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Types of hardwood flooring | Hardwood flooring color trends 2014

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 13:06 PM

 How to Choose Hardwood Flooring

Choosing to include hardwood flooring in your home can be a valuable investment.

Types of hardwood flooring | Hardwood flooring color trends 2014Hardwood flooring will make a huge impact on the look and feel of your home spaces.

It can also make your cleaning tasks easier, and can be an imporant selling point if you decide to sell your home down the road.

How to Choose a Type of Hardwood Flooring

There are many types of hardwood flooring available for your Raleigh new home.

While some North Carolina home buyers prefer engineered or pre-finished hardwood flooring, the most common selection in a Stanton Home is site-finished 3/4'' solid hardwood floors.

When choosing a style of hardwood for your floors, you will want to consider a few key features: type of wood, color, finish, texture, and plank width.

Read about how to choose a type of hardwood flooring, and see photos of Raleigh new homes with light, medium, and dark hardwood floors.

These photos will help you compare and contrast hardwood flooring styles and colors.

 

Hardwood flooring feature #1: Type of wood

Each wood speices has a distinct grain pattern and relative hardness. Oak is one of the most popular types of hardwood flooring for Raleigh new homes.

Types of Hardwood Flooring

 

Home buyers also frequently request maple, cherry, bamboo, and cork flooring.

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Other types of hardwood flooring include American Cherry, American Walnut, and Pine. These woods are very soft and will dent quite easily, even if there are no pets or children in the home.  They also usually cost more, as there is a much smaller demand for these types of flooring and the wood is more rare.  

Hardwood flooring feature #2: Stain Color

The color of stain you choose depends in part on the type of wood you like best - the two should compliment one another.

Types of Hardwood Flooring

Keep in mind that some wood species soak up the stain color more easily than others.

Design Tip: Consider testing a stain color on a sample piece of wood. That will give you a good idea of the finished product, before applying the stain to your floors. 

Because hardwood is a natural material, no two pieces will look the same - and your stain color will accentuate (or hide) those natural variations in texture and grain.

Hardwood flooring feature #3: Finish

Hardwood flooring can have a high-gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or matte finish.  These options are similar to those you can find in wall paint colors.

Types of hardwood flooring | Hardwood flooring color trends 2014

A low sheen or satin finish is one of the most popular selections for hardwood floors in Raleigh new homes.

Hardwood flooring feature #4: Plank Width

When selecting the type of hardwood flooring for your home, you can choose the plank width and height. 

Types of hardwood flooring | Hardwood flooring color trends 2014

The height will affect the longevity of your floors - determining the number of times you can sand and refinish your floors.

The width will affect the style and feel of your floors. Generally, wider planks look less formal, but are more costly. 

Hardwood flooring feature #5: Texture

The wood species - and choice of engineered versus solid wood - will determine aspects of your flooring's texture.

Types of hardwood flooring | Hardwood flooring color trends 2014

There are many hardwood textures available including smooth, hand-scraped, distressed, and wirebrushed.

Here is an example of engineered hand-scraped hardwood flooring in 5'' planks:

Types of hardwood flooring | Hardwood flooring color trends 2014

See more hand-scraped hardwood flooring photos in a version of the Cannon, here.

 

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Contact Stanton Homes for more floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.


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Hardwood Floor Transitions: Making Open Floor Plans Work

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 01, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Open Floor Plan Design Tips

How to transition your Hardwood Floors

The design team at Stanton Homes can answer all your new home questions and give style, tone, and layout recommendations that meet your needs.

One common question we are asked is: How many types of flooring can I include in an open floor plan - where all flooring transitions are visible? Is it possible to have tile in my kitchen, hardwood in my great room, and stone in my foyer, without creating a dizzying effect?

Below are our top 5 examples of how to transition from wood to tile, stone, or carpet.

Floor Transition Example #1: Kitchen to open great room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

Can I use tile in my kitchen if it is completely open to a hardwood great room, or should I also use hardwood flooring in the kitchen?

Even in very open floor plans, the great room and kitchen flooring styles do NOT need to match. 

In this example, taken from a version of the Dugan, the kitchen, breakfast room, and foyer are all tile, with a hardwood great room.

 

As long as the flooring transitions align with other design elements (the walls and overlook in this case), they will not interrupt the flow of an open floor plan.

Floor Transition Example #2: Foyer to living room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

In this second example, taken from a version of the Beaufort, the foyer and kitchen are both hardwood with a carpted living room in between. In this case, the staircase could use carpet or hardwood flooring.

It is important to give each room of your home a distinct purpose, which is why we find the flooring transitions in this home pleasant.

The transition helps portray the foyer, living room, and kitchen as individual rooms, not just open space.

Floor Transition Example #3: Living room / foyer to staircase

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

In this example (taken from a version of the Mastrosimone), the foyer, great room, dinning room, and staircase all use hardwood flooring.

The second story, however, transitions into carpet with one final "step" of hardwood. 

 

 

 

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

 

Becuase the carpet is not visible from the first floor, this is a great way to save money on flooring costs, while keeping the first floor completely upscale.

 

 

 

 

Floor Transition Example #4:  Steps in a staircase

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

 

Can I transition from from hardwood to carpet in the MIDDLE of a staircase?

In this version of the Firebird, hardwood is used for all steps with open wrought-iron railing. From the foyer and living room, only hardwood is visible.

The homeowner desired a clear transition from the "formal living areas" to a softer feel for the upper bedrooms.   Including hardwood on just the exposed treads can also save some cost.

Floor Transition Example #5: Hallway to a bathroom or laundry room

Open floor plan design - how to transition from wood to tile or stone

Whether you have carpeted or hardwood hallways, there is a nearly seemless transition into a bathroom, laundry, or mudroom.

While full baths have either tile or vinyl flooring almost without exception, a Powder Room or Half Bath can be floored in hardwoods as well, if a consistent flooring is desired.

With Stanton Homes, you'll be able to ask the advice of our on-staff experts before you choose your flooring.  We'll help you decide what works best for your lifestyle and budget in your new custom home.

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What Kind of Hardwood Flooring is Best for Dogs?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 @ 09:11 AM

What Type of Hardwood Flooring is Best for Pets?

Flooring Trends - Tips from Custom Home Builders

Wondering what type of hardwood flooring will stand up best to your pets in your new Raleigh home? 

We get asked this question often - so here are some tips.  It really is a tough question, because all hardwood will eventually dent and scratch over time.  The only difference is how much it will scratch, and how visible will it be.  But hardwood flooring and pets can go very well together - and certainly makes cleaning pawprints and accidents much easier!

Best Hardwoods for Pets | 2012 Flooring Trends1.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Avoid Softer Woods

American Cherry, American Walnut, and Pine are very soft woods, and will dent quite easily, even if there are no pets or children in the home.   They also usually cost more, as there is a much smaller demand for these types of flooring.

Remember though, that this applies to American Cherry and Walnut, not Brazilian Cherry and Walnut, which are much harder. 

2.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Take Your Shoes Off

Pets take much of the blame for scratches on hardwood flooring, but their owners can sometimes be a worse culprit!  And it's not just high heels, either, but the pebbles and dirt that can get caught in any shoe.   Taking off your shoes when you walk in the door can keep your hardwood floors in much better condition, and make it so you won't have to refinish your floors nearly as often. 

3.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Choose Handscraped or Distressed Hardwoods

It's a "love it or hate it" kind of flooring, and perfect for more rustic homes.  The wood flooring is designed to already be scratched and dented!  But hardwood that has more knots and character can also blend those pesky little scratches better too.

Best Hardwoods for Pets | 2012 Flooring Trends4.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Choose a Harder Hardwood

Check your hardwood on the Janka scale.  Hickory can be a great choice, as can Brazilian Cherry.  But these hardwoods will also cost more per sq ft than a typical premium custom home builder's solid 3/4" oak hardwood, and MUCH more than other builder's 3/8" "hardwood" flooring.

5.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Choose a Hardwood with Lots of Grain

If you're looking to hide scratches, woods with stronger grain are a better choice.  Red oak is one of the best choices, and has stronger grain than white oak.  Red oak is 1290 on the hardness scale, but actually hides scratches better than Brazilian Cherry, which is 2350 on the Janka scale

6.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Choose a Matte Finish

The more glossy the finish, the more any imperfections will show up when light reflects off the floor.   Choose a satin finish when possible. 

7.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Choose a Lighter ColorWhat Kind of Hardwood Flooring is Best for Pets? | 2012 Flooring Trends

Lighter colors are better for pets, as scratches and gouges don't show up nearly as much as on dark colors. 

And if you've chosen oak, a naturally light wood, even if the finish is scratched off the scratch is more likely to blend with the rest of the floor.

8.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Choose a Solid Hardwood

Choosing a solid hardwood or high quality engineered hardwood means that, if all else fails, you will have the option of refinishing your hardwood floors should the pet damage over a number of years start to become too visible.  An inexpensive laminate hardwood floor cannot be refinished, and must be replaced.

9.  Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets: Bamboo may not be best

Some bamboo can be good for pets, but most is not.  Stained bamboo especially scratches very easily, and bamboo does not generally accept stains as well as oak does.  Strand bamboo is more expensive than carmelized bamboo, but can hold up better.  Even though bamboo is technically stronger than oak, it does tend to show dents much more easily than oak does.

10. Hardwood Flooring Tips for Pets:  Use Felt Pads Under Furniture

Felt pads are a lifesaver for furniture, especially furniture with wheels.  Even if the wheels don't scratch the hardwoods, grit, dirt, and small objects often get caught in those wheels and cause damage.  Felt pads can be important under rugs too - and definitely invest in a few area rugs or mats at every entrance.   The entrances to your home will wear down the fastest as rain, snow, salt, and dirt is tracked into the home, so a little extra protection up front is well worth it.

Hardwood flooring is still a great option for pets.  By following these easy tips, you'll have a hardwood floor that performs the way you need it to! 

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