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)

office by kristi spouse interiors houzz

 

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.

Finding Unique Vinyl Flooring in Portsmouth

Finding Unique Vinyl Flooring in Portsmouth

If you need a reliable business that can provide you with quality vinyl flooring in Portsmouth, then the B&C Floor Store (http://bcfloorstore.com) is available to provide you with the selection and service you seek. At the B&C Floor Store, we specialize in vinyl flooring that’s attractive, durable, affordable and relatively low maintenance.  While ceramic, stone and wood floors can indeed be charming, they also tend to be a greater investment. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is markedly easier to manage and it’s also just as visually appealing. If you’re looking for flooring that possesses considerable protection against fading, spills and scratches, to name a couple examples, then our vinyl flooring in Portsmouth might be perfect for your preferences and needs.

If you’re looking for suitable flooring for parts of your residence that are hectic and receive a lot of traffic, then our vinyl flooring might be a terrific option. Whether you’re looking for flooring for a hallway, kitchen, living room, basement or entrance area, our vinyl flooring is sure to please you.

As far as variety goes, there are many choices in vinyl flooring. They’re available in tiles, grouted tiles, planks and sheets. They’re also available in a number of exciting and diverse surface effects, notably metal, pebble, stone, wood, mosaic and ceramic.  Vinyl flooring appears in a broad assortment of colors and designs, too. If you stop by our store in Portsmouth, you’ll be able to view all of your choices up-close. If you have any questions about our vinyl flooring, we’ll provide you with the detailed answers you’re looking for.

At the B&C Floor Store, we display vinyl flooring from many reputable brands. These brands include Inspira, Tarkett,   Karndean and Gerflor. If you like floating tiles, Inspira and Tarkett might be good brands for you. Tarkett & Karndean have many strong choices in vinyl tiles.  Last but not least, if you’re interested in cushion sheet vinyl, then you might want to explore your choices with Gerflor or Tarkett. Note that the brand options at the B&C Floor Store don’t end with these.

Not only can you stop by our showroom, but you can also contact us through email and telephone. We’re open every day of the week except for Sundays. We’re open between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:30PM on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00AM and 5:00PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays, we’re open between 10:00AM and 3:00PM. If you’re searching for top-notch vinyl flooring in Portsmouth, stop by the B&C Floor Store immediately.

Karndean Vinyl Plank

Karndean Vinyl Plank

Vinyl Plank

Vinyl Plank

Tarkett Vinyl

Tarkett Fiber Floor Vinyl

 

 

Give Your Home a Face Lift with New Flooring!

Give Your Home a Face Lift with New Flooring!

We are the flooring showroom NH residents trust! Our enormous selection includes all the most popular flooring products available today. You will find hardwood, carpet, tile, vinyl, green flooring and stair runners in a variety of styles and colors so there’s always something that matches your budget and home décor taste!

Flooring has a major impact on the look and comfort of any home. Aside from the ceilings and walls, the floor is one of the largest parts of any living space. Its color, texture and overall appearance can completely change the tone within a room. Make an area cozier with the rich wood grain found in classic hardwood or create a new, exciting space with ceramic and glass tiles.

Flooring Advice You Can Trust

Our high quality products aren’t the only reason we are the flooring showroom NH families prefer. Our knowledgeable staff understands the importance of picking out the right type of flooring while staying within budget. We can provide expert advice and make recommendations that will help make your floor shopping experience as stress-free as possible.

We want to work with you to ensure that you find the perfect product that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. No matter what your requirements may be, our staff is always available to listen and suggest the best flooring to achieve the look you want in a product that will last. We also can create beautiful area rugs and stair runners that will enhance visual appeal and add a layer of protection that will prolong the life of your floors.

Professional Floor Installation with Options

We also offer reliable floor installation services that are available to residential, new construction and light commercial customers. Our hardworking team makes sure that your flooring is installed the right way so you can get back to doing the things you love with minimal hassle. Customers who visit our flooring showroom in our Portsmouth NH location can also purchase products from us for self-installation projects. Whether you want to handle it on your own or prefer to have a professional do the work, we can accommodate you!

Find the Perfect Floor Today!

If you haven’t visited our flooring showroom in our Portsmouth NH location, now is the best time to stop by! You can see many flooring types featured and feel the quality of each product. We will even loan floor samples for free so you can see the product in your home before making a decision.

New floors can increase property values and make your home more inviting. Start the process of improving your living space by visiting us for a free consultation with one of our flooring experts!

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New Style Trend Breaks Traditional Fashion Rules

 

Published by Tarkett Newsletter

With the return of the spring season comes the colorful rebirth of the landscape as well as new designer fashions for the Spring/Summer collections. It is invigorating to see all the spring color and dive into the detail of what is new and different and why. One of the things we have noticed over the past few years is the lack of rules when it comes to fashion. For example, fashionistas used to run to retail at the start of each new season to see what cut of denim was the “it” thing. Now, when you go to retail, they are all represented! From skinny, to flare and from low rise to high waist…anything goes! The new rule is…there are no rules!

There are so many similarities between fashion and home fashion, it should come as no surprise that this lack of rules also applies in the interiors segment. For home fashion, there seems to be almost a backlash against any design rules. This anything goes design aesthetic has become the next trend in interiors! This trend has been driven, in large part, by the economy. Home owners don’t have this “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality any longer. They are not creating polished interiors that are reserved only for entertaining guests. People are LIVING in their homes and surrounding themselves with interior décor elements that make them happy and reflect their own unique personality. These items could have been things that they brought back from their travels or family heirlooms that have been passed on to them. Creating a personal space is just that…personal.
Consumers are the curators of their own personal collections.  It doesn’t matter what their design aesthetic is, the days of trying to fit into one specific style category are OVER!

This idea of no rules was reinforced when talking to furniture manufacturers during our trip to High Point Furniture Market last year. They were keeping their style discussions amongst designers very broad, using terms like “casual” and “eclectic” to describe their new collections. They also had moved away from marketing full matching suites of furniture. The focus was on mix and match pieces that showcased flexibility such as small pieces that could work as a bedside table, an entry piece or end table. Multi-function was certainly the biggest driver because homeowners are buying furniture in single pieces. If they need a sofa, that is what they buy and they keep the other pieces with minimal wear in that room. Even in the design shows and magazines, we are seeing this more casual trend. Having furniture pieces that match exactly is seen as being boring and staged.

With all that being said, that brings us back to consumers going into flooring showrooms.  What is the one thing that everybody has an opinion about? Color! Let our iSelect system with six different color families help you come to a decision point faster! 

Choose a palette.

With iSelect® you can find the floor that expresses your personality and style, while also living up to the wear and tear of everyday. iSelect also makes the shopping process easier. How? We’ve organized a selection of FiberFloor products into 6 easy-to-shop palettes, where each design complements the others within that palette.

 

Vinyl Flooring?  Really?

Vinyl Flooring? Really?

026Vinyl has come along way. This is not your mother’s vinyl floor! Some of the newest products are cushion vinyl and groutable vinyl tiles.

Are you renting an apartment and hate the floor? Cushion vinyl such as Tarkett’s Fiber Floor is a great option because you can loose lay it over your current floor. When you leave you can take it with you to use in another room in your new place. Lots of great styles: wood grain, tile look, black and white, etc.

If the ceramic tile look appeals to you but think it’s too hard or cold, then groutable vinyl tiles are for you. The grout is acrylic so it will not stain. There are some great styles that look like stone, ceramic or slate.  This is a great option for active families or rentals because not only is it durable but if a tile is damaged it can easily be replaced.  No need to live with the offending dent or stain.

Vinyl can be installed in laundry rooms, entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, sunrooms or any room you need a durable, stylish floor.  It’s not for everyone but it is a great option for the new homeowner who does not want to live with the previous owners floors, seniors who need a floor with a little “give” or rentors who would like to freshen up their floors without breaking the bank.

Mention this blog post when you come visit and you will get 10% off on your vinyl order (materials only).