Installing Carpet in Your Home

 

When it comes to flooring options, homeowners are often faced with a million and one choices. From custom wood flooring and water resistant tile to comfortable carpeting, the options are literally endless. Although you are faced with a lot of decisions, most people can agree that carpet is a good idea in at least one or more of the rooms in their house.Installing Carpet

 

Why You Should Install Carpet in Your Home

 

There’s something to be said for a good quality carpet. Nothing feels more luxurious after long days of work than the soft feeling of quality carpet beneath your feet. Carpet provides a number of comfortable and functional solutions. Carpet gives your children a safe and comfortable place to play, and can even reduce the risk of injury. When it comes to the carpet in certain rooms, there is simply no comparison for overall warmth, comfort, and absorption of sound.

 

Where to Install Carpet

 

Besides being comfortable, carpet offers a number of functional uses. One of the biggest reasons that people choose carpet in certain rooms is its ability to deaden sounds. This makes carpet a great option for bedrooms, offices, and even basement rooms where children often play. Carpet is a popular trend in rooms where comfort levels are of a higher importance.

 

Types of Carpet

 

Carpet comes in a variety of price tags, colors, and even materials. It’s important to understand that not all carpet is created equal. Some carpet may require more maintenance, could fade quickly, or even show more stains if not properly maintained. If you can, spring for better materials with thicker padding. Remember, this is something you and your family will stand, sit, and play on, on a daily basis.

 

If you’re out shopping for carpet, keep these quick tips in mind:

 

  • Don’t skip out on padding
  • Consider various styles
  • Understand maintenance requirements

 

Do I really need a sink in my island?

 

Many homeowners view islands sinks as luxurious and convenient, but is it practical?

Before making the decision to install a sink in your kitchen island, first consider if it reasonably possible. Hooking up plumbing to your island is often tricky and can require extra pumps and extractors. This could mean heavy up-front costs and could lead to costly repairs down the road if you ever run into any issues. Keep in mind your initial budget as well as maintenance set aside for your kitchen down the road.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are considering your kitchen island features is how you utilize your kitchen space. Will your kitchen island be used for entertaining guests, or do you enjoy the extra space for meal preparation? If your kitchen island is long and wide enough, you can usually enjoy the benefits of both. But if your island adds valuable or necessary space to your kitchen, installing a sink may be more of a nuisance than a convenience.

Although kitchen island sinks can add a great deal of convenience, it’s important to keep in mind all of the other, and less favorable, things that go in/around the sink. Guests of your island may have a front seat row of your dirty dishes, sponges and dish soap. This usually means that you have to keep not only the countertops and dishes but the sink itself virtually clean all the time. This day-to-day maintenance could add unnecessary pressure for your family and entertaining guests.

Kitchen islands are a unique and aesthetic way to add more counter space to your kitchen area, and a sink adds to its appealing convenience. But don’t be fooled, a sink in your kitchen island is not always a necessary, and could leave you with more work and less space than desired.

What kind of toilet should I choose?

No one loves talking about it, but purchasing a toilet for your home is one of most important household decisions you will have to make. We’re talking about a household appliance that each member of your family will use six or seven times a day for the next 30+ years!

When searching for your perfect “look” the vast amount of choices and variety will be astounding. There is a multitude of designs, colors, capabilities, heights and even technologies.

Here are some tips and tricks on choosing a toilet that is perfect for you:

# 1 You get what you pay for

Not all toilets are created equally. Just like anything you purchase, there are brands, styles, and capabilities that are better than others. Don’t go with the cheapest option or the most expensive, instead search for a mix of efficiency and value.

# 2 Stray off the beaten path

Popular home centers are a great place to start, but they don’t always have the all of the top-rated toilets on the market. In order to explore the widest selection of makes and models, check out online retailers and bathroom showrooms in your area.

# 3 Size of bathroom and space

Take the time to consider what your bathroom space and home structure can handle, keeping in mind the aesthetics and capacity of your bathroom. Take measurements and if your bathroom is smaller, consider how your swinging bathroom door may affect your decisions on bowl shape and sizes.

# 4 Unique features will cost you!

Fancy flush mechanisms and custom features may have you dreaming, but this could cost you, even more, time and money later on. Many of these one-of-a-kind models are just that, and might not be available years down the road should you require parts or maintenance.

When in doubt?

Talk to a contractor. Take advice from someone that has seen your home bathroom and understands your needs. Identify essential features and consider what part of your wish lists might be negotiable. Keep in mind, you want something that works well and will last for years to come!