Choose Engineered Wood Flooring

Choose Engineered Wood Flooring

We’re moving house very soon, and this has reminded me of previous house moves and my attempts at making cheap and cheerful flooring look like a premium floor covering. I haven’t been able to achieve this look and to be honest I’m not sure that many people can. I believe that when it comes to flooring you need to choose something that is designed to offer a quality feel, finish and that will last. That is why this time I am choosing engineered wood flooring.

We’ve all done it, or at least considered it. We’ve looked at wooden effect lino, cheap and cheerful laminate and other perfectly fine flooring alternatives but if I’m being honest, they really haven’t done the job. We love period properties and are moving into our newest house to date soon, a 1930’s bungalow which has been sympathetically renovated and kept the original charm the original architect clearly worked hard to include. To put anything other than engineered wood flooring down would, quite frankly, be a crime!

Having the engineered wood flooring ticks all of our boxes, from affordability to a long-lasting, hard-wearing finish that looks and feels great.

What is Engineered Wood Flooring?

Engineered wood flooring is very cleverly put together layers of plywood which are expertly finished with a layer of high-quality real wood. Less wood, therefore, is used than the traditional wooden flooring, making it both cheaper than solid wood flooring and better for the environment. Basically, if you are looking for a solid wood floor but don’t want the associated costs, engineered wooden flooring could be just what you’ve been looking for.

Can You Use Engineered Wood Flooring Anywhere?

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Thanks to engineered wood flooring being a little hardier it can be used for the majority of rooms although is not suitable for high moisture rooms such as bathrooms. This is because the top wooden layer could be damaged by the water leading to expanding and swelling. To preserve a long-lasting finish we wouldn’t use that type of flooring in our shower room for example. For your lounge, dining rooms, offices, entrances, hallways and more this type of expertly engineered wooden flooring is the perfect solution.  

Installing Engineered Wood Flooring

When it comes to flooring that has the word “installed” attached I’ve always chickened out. I’m much more of a slap it down and hope for the best kinda girl. This might account for some of the dodgy finishes in the past! With engineered wood flooring it is apparently very easy to do it yourself, which means not having to employ someone to fit it. There’s a really good guide on how to fit engineered wooden flooring here.

In Summary

We can’t wait to move and put our stamp on the new property. Despite my lack of decorating skills and previous cowardice when it comes to painting and flooring, this time I’m determined to put the extra effort in, in order to enjoy a finish that really feels like home. Watch this space!

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A Modern Home Update

A Modern Home Update

We’re moving in April. I can’t wait. We’re moving to a 1930’s bungalow that thas has been renovated to make it a modern home. We’ll be looking to make it a cozy place that embraces the age of the property and yet works for us as a modern family home. Here are a few ways that you can achieve this….

Clear Out and Throw Out

If you’re living in a cluttered home, you need to do everything you can to get rid of the past and move onto the future (within reason). Are you still the type of person who has shelves full of videos, yet you don’t even have a VHS player anymore? There is nothing bad about displaying your collection, but you might want to consider a Vhs to DVD service so that you can actually watch them. We’ve just got rid of a number of old CDs we never listen to.

Update Your Colour Scheme

Dingy, dark walls are a thing of the past, so you need to get your colour schemes back up to date. Perhaps you haven’t changed your carpets for several years, if so, now would be the perfect time to upgrade. Invest in wooden floors that will be timeless, no matter how many years you have them. Paint your walls a neutral tone such as white, beige or cream; this will also bring your home back into the modern day. No more old patterns and dark schemes; your home will soon be lighter and brighter than ever.

Add a Modern Home Twist

There are so many funky and fun patterns that could transform your home into a better version of itself. Check out the latest design trends for this year and it will soon bring you into the modern day. From jazzy cushion designs to chic bedding, adding these small modern twists will make the world of difference to your humble home. I have a Pinterest board or three that incorporates these modern touches in a way that is sympathetic to the house style and age.

Invest in Gizmos and Gadgets

The final thing you could consider doing is updating your technology. Invest in a flat screen television, wireless speakers and other gadgets to improve the overall feel of your home. They might seem like a big investment right now, but they will certainly make your home a much happier place. I hate wires with a passion so this will work for me.

Whether you’re throwing away your beloved video collection from the 90’s or you’re finally getting rid of that retro sofa, there are so many different ways that you can bring your home into the modern day. Tweaking the decor and letting go of the past are just a couple of methods that could get you far. Grab your inspiration online and you will soon have a home worth bragging about!

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