Install Carpet or Hardwood Floor in Your New Home?

One of the first décor decisions you will need to make during the time you are building your new dream home is which type of floor to choose for your home. You can select different flooring for different rooms but usually the majority of a home is either hardwood, carpet or tile floor.

We’ve discussed the various types of tile and stone flooring available for installation in a home. For most homes, tile floor is reserved for bathrooms, kitchens and sometimes interior patios. So, what about the rest of the home?

There are two flooring options that are the most popular for families building a new home and those are carpet and hardwood floor.

Both carpet and hardwood floor have their own benefits so in the end it will come down to the preference of the homeowners. This post provides some of the benefits of each type of flooring in order to help you decide how to choose your new home’s flooring:

Benefits of Carpet

Here are some of the primary benefits of carpet in your home:

(1) Soft & Comfortable

Each step on a carpet floor is cushioned and comfortable. Carpet will help reduce stress on your knees and back and warms the soles of your feet as you walk through your home. You will also notice that your energy bills will be lower if you install carpet instead of hardwood floor because carpet helps to insulate a home.

(2) Colorful

Hardwood floor is very versatile but on the surface, carpet offers more colors and style options to choose from. You can select a bold and bright color of carpet and pair it with more subdued décor or furniture or do the opposite and pair neutral carpet with bold furniture and décor. There are many ways to decorate with carpet!

(3) Cost

The cost of carpet is cheaper than hardwood floor. The materials and rolls of carpet are cheaper and the installation is cheaper too. We do not recommend DIY installation of carpet or hardwood floor considering the investment in the materials and the crucial role a floor plays in a home so you will need to decide if you can afford the quality hardwood materials and the cost for a professional installer.

Benefits of Hardwood

(1) Long-Lasting

You will often hear that hardwood floor can last a lifetime and it is very true. A quality hardwood floor will last the entire life of a home if cared for and refinished from time to time. There is no stronger flooring material than hardwood floor for your living room or dining room or even bedrooms too. This durability is the reason the cost of the materials is so expensive.

(2) Versatility

You will enjoy a lot of versatility when it comes to decorating with hardwood floor. You can use hardwood floor for both modern décor and layouts as well as traditional styling. You can also complement a hardwood floor with various area rugs to incorporate a little color into the room and into the home.

(3) Resale Value

Should the time come where you decide to sell your home after you build it, you will receive a much higher resale value if you install hardwood floor instead of carpet. New home buyers love hardwood floor because oftentimes new buyers feel the need to replace carpet or at least hire a local carpet cleaner right away. The owner of Lloyd’s Chem-Dry in Aurora tells us all the time how he has to clean carpet before the new buyers will move into a home.

We love both carpet and hardwood floor and encourage you to spend enough time necessary to decide which type of floor is best for your new home.

How to Tile a Bathroom Wall

tile bathroom wall

We discussed tile for flooring in our last post and of course you can use tile for walls too!

Bathroom walls experience lots of water and hence tiles are the best material for such walls. Wall tiles are apt as per utility and they also provide a perfect look to the bathroom.

The tiles stand up to wet conditions, make frequent cleaning easier and also provide enduring look to the interiors. Applying tiles on the bathroom walls is certainly a professional job!

A professional job which you can also do all by yourself and that too at affordable rates! So, here is a step by step guide as to how can you tile your bathroom wall and bring color and style to your bathroom!

  1. Ready the tiles: If you have selected the tiles already then firstly you should take appropriate measure of the wall where you have to put the tiles. Depending upon the width and height of the wall, you might have to trim the corner tiles. Also, if there are tap, fittings, doors or windows then you would have to cut the tiles accordingly. So measure the space properly and then keep aside the number of tiles which might need to be trimmed. We will trim them as and when we have to fix them.
  2. Sand the wall: The first and second step can be done interchangeably also! The wall surface needs to be sanded to even it out. You should clean and dust the entire wall and then seal it too with putty so as to provide an extra layer of protection. If the surface would be smooth only then the tiles would be applied evenly and in sync.
  3. Preparing & applying tile glue: if you want to leave a base line at the bottom of the wall and cover it with different set of tiles then you should put some marks using a chalk line. If not, then you may start gluing row by row on the wall. The tile glue which is used these days is safe to use with waterproof as per the regulations. You need to mix ample amount of water with the tile glue powder to make it consistent like a paste. If it seems to be runny or dry then you need to add more powder or water as may be necessary. Apply this glue either at the back of the first row tiles or at the wall directly only for the bottom most row tiles. Trim the corner tile as per the requirement.
  4. Lay subsequent rows of tiles: In conjunction to the point above, continue to lay other rows of tiles one by one. If you are applying the glue directly on the wall, make sure you are putting up tiles before it dries up. Multiple layers of glue will not even out the tiles, hence you need to ensure that you are applying very thin layer of glue and cleaning off any excess glue. Before putting up tiles in second row, make sure that the height of all times in the first row is horizontally aligned. You may use the scale or wedges to check this and adjust the ones which are slightly up or below otherwise your bathroom would not have properly aligned outlook!

Types of Tile & Stone for Flooring

tile flooring

Flooring increases the style quotient of the home and if it is gracefully applied then it just accentuate the natural style setting of your home.

Tiles and stones are offer sense of permanence and character which is incomparable with any other type of flooring.

So here are some of the natural, cool and hard types of surfaces that will not only make your home look elegant but will also prove friendly to your pocket.

Types of Stones


Granite is one of the hardest stone types which is available in different colors and varieties. It is attractive, hard and resistant to stains and moisture. It is easy to clean and maintain and thus preferred for flooring.

Apart from timeless style and long lasting beauty, granite adds an oomph quotient to your house.

Granite is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens but also work wonders if they are used in drawing rooms. The shine and luster of granite makes it perfect for all kinds of flooring.


The aesthetic factor of time honored marble is undoubted! Marble in dense and its longevity proves the same. Although it is classified as one of the expensive types of stones and needs regular cleaning but still its popularity at commercial and residential spaces is not decreased.

The elegant and glossy finish of marble can never be undermined and may be therefore it is considered as symbol of luxury and opulence.


The irregular and non-identical patterns of stone also provide natural and earthen appearance to the floor. Limestone which is formed from sedimentary materials offers superior comfort and range of subtle colors including glossy and matte shades which simply adds charm to any interior.

This is the reason that limestone is one of the favorites of architects and designers as it offers various kinds of designs, patterns and thus provides exceptional versatility for flooring.

Types of Tiles

Stone Tiles:

As the name suggests, these tiles are made by slicing slabs of stones into thin squares and rectangles. The beauty of these tiles lie in their natural imperfection as the tiles vary from each other due to type of stone, veining process and quarry as well. The wide assortment of colors and patterns in stone tiles give them aesthetic look.

Ceramic & Porcelain:

These are the most common types of tiles that are prevalent and are made from natural clay and minerals thus offering wide variety of designs, textures, sizes and colors.

Having a smooth and external glaze these tiles are apt for both indoors and outdoors and are durable and easy to apply as well. These tiles are non-porous and thus are resistant to moist strains.

There are wood look tiles as well which can be called as sub-categories of ceramic and porcelain tiles.


The elegant appearance provided by this tile is tremendous. They are durable, versatile and not widely available! The eye-catching finish of this tile is authentic and can sustain their beauty even if they are used for high trafficked areas.

They are mostly recommended for places that stay cold throughout the year as this tile has its heat of its own which contributes in keeping your home cosy and warm all year long!

Acquiring a Building Permit

Your dream home cannot become a reality before you obtain a building permit from your local governing body.

Every state, county, city and town has their own guidelines and requirements to obtain a building permit. You will need to research the requirements for your location.

The permit is necessary in order to commence building legally. Without a permit, there is a good chance you will face several fines and receive a cease and desist order to prevent further building.

We don’t recommend initiating any type of building, major remodel, renovation or add-on construction without first obtaining a building permit and approval from the municipality.

Why You Need a Building Permit

There are several reasons the government requires building permits for new construction and major building projects.

The first reason is for safety. Approval for a permit requires an investigation of the project from the government which will ensure proper measurements are taken for the safety of all those involved in the project.

The second reason is quality of construction. Each city or town has its own standards and requirements for construction within their limits. For example, you couldn’t build a three-story home in a neighborhood where everyone has a two-story home.

The third reason is that it creates easier property valuation and taxation across the municipality.

Cynical contractors and home builders will also point out that the permit fees can compensate for poor economic times when taxes are too low.

How to Obtain a Permit

You will need to fill out all of the necessary forms and pay various fees in order to acquire the permit and approval of construction. You should start as soon as possible as the process can be time consuming and is dependent on the government officials and their schedule.

You can also hire a service to handle all of the paperwork and communication with the local government and its permit office. These services are not too costly and allow you to spend time focusing on design plans for the new construction or other priorities in your personal or professional life.

Remember, do not begin new construction or a significant renovation or add-on to a home without going through the proper channels and acquiring a building permit.

Let the Building Begin

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