Staircases do more than connect levels in your home; their visual presence is an architectural statement. From spiral staircases to sleek wood designs, find beautiful staircase designs to complement your style.
Wood brings warmth to every room. In flooring, species, colour, board width and grade all impact the style and tone the floor has in the room. It's also a great way to increase the value of your home. Engineered flooring can be installed on any level of the home, but different installation methods are necessary for different types of subfloors.
Whether you're laying a wood floor in a new house or replacing old carpet, there are dozens of species to pick from, including trusty domestics, such as oak and maple, and intriguing exotics, such as Walnuts, Tamarind, Jatoba and Acacia. You also have a choice of widths—be it rustic wide planks or traditional narrow strips—and stain colors, which allows you to tailor your floors to your house's style and decor. Also, the vast range of textures of smooth, distressed to hand scraped look or matte to high gloss finish will surely enhance and cater to all your interior schemes. And thanks to modern adhesives, a wide variety of species are available as "engineered" boards. Made from a stable sandwich of veneers, rather than solid stock, engineered floors can go places where it wasn't practical to install wood before: over radiant-floor heating systems and concrete and in basements.
For the environmentally friendly minded, bamboo flooring is another viable option.