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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Call, Click or Come By

To learn more, please give us a call at (770) 565-3808 or visit our website www.enhancefloors.com. You can also go to our product gallery directly from this newsletter by clicking on any of the pictures on the left (example, Hardwoods.) Our Design Center is conveniently located in East Cobb County, at the intersection of East Piedmont and Sandy Plains Road, in the LA Fitness Shopping Center. We are open Monday through Friday 9 am til 6 pm, Saturdays 10 until 5, and Sunday afternoons 12 until 5.

Our Clients Are Telling Us

Barbara in Woodstock rated her carpet and wood floor installation “AAA.” She added that the entire experience was very professional. Kelly in Marietta says her new carpet is awesome and that we did a fantastic job. Jeff in Cumming says his new carpet looks great and that the installers were nice and did good work. Thank you everyone for the feedback.

Did You Know?

That we offer in-home design consultations? If you need help with paint colors, fabrics, and product selections, an Enhance Design Consultant can come to your home and work with you one-on-one to help you put your new look together. Prices start at $75 for this helpful service.

How Much Does It Cost?

Our customers sometimes tell us that they put off various home improvement projects because they thought the price was going to be so much more expensive than it turned out to be. These are not everyday purchases and many times you have no idea if something will cost $200, $2000, or $10,000! We thought it might be helpful to share some recent typical installations with you. We think you will find that many projects are surprisingly affordable.

Many of our clients are considering bathroom updates. The average cost of a bathroom remodel is $9,720 according to figures from Remodeling magazine. This is a project with an average return on investment of 80 to 90%, sometimes higher. Why such a high rate of return? Because home buying is an emotional decision. When potential home buyers walks into a home that has ugly bathrooms, all they think of is the time, money, and headaches they will need to invest to get the room up to their standards. On the flip side, when homebuyers walk into a home that has fresh, updated bathrooms, it can get them very excited. They know they won't have to lift a finger in these rooms, thus they can afford to spend a little more on the purchase price of the home. Remodel your bathroom now, enjoy it, and know that it will pay off when you go to sell your home.

The biggest cost in most bathroom remodels is in tile. Some recent projects we have completed include:
--an upstairs hall bath with new porcelain tile on the floor and shower surround with a border for $4600. This included adding a custom shower niche and bench and new baseboards.
--a master bath installed with new porcelain tile on the floor, shower stall, and tub surround. This client had a shower bench and 3 niches created and used glass mosaics as a border in the shower. This custom project was $4400.
--another $4400 installation consisted of porcelain tile with an onyx/glass border in the master bath floor, shower, and tub surround.
--ceramic tile was used in a guest bathroom floor and shower and tub surround. Two shower niches were added; cost of this tile work was $2700.
--a $1900 project utilized ceramic tile with a border in a hall bath floor, tub surround, and shower stall. This client added a shower niche and new baseboards.
--also for $1900 was a hall bath floor and tub and shower surround in porcelain tile.

Home Decorating Tips

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What's Hot At Enhance


Strand woven bamboo. We have completed two beautiful installations of strand woven bamboo already this month and our clients are thrilled. This bamboo is very different from the bamboo flooring that you are familiar with. Strand woven bamboo is gorgeous, durable, and green, and at incredible sale prices during our "New Year ~ New Look" flooring sale.
Strand woven bamboo has a unique manufacturing process, one that is different from all other bamboo flooring types. In addition to using 100% of the bamboo stalk, thus creating no environmental waste as a byproduct, the creation process also uses environmentally friendly adhesives. Bamboo also represents sustainability-it not only regenerates naturally, but also quickly, as it can be harvested every 5 to 7 years.
Choose from amazing colors such as Chestnut, Rustic Baked Natural, Light Ebony, Warm Cherry, and Warm Chocolate, some with the popular handscraped finish. Plus these strand woven bamboos come with CrystalShield aluminum oxide matte finish with a 25-year residential warranty to withstand the rigors of high-traffic for years to come. These styles are truly the perfect combination of style, performance, price, and environmental benefit! If you are thinking about hardwood flooring, these products are a "must see!"

Thursday, January 13, 2011

How Long Do Appliances Typically Last?

From a 2007 National Home Builders Association report:
Compact Refrigerator -- 9 Years
Dishwasher -- 9 years
Microwave -- 9 years
Gas Dryer -- 10 years
Gas Water Heater -- 10 years
Washer -- 10 years
Electric Dryer -- 11 years
Electric Water Heater -- 11 years
Freezer -- 11 years
Garbage Disposal -- 12 years
Electric Range -- 13 years
Standard Refrigerator -- 13 years
Range or Oven Hoods -- 14 years
Gas Range -- 15 years
Furnaces -- 15 to 20 years
Tankless Water Heater -- 20+ years

How Much Does It Cost?

Our customers sometimes tell us that they put off various home improvement projects because they thought the price was going to be so much more expensive than it turned out to be. These are not everyday purchases and many times you have no idea if something will cost $200, $2000, or $10,000! We thought it might be helpful to share some recent typical installations with you. We think you will find that many projects are surprisingly affordable.

In November, we installed a popular medium quality frieze carpet with a top-of-the-line pad in the family room for a client in Marietta. The room size was 333 square feet, and the price included moving furniture and pull-up and

disposal of the existing carpet and pad. The total was a little over $1200, including sales tax.

A larger carpeting project in November was an installation in Woodstock consisting of 4 bedrooms, closets, vanity area, family room, hall and 2 staircases. Our client chose a best selling medium quality frieze with 8lb padding. The installation included furniture moving and removing the existing carpet and pad. The square footage was 1642 and the total cost was approximately $5700, including sales tax.

When Does It Go On Sale

January is also a traditional sale month for furniture and linens. Save money by timing your purchases to the biggest sales events.

Did You Know?


January is traditionally the month for Enhance Floors & More's biggest sale of the year. 2011 is no exception. During our "New Year ~ New Look Sale" you can receive an 11% discount on almost everything in the store! Plus ask about the "Deals of the Week." These featured products, which change weekly, offer savings up to 40%. Now is truly the time to buy!

What's New At Enhance


Now is the time of the year that manufacturers are introducing new products. At least once a week something new is arriving in our store. Recent introductions include a very well-priced line of natural stone, the Artisan Collection, including Tumbled Stone (which is great for backsplashes!) Other new products include super soft Wear Dated carpets in the latest colors and a value priced solid oak prefinished hardwood floor called Foundations. Stop by and see what's new. Our manufacturers are really focusing on value, and all of these products offer great styling and performance at excellent price points.