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Monday, August 24, 2015

To Help You Beat The Holiday Rush


 School is back in session and the temperatures are slowly getting a little cooler.  Labor Day is only a couple of weeks away and the stores are full of the newest fall fashions.  This signals that the holidays are not that far away.  Now is the time to beat the holiday rush and get started on your home improvement projects.  And so much is on sale this month!  Don't miss out on great prices on some of our very best selling products:
 
 ~~The Mohawk All American Sale offers great prices and instant rebates up to $500 on select carpet and hardwood floor styles.  Many of our popular carpet "blankets" are part of this sale, with prices as low as $3.15 per sq. ft. including 8 lb. pad  and installation,  plus the instant rebate.  Choose from a variety of easy-to-care-for fibers, including SmartStrand Forever Clean, Silk, and Wear Dated Nylon.  Great colors to choose from, fantastic low prices, plus all are made in America!
 
In wood, all of the styles with the industry-best ArmorMax finish are on sale.  Rockingham offers traditional looks in oak, hickory and maple.  The Austin Casual line features a wire brushed, rustic visual, just what you need if you have kids and pets.  Northfield is a ½" x 7" wide plank engineered hardwood floor, perfect for big rooms and open floor plans.  Sandbridge is a random width design, featuring 4", 6", and 8" widths.  And all are made in America----what's not to love?
  

~~Need new window treatments?  The popular Silhouette line by Hunter Douglas is on rebate this month:  buy 2 and get $100 back!  We also have a wide selection of custom window fashions for your home as low as $199 per window.  Choose from blinds, pleated shades, even honeycombs!  Come in today and see the newest styles and colors sure to update your home, and save you money on your utility bills, too.
 


~~Armstrong has a new luxury vinyl line called Luxe.  Luxe is 100% waterproof---perfect for baths, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms.  The durable 10 year commercial finish (yes....commercial, not residential) offers superior scratch, scuff, and stain resistance, and is $5.75 per sq. ft. with basic installation.
 


~~Tuftex offers a carpet perfect for pets.  The Stainmaster PetProtect carpet styles resist even the toughest pet stains and easily release pet hair when vacuumed.   Choose from a wide variety of solid and tonal colors, plus the sale prices INCLUDE a pet-proof pad with liner.


~~Ceramic and porcelain tile wood looks are not a trend, they are here to stay.  Come in and see the wide variety of looks available:  traditional wood looks, contemporary greys and whtes, rustic textures, and tiles with dramatic variation.  There is truly something for every décor.  And did we mention the great sale prices on these popular tiles, as low as $2.30 per sq. ft.!

~~If you love the exotic and varied look of an Acacia wood, the Palmetto Road Highland Park is on sale this month for $5.99 per sq. ft. installed.  It is a 5" wide knotty Acacia with a soft scraped look.  It is both rustic and beautiful, not to mention has a lot of character.
 
~~Maybe you don't want something different.  Mohawk Woodleigh is a traditional solid oak hardwood in popular colors and traditional widths.  Choose from Gunstock, Winchester, Red Oak Natural, Butterscotch, Chestnut, White Oak Natural, Saddlebrook, and Cherry stain colors.  This month you can have the classic hardwoods you've always wanted at a great sale price.
 
~~In laminates, the new Chesapeake line from Palmetto Road is a great look at an unbelievable price for a 12mm product---$4.20 per sq. ft.  Four classic colors to choose from, 5" wide planks, and heavy distressing make this laminate a "must have" for those with an active household.

Kitchens and Baths
Many clients are pursuing their dream of renovating their kitchen or bathroom.  One of the first questions is always "How much will it cost?"  REMODELING Magazine does an extensive survey every year of recent kitchen remodels in Atlanta.  In 2014 a minor kitchen remodel averaged $18,889, and a major kitchen remodel was $54,798.  An upscale kitchen renovation averaged $109,672.  These are all-inclusive prices, including new appliances, countertops, sink and faucet, flooring and paint. 
 
What is the distinction between a minor and major kitchen remodel?  Primarily what is done with the cabinets.   A major kitchen remodel includes new cabinets.  A minor remodel does not include changing the cabinet boxes, only either refacing or refinishing the cabinets, or painting, faux painting, or glazing the existing cabinets. 
 
Every remodeling project is unique, and costs vary depending on the homeowner's budget, tastes, and priorities.  One of the biggest cost drivers for a kitchen remodel are structural issues. Changing the footprint of your kitchen in any way will bump up your budget. Moving the kitchen or building an addition involves major construction as well as new electrical, plumbing and flooring.   Opening up to another room could require structural work and unforeseen costs if load-bearing walls are involved.  Even relocating the sink or range would mean moving the plumbing or gas lines.
 
Is your bathroom in need of an update?  REMODELING Magazine reported that the average cost in 2014 of a midrange Atlanta bathroom remodel was $15,941.  This includes all new fixtures, vanity cabinet, frameless glass shower doors, faucets, countertops, tile, and labor (plumbing, electrical, etc.)  An "upscale" bathroom remodel was $50,772.  An industry average price per square foot for a professionally done bathroom remodel ranges $175 to $225 per square foot on the low end and over $600 per square foot for a luxury bathroom. For a 5 x 8 bathroom (40 square feet) that is a range of $7,000 to $24,000. 
 
You may be wondering what the difference is between midrange and upscale and why the price range is so great. The quality and cost of the materials used is the main factor to determine if the redo is considered midrange or upscale. There are many components to a bathroom remodel, and each item has a wide range in quality and price.    For example, a toilet can cost $100 or over $5,000, tub prices range between $125 to over $10,000, and even something "simple" like shower heads vary from $5 to $10,000.
 
Understanding that there are no standard costs for a remodel -- every home is unique because of its age, layout and construction type -- will help you be more realistic about the potential costs of your project.  Come in today and talk to an Enhance Floors Design Consultant about your plans for a kitchen or bathroom remodel.
 
Design Tip
A quick and easy room refresh is changing the color scheme of your bedding.  Shades of grey, taupe, and beige have a soft, elegant look.  Navy blue and white create a beachy, nautical look.  Pale blue and cocoa brown is another trending color combination.  Also, adding metallic embellishments is a great way to bring "bling" into your bedroom

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