DIY Projects for the Home
Do-it-yourself methods of construction and home renovations are generally simple ways to save money by cutting out the costly labor portion of the final bill. When it comes to flooring and windows, it is often easier than originally perceived to take on the task of hoisting new drapes or blinds or laying down a floor that perfectly matches the décor. Not only is it a satisfying accomplishment once complete, it is something that will last many years and can increase the overall value of your home.
With so many material
and construction options to choose from, it is important to do the necessary research to ensure the decisions made are sound.
There are many different types of flooring to choose from. They can be simple and cost-efficient or designer grade with superior class and style. Below are some of the most popular options available in Toronto:
Cork – Cork flooring is made from the bark of a cork tree and contains a variety of special features and characteristics. It has been referred to as the "perfect product” for flooring and is environmentally friendly due to the renewable properties of the cork trees used. A comfortable, soft and warm feel underfoot, its properties as an excellent insulator, and having outstanding indentation recovery are just a few of the unique characteristics of cork flooring.
Vinyl and Laminate – Vinyl and laminate flooring have come a long way with the evolving technological advances in today's manufacturing sector. Vinyl flooring is said to have near identical imitation quality to wood and granite.
Laminate flooring does not require glue for installation and comes in a variety of options such as cork, leather, linoleum, wood, melamine, and bamboo surfaces.
Bamboo – Known as a substitute to hardwood flooring, this option belongs to the grass family and has superior hardness and strength when compared to traditional wood. Bamboo is available in both horizontal and vertical configurations with a wide variety of colors to choose from.
Hardwood – Along with a traditional and luxurious look, this type of flooring also provids many options to consider. With prefinished and solid engineered configurations, hardwood flooring comes in red oak, cherry, walnut, and maple. Exotic styles are also available such as sapelle, jatoba, santos, mahogany, tigerwood.
Drapes – Choose from a wide variety of color, pattern, and textures to match the décor and ambiance of any room. With many different fabrics to choose from, there is something for every budget.
Blinds - Choose from many different styles and colors, and have the ability to control the lighting of a room. These types of shades can contribute to energy efficiency with lighting, heating and cooling efforts.
Do-it-yourself projects can be a simple and cost-effective means of enhancing your home's value, but they can also end up disastrous if not undertaken carefully. Ensure proper guidance and instruction have been sought out so that finished result will be that of what was originally intended. For expert style and color advice, be sure to talk with a local interior designer or industry professional.