2017 – Happy New Year!

2017 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  As we look back at all the warm memories in 2016, we are feeling proud of our achievements and ready for another new year with new beginnings. WOW, 2017!  Another 365 days of all that is good… with family members, good friends and new acquaintances.  Happy New Year!

We are excited our monthly blogs this new year. Each year we try to bring you something different. In 2014-2015, we brought you our floor and tile installations highlighting different projects in towns and cities across New Hampshire and Maine. In 2016, we also brought you our floor and tile installations and provided some great ideas by various designers throughout the US.  We captured floor and tile ideas by room of:  kitchens, bathrooms, sunrooms and the like. In 2017, we will bring  you floor and tile installations based on color – we will highlight a different color for each monthly blog.

Our color for this month is white. When we think of January, we think of  white snow and January white sales.   Although white is not defined as a color in physics, it is considered a distinct color in visual art. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence or wholeness. In color psychology white is considered the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak.  So for January 2017, we are highlighting rooms showcasing white tile!

Let’s take a look!

WHITE CERAMIC TILE

This lovely spa is adorned with a glossy white Lucente ceramic wall tile, 8″ x 24″. It also comes in a 4″ x 24″ bullnose,  8″ x 24″ wave pattern and a 2″ x 2″ Mosaic. This line offers a wide range of ceramic wall tile with coordinating porcelain floor tiles in a variety of colors.

Lucente Tile White

WHITE PORCELAIN TILE

Below is a  porcelain tile series called Drift. It flows freely across the floor creating a comforting, almost lazy sense of contentment. Great for a beach house or an area that you want to create a space that is light and airy. The tiles come in 8″ x 45″ in a natural or polished finish.

Drift tile

WHITE PORCELAIN TILE – LARGE FORMAT

This porcelain large-format tile creates a restful backdrop for those seeking to balance modern, everyday living with a crisp, fresh look. Bold and beautiful as a world covered in a blanket of fresh snow; as a gentle reminder of peace and purity…this is the inspiration for Illume. The tile comes in 24″ x 24″ ‘Field Tile, 12″ x 24″ wall tile, 3×24 battiscopa, 2×2 Mosaic COLOR: Super White, Finish: Glossy

Illume Tile

White is the perfect color for any room that you want to create a sense of lightness, an ethereal feeling. You can change the style immediately with accent pieces and accent colors. Don’t be afraid to use the color white in your home.

We hope you enjoyed this month’s blog and again, we wish everyone a Happy New Year!

 

 

The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember

The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember

christmas-sleighThe Holidays Are Made up of Special Moments

This year, why not put a casual twist on tradition by creating a comfortable family room where the whole family can relax and enjoy the holidays together. It is the perfect time to start thinking how you will set up your family room for the holidays.

Our suggestion for creating that comfortable family room is adding a new floor in your space. Our wide selection of hardwood, carpet and cork can be chosen to suit any style for your room.  Whether you are going to host a casual, family friendly holiday party or an elegant evening with friends, we have some ideas for you!

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Family Room Photo:Julie Ranee Photography                      Photo of Hardwood Samples: B & C Floor Store

Benefits of hardwood floors:

  • They are easy to clean
  • They have a high quality look
  • Wide range of appearances
  • Healthy indoor
  • They are a great long-term investment

 

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Photo of Lush Carpet: B & C Floor Store                             Family Room Photo: Maria Killam

Benefits of carpet:

  • They reduce noise
  • They provide warmth and comfort
  • Cushions slips and falls
  • Wide range of appearances
  • Certified to have low VOC’s ( Volatile organic compounds)

 

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Photo of cork samples: B & C Floor Store      Photo of family room:KCS Design

Benefits of cork floors:

  • They are easy to clean
  • They have a high quality look
  • Wide range of appearances; aesthetically versatile
  • Healthy indoor
  • Durable
  • Safe ( Fire resistant)
  • Comfort
  • They are a great long-term investment

We at B & C Floor Store, hope that your holiday season brings special moments and joy that continues into the new year.


It’s Thanksgiving, Gather Family and Friends

It’s Thanksgiving, Gather Family and Friends

GRATEFUL Gatherings for Thanksgiving

There are many observance days in November but the one that immediately comes to mind is Thanksgiving. It has historical roots in both religious and cultural traditions and was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Today, it is widely celebrated for the same reasons except the majority of us  do not plant or harvest our own food. But we are truly thankful for the abundance of food and give thanks for all the meaningful elements in our lives.

So gather family and friends and join us in our celebration of Thanksgiving traditions. It is a special time of the year where we open our doors to guests, share home-cooked meals and get ready to cozy up to the fireplace.

Our blog topic for this month is dining rooms, chosen of course because of Thanksgiving. We want to open up our doors to you with some ideas to infuse rich colors and textures of the harvest season into your dining room.

Everyone here at The B & C Floor Store is especially grateful to our customers for allowing us to be part of their memorable home improvement floor and tile projects.

Here are some photos in celebration of the harvest and gratitude:

Thanksgiving Dining Room stone-creek-buildersDining Room Photo: Stone Creek Builders
dining-room-photo                               Dining Room Photo from: Edmunds Studios Photography
dining-room-2                                                                                              Dining Room Photo from: Sebastian Paszek and Christina Bull, Ealing Broadway, London

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to join us for December’s Blog… The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember.

September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

OUR PROJECT SPOTLIGHT FOR SEPTEMBER:
A New Home in York, Maine

We Are Up To Any Big Challenge!

Our project spotlight for this month is a new home in York, Maine. We were hired to provide new tile and floors throughout this beautiful new home. We installed new carpets in the bedrooms and loft area creating a soft, soothing experience under your feet.  New hardwood floors were installed in the kitchen, dining area, living room and entryway offering a warm, rich feeling as you enter each room.  Gorgeous new tiles were selected in the master and guest bathrooms providing an unforgettable spa like feeling.

Join us, as we share with you the different tile, carpet and hardwood installations we did in each of the rooms of this York, Maine home. For your convenience, each photo has a caption detailing the products our customer chose.

September is a great month for tackling big projects in your home. The summer festivities are winding down, the kids are back in school and the weather is getting cooler. It is just a perfect time to get things done. Even if you are not up for a big challenge, contact us here at B & C Floor Store….We Are Up To Any Big Challenge!   We will help and guide you throughout the process.

We hope these new home photos offers you inspiration. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 603-436-9686 with any questions.

September Project Spotlight:  HARDWOOD FLOORS

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Hallmark-Engineered-Hacienda-Hardwood

 

The ENTRYWAY

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The KITCHEN
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The KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

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The LIVING ROOM

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September Project Spotlight:  The STAIRCASE

 

Stair Treads Stained to match hardwood, Risers Painted by Customer

Stair treads stained to match hardwood. Risers painted by customer.

 

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September Project Spotlight:  TILE

 

The GUEST BATHROOM

Guest Bath Lucente 8 x 24 Waves Color White on Shower Walls

Guest Bath: Lucente 8 x 24 Waves, Color: White on Shower Walls

 

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Guest Bath Carrara Marble Threshold

Guest Bath Carrara Marble Threshold

 

Guest Bath 2x2 Porcelain Carrara Tile with Bright White Grout

Guest Bath 2×2 Porcelain Carrara Tile with Bright White Grout

September Project Spotlight:  CARPET

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Guest Room, Master Bedroom and Loft: Shaw Carpet Style; Cashmere III, ccs03-color-106-santa-cruz-2

 

The MASTER BEDROOM

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The GUEST BEDROOM

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The LOFT

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Sunrooms

Sunrooms

Sunrooms were believed to be first constructed in the 16th century in Italy. At that time they were referred to as Giardini Botanici which in English translates to Botanic Garden. It was used to house exotic tropical plants that were brought back into Italy by explorers.

As time went on, sunrooms became favored with nearby countries and before you knew it,  sunrooms spread throughout Europe. In England, they were called conservatories because they were used for conserving flowers and plants. In France, they were used for keeping oranges from freezing and they were called orangeries. As the demand of pineapples increased, they were called pineries.

It was popular belief that sunrooms proved to add value to the human health and then was created for human use. They were given the name solaria, derived from the Latin word sol, meaning sun. Sunrooms were built on homes and were constructed of 3 walls of windows from floor to ceiling. Solaria (sunrooms) became a common feature in hospitals as well and they were used as places where patients would sit and focus in recovering from illnesses. Whether the patient suffered from a terrible cold, pneumonia or tuberculosis, doctors often advised patients to spend quality time in these rooms as often as they could to get well.

Today, sunrooms, are a popular addition to our homes in the United States. Not only do they increase the value of your home, but they also increases your own personal enjoyment of your home. It gives you additional living space for relaxing, dining or entertaining that can be used all year long. For those with a green thumb or a love for exotic plants, it will allow you to plant a variety of plant species regardless of our cold winter conditions here in New England.

Depending on your use of your sunroom, there are a variety of floor options to choose from. If it used as additional living space you can choose anything from carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, laminate or vinyl. If you are going to use your sunroom as part of the outdoors in the warmer months or use it as a type of greenhouse the best choices are tile, natural stone, laminate or vinyl.

We have provided below inspirational images of sunrooms that hopefully will give you some ideas for your sunroom update.

B & C Serenity

Notice the stone brick flooring. A durable but classic look!
Photo: Houzz, Richard Leo Johnson from Historical Concepts.

 

B & C Carefree

The tile floor adds warmth from the sun coming in and the color choice is lovely!
Photo: Houzz, Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource

 

B & C Joyous

The hardwood floors provide warmth and is a natural element in this sunroom. The scatter rug offers color, personality and style!
Photo: Houzz, Diggs Design Company

 

B & C Cheery

This sunroom also has tile in a neutral tone allowing the the furniture to make the statement.
Photo: Houzz, Elizabeth Swartz Interiors Seaside Residence

Garden Style Sunroom

Natural stone is a great choice for a sunroof that contains plants.
Photo: Houzz, Dennison and Dampier Interior Design

Surprising Home Office Ideas

Surprising Home Office Ideas

We have some surprising home office ideas for you!  Working from home is ideal for baby boomers to millennials and is the most in-demand type of flexibility job seekers are interested in. And because of this they need new home offices! The styles range from traditional to transitional, with locations in the attic, the basement or even a closet. No matter what style of office you choose or where you place it, consider the floor as an integral part of your office design.

The office ideas below have hardwood, vinyl or laminate floors, the most ideal if you have a desk chair with casters on it. Tile carpet can be difficult in positioning your chair without getting stuck in the grout lines or stuck in the pile of the carpet (unless you have a special mat specifically made for these instances).

Here is an office that utilizes some space in the attic.  It is bright and cheery, well organized with ample space to move about even for a few people. Notice the hardwood floors, it provides a natural element and is easy to keep clean. The desk chair with casters is easy to maneuver from one end of the office to the other. (Room by: Signature Properties of Illinois LTD.)

attic office by Signature Properties of Ill Ltd on Houzz

 

This next office is located in the basement under the stairs, truly a smart way to utilize space and function.  They chose laminate floors which are great for the budget conscious. (Photo by: Leslie Goodwin Photography)

Leslie Goodwin Photography desk in basement under stair

 

Don’t have alot of space? This office has been designed in a bedroom closet with vinyl floors where you can close the doors when office hours are over. (Office design by: Cathy Phillips & Co.)

closet office by CAthy Phillips and Co

 

This space (not gender specific) was converted from a dining room or formal living room to conduct business at home. (Office created by: D.A.S Custom Builders)

neutral gender office D.A.S Custom Builders

 

We think any man would want this masculine in-house office to call their own. A great view out the window, ample lighting, a place to read the New York Times and plenty of seating for meetings. Notice how the hardwood floor grounds this space. (Office by: Kristi Spouse Interiors)

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Here is a great in-house office idea for you ladies out there! It is warm, inviting, airy and bright with plenty of storage. The hardwood floors are covered by a large area rug (with no pile) adding a little movement to the calmness of this room. ( Office by: Jennifer Pacca Interiors)

Office by Jennifer Pacca Interiors

 

Here we have a small corner office that is great for any member of the family. It can be used just to pay the bills, for the kids to do their homework or a place to read or surf the internet. (Office by: transForm)

office by Transform found on Houzz

 

The last idea is for an office/craft room. Plenty of storage space and working surfaces to get things done! Notice the hardwood floors, they are instrumental to this space! ( Office/Craft Room by: Collaborative Design Group – Architects & Interiors)office:craft by collaborative design group-architects and interiors

 

Thank you so much for visiting our blog this month. We hope you enjoyed it!

In honor of our men and women who died while serving in the United States military, we wish everyone a Happy and safe Memorial Day.

SPRING INSPIRED  Fresh Ideas for the Bedroom

SPRING INSPIRED Fresh Ideas for the Bedroom

 Renew Your Bedroom

The bedroom is where you take rest, renew your energy and begin and end each new day. It is the most private room in the house, it is where our innermost selves can emerge. Because the bedroom is our respite, it is essential that we add the right elements. The secret is creating this very private space to your personal needs. The end result will be a retreat within the already safe confines of your home, a sanctuary like no other.

We have spring inspired, fresh ideas for the bedroom that are not only simple but will make the biggest difference in your bedroom.

The bedroom below has a beach retreat feel. The wood look porcelain tile adds warmth and is most ideal for a waterfront beach cottage. It is such a fresh idea for this bedroom.

B & C April Bedroom Tile Floor

 

This tranquil bedroom with an inviting seating area was designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors. The soft color palette provides a calming effect as soon as you enter the room. The walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Silver Gray 2131-60 and the trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 . As for the neutral wall-to-wall carpet, B & C Floor Store has  many carpets to choose from to create a restful bedroom of your taste and style.

Martha O'Hara Interiors Houzz

 

Here we have a bedroom, designed by Jenny Martin Design, with a dark hardwood floor and accenting this stylish bedroom is a modern area rug. The hardwood is a 5″ engineered oak with an espresso stain. The walls are painted with Benjamin Moore – Lockport Gray. Stop by our showroom and we can show you many possibilities for a custom area rug that captures your eye.

Jenny MArtin Design

 

In this blog we have provided you with 3 ideas for your flooring in a master bedroom –  one with tile, another with wall-to-wall carpet and the last one hardwood floor with an area rug to add warmth and design. We hope you have enjoyed this month’s blog and hope you will visit our showroom for more spring inspired fresh ideas for the bedroom!

Next months blog we will showcase home offices.

COLOR

COLOR

Have you ever taken a moment to observe the different colors Mother Nature offers us?

We live in a such a colorful world. Nature unfolds so many pigments depending on the different times of the year, the different times of the day and in different continents on earth. All the colors visible to us are infinately beautiful.

Let’s just take the color of the sky… it can go from gray (on an overcast day), to blue (on a clear sunny day) to orange or red at sunset. The leaves on deciduous trees range in colors of green in the spring and summer to yellows, oranges and reds in the fall. The color options are too numerous to mention, let alone color combinations but it all depends what is pleasing to your eye!

The same goes for colors of floors and tile. At B & C floor Store, we have many colors to offer you. We want to share with you some ideas of using color with hardwood, carpet and tile in any room of your home.

B & C color tileCeramic Tile: Sheen, Colors: Beige, Pink, Orange and Red

 

glass tileWaves Glass Tile,  Color: Ocean Spray

blue tileFresco Tile,  Color: Blanco Brillo

carpetCarpet: All At Once, Color: Snowfall

carpet2Carpet: Liner Weave, Color: Soft Fleece

room_wideplank_gunstockHardwood: Gunstock (Red Oak), Solid Plus Engineered 7″ Width

room_wideplank_hickorysaddleHardwood: Hickory Saddle, Solid Plus Engineered, 6″ Width

More ideas coming!  Come back and visit with us, next month we are going to talk about Fashion in your home!

A Stroll Through Hardwood in Autumn

A Stroll Through Hardwood in Autumn

Another season is upon us and like you, we cannot believe it is Autumn already. It is such a beautiful time of the year when everything seems to burst with its last beauty. As you stroll outside you can’t help but capture the warm tones of the colored leaves on the trees. You can feel the cool air on your skin as a slight breeze brushes by. As you inhale the beautiful day, you can smell the rich earth as it decomposes the bountiful vegetation of the summer.

Our topic for today is hardwood and there is no better time to talk about it than the present.

As the leaves fall from the trees you can’t help but notice the hardwood much more than the season before. The different bark on the trees are more apparent showcasing the many hardwood (and softwood) options that are available locally. But most of us aren’t Arborists and cannot distinguish the difference of the tree species just by the bark. So just as mother nature saved up all year for the grand finale of the Autumn color burst, we have saved up a few of our best hardwood floors to show you the different hardwood installations we have done in the past few months. Exciting times!!

Solid hardwood adds warmth, character and value to any room in your home. There are a variety of finishes, colors, widths and options to match your style – rustic to modern. Let’s talk about some of those options.

Back in September, we installed a lovely Baltic Oak hardwood floor in a large family room in Kittery, Maine. The method of installation was a floating floor. Unlike traditional solid wood planks that are nailed down, a “floating floor” is where the planks are snapped together. Our customer had a cement sub floor instead of the usual plywood underlay. This was the best method to transform the cold modern look of cement to that of a rich, warm classic floor. No matter what angle we shot the photo or the time of day we took the picture,  the new hardwood floor works beautifully in this space.

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Another hardwood floor project we did last month was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The customer chose Sommerset 7” engineered wide plank hardwood floor Color:Mist for their kitchen, dining area and staircase. The hardwood floor installation was the standard method of nailing the hardwood to the wooden subfloor instead of using the method used above.

The look and feel of these new spaces are light and airy. Have you ever noticed that walking into a brightly colored room can lift your spirits? In the same way, flooring design elements like colors, styles, textures and finishes influence the way a room feels. Vast rooms can be made to feel cozier with matte, warm tone floors. Add sophistication with a dark hardwood floor. Use light colored floors to make a room feel more spacious and airy as was done with this project.

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The third hardwood floor we would like to share with you was in a home in North Hampton, New Hampshire. This month we worked closely with the Powell Builders in Hampton, NH (http://powellbuildersllc.com) and our customer on this hardwood floor project. Our customer chose Maple Natural Bistro, Coastal Grade 3 1/4” wide throughout the foyer, kitchen, dining room, 2 bedrooms, 2nd floor hallway and a sitting room.

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Autumn Hardwood 4

Your Carpet Installation Was Perfect. Now What? – Extending the life and quality of your carpeting

Your Carpet Installation Was Perfect. Now What? – Extending the life and quality of your carpeting

carpet-photo-01a You selected the carpet for your home, and it’s now been installed. You are excited about the end result, and now you want to maintain it. Just how do you go about extending the life of the carpet in your home and protecting your investment?

What are the four types of cleaning?

There are four different types of cleaning that the carpet requires. The most basic form of cleaning is vacuuming. The carpet has to be regularly vacuumed to remove the dirt regularly. In high traffic areas, the carpet may need to be vacuumed more often. If done regularly, up to 95 percent of the dirt could be removed from the carpets. Spot cleaning is performed when there is a spill. This could involve blotting a spot with a damp white towel. Spot cleaning should never include rubbing or scrubbing because this could cause the stain to settle further into the carpet. Interim cleaning is another form of cleaning. This form of cleaning targets soiling, and the equipment used is capable of targeting dirt buried deep into the carpet. Restorative cleaning is a deep cleaning treatment process that is performed by professional technicians as well. Households with pets, young children and members with allergies may need restorative cleaning more often than other households.

How to extend the life of the carpet in a home

There are several things that one can do to extend the life of the carpets in the home. How long the carpet lasts in a home depends on how often the flooring is cleaned. In following these tips, one can extend the life of the carpet.

Carpet Installation & Maintenace (Maintenance) Tips

Deep cleaning should be done periodically. Periodically deep cleaning should be done on a semi-annual schedule. Annually to semi-annually is the recommended cleaning schedule for most households.

Eliminate spots and spills immediately. The spots are removed immediately with a spot cleaning solution. These cleaning solutions are available at most grocery stores and are often quite effective in removing the initial stain.

Use carpet padding throughout house. Carpet padding in homes is used to absorb some of the impact created with regular traffic. The impact of daily traffic causes the fibers to become weaker, and padding addresses this by limiting the impact from walking and running.

Use matting near entries. Every area should have matting at every entry in the home. Giving people the opportunity to wipe their feet at each entry point offering access to carpeted areas limits the amount of dirt an area is exposed to over time.

Upgrade the vacuum in a home. A quality vacuum protects the piling in the carpet from wear and tear. More dirt can be removed on a much deeper level if the right vacuum is used. Generally speaking, the more expensive vacuuming systems are much better at targeting dirt well beneath the surface.

Establish no carpet zones. In preventing people from wearing carpet in a high traffic areas, oil, dirt and grime is less likely to make it to the carpet. The carpet is cleaner because it is exposed to dirt far less often.

A professionally installed carpet is the first line of defense in protecting the flooring. The real work comes with regular maintenance. Regular maintenance includes vacuuming, spot cleaning, restorative cleaning and interim cleaning. All forms of cleaning are necessary to keep the flooring looking its best for a longer period of time.

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