both glossy and mat finishes

 

Solid Hardwood Floors

Pros

  • Can be refinished or sanded
  • Cleans easily
  • Durable
  • Adds value to the property
  • Insulated
  • One solid piece of wood

Cons

  • Not good for bathrooms and kitchens because of moisture
  • Cannot be installed over concrete floors
  • Does not work for basements or underground levels
  • Moves, swells, and can become uneven
  • Slippery

Cost

  • Minimum starts at $1.50 per square foot
  • Maximum can be as high as $160 or more per square foot depending on quality and finish
  • A Solid hardwood floor installer charges between $3 and $10 per square foot

Design

  • Hardwoods like Oak and Ash
  • Brazilian Cherrywood
  • Sakura
  • Tigerwood
  • Teak
  • Kempas
  • And many others

 

Engineered Wood Floor Covering

Pros

  • Tongue and groove installation
  • Comes in hard construction for superior durability
  • Better resistance to water and temperature changes than solid hardwood or laminate

Cons

  • Made in layers with a veneer top layer
  • Use of glues and other materials that are not environmentally friendly

Cost

  • Minimum cost is $4 per square foot
  • Maximum cost is around $12 per square foot

Design

  • Three veneer options-rotary peeled, sliced, and sawn face

    Sawn face veneers are sawn across the log just as a solid hardwood is. It has the same visual appearance, is more dimensionally stable and less prone to face checking or other inherent problems associated with rotary peeled veneers. The Sawn face engineered hardwood is more expensive than the rotary peeled floor, however it is worth the money.

  • Same finishes and stain options as solid hardwood

 

Bamboo Flooring

Pros

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Sustainable natural product
  • Moisture resistant
  • Less impact on joints
  • Higher noise reduction than laminate
  • Can be refinished

Cons

  • Easy to ding and dent
  • Costs more to import
  • Can split across the meat of the board if not properly humidified. Manufacturer recommendations for maintaining proper humidity must be followed to maintain warranty.

Cost

  • Minimum cost is around $4 per square foot
  • Maximum cost averages $12 per square foot

Design

  • Solid bamboo comes in strand, flat-grain, and vertical-grain
  • Engineered bamboo
  • Variety of thicknesses and lengths

 

Cork Floors

Pros

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Better noise reduction than laminate or bamboo
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Resistant to insects
  • Shock absorbing
  • Natural beauty
  • Easy maintenance

Cons

  • Uses glue in some installations
  • Can fade in sunlight
  • Requires several layers of polyurethane for protection

Cost

  • Minimum cost starts at $3 per square foot
  • Maximum costs depend on color, plank size, and design, but it averages around $10 per square foot

Design

  • Variety of colors and patterns to mimic hardwood and bamboo along with stripes or swirls.
  • Glue and glue-less options are available for cork floor installations.

 

Selecting the right wood flooring type

Wood Flooring

 

And, in case you ever wanted to know how to clean unfinished wooden floors, check this article out.

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General Contractor Seeking Experienced Construction Laborers

General Contractor Seeking Experienced Construction Laborers

Looking for a dependable and motivated person that is eager to learn to help with wood and tile floor covering installations and remodeling projects. No experience necessary; Will train. Jobs include demolition, framing, general plumbing and electrical, insulation, drywall hanging and finishing, trim carpentry, some painting, clean-up, etc. If the right person(s) are found for this position, your responsibilities and therefore compensation will grow with us!  We ultimately hope to shape an individual to our high standards of customer service and quality of work so that they themselves can be trusted to lead a crew and be responsible for vehicles and equipment.

Must have:

  • Reliable transportation. Preferably your own vehicle. And valid driver’s license.
  • Availability to work Monday through Friday, some Saturdays.
  • Willingness to work 8-10 hours per day.
  • Follow directions well.

If this sounds like a position you are interested in filling, please reply with your name, contact information, resume (if you have one), summary of experience, compensation requirements, etc. This position needs to be filled immediately, so all qualified applicants are urged to respond ASAP!

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