Laminate wood flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices available today. Affordable as well, especially in the long run. Because laminate wood has great durability, it is often an excellent option for families with children and pets. With proper care, laminate wood can last for decades! No need to sand and re-stain like regular hardwoods. Laminate wood has a protective top layer, protecting against UV rays and making it much less expensive to maintain than other flooring options. It can also be more scratch resistant than hardwood, and much easier to clean!
No wonder so many home buyers covet this type of flooring!
PrimoFlorz USA Designer Series laminate wood in 207 Shady Willow Lane, pictured above. This particular brand has a 30 year wear, fade and stain warranty.
When choosing your laminate flooring, be sure to look at the warranties! There are price ranges that work for all budgets, but sometimes it is best to pay a little more for a higher quality and more durable product that will last for years to come.
Christina Tompkins Wright
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hometown, REALTORS
5 Things to Do With an Unused Fireplace
Whether you’re closing down your fireplace for spring or simply never use it, that hole in the wall need not be wasted. Below are a handful of functional ways you can make use of your fireplace in the off-season.
Find a graphic screen. If you want to cover your fireplace, there are tons of fireplace screens with interesting, unique prints. Choose one that supports or embellishes your design scheme and turn that unused fireplace into a piece of art.
Add shelves. If you will truly never use your fireplace again, build shelving into the back of your fireplace to display photos, art, books and the like.
Book nook. If you don’t want to build shelves, or if you do plan to use the fireplace again come winter, you can still use this section of your living space to store or display books. Cluster a small selection of books on the floor for a minimalist vibe, or stack them high to show off your collection.
Vase space. Similar to the idea of clustering books in your fireplace, you can add vases or other statement pieces to make the most of that dead space.
Stacked wood. If you’re just waiting for winter, purchase some firewood and stack it symmetrically in your fire place. It will look cozy, and you’ll have dry wood come wintertime.
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