|On the cart: Wood grain ceramic, natural stone and marble|
|Wood look porcelain tile|
|Wood Look Porcelain. Photos from Floor and Decor|
The requirements for my flooring and floor store "wish list" are as follows:
- Hold up to the traffic of our daily life (as well as that of a certain 65 pound yellow Labrador retriever) without a lot of maintenance.
- First quality materials (no "seconds")
- Last for the lifetime of my home.
- Low Price
- Single source for everything that I need with a staff that can educate me about products that I may not know about
- Eco friendly and able to be installed and maintained with low VOC products.
Flooring materials that I plan to use are these:
- 4 inch Cabin Grade White Oak Hardwood with dark stain (first floor common areas)
- Terracotta Hexagonal tile or natural color slate (Hallways, pantry and laundry)
- Marble Tile in Carrara, Vermont Imperial or other white/gray color (Master Bath)
- Ceramic, Glass, Travertine or Wood Look Porcelain in Gray White and/or Ivory (Powder room and hall bath)
- Bamboo??? Wood-look in a dark color (potential for 2nd floor bedrooms and hall)
While I have chosen flooring for homes several times in the past, it has been ten years since I last made this type of decision and new options have been introduced that I wanted to know more about; specifically, bamboo flooring which is a lower cost alternative to hardwood that I can use on the second floor. It is also much more durable than hardwood and I like the fact that it's a sustainable product.
|Ceramic and marble bathroom ideas from traditional to contemporary|
|My favorite: Carrara marble!|
|Terracotta 4x4 tiles|
I took photos, and notes. Chris K. gave me his business card and told me to call if I thought of other questions. He also offered to schedule a time for me to sit down with one of their designers before I make final selections. I'm excited about this service because although I know what products I want, I'm not always the best at designing the tile layout. I did, however, already get some great ideas from their in-store displays.
As I finished looking around, I realized that I hadn't seen 4-inch white oak in the store. I need to use this material in the kitchen, master bedroom and hearth room since they are connected to each other as well as to the dining room which we just renovated. When I asked Chris about it, I was pleased to learn that they can special order some products so, if you don't see something that you're looking for, just ask!
|Bamboo flooring; Photo courtesy of Floor & Decor|
|Ceramic tile bathroom Photo courtesy of Floor and Decor|
P.S. Stop by next week for details on the Skokie Grand Opening and to see what I'm considering for my kitchen back splash and bathrooms. Some of the gorgeous tile in the photo above just may be included!
Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post. However, my account of how I discovered Floor and Decor as well as my experience and opinion of them is my own. I only write about products and services that I use personally in my own home and it is my policy and promise to you, the reader, that all reviews are genuine, 100% honest, and reflect my experience with the product or service being reviewed.