Nothing beats bamboo – we’re loving this product right now.

Bamboo floors have a natural beauty and durability. In contrast to laminate, bamboo is a completely natural material. It is an eco-friendly, sustainable resource. Regardless of its possible vulnerability to high-heeled shoes, bamboo remains more durable than pine and a lot of vinyl floors.

Ask Andersens for some flooring samples to look at in the comfort of your own home. You’ll be amazed once you put them to the test against scratches and dents. Bamboo floors are available in a wide selection of finishes and colours, simple to install, easily cleaned and maintained.

Check out some recent shots from one of our Andersens Morayfield clients who was …’very happy’ with her bamboo selection.

 

The bamboo floors contrast very nicely against the crisp white of this freshly renovated kitchen

 

Bamboo comes in so many different shades. You’ll be sure to find one to complement your home.

 

Loving the nautical feel of this home – the warmth of the timber looks lovely against the navy and white Breton stripe and cool red.

Andersens Renovating Series: Renovating to make way for kids

Perhaps you’re having your first child and making a comfy nest for your new little one to come home to.  Or perhaps you’re building an extension to make room for a third or fourth child. Either way, you’re craving more space, more storage and some peace of mind when it comes to making your place safe and sound for the family to enjoy.

The benefits of renovating can sometimes seem far off when you’re in the middle of what seems like a scrap heap, with hazards poking their heads out everywhere, dust from floor to ceiling (and everywhere in between) and some weather that’s looking gloomy and wet!

So as you can imagine, there are a number of elements to consider when deciding to renovate and today we’re going to give you some top tips to hopefully make this projects easier.

It’s all in the timing. Get started as early as possible. You don’t want to be home (with newborn child) while the banging and sawing and drilling is going on and disturbing little one’s slumber (not to mention YOUR pre-requisite day time naps).

If you have to move out (to keep the peace) – do so! If you can afford it, rent somewhere close by or have a relative take pity on you and move in with them for a couple of months…particularly if it’s proving to be unsafe for the kids. It’s a serious consideration and needs careful thought and planning – but unfortunately with factors such as bad weather, things don’t always go to plan – so have contingencies.

Government figures estimate that on average, 5,000 children seek medical attention because of accidents per day. Many of these accidents occur at home; therefore, it is very worthwhile to install safety features in the home. Check out Kidsafe Queensland for more information.

Are you a handy DIYer or are you going to get a builder in? Either way, you’ll need to make sure you get some good plans drawn up and check whether you need to get them approved by council. Again this can take time.

It’s a relief when you only need a couple of trades for a bedroom, but if you need a new bathroom, expect the budget to be a lot more and that it will take more time. In the long term though, the benefits of a second or newly renovated bathroom, in a growing family, far out way all the cons!

Choosing the finishing touches such as flooring and furnishings is so much fun! Make sure you enjoy this bit! If you do need new blinds or flooring, be sure to talk to Andersens Flooring, who can give you the best advice when it comes to the different types of flooring for your kids room, living areas, bathroom or deck. We also have expert interior decorators and designers in store to give you some ideas to fit in with your existing furnishings.

If you have any other ideas or advice when renovating, please be sure to let us know. We love hearing about your renovation tales.

Andersens renovating series: Cork, a revival tour

Are you one for revival tours? Do you love it when Johnny Farnham announces he’s got another tour happening and this will in fact be the very last one, for the tenth time? Well we are more than happy that this material is back for a revival tour. That’s because we love cork! It’s warm, it’s sustainable and looks great in the home.

When you’re redecorating your home or even when buying one, the flooring is one of the major considerations that homeowners decide on.  There are many different types of flooring and you can utilise many of them depending on the design of your house and on the purpose of your room.  For instance, you may use ceramic tiles for your kitchen but use hardwood flooring for your living room, den and bedrooms.  With the demand for sustainable material, flooring is a way of upping your eco-friendly-meter in your home and thankfully there is now a renewed interest in cork as a suitable eco flooring material.

We all know cork’s uses as the stoppers in wine bottles and corkboards, but what you may not know is that cork is a great material for flooring. It is soft and it absorbs sound and was already used as such for libraries and churches in the early years.  With more and more people becoming interested in doing their part in saving the environment, cork as flooring is becoming a very attractive material.

What makes cork sustainable compared to other flooring materials is that although it is harvested from the cork oak tree, you don’t need to cut down the tree to make the material.  Cork is harvested only from the bark of the tree every nine years and the tree itself is left to grow back all the cork that has been harvested.  Cork when processed into flooring is sound resistant, has a level of fire-resistance, insect-resistant and is anti-allergen.  Since it is also a soft material when turned into flooring, you can imagine the way your foot falls on it – a cushioning effect.

In terms of care and maintenance, Cork is very easy to maintain especially with polyurethane coatings.

Cork will fade if exposed to direct sunlight. Furniture and flooring should be moved periodically to even out the fading from sun and UV exposure. It will also react to humidity and moisture. Cork floors should be swept and vacuumed often to avoid the build up of dirt. Dirt can scratch the finish.

Do not use abrasive cleaners or solvents, especially those that contain glycerin. These products can harm the finish making it impossible to refinish. A neutral PH detergent (PH of 6-8) should be used to clean cork floors either with a wrung out sponge or misted over the floor and damp mopped.

Spills should be wiped up immediately and Mats should be used under chairs with casters to protect the finish from becoming dull. Furniture or chair feet should sit on wide coasters to prevent excessive indentation.

For more info on cork visit here but to look at a quote for getting cork in your home, talk to Andersens Flooring – we’ll be more than happy to help with the revival!

Choosing the best flooring for YOUR home

Whether you’re renovating for sale or just giving your home a lift, choosing the best flooring for your home is a consideration most homeowners have an opinion on…

It may be that you grew up with a certain type of floor – so that’s what you want in your own home – or NOT!

Talking to a consultant about the pros and cons of different types of flooring is always good value. In determining which flooring is best, you need to assess your type of activities and the basic lifestyle of the people (and animals) in the home.

When you have kids, you’d expect a lot of spills and scratches, from drinks, paint, chairs, pets, shoes and bags, causing all sorts of damage to the floor.  In light of this, you need flooring that is easy to clean and easy to maintain.

You also need to consider your budget – not all flooring is created equal. You can be sure you’ll find good quality and expert advice on flooring to meet your style and budget at Andersens Flooring.

If you design foot traffic in the house well enough, you can easily combine a number of flooring options to suit the flow of the house.  You can even protect your flooring by strategically placing coverings, such as rugs and runners on them.  We’re not advising the plastic runners of the 70’s like your granny may have had, we’re thinking more stylish options such as kilims or designer numbers to bring out the best in your home.

For a full run down on all the types of flooring options, come into Andersens Flooring and talk to one of our trained consultants about timber, tiles, carpet and laminate. There’ll be one that suits YOUR needs and bring out the best in your home – for sure!