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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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Tips For Choosing Unique Flooring Materials For Your Bathroom

When you're renovating a bathroom, the two most common flooring choices are linoleum and tile. Though they might be the most popular, they certainly aren't the only options. If you're looking for something that's more unique, you should consider one of the less-popular choices. An outside-the-box flooring option can do wonders to make your bathroom one of a kind. Here are some of the options that you might see in your local kitchen and bathroom showroom as unique alternatives for your bathroom floor.


Hardwood flooring probably isn't the first thing you think of when you're looking for flooring in your bathroom, but don't avoid it just because you're worried about water damage. You can treat the floors to protect them from the water by applying a few extra coats of polyurethane when you install it. Just make sure that you fill in all of the cracks between the panels to prevent water from seeping underneath.

One of the best things about installing a hardwood floor in your bathroom is that it's easy to maintain. That means you can keep that natural hardwood beauty for years to come. After all, you can wipe up spills and puddles quickly to keep them from seeping in. If you do happen to struggle with stains or discoloration, you can repair the floor easily by sanding it and resealing it.


Cork flooring is an environmentally-friendly option for flooring in any part of the house, but many people hesitate to install it in bathrooms because of its porous nature. When properly sealed, though, moisture is not a concern. In fact, you can buy cork flooring either sealed or unsealed. If it's pre-sealed, you won't be able to stain it, but if you opt for unsealed cork flooring, you can stain and seal it yourself. That lets you pick the color you want and make it your own. Cork holds heat, too, which means it'll be warmer on your feet. You can find cork flooring in several forms, from sheets to tiles and discs.


Don't let the idea of installing carpeting in your bathroom make you cringe. The truth is, carpet isn't really such a bad thing in a bathroom. In fact, if you install carpet tiles in your bathroom, you won't ever have to struggle with the cold of a bare floor under your feet in the morning. The new style of carpet tiles are treated on the back so that they inhibit mildew and mold growth. Many even have an antimicrobial treatment on the backing, which is important in bathroom environments.

The carpet tiles are cut the same as linoleum or other flooring tiles, and it makes it easy to install or remove the squares. This is convenient if you have a single carpet square that needs to be replaced due to damage or wear. It's also simple to remove a tile for washing or to hang and dry. A minor water leak isn't a serious concern, because you can pull just the squares that are saturated instead of needing a full-sized industrial fan or other measures to dry it out.

Sea Grass

When it comes to choosing sustainable flooring, sea grass is perhaps the most sustainable option there is. Sea grass flooring is crafted from the fibers of marsh plants. Since it isn't porous, sea grass flooring is water resistant. Sea grass is soft, too, which makes it great under your feet.

As you can tell from the options here, you have many more options for your bathroom floor than you might think. Instead of investing in plain linoleum tile, consider a flooring option like one of these.