If you want to build your own home, you must have an appreciation for the impact that the floor has on a room and the entire house. With the right selection, you can improve the aesthetics of the interior, create an intimate space, and even make a small space seem larger than it is.
"How do you choose the right floor for a home?" This is a question we've been asked countless times as a Regina custom home builder and renovation company. As a future homeowner, it's just one of the many choices you have to make when building your home.
In this article, we here at Leenan Homes will break down this question and offer some suggestions on which finish or material to use.
1. Consider your daily life
When it comes to choosing the floor type, consider the unique situation of your house and its occupants. Do you have a spouse and children? Where do they spend most of their time? What about pets? How often do you think you will be cleaning the house?
The above questions might seem unrelated, but they will give you a good idea of the durability and longevity of the floor type you're looking at. For example, if anyone in your house has asthma, you'll want to avoid a synthetic flooring or a carpet that can exacerbate symptoms. For those with kids, it would be ideal to select a floor that is easy to clean, like ceramic tiles.
2. Factor in the use of a room
Some people want to uniform floor type for the entire house. As home builders, we don't usually suggest this. Instead, we recommend choosing a floor based on the specific use of a room.
From our experience, it would not be wise to install wooden flooring in the entrance. This part of the house sees more traffic. Opt to install tiles instead, since they're more durable and- will take some time before they show signs of wear and tear.
The kitchen is another good example. The ideal floor type is one that is easy to clean, non-slip, and can complement the appliances and fittings. Appropriate floor options for the kitchen include laminate, tiles, and vinyl.
Have a look at our other recommendations below
Living Room: You need an appealing and inviting finish. Carpeting, engineered wood, and solid wood are popular options.
Bedroom: This is an intimate space where you relax and sleep. Consider installing vinyl, laminate or wood. Carpeted floor is also popular.
Playroom or young child's room: It would be best to factor in durability and longevity as the key considerations. A rubber floor will serve you best.
Entryway: Have you considered natural stone? It offers a classic appeal and will withstand more damage than most floor types.
Bathrooms: Look to install non-slip, beautiful, and durable floor types. From our experience designing bathrooms, we recommend sheet vinyl, stone, or clay.
Home office: With the effect of the pandemic, more and more people are working from home. But don’t compromise on the professional look for your home office! Wood, carpet, or vinyl tile should be your top choices.
3. Think about future value
Future homeowners typically envision living on their custom-built property forever. Life often has different plans, however, and you might find yourself being forced to relocate due to a new job opportunity or another unpredictable event.
Therefore, one thing you should always have in the back of your mind is the market’s tastes and preferences. What meets the tastes of possible buyers will demand top dollar; and that includes the type of flooring. We recommend that you choose the type of floor that can attract a potential buyer on first glance, like shiny hardwood or vinyl.
4. Don't neglect colour and mood
There are many psychological studies that have made the connection between colour and mood. Colour has the potential of evoking certain emotions and stimulating memories.
For common spaces such as the living room and entryway, you might want warm colors that invite a person in. The bedroom is a more intimate space, so choose a color that sets the mood for you and your partner. To promote happiness and growth for your child, a bright color is highly recommended.
To better bring out the aspect of colour, consider the finish of your walls. This is where the expertise and industry knowledge of an experienced service provider comes into play.
Color should also be a reflection of your personality. If you have a love for the modern and contemporary look, you should consider a glossy touch to your floors.
5. Consistency is key
We imagine that you have already at least a vague idea of the type of flooring you want for your custom home in Regina. However, don’t forget that you have other items in a room such as furniture, fittings, color of the walls, and lighting. The choice of floor type must compliment these other elements for a consistent and unique look.
Before making the final selection, we recommend having an idea of these additional elements. You wouldn’t want your house to look like a mismatched combination of colors and designs.
We should mention that there is no right or wrong flooting selection for your home. While we've offered proven tips above, you must also consider your unique needs, budget, location, and style.
The input of an experienced and expert home builder will come in handy. Leenan Homes is the company to approach for home building in Regina! Our goal is to bring your dreams to life with a customized home.
Our team of experts will work with you to conceptualize and create a beautiful and tailor-made home. Hundreds of satisfied clients in the Regina area can attest to the quality of our services. Get in touch with us today to get a comprehensive breakdown of our services.