Flooring Really Matters
An attic apartment in oak and gray
This project of a flat under attic by the architect Artyom Perepelitsa, presents a trend that has grown in size this year: timeless oak flooring, married to the gray tiles, the two coatings coming to nest one without cut-outs of the tiles to form a straight line. It’s a contemporary way of using the hexagonal floor tiles, which regains its letters of nobility thanks to this new color and this modern layout.
Creating a Combined Indoor Outdoor Space
Are you making home improvement plans? I know many people like to renew things in their home, or to sit down and make larger home improvement plans. This time last year I was planning my own garden room project. How about an indoor outdoor space? It’s been something of a buzz word in interiors for a few years now. It’s not an easy thing to recreate though, and requires careful planning. They can look absolutely stunning thought, so well worth the time and effort.
Stunning New Penthouse In The Heart Of London
FORMstudio has imaginatively transformed an apartment in Westminster to create a stunning new penthouse. Built in the 1990s, the original layout of this central London developer-built flat had conformed to the standard cookie cutter solution. Defined almost entirely by compliance with regulations and conservative market convention, the front door had opened onto an unwelcoming windowless L-shaped corridor, with solid fire doors providing the necessary separation from the rooms, including a charmless and entirely separate internal kitchen – an arrangement with which we are all familiar.
Move over, solar: The next big renewable energy source could be at our feet
Every step you take has the ability to generate energy — if you’re walking on the right kind of floor. Material science researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have figured out how to build wood flooring material that converts downward pressure into usable electricity. Xudong Wang, an associate professor of materials science and engineering who’s leading the research, says the science behind this technology is simple. The flooring is made of pressed wood pulp, which is separated into a series of small layers that have different electrical charges. Each layer is less than millimeter thick, and there are very small spaces between each one. When people walk on them, the weight causes the layers get pushed together. Because the layers are chemically treated to have different charges, electrons from one naturally flow to the other once they come into contact, building up a charge. Then once the layers separate, the electrons seek to right that imbalance and flow back.
Q&A with Fort Lauderdale’s Flooring King
Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur Antonio Sustiel, founder and CEO of The Flooring King, dropped out of school to work with his father in Israel, served in the Israeli military, and later operated a fragrance business in the U. S. before starting The Flooring King.
The Sun Sentinel recently interviewed Sustiel about how he operates his business and his experience on Blue Collar Millionaires.
Q: How did you get started in the flooring business?
A: Seventeen years ago, I got a phone call from a friend who had wood flooring for sale that could not be re-sold in the U.S. I took five containers and sold them to the Caribbean islands and Trinidad. We had good success with it. All the American manufacturers then decided I was the go-to guy. By the second year, I sold 1,000 containers and by year five, almost 4,000 containers. We now export to 40 different countries and have had revenues close to $40 million over the past 15 years.
Q: Was your family in business?
A: My dad owned a little business in Israel. I had the option to go to school or to go to work. I really didn’t like school — I have a short attention span. I started skipping school and went to work with my Dad.
Q: What has been your philosophy of business?
A: I’m self-funded. I’ve paid in advance for flooring and never used other people’s money. I reinvest profits back into the business. Today, we have a humongous inventory. The right way to merchandize is to buy cash and sell cash. We don’t take credit. We do old-school business, a shake of the hand.
Read full interview with Antonio Sustiel at sun-sentinel.com
Wood & Laminate Flooring Market: Trends and Opportunities
Wood and laminates hold a crucial place in the building and construction industry. Wood in general is obtained from the forestry companies, which are mostly regulated by government entities. Laminates on the other hand are manufactured using thermosetting resins, which are cured by chemicals such as acetaldehyde.
The increasing demand for laminate and wood flooring in the building and construction industry is the key factor driving the market. The expansion of the home improvement sector and novel construction segments around the world is especially contributing to the demand for laminate and wood flooring.
On the downside, factors such as price volatility of raw materials and their availability are posing challenge to the market. Wood is a major raw material used in flooring, the availability of which is immensely affected by the prevailing environmental laws related to deforestation in wood-producing regions. In addition, the spiking raw materials costs have led to the reduction in profit margins, which pose significant threat to the enterprises operating in the global wood and laminate flooring market.
On account of the increasing consumption and revenue and the strong growth witnessed in the building and construction industry contributes to the high revenue generation by the wood and laminate flooring market. Coupled with this, the rising disposable income and changing lifestyle of consumers will have considerable impact on the market for wood and laminate flooring.
The Story Of Our Herringbone Flooring
When we bought the house I had zero intention of replacing the original flooring. I have, what many might call, the ‘if you can’t see it in a photo, then it doesn’t exist’ syndrome – it mostly affects life-style bloggers. When the previous owner’s furniture was in, I didn’t notice the condition of the floors.
The 2″ oak flooring was 126 years old and after years of the elements, and many times being refinished it was absolutely done. When our contractor came in to quote for the job, he said, ‘there is no way this floor can be salvaged’. That was not in my plan (nor the budget). My hope had been to simply refinish them. Sand, stain, easy peasy! I felt really, really bad ripping out the flooring. They were ORIGINAL. But then our contractor (and everyone else) told us that these floors weren’t particularly unique. They were un-refinishable, replaceable 2″ oak. They were also stained and bleached a lot by the sun.
I started fantasizing…. Is THIS the time that I finally have a herringbone floor? I’ve wanted one forever, but I truly think it only belongs in older style homes (70 + years) – which I finally had!! If you have a brand new home then go for a new pattern or extra wide straight planks. If you have a midcentury then do something appropriate to that time period because the traditional herringbone belongs in a European style or older world style home. Brooklyn Brownstone? YES. After all, look how beautiful these are.
Read the full story on Emily’s blog: stylebyemilyhenderson.com
Laminate, vinyl, tile provide affordable, durable options to hardwood
Wood-look tile is having a moment. The product started to seep into homes in Las Vegas nearly two years ago, said Travis Phillips, owner of Affordable Flooring &More on Polaris Avenue. “Ninety percent of our tile customers go with wood-looking tile,” he said. “It’s at its peak”. Phillips said the reason wood-look tile has become so popular in Las Vegas is because the dry climate leaves homeowners with fewer flooring options: “Hardwood isn’t a big product in Las Vegas because the humidity is so low, so they don’t do very well here,” he said. “When the humidity is so low, the planks can shrink, because the moisture dries out and there’s no humidity being put back in, which can cause gaps around each plank.”
Though Affordable Flooring &More doesn’t carry solid wood planks, Phillips said the company can repair hardwood floors if the wood is a particular thickness: “The wood has to be at least a half-inch thick to be grinded, sanded and refinished if there are gaps,” he said. “A lot of wood tends to be less than that, so they’ll need to be replaced if they’re a certain thickness. Laminate products often meet a homeowner’s needs more than hardwood.”