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Find the Best Wood-Like Flooring for Your Home in 2022

We all grew up with a dream house in mind, with authentic hardwood floors and crown molding, beautiful, high ceilings, and bay windows, but did we really think wood floors would be the most efficient and durable flooring for our home? We, of course, want the look of the hardwood planks, but do we really want to put in the money and time to maintain them?

If you’re looking to get that wood floor aesthetic in your home, there are great alternatives to the real thing, and some just happen to be more practical as well.

Laminate Wood Flooring

Let us begin with laminate wood flooring, the most popular flooring substitute for real hardwood floors. Laminates are composed of genuine wood, but they are actually densely packed fiberboard designed to look like various types of wood and stained to fit the aesthetic of the wood that you prefer. These floors are popular because they are inexpensive, easy to install (similar to putting together Lego bricks), and stain and scratch-resistant, making them ideal for households with children and pets. You can install these floors nearly anywhere; however, if you’re installing them in a bathroom or kitchen, the ideal option would be a waterproof or water-resistant laminate wood flooring to guard against the constant moisture.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring planks are constructed from layers of genuine wood, plywood, and fiberboard and can be installed by gluing, floating, or stapling. Since they are pressed and strengthened with numerous layers of distinct wood treatments, these floors are more durable than ordinary hardwood floors. When compared to traditional hardwood flooring, engineered wood flooring is surprisingly resistant to water damage and warping. They can also be refinished with a new veneer after years of use, depending on how even and how much veneer is applied. In addition to convenience, engineered wood planks may be laid on concrete, whereas traditional hardwood flooring cannot, and it may provide additional styles than that of traditional hardwood flooring. This flooring is ideal for living spaces; such as the living room, dining room, and office. It is not recommended, however, for bathrooms or kitchens since water can still permeate these surfaces.

Vinyl Wood-Look Flooring (Luxury Vinyl Tile)

Consider vinyl wood-look flooring if you want a wood-look appearance without breaking the bank. Vinyl wood flooring can make your life much easier and is incredibly versatile while still being easy to care for. These floors can come in a large selection of designs, textures, and colors and are relatively easy to install. One of the advantages of vinyl flooring is that it is water-resistant, making it ideal for use in bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways. It’s also beneficial if you have pets who are prone to misbehaving.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is an excellent alternative to hardwood floors for those who are conscious of the environment. Bamboo, unlike its hardwood-tree counterpart, grows much faster when planted and even faster after being cut. Bamboo grows at a rate of up to an inch per hour, making it easily replantable and harvestable for a variety of applications including tools, furniture, and, in this case, flooring. Bamboo may last as long as, if not longer than, typical hardwood floors, making it a very enticing option for individuals who prefer the authentic feel of natural flooring. Bamboo is both flexible and robust, allowing for more collisions and hard handling. It is also dent and scratch-resistant and is available in a number of color and texture variations. The one disadvantage of bamboo flooring is that it is not water-resistant, therefore it should not be used in bathrooms or kitchens with a lot of moisture.

Wood-Look Tile

You may have noticed this hardwood-alternative flooring trending in recent years, and with good reason. When it comes to installing new flooring in the home, wood-look tile is second only to laminate flooring in popularity. It has the appearance of wood, but it is more durable and waterproof. It’s also easy to clean, pet and child-friendly, and stain, slide, and scratch-resistant, making it an excellent choice for whole-house installation. The advantage of this type of flooring is that it does not require any sealing after installation and will last for many years.

If you’re interested in installing new wood-look flooring in your home, Varian Construction’s vast knowledge and experience in floor installation is perfect for any home remodeling project. Contact us today at 239-514-0103 for more information on home remodeling through Varian Construction.

Boost Your Income With This One Home Addition

When most people think of an apartment, they see a towering, unappealing structure with inadequate amenities, small rooms, and tight quarters.

Following the pandemic, rental prices skyrocketed by as much as 50-100%  from that of just a few years ago. Well-meaning people are finding it more difficult than ever to locate a place to live, while those who already own a house are battling with rising insurance rates, inflation and more. We are seeing a rising number of efficiency add-ons or apartments to existing homes across the U.S. as a means to increase income across the board for homeowners.

The definition of an efficiency apartment is a one-room apartment containing a kitchen, living area, and a bedroom, as well as a separate bathroom. Many homeowners that build efficiency apartments as an addition to their homes plan to utilize it as a second revenue stream; not only does it aid individuals seeking a place to live, but it also brings in extra cash for the homeowners to pay for their expenses.

Efficiency apartments are complicated projects, but the return on investment may be highly enticing to some. In this article, we’ll go over how to choose the best location for your add-on and what extra features you can incorporate to ensure it’s marketable, ethical, and lucrative!

Choose where your efficiency apartment will be located

Garages are the most common area for add-ons because they are generally used as extra storage space. A garage is the most viable space for building an efficiency apartment as it is the room furthest away from the main living area. You should also consider that the renter should be able to reach the efficiency through a separate entrance other than the main door. This will provide you and your tenant the privacy you both deserve.

Some people may choose to convert a dining room or living room into an efficiency, where walls may be created to keep the rooms distinct while remaining close to waterlines, electricity, and natural gas hookups, if necessary.

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Amenities and Features

Once you’ve decided on a place for the efficiency addition. You’ll need to think about every aspect of home life and provide it to your renter in bite-sized chunks. They will need a full kitchen or kitchenette, a bathroom with a tub or shower, a living area, a bedroom or place to store a bed, and an entryway or separate door space for entering the apartment.

The kitchens in an efficiency apartment tend to be smaller than what you’d find in a studio or regular apartment due to the fact there aren’t many walls separating the space. A kitchen should consist of cabinets, a stove, a place for a refrigerator and dishwasher, and a sink with counter space. Normally this would be placed on a wall closest to the waterline hookups. Kitchens in these efficiency apartments should remain parallel to the wall to create more living space, and should also have ample storage space. 

Bathrooms are also a no-brainer. There needs to be a minimum of at least a shower, a sink, and a toilet for the tenant and also a door for privacy. Efficiencies are exactly what their name implies, efficient. Therefore getting the place to feel comfortable and homey in a small area, it is important to logically think about how you can utilize the small space for multiple purposes.

If you think of it in terms of building the ever-popular “tiny home”, each distinct section of a home can fit into the same space with functional and moveable furniture. For instance, a murphy bed or a pull-out bed can be placed to ensure there is a place for entertainment and leisure, as well as for sleep.

Another popular way to share space is by creating a hanging dining table that fits on the wall so the tenant can easily hang it out of the way when they want to use the space for another purpose. Creativity is key here!

There are also plenty of ways to alter the walls and floors to offer more storage for the tenants. Creating shelf space, or shallow hatches in the floor can serve to  keep cleaning items and other supplies out of the way and create efficiency in everyday life. If you’re interested in a new home addition or creating an efficiency apartment for that extra income, Varian Construction’s years of experience can bring your vision into reality. To find out more information call contact 239-514-0103 and we can walk you through the Varian process.