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Flooring for Every Room! by Stephanie Yeraka

Selecting the appropriate flooring materials can be a headache if you are trying to tackle the job by yourself!   A designer can point ...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Flooring for Every Room! by Stephanie Yeraka

Selecting the appropriate flooring materials can be a headache if you are trying to tackle the job by yourself!  

A designer can point you in the right direction based on the style of your home and your budget. Associates at flooring showrooms are also very informative; their knowledge and supply of products is endless. 

When looking for flooring, how the space is used is an important factor that needs to be considered. Is it a powder bath or a bathroom with a shower? Is stone in the kitchen too hard (or cold) to stand on for long periods of time? Would hardwood be a better choice? 
 Hardwood floors come in all shapes and styles. Wider distressed planks are more rustic and suitable for a Mountain Tahoe look or a Mediterranean design, whereas narrow planks can have a more traditional or contemporary look depending on the distressing and finish. A dark finish with high gloss and no distressing is perfect for a contemporary feel.   


Hardwood can be put in most rooms in the house. If you like the look of hardwood in the bathroom, consider a tile that looks like hardwood, you still get that warm feel but it is easier to maintain where water is an issue. 

Wood-look tiles in bathrooms

Installing rustic wood-look tiles

Refinishing wood floors to change  the color is less expensive than
replacing it and is an easy process  if you are working with the right team. If you have hardwood refinishing is pretty painless, if you have engineered hardwood there will be a ware layer where the hardwood stops and the backing material begins- hire a skilled refinisher to work on your floors as mistakes can be costly.


There are many floor tile options to choose from for a bathroom, kitchen, entry, or living space. 

Natural stones such as limestone, slate, marble, and travertine are beautiful in different ways. While these options are the most expensive they increase the beauty and value of your home.

Honed and unpolished finishes are ideal for floors, if they get wet you are less likely to slip. Natural stone should be sealed to make the floor less porous and resist staining. Small accent tiles can be polished to add a bit of fancy detail! 

Great tile idea for kids bathroom

Porcelain tile is great for bathrooms that get used a bit roughly, for example a kid's bath or pool bath. 

Grout can come sanded or unsanded. Sanded grout has sand in it and is used when grout spacing can be a bit larger to enhance the beauty of the tile pattern. Unsanded grout is usually used for smaller grout lines like mosaic floor tiles. Possibilities are endless when it comes to color, consult a designer for flawless flooring transitions and color selection!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bay Area Crisis Nursery Remodel: Phase 1 In Progress!

Just in time for fall, J. Hettinger Interiors and Kelly Moore Paints along have teamed up to remodel the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. Gathering a little help from local contractors, suppliers, and painters, we will be giving the Nursery a long-awaited update. Here are a couple of snapshots of the progress:


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

So You Want to Remodel Your Home... by Scott Powers

The 30 minute TV shows make it look simple, pain free, and very affordable. But is it?

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when you are planning a remodel of a kitchen space. It is the heart of the home, and is going to be out of commission for quite some time. It is a stressful time and you want to minimize the inconveniences as much as possible, for all involved. This includes the team that is performing the work for you, the dog, the kids, and most of all... you. 

The best way to start, before you speak with anyone, is to look for ideas of what you like and dislike. Websites like Houzz and Pinterest are great ways to find inspiration for that new shiny kitchen. White cabinetry continues to be popular, as well as grey, but color is making a presence.


Pay attention to what you don't like as well, and make notes, or print pictures of both what you do and don't care for. You will start to see a trend, perhaps it's a color that you are drawn too, a particular style. The more decisive you can be at the beginning stages, the less stressful the design process will be for you.

What type of storage capacity do you need? When planning a new kitchen, this is your chance to really think about how you utilize the space. Do you have particular storage needs? Do you need to accommodate anyone with mobility issues? This is where you can make your kitchen space work around your lifestyle. 

Now, how much are you going to budget for your project? This is where it can get frustrating, you want the high end appliances, but do you realize what those cost? Do you really need all of the bells and whistles, or could you live with out some of them. This is all geared on how you want to spend your budget.

So, in theory, you have done your pre-planning and you are now ready to talk to the professionals. Working with a designer will help you pull all of the wants and needs together. We can show you how to work within a realistic budget, where to splurge, and where to cut back. Planning your space and having a game plan before talking with a contractor is very important. Contractors hate change orders, so do home owners. They cost money and potentially cause delays. The more planning on the front end of the project, the less chance you will have for delays.