Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 flooring trends in custom homes

2014 Floor trends

We are now well into the 2014 construction year and the trends for interior flooring are emerging, some of these trends have been long running trends from previous years and some of them are trends that have started this year and are gaining in popularity. Custom homes are extremely trendy from year to year for a wide variety of reasons.

Here are the trends that have stayed constant over the last couple of years;

Hardwood floors are still the most installed flooring for houses.

Tile or natural stone is the most popular product that is used in bathroom floors.

Mudrooms or entry ways into homes are still mostly tile or slate for the ease of clean up and durability of the product.

The brick pattern when installing larger tiles is the most popular and simplest way of installation.

Running the hardwood all the same way (direction) throughout the whole home instead of changing directions or patterning it.

When using natural stone in ensuite bathrooms it’s almost by default that we install electric floor heating under the tiles.

Carrera marble is commonly used in master ensuites to give it a luxurious look like a high end hotel

Engineered hardwood floors are at an all time high in popularity with the split at 50/50 to full hardwood floors.

With tile found in large mudrooms and laundry room’s custom tile patterns like turning the tile at angle in the middle of the room has become almost the norm.

Here is a list of the new trends in the flooring for custom homes;

Scandinavian Fumed White Oak is all the rage now. This is white oak that is milled in Scandinavia and shipped over to North America as engineered flooring without a finish on it. When it has arrived here it is finished with an oil finish before it is installed. The overall look is a smokey finish that is very unique.

Hardwood in the bedrooms has made a comeback replacing carpet. With modern heating systems getting better keeping homes at a more even temperature wood floors are not as cold on the feet as they were in years previous.

Less and less carpet is going in custom homes now; even basements are getting the engineered hardwood finish. With people looking for products that are easy to clean not having to clean carpets is growing more and more popular.

With wide variety of pre-finished hardwood floors in engineered and full hardwood and the quality of the finish getting better and better less people are opting for the opting of having raw unfinished hardwood or antiqued hardwood installed and finished onsite. Pre-finished hardwood has made a strong comeback.

Hand painted clay decorative tiles are all the rage at the moment.

Cork flooring is being installed in kitchens, the flooring is soft and offers cushion for when people are preparing a meal for long periods of time.

These are just some of the trends that are in custom homes, some trends don’t last a full year and others gain momentum and popularity and stick around for years.

Rob Abbott
Operations Manager
Village Builders Inc.

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