Northwest Renovation Magazine

A Home Improvement Magazine


There have been some interesting trends in the world of flooring over the last year. Some of the most notable advances have been in the ease of maintenance and installation. Oiled Wood Floors The realm of “what’s old is new again” can be seen in the development of oiled wood flooring. In this country, we decided to put the hardest finishes we could find on the surfaces of wood floors. These finishes protect the floor by forming a wear layer, in effect a plastic-type film on the surface of... more

Being a good Oregonian, I care about the environment. I have heard of carbon credits, but they seem a little impersonal. Instead, over the years I have developed my own carbon credit program. It’s not official — it exists in my head only — but it makes me feel better about some of my bad habits. And what’s wrong with that? You have to start somewhere, right? Kerei and bamboo used to make a parquet pattern. Recycled leather floor tile. My pickle barrel floors. Here’s what I... more

With such a variety in floor covering options available today and the consumer’s need to find a floor that is right for them, there are a number of questions that need to be addressed to begin the buying process. Knowing whom one should buy from, who should install it, in what part of the home it’s being installed, who will be living on it, and what one’s budget is will help narrow the flooring selection process to options that are best suited for each person. Here are some of the most common... more

Are you in need or in the market for a new floor? How do you sort through the growing sea of choices and know that you are getting a floor that meets your needs for quality and style? Flooring is an integral part of every home’s décor and functionality. It adds to its esthetics and ambiance and can help with resale values. However, it can be a daunting task to sort through the pros and cons of each style of flooring available as well as researching how they’re constructed, installed, and maintained.... more

Everyone has had to deal with a transition at some point in his or her home. I’m not talking about a transition to a new job or from young age to older. I’m talking about flooring transitions that adjoin different types of floor coverings. You know, the big strip of wood that constantly trips people as they walk from the kitchen to the dining room.   Step-down transition between wood flooring and linoleum. The wide strip of wood eases the height difference. This type of wood striping... more

Two friends who wanted to save some really great wood from winding up in the landfill started Viridian Wood Products. It was that simple. When my business partner, Pierce Henley, moved into his current home in Scappoose he found a pile of discarded hardwood in his new yard. On the surface it didn’t look like much, but just beneath the rough exterior he found amazing beauty, and he began to use it for all sorts of projects around the house. Viridian Jakarta Market Blend Dark Sort flooring.   Materials... more

Guess who’s coming to town? Old Man Winter and his entourage for some chilly days and frosty nights. Are you ready to bother through another season or two of cold carpet, bulky area rugs, and a family of stinky slippers? Or have you been considering a new radiant heating system with wood flooring for your home to warm it up, cut down on energy costs, and improve indoor air quality? Well, there’s quite a bit to consider, but knowing the basics behind this major home project can help you decide... more

They say a messy desk is the sign of a genius. But what they don’t tell you is that the same mess can ruin your Douglas fir floor. So, heed your Dear Auntie’s advice and keep it clean. It’s as simple as knowing what to watch out for and knowing when to clean, so your Douglas fir floor can keep on keeping on for years to come. Dents and Dings Though durable, a Douglas fir floor is not fail-safe. It can dent and ding, especially with the hustle and bustle of daily life. When moving the oversized... more

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