August 18, 2014
This afternoon I’m finally back at my desk in California, it feels great to be home and catch up with friends and family. I took a ton of pictures over the weekend before we left Vegas so I wanted to kick off this week’s progress report on the renovation with the beautiful floors that are finally finished at the Nevada house. It took a few days longer than expected but our installer and his assistant did an amazing job and purposefully took their time with each and every plank, we are so so thrilled with these new floors.
You never quite know how it will all look when complete when you make a choice to cover a single floor in a home with one material, but we’re really pleased with this Daltile™ Forest Park Sugar Maple porcelain tile, we love the look of this product and colorway against the smooth white painted walls.
The downstairs in this home has an open floor plan so using the same porcelain plank wood tiles throughout gives the house great flow and ties all the rooms together. (At the time these photo were taken were still working on swapping out the old yellowed electrical outlets, hence the weirdness with the switches.) But anyway, back to the floors, like I mentioned in the demo and installation post, they are 9 x 36" planks installed in a random pattern to replicate the look of real wood.
The house is situated on a small court and all the neighbors have wandered over to introduce themselves and take a peek at the transformation and all said "Wow, wood" at first glance and we replied "No, it’s tile!" and then everyone bends down to touch and feel because it’s hard to believe when you first look at it in a space.
Get up close to it and yes you can tell that there is grout in between the 1/8" seams but from a few feet away it is a beautiful wood lookalike. Very cool to the touch too which is important in the desert! The new higher baseboards also modernize this 1989 home and make it feel more contemporary.
We love that the same flooring wanders into the bathroom below (and kitchen and also the family room which leads to the pool) so there are no water damage issues to worry about.
Of course with tile it’s a harder surface so you have to be careful about dropping anything extremely heavy. As we neared the end of the install we decided to purchase a few extra boxes from a local dealer for peace of mind, also for when we remodel the kitchen in a few months and need to patch the flooring there. The floors clean up fast with a wet mop although I could use some suggestions on a modern product for easily cleaning tile, what would you suggest?
Here’s a peek at a few more flooring before and afters!
Downstairs Guest Room:
Sending a big big thank you to Daltile™ who approached us many months ago to partner on this home improvement project. Their team was a delight to work with and we couldn’t be happier with the product. The Forest Park series is available in six different colors (we chose Sugar Maple), but you can also find eight more styles of wood plank flooring by Daltile™ on their website.
Soon I’ll share the remaining upgrades we made around the house and some thoughts on future improvements for when we return next month.
*Disclosure: Forest Park Sugar Maple tile product for this project provided by Daltile™. (We paid for the demolition and installation.) All opinions are my own!