3 ways to manage your home flooring plans

3 ways to manage your home flooring plans

With the holidays come welcome visits from family and friends. However, that company can serve to highlight the ways our homes may fall short of the beautiful showplaces we imagine. The worn vinyl in the kitchen or that stubborn carpet stain in the family room can be great motivators for your next home improvement project. 

Replacing a whole house full of flooring can feel like moving, minus the new address, so tackling it all at once is more than most homeowners can manage. Here are some ways to break down such an overwhelming job so you can leave those carpet stains behind and move toward a home you’ll share with pride.

1. Tackle high-traffic areas first.

Think about the rooms you use most often. Your focus should be where you do your entertaining and the majority of your day-to-day living. Not many people would appreciate the beauty of the new hardwood floors you’ve just installed in your master bedroom. Instead, start with the kitchen or the living room. 

Replacing carpet in a living room and hall with hard surfaces like tile, wood or laminate allows the homeowner to address bedrooms and bathrooms individually, as needed. A full kitchen remodel takes months of planning, but new flooring and paint can update the heart of every home, even if the budget doesn’t allow for new cabinets or countertops. 

2. Consider something new for the bathrooms.

If your bathroom floors are currently vinyl, you could upgrade to tile, especially in the guest bathroom or hall powder room. Small areas like these, with little square footage, minimize expense and can create a big impact. 

Select a tile that is larger and more modern, yet coordinates with existing wall tile in the shower or tub surround. If the subfloor is wood or if tile installation is beyond the budget, a new flexible vinyl can still add color and design where there was once a bland white tile pattern. 

Better yet, to save money, sometimes two smaller bathrooms can be cut from the same 12 foot wide piece of vinyl, avoiding wasted materials.

3. Make some aesthetically pleasing changes.

Other ideas to consider include tile in the foyer or entry, a new kitchen backsplash or comfortable new area rug in the family room. The entry is the first room your guests will see and an interesting shape, diagonal install or decorative color will welcome them in style. 

Selecting the right backsplash tile can pull together cabinet, countertop and paint colors for a more designer kitchen without the cost of a remodel. Additionally, area rugs are a quick and easy way to add texture and color to a room so your family and friends will feel welcome and relaxed. The time and money you invest in your home now will create a beautiful space you’ll enjoy throughout the year. 

About this Angie’s List Expert: Michelle Roberts is a salesperson with ABC Flooring Center, providing flooring installation and repair in Tallahassee, Fla. Locally owned and operated, ABC Flooring Center has specialized in hardwood, ceramic, laminate, carpet and vinyl flooring for more than 12 years.

As of November 13, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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