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AVOID THE CARPET or LVT TRAP FOR YOUR STAIRS–TRY SLIP RESISTANT OILED WOOD INSTEAD
I have spent the last 20 years trying to help folks eradicate all of the toxic flooring from their homes while at the same time time staying on budget and using things that are practical for hectic households. Something that comes up repeatedly is the issue of how to take care of the stair treads. Many pre-finished or site finished wood treads are too slippery for most folks and leave pets scrambling to move about the house. This leads folks back to carpet. boo!
We have a better solution–use any of our wide plank, oiled engineered Oak or Hickory floors…read more →
Cooped up during COVID–A Case for Cork flooring
As we spend more time cooped up in the house these days, it is getting pretty obvious that we generate a lot of clutter, dust, and overall debris everyday. Especially those of us who have children at home–it is down right ridiculous how much litter and chaos can happen with the kids locked down for 8 hours at a time. For those of us fortunate to hire out some of our cleaning, we have also put that on pause to minimize the number of people into our homes.
So, we take cleaning matters into our own hands and try to…read more →
What does Eco-Friendly mean? This is about How to Get your Household more Eco-Friendly
Down and Dirty of Reclaimed Wood
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 →
What’s the big deal about recycled Quartz Countertops?
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 →
Why is stone tile eco-friendly?
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 →
Corkifying your Stair case
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 →
Eco-Friendly Flooring—at your service
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 →
Tile + Cork is a match made in heaven
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.