Slater Floors Explains Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Kitchen 6What Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring? And Why Should You Care?

Engineered hardwood flooring is real wood flooring where the floors are produced by laminating several hardwood plies together to form the planks. Being more stable than solid wood while beings less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity, Engineered Hardwood is very durable.

Get The Look You Desire

The look can be distressed wood, hand scraped wood, specialty wood or traditional wood and in several types of wood, Birch, Cherry, Exotic, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Pecan or Walnut. The gloss can be high, medium or low and the size – strip, plank, wide plant or mixed width with several different size thickness.

Why Engineered Flooring Is A Good Choice

The instability of solid hardwood is usually moisture or heat related. Under adverse conditions, solid hardwood floors can warp, cup, swell or split apart. Engineered hardwood flooring overcomes these problems by constructing a multiple-ply plank which counteracts twisting and remains flat and intact. This makes engineered hardwood flooring a better choice for installation over radiant heat sources, over concrete whether it’s below grade or above.Bath 4

Your Natural Hardwood Look

The product thus has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photographic layer. The “engineered” product has been designed to provide greater stability, particularly where moisture or heat pose problems for solid hardwood floors.

If you’re looking to put Engineered Hardwood Flooring in your home, be sure to give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you get the flooring and look you desire.

logo 1 jpegSlater Floors can help you with your interior designs. We are a family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area.logo 1 jpeg Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality, workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you every step of the way to change your House into your Home so that you’ll Fall in Love with your Home again!

Slater Floors Says…Your New Hardwood Flooring

Will Add Warmth And Beauty To Your Home For Years To Come | Following A Few Simple Maintenance Steps However, Will Help Protect Your Investment

Cleaning

10-6-2013 8-06-36 AM◦Blot up spills and spots immediately (Standing moisture will penetrate into the wood causing irreversible discoloration and damages

◦Vacuum, dust mop, or sweep the floor to minimize abrasive grit and dirt. Note: Do not use vacuum with beater bars

◦Periodically clean floor with recommended hardwood floor cleaner such as a Bona Cleaning Kit. (Never use other cleaning products or detergents.)The manufacturer recommends a Terry Cloth style mop. For daily wiping the manufacturer recommends the use of distilled water applied to the mop with a spray bottle. (Tap water contains ingredients that may leave an unsightly film

◦ALWAYS WIPE DRY IMMEDIATELY until no moisture is visible on the floor. Do not use wax, polish, oil soap, abrasive cleaners, steel wool, scouring powder, or ANY appreciable amount of water

◦Do not use wet mops, wet scrubbers or steam cleaners as these products will cause irreversible discoloration and damages

Protecting Your Investment

◦Your newly installed floors are real wood and therefore are subject to change from excessive moisture, or non-conforming environmental conditions. Remove any standing water immediately, and maintain an indoor relative Front doorhumidity level of 35-55% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood

◦Use quality vinyl-back area rugs and doormats by outdoor entrance areas to prevent dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as but not limited to water, oil, asphalt, and driveway sealer from being tracked onto your floor

◦Use felt floor protectors and wide-bearing cylinder leg bases to minimize indentations. As a rule of thumb, the heavier the item the wider the floor protector should be. The Manufacturer does not recommend the use of wheeled furniture as they will accelerate wear not covered by this warranty

◦Avoid gouges or cuts in your floor from sharp objects. While your newly installed floor is one of the most wear-resistant floors on the market, it is not impervious to damage

◦Do not walk on your floor with “stiletto-style” heels; they will cause indentations

◦Rearrange rugs and furniture periodically so the floor ages evenly. UV sunlight will change the color of different species to varying degree

◦Keep pets’ nails trimmed and filed in order to minimize indentations. Any pets’ nails can damage wood floors

◦Use a wide base air tire dolly when moving heavy appliances or furniture. But first, put down a sheet of quarter-inch clean plywood to protect the floor. Never try to slide or roll objects across the floor without precautions

logo 1 jpegSlater Floors can help you with your interior designs. We are a family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area.logo 1 jpeg Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality, workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you every step of the way to change your House into your Home so that you’ll Fall in Love with your Home again!

Article courtesy of http://www.hardwoodbargains.com/hardwood-floor-care-and-maintenance

Heather Hogan Loves Her LVT

What is LVT? Luxury Vinyl Tile

LVTand the  Hogan Family Loves Their New LVT!

Heather’s Testimonial Video

Slater Floor’s client Heather Hogan gave a great review of her awesome Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and told us how much she loved her new look and the ease of cleaning.

If you’re looking for new flooring or any kind of interior/exterior remodeling, LVT3give Slater Floors a call ~ 706-225-8244 | We’ll Help You Fall In Love With Your Home Again!

Your Very Own Personal Interior Design Guide

Home interior design can be a very complicated process for many people. This article contains a number of terrific interior design ideas. Read through each tip to find ideas that will work well in your home. And when http://www.somersetfloors.com/you’re ready for your own personal interior design, give Slater Floors a Call! We’re here to help you Fall In Love With Your Home Again!

TIP! Use warm flooring in the bedroom. A cold floor can be a nasty shock first thing in the morning.

Think of the purpose of the room before you design. If you’re decorating a kids room, you might want to play with vivid and lively colors because it’ll match with their personality. But you don’t want to use overly casual furniture in an elegant dining room that you use for business dinner parties.

kitchen windowInstead of rushing into your next interior design project, take time to develop a good image of what you’d like to achieve. The mood of a room can range from calm and soothing to exciting and outrageous. Knowing the mood you’re going for before you get started will help things to progress smoothly throughout the process.

TIP! If your living and dining areas are in the same room and you would like to redesign the space to separate them, consider different flooring options. A carpet in one room and wood in another will really distinguish the two rooms with elegance.

If you are redecorating your room, you need to pick the right colors. Your room will look tasteful and well-balanced if you choose colors that go well together. In addition, you should prevent using lots of very bold colors in one room.

A good tip is to use a variety of patterns and textures in every room. These textures help to draw the eye and add interest to otherwise boring items. For more contemporary designs, textures and patterns must be used.

TIP! When figuring out what flooring to put in your bedroom, stay away from ceramic tiles, marble and granite. These materials tend to make the floor cold, which is not a pleasant feeling when stepping out of bed in the morning.

The amount of light that each room gets is something you should always consider when working with interior design. Rooms that do not have a lot of windows should be painted in a light color so the room will not feel dark and claustrophobic.

Before you begin anything, have a discussion about finances and costs. How bad would it be to begin a project and not be able to finish it because of finances? The can help you avoid some stress and anxiety as you work on designing.

TIP! Try putting in floors that will reflect light so that it looks bigger and more natural. Glossy, light hardwoods and glazed white tiles are good examples of light-enhancing flooring.

The best preparation for any interior decorating project is de-cluttering. Nearly every home can benefit from a good clean-up, emptying of the closets and drawers, and getting rid of dusty old things nobody uses anymore. If you have excess items, donate to charity or recycle them.

Be aware that there’s a risk of cluttering up a room with excess furnishings when you get into an ambitious interior design job. An overabundance of accessories or furniture often causes rooms to feel smaller than they truly are. Use only a select few pieces of key furniture, and keep plenty of open space.

TIP! A simple trick used by interior-design specialists is to install flooring that has a reflective surface. This will make any rooms appear larger than they really are.

Wallpaper only a portion of your wall to save money. It can be very expensive to redecorate your walls. Therefore, just put wallpaper on half the wall in order to save some money. Use a bold border so that it looks like it is covering more area than it is. This can help you save money while maintaining the style that you desire.

You will find some wonderful tips you can use in the home. Feeling like your home is outdated, drab and uninviting is not great for morale and you can make changes for the better easily. Start improving your home’s look today!

Slater Floors can help you with your interior designs. We are a  family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area.logo 1 jpeg Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality, workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you every step of the way to change your House into your Home so that you’ll Fall in Love with your Home again!

Slater Floors Can Help You…

18963872Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior and Achieve The Look You’ve Always Wanted

If you enjoy spending the cold winter months planning your next spring home improvement project, your creative juices are already flowing. But instead of focusing on the same small home improvement projects again this year, have you considered something bigger? Have you considered a project that redefines your home and showcases your individuality? The one that will make your home stand out in your neighborhood?

Consider these projects that will change your home for the better:

* Reinvent Your Home’s Exterior. If you’re looking to make a drastic improvement to your home’s exterior, no change gets more notice than installing new exterior cladding. Vinyl siding is the most popular siding on the market because of its beautiful appearance, potential energy efficiency, performance and durability. It is also more environmentally friendly than other siding products. Today’s vinyl siding requires less maintenance than ever before and is available in numerous style options including vertical, horizontal, beaded, soffit, shakes, scallops and trim. You can learn more about each of these options in Alside’s Siding Style Guide. This helpful guide provides you with in-depth information on siding options, profiles, and textures and offers design tips and color recommendations for siding, trim, windows and more. In addition, Alside’s Design Showcase is an easy-to-use digital visualizer that allows you to compare colors and pick the perfect new look for your home.

* Create A Great Outdoor Space. Spending months indoors to avoid cold temperatures will make anyone crave some outdoor recreation. If you have a big budget and you’re looking to make a dramatic addition to your home, consider adding a pool, a new Outdoor Patiodeck, or a custom pergola. If space is a concern or you’re interested in a smaller project, outfitting your outdoor space with flower boxes or new plants is a great option. You can also build a fire pit and outfit it with comfortable chairs for a cozy gathering place for family and friends.

* Add Style and Save Money. If you’re making decisions about your home with your partner, one of you may be more interested in the product’s performance while the other is more focused on style. Replacing your home’s old or broken windows with premium vinyl windows is an excellent way to satisfy both interests. Alside’s Window Style Guide provides you with an overview of the different Alside window styles and frame options available to you, allowing you to customize a look that embodies your unique style. You can also learn about the luxurious colors and natural appeal of premium vinyl replacement windows and how they can elevate your home’s style and sophistication. And for the person more interested in performance rather than style, the guide includes information on energy performance ratings and the positive effect new windows with the right glass package have on your annual heating and cooling bills and property value.

* Incorporate The Right Accessories. The right accent, no matter how small, can have a big impact on your home’s overall appearance. You can replace your mailbox or update your address numbers to provide a more modern feel. Revitalize your green space by planting new flowers or adding decorative landscaping. You can also opt to replace the wood mulch that surrounds your landscaping with decorative stones for natural appeal. And, if you’re interested in a bigger project, consider replacing your shutters or your front door. Choose a color that contrasts with your siding and you’ll have your very own outdoor accent wall.

The right project for your home is one that you’re passionate about and one that stimulates your creativity. In many cases these projects will also add value to your home. You can learn more about creative ways to improve the outer appearance of your home by visiting www.alside.com.

logo 1 jpegSlater Floors is a family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you fall in love with your home again!

www.slaterflooring.com

Carpet Cleaning & Maintenance

Neel JobMaintaining Your Carpet’s Beauty

      • The best way to ensure long–lasting beauty, comfort and durability in your carpet is to vacuum it regularly, as it prevents soil from becoming embedded in the carpet’s pile.
      • Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar or suction only. When vacuuming high pile or premium soft carpets look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet:

– Adjustable Height – Use the highest setting where appropriate

– Efficient Airflow – Avoid vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction

– Large Wheels allow the appliance to glide easily across the carpet

For more information on how to select a vacuum, click here.

  • Consider professional cleaning every 12–18 months, depending on traffic and other use factors, frequency of vacuuming and whether the carpet is a light or dark color.
  • Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags; do not pull them or you may damage the carpet.
  • To remove a dent caused by heavy furniture, stroke carpet with the edges of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron to gently raise the dented area while you tug upward on the tufts. CAUTION: DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE CARPET..
  • If your carpet is burned, remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors. If the burn is extensive, the carpet may require patching or replacement.
  • If a flooding occurs from a burst pipe, washing machine overflow or other leak, the carpet needs to be dried, front and back, by a professional cleaner with the proper equipment.
  • This link can provide additional tips on maintaining the beauty of your carpet http://www.carpet-rug.org.

Tips for Removing Common Stains

  • For carpet care a wet/dry vacuum cleaner is the best way to effectively remove stains. Use the attachment with the best suction and vacuum as much of the stain as possible, continuing to add water to the stain as you go. Treatment of the affected area should begin immediately upon discovery. The more time that elapses before treatment, the more difficult a stain will be to remove. For the best results, useMohawk FloorCare Essentials Carpet Spot Remover and Cleaning Kit.
  • First scrape the food spill gently with a spoon or dull knife, or a Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Carpet Cleaning Key, removing as much solid material as possible. If detergent is required, use it sparingly and gently rinse the area with water while moving the vacuum wand back and forth. Use a towel to absorb all moisture.
  • If spot removal solvent is necessary use Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Spot Remover or other low residue carpet spot remover that has been approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute of America, apply several drops to a clean white cloth and blot the carpet in an inconspicuous area. If a color change occurs or color transfers to the cloth, consult a professional carpet cleaner.
  • Place towels or cloth over wet area and weight with a heavy, colorfast object to absorb moisture. Leave overnight.
  • If stains remain after cleaning, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let stand for one hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain–free. No rinsing is necessary. Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down, allowing carpet to dry.
  • Some stains cannot be removed because they permanently alter the carpet’s color. These stains include acid toilet bowl cleaners, acne medication, alkaline drain cleaners, chlorinated bleaches, hair dyes, iodine, insecticides, mustard with turmeric and plant fertilizers. For these types of stains, call a professional. In order to maintain and protect your warranty coverage under the terms of these warranties, you must do the folloing: A minimum of one professional cleaning every 18 months is required.

Additional Carpet Care Tips

Beer, wine, coffee and tea

Blot and neutralize with a white vinegar solution, then work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water). Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed. Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture. Apply paper towels and weigh them down, allowing the spot to dry.

Blood, catsup, cheese, chocolate, cola, cough syrup, mixed drinks, soft drinks, soy sauce, starch, toothpaste, white glue

First, note that all solutions for removing blood must be cool in temperature. Blot and neutralize the spot with an ammonia solution, using a spray bottle to saturate the spot. Next, work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture. Apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down and allow to dry.

Mud and dirt

Allow mud to dry completely. Shatter the dried mud with the handle of a knife, then vacuum. For dirt, apply a small amount of a detergent solution to the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area. Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.

Learn more about Carpet Care at the Mohawk Flooring Blog!

More from the Carpet and Rug Institute

The Carpet & Rug Institute is the science–based source for the facts on carpet and rugs. This nonprofit trade association represents more than 95 percent of all carpet made in the United States. Learn more about the CRI by visiting the website at http://www.carpet-rug.org.

How To Use Texture, Colors and Accessories To Bring Emotion To Your Home

Home decor can convey many different emotions – from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness during the holiday season. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture and even how sound reverberates in a room.

It’s important to give your home new energy by occasionally redecorating one or Dark Wood Flooringmore rooms. This is the perfect time of year to hire Slater Foors and start looking at furniture and color schemes so your project is finished in time for Holiday Entertaining. Whether you’re working on the kitchen, bath or living area of your home, you might consider Porcelanosa, which offers some of the most advanced tile, kitchen and bath products that can enhance energy levels and emotions in the room you’re updating. The company has been around for more than 40 years – starting in a small village in Spain – and is always bringing avant-garde European design to homeowners and professionals around the world.

When redecorating a room to create a new emotion in your home, be sure to consider all the elements, from the floors to the ceiling, that harmoniously work together in developing the room’s ambiance. Here are some elements that can define a room’s emotion, whether you seek the look of a European industrial sleek getaway, or a rural rustic retreat.

Kadachek2* Flooring – Colors, patterns and even sheen work together to create feelings in a room through flooring. Flooring options range from stone, marble, ceramic and wood – to name a few – and all of these come in a multitude of colors and patterns. Some homeowners choose to design their floors to blend in, creating a neutral backdrop for the rest of the room’s decorations. Others design the floor to be the focal point of the space, with dramatic colors. Work with a designer to determine what style of flooring will help create the feeling you want in your room. Bigger pieces allow for smaller grout joints thus facilitating maintenance and creating an increased perception of the space.

* Walls – A warm, almost rustic ambiance permeates a room surrounded with beautiful grained wood decorating the walls. However, wooden walls also require a bit of maintenance with cleaning and refinishing, and can be easily scratched or dented. A great way to keep the beautiful look of wood with durability against dents and scratches is to use Taco Oxford or Liston Oxford ceramic tiles from Porcelanosa. These two designs emulate the grain and striation of oak wood, extending the warmth of the room for a modern or rustic base. Because they’re ceramic tile, they are durable, easy-to-clean and hypoallergenic.

Or consider bringing texture into your room by adding visible and touchable textures with dramatic raised patterns to your walls. Porcelanosa wall coverings range from refined in the Nara patterning to intense in the Suede pattern, creating beautiful sculptured finishes to walls. These interesting and unique designs can immediately transform the energy in a room as a feature wall. To learn more and explore the textures yourself, contact a Porcelanosa design consultant and get your decorating plan underway.

* Furniture Lines – Bathrooms are usually the first rooms to be upgraded and 11762_B62_rgbredecorated, because guests and homeowners alike use them so frequently. Often these rooms are small; using wall mounted vanities and furniture with clean lines can help create a larger sense of the space. Geometric patterns also impart a sense of order to a room. The Porcelanosa Ciclo series capitalizes on this concept, with wall-hanging vanities, pivoting wall shelving units and raised sinks to illustrate g

Discuss with your designer your thoughts on flooring, walls and furniture lineometric patterns highlighting excellent – but out of view – storage.es to create the perfect blend of emotions in your room’s decor. Once finished, it will be a room you’ll enjoy spending time in, and can’t wait to show off to visiting guests this holiday season.

Slater Floors can help you with your interior designs. We are a  family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.logo 1 jpeg

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality, workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you every step of the way to change your House into your Home so that you’ll Fall in Love with your Home again!

Good Looks Or Good Sense? Home Designs That Don’t Make You Choose

Ever purchased a great-looking faucet only to find you can’t easily turn it on with one hand? Or discovered that you can’t stand to sit for more than a few minutes on that new sofa that looked so great in the showroom? If so, you have experienced comfort and practicality sacrificed on the altar of aesthetics.

Increasingly savvy consumers aren’t satisfied with the idea they must choose between practicality and good looks, and their rejection of the notion is fueling one of the hottest new design trends. Smart manufacturers are responding, creating innovations that are driven by how people truly use products, and not just by how those products look.

The marriage of ergonomics and beautiful design has a place in every room of the house. If you are looking to incorporate this sensible trend into your home, here are some ideas to get you started:

BathBeautiful Bathrooms

Many people consider their bathroom a place of relaxation and look for products with timeless styling, superior performance and inclusive design. Water conservation is an increasingly key concern, but it’s important to know that high-efficiency products don’t have to lack aesthetic and functional grace.

TOTO’s Neorest 700H toilet perfectly melds efficient practicality with good looks, underscoring the manufacturer’s commitment to improving people’s lives, which it calls People-First Innovation. A dual-flush system uses just a single gallon of water for a full flush and eight-tenths of a gallon for lighter flushes – making the toilet super-efficient and planet-friendly. The 700H does not skimp on beauty either, with an elegant, clean, simple and timeless appearance inspired by long-view trends in architecture and global design.

Ease of use is vital in a bathroom faucet, leading many people to prefer lever handles over knobs. While levers can often have an industrial look, new options such as TOTO’s Connelly Lavatory Faucet blend the simplicity of a lever with sophisticated design. WaterSense labeled, it consumes a responsible 1.5 gallons per minute without sacrificing performance and is available in polished chrome, polished nickel and brushed nickel. Visit www.totousa.com to learn more.

High-Functioning Kitchens

The heart of any home, the kitchen is another room that cries out for a perfect blend of attractive style and sensible practicality.Kitchen 5

While today’s appliances use sleek style to complement a variety of decorating themes, the emphasis on functionality is apparent in improved energy-efficiency and must-have features like dual cooling systems, full-width pantry drawers, and multiple freezer drawers. Dual cooling systems keep the air in the freezer separate from the air circulating in the refrigerator portion of the unit. Full-width pantry drawers provide ample room for storage of entire deli trays, boxed pizza or oversize platters.

As one of the largest design surfaces in a kitchen, countertops must do double-duty as a design feature and functional workspace. Beautiful countertop options, like granite or solid surface countertops made from a blend of acrylic and polyester, provide durability and enduring beauty.

Livable Living Rooms

Two ambiance-boosting popular living room features – fireplaces and entertainment systems – have also trended toward efficiency, usability and beauty. For creating an Living Roominviting atmosphere, it is hard to beat the appeal of a fireplace. Wood-burning fireplaces are notoriously inefficient and messy, while early gas models were only marginally more efficient and lacked the glow of a natural wood fire. Modern fuel-efficient fireplaces provide the best of both worlds, using a variety of innovations. For example, shallow fire boxes reflect more heat into a room, and EPA-rated fireplaces draw outside air into the fireplace to fuel combustion.

Home entertainment systems that feature big-screen TVs and surround-sound speakers can use a significant amount of energy too. Fortunately, it is possible to put together a more energy-efficient, beautiful system if you choose options like power-sipping LED TVs, energy-efficient speakers or even a system that monitors power usage.

A trend that looks like it’s here to stay, home designs that emphasize usability as much as beauty promise to have timeless appeal.

Slater Floors can help you with your interior designs. We are a  family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.logo 1 jpeg

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality, workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you every step of the way to change your House into your Home so that you’ll Fall in Love with your Home again!

10 Tips For Making A Small Bathroom Feel Larger

Bathroom (4)Is your tiny bathroom cramping your functionality and style, leaving you longing for the enormous bathrooms gracing the pages of design magazines? Even if your bathroom is a fraction of the size, all it takes is some design savvy to make the most of the space you have. Consider these 10 smart tips that will help your bathroom look, feel and function like those larger contenders.

1. Get Creative With Corners

Space is at a premium in small bathrooms, so it’s important to maximize every inch. Corners, for example, provide extra space for shelving, storage units and even hooks. Get creative and install unique design solutions that are not only functional, but also eye-catching.

2. Rethink Your Toilet 

Every bathroom needs a toilet, but is your current throne hogging space? A sleek, wall-mounted model, like Kohler’s Veil wall-hung toilet, reclaims up to 12 precious inches of floor space. Concealed mounting hardware provides a seamless look that is comfortable and makes the toilet easy to clean.

3. Let Solid Colors Shine 

Busy patterns have a shrinking effect and make small bathrooms seem even smaller. Conversely, light natural hues make a space feel more open. If you’re itching to get creative with design, experiment with textures but keep overpowering patterns to a minimum.

4. Maximize Your Bathtub

A bathtub takes up a significant portion of the room, but modern, compact options with curved basins, can make the tub feel larger when in use, all while conserving space.

5. Select A Smaller FaucetBathroom 1

A faucet is jewelry for the bathroom. And just as accessories can overpower an outfit, a big bulky faucet isn’t flattering in a small bath. Single-handle designs conserve counter space, while a wall-mount installation frees it up all together and can create quite the wow-factor, if the budget can accommodate the required changes to plumbing behind the wall.

6. Make Vanity Storage Simple

If you’re in a storage war with your small bathroom, you’re not alone in the battle. Toiletries and personal supplies without a place to call home only add clutter and chaos. Store smart with a space-saving vanity, like the Robern Compact Vanity. Equipped with glass drawer organizers and customizable components such as in-drawer electric plug-ins, staying organized and cutting clutter is simple.

7. Show Off The Shower

Shower curtains may be pretty, but they interrupt the visual flow of a bathing space and make it feel significantly smaller. In bathrooms with small footprints, opt for a clear glass sliding shower door that doesn’t require the clearance of one with a hinged design. If you’re embarking on a big remodel, create the illusion of more space by using same tile in the shower that’s used throughout; instead of seeing them as two separate zones, the eye will read them as one.

BAthroom8. Discover The Treasure Of Hidden Storage

Work with a contractor, and you just might find some serious storage potential hidden behind your walls. Whether it’s utilizing space between the studs for shallow shelving or a creating a small linen closet by annexing space from an adjacent room, even small additions can make a big difference.

9. Use Angles To Your Advantage 

Tile is a beautiful, durable addition to any bathroom. For dainty spaces, consider installing tile at a diagonal to accentuate the longest wall.

10. Choose The Right Lights 

Strategically install light to reflect and brighten a small bathroom to make it appear larger. Recessed lighting is an affordable solution for tiny rooms, offering ample light while taking up little space. Wall sconces alongside a mirror also reflect off the walls and make a room feel bright and airy.

Slater Floors is a family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality logo 1 jpegworkmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you fall in love with your home again!

Slater Floors is a family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you fall in love with your home again! www.slaterflooring.com

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Kitchen Remodeling 101: Making The Space Your Own

10-4-2013 12-55-50 PMThere is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you’ll love for years to come. Whether you’re designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn’t mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the opposite.

Here are five creative, thrifty and helpful tips from Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime, to send you well on your way to a kitchen design that not only looks great in the long term, but also reflects you.

Tip One: Know Your Style

Design your kitchen around colors and objects that make you feel great. This is the room you probably spend most of your time in whether you’re cooking, entertaining or just doing homework with the kids. Loving the look is important. Make your design meaningful and something you’ll want to see every day. Look for inspiration from a pottery collection, a piece of artwork, or even the food you love.

Tip Two: Get Creative On a Budget

A great way to save money is to repurpose found items for your accents where you can. Frame pictures from favorite recipes, use inexpensive flower pots or mason jars to store utensils and cutlery, repurpose an old console table as a center island. You might even want to spray-paint the old dining table and give it a new life. Look for salvaged floors, pallets or pottery to create new furniture pieces or accents. This approach not only saves you money, but also makes your kitchen enviably unique.

Tip Three: Develop Your Vision

Keep your ideas on track by collecting loose drawings; they can become your own personal design board. They don’t have to be professional or even exactly like the finished product – just enough to make your point and start to envision what the finished product will look like. Seeing your ideas come together before taking a sledgehammer to your old tile not only gets you excited about your project, but can also save you from making design decisions that don’t fit your vision. If you’re hiring a professional, plans for the kitchen should be included in the cost. Make sure that they fit your vision and that you’re getting everything you need from your new space before demo and installation begin.

Tip Four: Create Timeless BeautyHewatt2

When focusing on your large installed items, don’t just concentrate on what’s popular now. Instead, take a look at the items that have been relevant for more than a decade. If you’re designing a kitchen for a home you plan on living in for the next 20 years, by all means, go crazy and embrace colors and patterns that make you happy. But if you don’t plan on staying there forever, give yourself room to grow. Look to classic color combinations like white, black or gray cabinets; stone countertops with white or walnut cabinets; or butcher block with just about any cabinet color you can imagine. Wilsonart’s Calcutta Marble and new Old Mill Oak and Truss Maple are affordable laminate options that look real but are made from recycled wood fibers. They have finishes that withstand daily wear and tear, and are a fraction of the cost of traditional stone countertops. Look to lasting styles and materials, rather than what’s simply trendy at the moment, to create a timelessly beautiful kitchen. Learn more at www.wilsonart.com.

Tip Five: Start With Simplicity

Keep the lines of your installed, more permanent items clean and simple. To add style and versatility, get creative with your accents. For instance, try going Shaker with your cabinets. Traditional cup pull handles will move them in a more classic and traditional direction and linear pull handles will take you down a modern road. By keeping your appliances and more permanent items simple, and using your accents to create a sense of style, you’ll open up tons of design doors for yourself, creating a kitchen that transitions easily, keeps up with your style and has staying power.

With this timeless know-how and creative inspiration, you’re ready to create a kitchen you’ll love both now and a decade down the road.

logo 1 jpegSlater Floors is a family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you fall in love with your home again!