Recently we had the opportunity to recommend new flooring for a customer in Indian Hill, a affluent area of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. The homeowner is a professional person with a large Cincinnati based corporation and who travels all over the world. She wanted to update the laundry room , master bedroom, office and hall downstairs. She also wanted a new runner installed on the steps to the upstairs and to the downstairs. She discovered us on the internet and we arranged a appointment to bring suggestions of various flooring products to her home.Upon arriving at her home we took a tour of the job and asked questions like ….how long will you be living here ?…how many people in the home ?….any pets ?
She wanted to have new hardwood installed in the office and hall downstairs (was carpeting installed over cement. The laundry room was pretty large and had 12″ x 12″ tile that was probably 20-25 years old. Tiles were missing and some stained and cracked. Upstairs in the master bedroom there was wall to wall carpet and the same on the steps leading to the main and lower level. She also had bamboo already installed in the living room and wanted to continue it into the bedroom entrance in place of the existing carpet. The job was a pretty tall order with four different surfaces coming together at various doorways and so Judy, Brandon and I went to work offering various flooring products. Special note….she told us that she might be living there another 3-5 years, so she wanted the job to look good for her time there but also wanted products that would look good when she sold the home and didn’t break the bank.
We started with the office and hall downstairs. She choose a Somerset Hardwood Value Collection that was engineered in a 3 1/4 ”wide gunstock color. We used a engineered wood floor product so we could glue down the planks right to the cement. We used Bosticks Best wood flooring glue. The new pre finished wood matched the steps that were already stained the same color. The new wood met ceramic tile at the bathroom, carpet and 3 two doors ways. Those same steps were the steps that we installed a beautiful Phenix Carpet Mills patterned cut loop cut design in a filament polyester yarn. The color was stardust. The runner was 33″ wide and we turned and tacked it on the edges.
Brandon (our son) a Certified Flooring Installer oversaw the complete job and installed the carpet and tile for the laundry room. We recommended new Azrock color # 914 a 12″ x 12″ x 1/8″ vinyl tile. The tile is a VCT (vinyl composition tile) for the laundry room in a crisp clean off white w/flecks of gray. We prepared the old floor, filled in missing tile and used Ardex floor leveling compound to level the existing floor. Then with Azrock clear thin spread adhesive we installed the tile in the laundry room and down the back hall to the garage. We tied that into the wood with a Somerset wood reducer.Upstairs in the master bedroom we installed approx. 65 sf of Teragan vertical bamboo.
It is truly amazing how the new bamboo tied into the existing bamboo ( approx. ) 8-10 years old and looked just great. The color was carmelized carmel. In the master bedroom we installed Beaulieu style Snazzy in a color called Beechhouse. .Snazzy is a plush frieze with hints of 2-3 other colors twisted into the beige background. The master closet was off the bamboo so we finished the carpet meeting the bamboo by running a header board at the closet and at the bedroom entrance we turned and tacket the carpet to both sides of the bamboo. We took 2 1/2 days to get the job done and it looked just GREAT. The total cost was less than $ 6500 and the customer is very pleased with the prroducts we used and is very happy with the certified installation.