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New Hardwood Flooring Improves Value of Home and Quality of Life

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When it comes to flooring your home, you can’t go wrong with hardwood flooring. Maple and oak floors don’t just look nice they have other benefits including:

They’re easily cared for
They’ll last a long time
They’re easily restored and maintained
They’re always in style
They have natural insulation properties
They work to improve […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Design, Modern design, Renovation, Surfaces|1 Comment

Using Grasscloth and Natural Wallcovering for Eco-Friendly Decor

 

Our homes are one of our primary outlets for self-expression. Whether we are entertaining guests or simply welcoming friends and family, our home decor says a lot about who we are and the type of atmosphere that we wish to present. For those with eco-friendly or earth-based style preferences, finding wallcoverings which project your personal […]

By |September 24th, 2016|Design, Fixtures, Modern design, Products, Surfaces, Tips|0 Comments

Custom Color Sustainable Ceramic Tile Now Available from Fireclay Tile

Founded in 1986, Fireclay Tile is a leading manufacturer of sustainable glass and ceramic tile that is based in San Jose, California. Fireclay creates 100% of its own product from locally sourced and recycled materials and produces its lead-free glazes in-house. All of its product lines can contribute to achieving LEED certification.

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By |August 12th, 2013|Surfaces|3 Comments

Ecotec is a Soy Oil Based Solid Surface

Recently I noticed a new solid-surface called Ecotec on a list of the Best New Home Products 2012 from This Old House.  It’s priced from $15 per square foot, and the manufacturer says Ecotec is “the next generation in solid surface material.”  The product is made with powdered glass content and a urethane derived from soy oil.  Ecotec contributes toward LEED credits and contains 40% recycled and renewable content.

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By |October 31st, 2012|Materials, Surfaces|0 Comments

Viridian Offers FSC Reclaimed Tabletops

Viridian Reclaimed Wood, a company we first mentioned in relation to their shipping pallet flooring, recently introduced a new range of FSC-certified, reclaimed, old-growth Douglas Fir tabletops.  Co-owner Joe Mitchoff said the tabletops come from an inventory of beams reclaimed from abandoned warehouses, decrepit docks, and old gymnasiums.

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By |August 10th, 2012|Materials, Surfaces|0 Comments

3form Upgrades Recycled Acrylic Chroma

Chroma is a recycled-acrylic material by 3form that can be used as a horizontal surface.  It’s best used in illuminated designs and is available with a matte finish and thousands of translucent color combinations.  Up until now, 3form offered Chroma with 40% pre-consumer recycled content, but the company recently upgraded the formula, as explained in an article about closing the loop.

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By |June 26th, 2012|Modern design, Recycled, Surfaces|0 Comments