You’re about to embark on an adventure: buying your first home. Many people often opt for a fixer-upper for their first home but need help and inspiration in finding and remodeling that diamond in the rough. Let's take a look at some tips for finding your fixer upper and making it your own.
Purchasing a home is one of the most exciting steps in life, and it’s also one of the largest investments you'll ever make. The first things you'll need to think of is your buying budget and your improvement budget. This will help make your options clearer when you’re house hunting. It’s also helpful to make “must haves” and “wants” lists before you start your search. The above two tips can help you level the playing field so you’re not overwhelmed with options.
When you’re looking at a home, don't just use your eyes; use your imagination to see the potential it can have. Look for a home with “good bones” --a home that is in good shape. There are minor things that can be changed in a home (think paint colors, door knobs, lighting, etc.) to easily make it your own; however, major upgrades to the flooring, kitchen, and bathrooms can make it your dream home and increase its value.
Pull up that dated, dingy carpet and replace it with a beautiful, rich hardwood, laminate, or WPC flooring. Give your kitchen the TLC it deserves with new tile, granite countertops, and a stylish tile backsplash. Don’t like vinyl floors and shower stalls? Get your whole bathroom redesigned with the latest tile and fixtures.
Buying and fixing up your first home is an exciting adventure. Find a home with good bones and add style and value to it by remodeling the kitchen, bathrooms, and floors. When you’re ready, drop by Floors to Go to see all our options in flooring and tile to suit any budget, and let us help you realize your dream home.
LVT, WPC and laminate flooring are durable and come in many different hardwood and stone looks that make any space look beautiful. But is flooring just for floors? Not necessarily. Let's look at some ways to think outside the box with you flooring.
You might have recently had flooring installed, and you have some extra left over. What are you supposed to do with it? Don't underestimate the style and texture a wood or stone-look accent wall can bring to a space. In addition, wood planked ceilings are stunning and easy to achieve with lightweight materials like LVT, WPC, and laminate. Hardwood can also be used for ceilings and accent walls, but it’s just a bit more labor-intensive because of the weight of the wood (want to make sure it’s secure to your surface).
If you don’t have enough excess flooring for an accent wall, what else can you do with it? Wood or stone-look picture or mirror frames are a stylish and easy way to use up those extra pieces. How about a wood plank headboard? Since LVT, WPC, and laminate are lightweight and very durable, they’re easy to work with and can be used almost anywhere. You can use those extra pieces on the walls in other ways too like funky wall art or floating shelves. LVT, WPC, laminate, and even tile are perfect for covering shelves and tables, giving them a stylish wood or stone look. Another benefit to using that extra flooring to make accents in your space is that it draws the look of your space together with the color and texture of your floors.
Maybe you've already had your floors installed and have extra flooring, or maybe you’re about to buy new flooring. Either way, don't forget the other uses for the leftovers that can really draw your space together and make it unique.
Whether you call them pets, fur-babies, your children, or grand-pets, your pets are a part of the family. If you have indoor animals, though, you know the struggle of keeping your floors clean and in good condition. We love our pets, but we love our floors too. Let’s look at some flooring options suited for furry friends.
Hard surface floors
It’s hard to beat the look of a beautiful hardwood floor, but it’s not the best choice for families with pets. Hardwoods are very susceptible to scratches from claws, and pet urine can soak down into the wood causing odors and damage. Moisture from water bowls is also another potential problem that is often overlooked.
Luckily, vinyl, LVT, and WPC can fill the need for a wood look and pet-friendly durability. LVT (luxury vinyl tile or plank) and sheet vinyl are great options because both come in stylish wood and stone looks and are scratch and dent resistant, perfect to stand up to your pets’ claws. Sheet vinyl is virtually waterproof, and LVT is water-resistant. So, if your pet has an accident, it’s not the end of the world for your floors. WPC has many of the same features as LVT, but due to the makeup of its core, WPC is virtually impervious to water damage. Vinyl, LVT, and WPC are easily maintained with sweeping and mopping.
Tile and stone are also excellent choices for pets. Neither floor scratches easily, and they are both easy to clean and maintain. The only drawback is that tile and stone are often cold and hard. Consider adding a few rugs or a pet bed to give your pet a comfy place to relax.
Many people love the softness and comfort of carpet but have given up on having carpet due to their pets. However, carpet has changed the game in recent years with options like Mohawk SmartStrand. SmartStrand is literally one of the most durable carpets on the market with features like:
There are many elements to consider when decorating your home. You may first think of color schemes, furniture, and accessories, but there is a décor secret you might have overlooked. Textures can play a very important part in achieving a desired design.
Textures add depth and help to draw a space together and complete a look. The amount of textures you use and where you use them will depend on the style you’re trying to achieve. For example, rustic styles will have many layers of textures, whereas modern motifs will use very few. Think about the style you want to achieve: does it have a streamlined-feel or a softer-curved line feel? As a rule of thumb, the simpler the design, the less texture you'll use and Vice versa.
Texture can be incorporated into a room through fabrics, such as that of furniture, throw pillows, drapes, rugs, and blankets. Additional depth can be added with artwork and accessories like vases, books, trays, and flowers. Floors can also provide a great deal of texture in a space, whether you have hardwood, tile, vinyl, carpet, laminate, or WPC. If your space requires a more streamlined look, go with a flooring that has a smooth, simple grain. If your space needs more texture, hardwood floors or wood-look floors offer many styles with features like scraped, brushed, knotted, and distressed planks. And of course, carpet, whether it’s wall-to-wall or a rug, adds warmth, softness, and depth to any room.
Textures are an important key to achieving the look you desire in your space. Keep in mind the simpler the design, the less textures you'll use. Furniture, accessories, and flooring all work to bring the design together.
Despite growing trends in flooring of all kinds, tile is still a favorite. Tile is not only loved for its durability and classic looks though; it’s keeping up with all the trends and making new ones. Let's take a look at some current and emerging tile trends and features.
For starters, wood-look tiles are here to stay with new looks and tile sizes like 6x36 and 4x28 that are perfect for using in herringbone patterns. Sizes are also getting bigger and better with new sizes like 12x24 and even 24x48! New textures and finishes are adding more style and enhancing the beauty of wood-look tile. Tile is taking on new shapes too with wood look tiles in planks, bricks, and hexagons of all sizes.
Tile doesn’t have to be limited to the floor either. You can take it up the walls to make quite a statement in your space. Tiled walls using large format wood, concrete, or brick make a big impact. New designs and materials in brick, metals, and printed patterns can take a backsplash or accent wall to the next level. The possibilities are endless with these new trends.
We see more and more people gravitating toward a seamless indoor-outdoor look in their homes. Wood-look porcelain tile is perfect for a hardwood look in your space that can flow to an outdoor living area for a seamless, open look with no worries about the weather. Or, if you like a more modern, industrial vibe, consider using concrete tiles in your home, and let them continue outside into an outdoor kitchen or patio.
Tile in the home continues to stand the test of time while evolving with new trends that we love. Next time you have a tile project, don't forget to explore your options and see what’s out there. You can find all the latest tile trends and fashions in our showroom. We’ll be happy to help you find the one that completes your home.
Many people in the market for flooring think of traditional materials like hardwood, carpet, and tile, but there’s another option with benefits that might surprise you: sheet vinyl. Let’s take a look at sheet vinyl and why it might be a great choice for your home.
These days there are numerous places specializing in home improvements, whether online or store front. Flooring is no exception. Depending on the area in which you live, there may be many flooring stores from which you can choose. How do you know you're choosing the right one? Let's take a look at some features to look for when selecting a flooring store.
Not all stores that sell flooring actually specialize in it. They may also sell lawn and garden equipment, appliances, lumber, etc., The sales people most likely rotate throughout departments, and the flooring selection is limited. Stores that specialize in flooring have sales people specifically trained in all aspects of flooring and installation and have a much wider product selection.
More variety equals more design options for your home! A broad range of products and prices ensures that your budget and taste can find a happy medium. We all want good quality flooring for a decent price.
When you get ready to make a big purchase, you want guidance from someone who knows they're talking about! Sales professionals trained in the latest materials, products, and styles are best equipped to help you match your flooring to your space. In addition, choosing a store with professional installation crews and installation warranties means that your flooring will be installed correctly and is covered should anything go wrong.
When you choose Ted's Abbey Carpet & Floor, you get all these things! We specialize in flooring with a wide variety of products and prices to suit any taste and budget. Our sales people are trained professionals who are always up-to-date on the latest industry trends. In addition, we have over 20 installation crews to make sure your flooring is installed right! The choice is obvious!
Recently a customer came in our store wanting to look at tile for her bathroom. She confessed she felt a little overwhelmed to see all the tile selections because she had no clue what she wanted or even were to start. You may have felt this way before. Some start a project with a very vivid idea of what they want, but a lot of people need direction and guidance. Having a more specific idea of what you want can make your home project more enjoyable as you see your ideas coming to fruition. The question is, “How do I get inspired?”
The internet is a great place to find home décor and renovation blogs, and you’re already off to a great start by reading ours! Home and décor blogs often cover many subjects that can help you get inspiration for your design projects. Here are some of our favorite sites:
Betters Homes and Gardens
Mohawk Home Scapes
While you’re browsing for inspiration, figuring out the color scheme you'd like to use in your space can help narrow down your choices. Look for pictures with your chosen hue to help you get a visual of your future space. Pictures and color schemes can help you draw ideas together. If you’re not really sure what your décor style is, try this quiz from HGTV to find your design personality.
Keep in mind that the perfect flooring provides the perfect foundation for the rest of your home. When you’re ready to go shopping, bring your pictures, color swatches, and anything else that inspires you so that our flooring experts can help you find the right flooring for your project. We have a wide selection of samples that you can take home and “preview” so that you can find the one that suits your whole vision for your home.
Finally, remember that your home should be a reflection of you, your personality and style. Don’t design your home around a look you hate just because it’s trendy or popular. Find what makes you comfortable and happy to be at home!
The great outdoors is amazing, especially when you have your own little piece of the outdoors at home. Maybe it's sitting on the patio or balcony reading, fun times by the pool, or a welcoming walkway in a garden or court yard. Either way, it's these outdoor spaces that really bring something extra to our homes. Let's take a look at how to make a welcoming outdoor space and the flooring you can use to do this.
One of the most popular outdoor spaces is the patio. These usually consist of a concrete slab off the house, sometimes with a roof to provide shade. A sliding glass door connecting your living space with your patio will make your living space feel open and add lots of natural light. You can take your patio to another level by continuing your flooring in the home out onto the patio. To do this, though, you will have to choose a floor covering that is suitable to be outdoors.
Floor coverings like hardwood, vinyl, ceramic tile, and carpet are not ideal for outdoor use or in any areas that are not regulated. (Some hard wood can be used outside but requires an extensive of amount of maintenance). If planning on using these kinds of floor coverings, keep in mind they are susceptible to moisture damage and not recommended for outdoor use. Still want to carry your wood or tile flooring outside? Well not to worry. There are several options available.
The WPC flooring category offers wood and stone looks that are perfect for indoor or outdoor spaces, allowing you to continue your look from the inside out. You may love sipping drinks and relaxing on your porch but hate the maintenance that comes with wood. The porch is a prime example of an area WPC wood-look flooring can bring a new look and more comfort to your outdoor space with less maintenance.
Tile is beautiful outdoors, whether it's on a patio, porch, walkway, or poolside. When opting for tile outdoors, stone or ceramics are not ideal because they absorb too much moisture. Stone and ceramic tile is also susceptible to cracking and breaking when the temperatures rise and fall. However, slip-resistant porcelain tile that is rated for outdoor use is perfect. Slate is also a great choice for outdoor spaces. When properly sealed, this natural stone is a champion of beauty and durability. Keep in mind that using larger-sized tiles can make your space feel bigger, and wood-look tile will add texture and warmth.
So, when looking to expand your home to the outdoors, remember to keep the space open to allow the outdoors in. Think outside the box when it comes to the walkways and floors. Remember the maintenance that will be needed for the flooring you choose and be sure to pick a floor covering that is not only beautiful but durable and meets your needs.
Getting new floors is an exciting process! It adds beauty and value to your home, but many worry about the installation process being a hassle. It doesn’t have to be! There are many benefits of having your flooring professionally installed.
Free and accurate measurements and estimates
One of the first steps in purchasing flooring is getting accurate room measurements. At Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Flooring (or Floors to Go) we do complementary measurement and estimates. It's quick, easy, and accurate. With one call, a flooring professional will come to your home and calculate square footage and cost in minutes.
Furniture Removal and Tear out
When installing your own floor, you’re responsible for cleaning out your space, moving furniture, and removing old flooring. However, when you let us do the work for you, all you have to do is remove small items and breakables like photos and heirlooms, and we will do all the heavy lifting! We even remove your existing floor that’s being replaced.
Professional and Efficient Installation
When you’re doing your own installation, it can take more time than you planned for and cause stress on you and your household. Our installers work quickly and efficiently, with some jobs being finished in as little as a day. When completed, we haul away any waste left from the job.
When our professionals install your flooring, any mistakes made are repaired free of cost to you. All of our installations come with a Lifetime Installation Warranty. We even have a 60-Day-No-Questions-Asked Warranty: if you don't like your floors for any reason, we will replace them!
Having your floors professionally installed is affordable and takes the stress out of your flooring installation. Our crews ensure the job is done right with the correct tools and equipment. Installation is done in a timely manner, letting you enjoy your new floors as soon as possible.
Call us at 256.231.0008, visit our website, or stop by any time and schedule a free measurement and estimate!