Home Improvements with High ROI

  (Family Features) If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you’re looking to add true value to your home, it’s important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment. Flooring Much like hands reveal a person’s true age, flooring speaks volumes about a home. Replacing and updating worn floors can instantly add value. A timeless selection like wood flooring, particularly in heavy traffic areas, is durable enough to withstand wear and complements a wide range …

Kitchen Design Trends

Most industry experts agree that they continue to see white shaker-style cabinets more than other choices, and that hardwood flooring in a variety of shades remains a popular kitchen floor. Beyond these findings, however, there are discrepancies about views of colors, appliances, and kitchen design itself. Regarding kitchen design, Louise Frost of The Design Studio reports she’s seeing a growing interest in kitchen layouts and taking cabinets to the ceiling to maximize storage and expand the space. “”Our clients are cutting down raised bars and extending countertops into the living space, often adding bar stools,” says Frost. Gail Adkins of …

Flooring Trends

Industry experts agree that homeowners are seeking flooring materials that answer their personal needs and that may have been given a special treatment to make them unique in design and/or texture. Whether you’re attracted to fumed wood, blanched flooring, textured tile, or tile that closely resembles wood, you are looking for new and exciting options, as long as they are aesthetically pleasing, durable, and easy to maintain. “We see increased desire for durability and low maintenance,” says Kate Fudim of Beth Haley Design. “For clients looking for hardwoods, we see a renewed interest in hardwoods rather than engineered hardwood because …

Garage Trends

Garages have come a long way from the time when a small building was located behind a house to shelter a single car. Today, a home may have one, two, three, or more garages included in its footprint.

And those garages may include the latest in flooring and storage, and garage doors may range from a wood look to something more contemporary.

Green Interiors: Traditional Versus Sustainable Flooring Material Guide

Green Interiors: Traditional Versus Sustainable Flooring Material Guide Whether you are dealing with new construction or you are contemplating a renovation, flooring is an important area in which to “go green.” Not only do floors cover, by definition, a large area in your home, they are some of the most heavily used materials you will install in your home. By selecting a sustainable, responsibly manufactured product, you will increase indoor air quality and eliminate unnecessary harm to the environment. The best part is, you don’t have to make any tradeoffs. Nothing is off limits and there are options for all …

Flooring Trends

Several flooring trends that have developed in the past year or so remain strong with little indication they’re losing popularity. Hardwoods, of course, remain popular due to their warmth, durability, and variability. But there’s also more interest in tile and luxury vinyl tile which, thanks to technology today, can look like anything you please. Tile manufacturers have offered wood-look tiles and vinyl for a while now, and experts say that textures will be leading the way this year—think flooring that emulates linen, tweed, and similar textures. Although some predicted that grey flooring tones would not have staying power, homeowners and …

Flooring

While hardwoods remain a perennially popular flooring choice, other materials are making inroads with an increased interest in tile and luxury vinyl tile both of which today carry abstract patterns inspired by nature. The popularity of grey as a new classic color can be found in all flooring materials, and may in part explain the continued interest in concrete floors in urban-look homes. Townhomes being built by Carbine & Associates in The Nations neighborhood feature concrete floors and engineered, hand-scrapped acacia wood. “Concrete has a great industrial vibe and is modern and different, according to Kristen Carbine. “It’s easy to …

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring experts say hardwoods have gained in popularity over tile and carpet, including in kitchens. “Today’s clients want the timeless feel of older floors with wider and longer planks,” says Josh Hitson of Hitson & Co. “Using reclaimed wood flooring is something a lot of our customers who are building or remodeling are asking about,” says Leigh Skillington of Karmal Skillington. “It is so superior to new flooring in look and feels that I’m surprised people would consider new flooring in their new high-end projects,” she says.                 “For years people have …

Readers Favorites Awards 2016 Announced

Readers Favorites Awards 2016 Readers of Nashville House & Home & Garden™ have cast their votes for their 2016 favorites—their favorite designers, builders, landscapers, and “little known” stores, just to name a few. If you’re looking for a service provider and aren’t sure who to choose, try one of our winners—they’ve received the stamp of approval from readers of the Nashville House & Home & Garden™.

Hard Surface Flooring

Regardless of the whims of fashion and trends, wood floors remain a timeless option for homeowners, according to Lauren Devens of Reclaimed Design Works. “Options over the past decade have expanded significantly, giving homeowners a broader source to choose from species and finishes,” she says Hardwood is still the most popular choice in residential applications, according to Donna Dean of Foyers and Beyond Custom Flooring and Design. “Over the years, it’s less expensive than carpet if properly maintained. The new wider planks give homeowners endless options of color and texture,” she says. But hardwood isn’t the only choice for hard …