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From the Ground Up with Laminate Flooring

When you’re serious about a home makeover then consider starting from the ground up because your flooring will dictate how the rest of your home is styled and coordinated.

The Property Artists know all too well that today’s economy has home owners looking for ways to improve the value and comfort of their homes, without breaking the bank. In this article, we will demonstrate what’s to love about laminate flooring and why it’s so hot in flooring trends.

When most people think of renovation projects that instantly give our homes a fresh new feel, they tend to think of painting first, followed by renewing the kitchen and bathroom(s), window dressings, and so on. However, the biggest improvement in both the home’s value AND appearance occurs when laminate flooring is used to replace old carpet, tiles, worn out wood floors and vinyl. And what’s really hot with laminate flooring at the moment is loose lay vinyl planks…bu whats so ‘hot’ about it? Well, laminate flooring has come a long way – but still today the term “laminate” is often treated negatively. It’s made up of several layers and at its core, high density sustainable fibre board is bound together with eco friendly melamine resin. A high resolution image of real wood is then laid on top and then on top of that, multiple layers of transparent melamine designed to resist wear and tear. But ultimately it’s the look!

What we love about laminate flooring is its durability, relatively quick to install/replace and is available in a wide range of widths and styles that mimic real timber. Your pets won’t scratch the surface from walking across it, unlike wooden flooring, it doesn’t warp, bend or fade over time and it won’t stain or damage from household chemicals. If it somehow does become damaged, it is so easy to remove and replace the area slat by slat.

COSTS: Laminate flooring is sold by the square meter and we can get prices on top quality products and styles for as low as $40/m2 ( of course you can also pay less for inferior quality products). So for an average 2 bdm apartment with around 60 square meters to cover the main living areas and bedrooms, thats a supply cost of just $2400. On top of that you will have whatever floor prep is required if any, and your flooring installation labour costs which for 60 square meters could range from $1,200 to $1,800…and more. So for around $4,000 you can totally transform and modernise your home.

Now you can see why we think your flooring should be the start of your next home makeover or renovation project.

Happy home improving!


‘Quote Artworks’ – is this the start of the end….

Home Decor Trends may see the demise of Quote Artworks…

We all love our home decor touches. For the past few years, quote artworks have been very popular from DIY to store bought pieces – it’s like having that last little summary about the feeling and ambience we want to portray in our castle. A simple quote, or phrase, that we hold close to our hearts when we walk in the door. They way we want others to feel, the message that becomes a home mantra… But has it lost its charm?

According to Domain, quote artworks are OUT. They state that “after years of popularity, consumers will predictably move away from quote artworks.” within this publication about home decor trends for 2017, they continue with an interior design company claiming “[They’re] so cliche!”

Say it ain’t so!

Another negate about these popular personified pieces comes from Home You. They delve into the generational logic that “this trend began out of the millennial meme generation growing up and becoming home owners, ultimately becoming home decorators. Inspirational memes, beautiful quotes, set upon eye catching backgrounds and the like, are something we grew up seeing and creating – so it makes sense that they would become part of our adult homes, and often a key part of gallery wall installations. But as all things do, millennials are growing up and their tastes are becoming more sophisticated.

The Property Artists are on the fence about this one. Quote artworks, home names and catchy phrases for properties have been around for decades. Anything that feels right in your sanctuary, is stylish, well placed and matching the decor theme in your home belongs to be there. Home decor trends are often on the money but we think this one is debatable.

What do you think? Whats your favourite quote artwork or home mantra?

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