Monthly Archives: January 2013

4 Eco-Friendly Flooring Options for the Home

Posted on January 30th, 2013 by

Most people relate pollution to the great outdoors, but consider this: the EPA has shown that indoor pollutant levels can be from two to five times higher inside your home than out. New flooring installations are one of the worst contributors and distinctive spaces such as yours deserve better; here are four eco-friendly flooring options to consider for your new or existing home.

HARDWOOD

If you love the look and feel of real hardwood, seek out products that come from sustainably managed forests. The Forest Stewardship Council certifies forests which adhere to the guidelines put in place including: regeneration, the preservation of air and water quality, and efforts made towards biodiversity conservation.

BAMBOO

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Bamboo flooring

This highly sustainable material grows rapidly and is naturally resistant to insects, water and mold. In addition, it is harder than most conventional hardwoods and it’s a longer lasting more durable flooring option.

CORK

Cork flooring is comfortable, durable, hypo-allergenic and fire resistant, but perhaps its best feature is that it is made from the cork oak tree which only takes three years to regenerate.

TILE/LINOLEUM

This biodegradable, hypo-allergenic alternative is made from recycled products and is a great choice if you are looking to add a hit of color to your distinctive spaces.

With the trend towards greener living, it’s important to consider products that are safe for the environment as well as your health. When selecting new flooring materials for your home, sustainable options promote environmentally responsibility at an affordable price. Contact Design Build Team if you are interested in including sustainable flooring in your custom remodel or home plans.

Elle Decor’s Design Trends for 2013

Posted on January 28th, 2013 by

Homeowners who are considering the possibility of introducing a change to their interior design this year should first take a look at Elle Décor’s predicted design trends for 2013. Doing so is a great way to see what is currently popular and is also a great way to get some fresh new ideas.

  • elle-decor-brassBrass – Brass has always been a popular metal due to its rich gleam and ability to compliment other metals really well. Brass is quite versatile as well, it can be used too accent a room with its use in accessories such as lamps and bookends, or it can be used as a focus point, such as in staircase railings or pieces of furniture, such as tables and chairs.
  • Emerald – Pantone recently announced Emerald Green as being their color of the year for 2013, so homeowners shouldn’t be surprised to see it become a popular element in home designs. The relaxing and natural feel of Emerald lends it well to areas such as the bathroom and bedroom, and it can be used as a way to inject color without overwhelming the area in living rooms and kitchens.
  • Embellished Walls – More and more homeowners are looking to make their walls a bigger part of their interior design. They are doing this by using simple grass cloths or hand painted papers instead of the normal, single colored walls.

These are just a few of the interior design elements expected to trend throughout 2013. If you are interested in remodeling your Kansas City home to include these trends or any other ideas you may have, contact Design Build Team at 888-570-1828.

Image: Elle Decor

Need Solutions for those Architectural Don’ts?

Posted on January 10th, 2013 by
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If you live in a house with a few “architectural don’ts” – do not despair. Help is on the way. If you don’t have the option yet of a total room remodel, these simple solutions will do the trick.

Home Design Kansas City – Solutions for Your Home’s Architectural Don’ts

Fake Shutters. Remove those screwed-to-the-wall, poorly sized shutters and replace them with properly sized shutters that look like they will actually cover your windows if you shut them. Install the shutters using quality hardware for a more aesthetically pleasing look.

Standard trim. So many homes have 3″ baseboards and 2 1/4″ casings. Using trim with differing profiles and larger widths will have a bigger impact than you might think.

Dark & Gloomy hallways. There’s no reason for your hallway to feel like a dark tunnel. Swap out bedroom doors for ones with frosted glass. The rooms will retain privacy while the hall gains natural lighting.

Skylights. Speaking of gloomy, skylights and solar tubes are relatively easy retrofits that can efficiently light up any dark room of your house.

For more tips on how you can improve some common architectural no-nos, read, Top 10 Solutions for Architectural Peeves. You will enjoy the much needed improvements and your house will thank you.