Over the past 20 years we have seen fads come and go, markets up and down, and new generations of homeowners with needs different from the last. One year all the rage will be about bamboo, the next laminate floor, and then the cork craze. Reclaimed wood is something that sounds like the right thing to do, but is it for you?
We have sold FSC certified wood and reclaimed wood since the beginning of our business operations. We have also gotten our hands dirty in the hopes of unmasking the beauty of reclaimed floors we have procured and installed over…read more →
A lot. Whereas in the 60-90s laminated countertops were all people installed for countertops, now the mid-range consumer’s countertop options are greater and more accessible.
With an average price of $2500, quartz countertops are now very competitive with granite tops. The least expensive tops we see are typically around $1600 and the most expensive around $8500. This is Wisconsin pricing with Wisconsin sized kitchens.
The color/pattern options are really stunning. Whereas the average consumer had to pay upwards of $100/sf for a concrete countertop in the early 2000s, now we offer a palette of about 20 different shades of “concrete”…read more →
When people are in search for a suitable floor for the wet areas of their home, green-minded folks find their choices somewhat limited.
In our opinion, natural stone tile (like Limestone, Slate, Quartzite, Travertine, Marble)makes an excellent choice.
Here is how we decided for stone:
- Stone is a natural, non-manufactured material straight from the Earth. The only processing needed is to cut the squares from the slab.
- Stone does not require chemicals, stains, glazes, solvents to manufacture.
- Stone does not create a waste stream from the chemicals used to manufacture it.
- Stone has a timeless aesthetic–the chances of it…read more →
For many of our clients it becomes the obvious choice to use our cork floating stair planks for the floors; however, then we are confronted with what to do with the rest of the components surrounding the installation. The baseboard trim, the thresholds, the quarter round moulding, and the stairs…
Our goal is to help you select the right floor and make smart choices so that once you install your brand new cork floor, the rest of the house doesn’t look like it now needs replacing. Cork is a very diplomatic floor covering. You can have a room of 100…read more →
When we hear the words “mixed media,” it usually refers to works of art, and that’s exactly what we create at Eco Friendly Flooring.
A few words about our backsplash design process….
Since we started business in 2001, we have been trying to get this whole business of mixing media in our tile designs. In fact, we felt so strongly about it that we funded a starter business called “Mixed Media Mosaics,” around 2006. There was so much crossover between that business and Eco-Friendly Flooring that we felt we should merge, rather than split our energies. We work with our…read more →
When we decided to redesign our company web site, I thought it was about time to add a blog. Being a hands-on, get dirty and talk about it kind of a flooring lady, I often resist some of these new electronic forms of word transmittal. I have since found out, that is may be useful to document some of the epiphanies we have had and make them available to the masses. Many of the issues and ideas we discuss in this business are shared among several of our clients. Hopefully we will be able to inform, inspire, and unravel your…read more →
A beautiful lakeside home is not complete with Eco-Friendly’s cork flooring and natural stone tiles. Zephyr High-Density Slate tile, shown installed diagonally in the entry, acts as a floor mat for outside dirt/snow/water, etc to preserve the Bambus cork installed in the rest of the space.