Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Best Flooring Option for Pet People

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Vinyl

Our pets become part of the family, and we need to accommodate for some of their needs. While we love them, they can, at times, be quite destructive. Hence, it is essential to find a floor that can withstand all problems your pets throw at them. Finding flooring that is pet-friendly means, it should be waterproof, easy to clean, scratch-resistant, indentation resistant, and low-maintenance. However, finding these flooring options does not mean you need to sacrifice your home’s aesthetics.

Luxury Vinyl Planking

Luxury Vinyl Planking (LVP) is a high-quality vinyl flooring. These plank-system floors snap together and can float above your subfloor. Luxury vinyl planking is quickly growing through the industry because of its versatility. Luxury vinyl planking has mastered high-quality and very aesthetically-pleasing designs that look like hardwood, tile, stone, concrete, marble, and more. Also, allowing you to install the look you want in areas that traditional hardwood flooring could not be placed.

Durability

Luxury vinyl planking is an incredibly durable flooring option. Many homeowners and businesses have slowly been switching over to the revolutionary flooring option. It will not crack under pressure, is extremely scratch-resistant, and can withstand indentation from furniture – this makes LVP an exceptional flooring option for homeowners with pets. From the sharpest of claws to the heaviest of dogs, LVP is an extremely pet-friendly flooring. With such strong durability, it is no surprise to see LVP leading the flooring market today!

Waterproof

Water can be the downfall of most flooring options, and with animals comes the inevitable accident. Carpet and hardwood can absorb these messes and begin to tarnish your home’s smell. However, LVP is waterproof – this makes the flooring extremely easy to clean! Plus, it is just another advantage of this incredibly versatile floor.

LVP is excellent for any room in your home. You can also invest in the same product in different styles to have beautiful transitions in your home. If you have pets and are tired of them damaging your flooring, it is time to consider luxury vinyl planking!

Tips For Renters Part 3

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

Next in our series, we provide additional pointers on how to successfully rent a space and live there happily! Don’t forget to go back and read Part 1 of tips for renters and Part 2 of tips for renters!

  1. Determine how much light you need to be happy. If you suffer from depression or seasonal dysphoria, a dark dwelling in a basement apartment is not a good idea. If light is really important, you may also want to narrow your search by dismissing any north facing windows. They do not offer much light or warmth. Also, look for rooms that don’t have overhead light fixtures. You’ll need lamps for those rooms right away.
  2. Take a look at entries and exits as they relate to moving furniture and appliances. Some properties have exceptionally small doorways and tight hallways. If you have huge furniture you may run the risk of not being able to get it inside. Keep in mind that there is often a window that might solve the problem if both panes are removed.
  3. If you don’t own much furniture and/or you have very limited space in your new place, favor properties that have built-ins. There will be less to buy and less to move. Many homes have built in desks, armoires, entertainment centers, and so on.
  4. Consider how you’re going to manage your pets. Most people just ask if dogs or cats are allowed. But, there are lifestyle decisions that are part of owning a pet. For instance, if you don’t like walking your dog three times a day, then you need a yard. If you’re gone all day, you need a doggie door. If you prefer playing in a natural setting or having some alone time with your dog, a city apartment would not be a good idea. City life requires you to leave the building, be in a busy public setting, and walk on concrete. Also, many residences have exotic animal restrictions and don’t allow bunnies, ferrets, or large fish aquariums. With any species, there is almost always an additional cost when you bring along a pet. Typically an extra deposit and sometimes even pet rent. Fido might have to get a job!

Next read guidelines #13-16.  Leave us a comment with your worst horror story about an item not fitting through the doors of your new home, and how you overcame it!

Pet Friendly Decorating

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice, Tips, Wool Carpet

15377336_SWe all know how much we love our pets; they’re really members of our families.  The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar a year industry dealing in everything from food to clothes to doggy daycare.  Which makes us ask, how are we incorporating our pet’s needs into our decorating to provide them with the healthiest and safest homes.  There are a few tips and ideas to give your pet a healthy and pretty home that is stylish and safe for all members of the family.

The air we breathe is the first place to start.  Paint and other finishes give off gas chemicals that can affect not only human health but our pet’s health too.  Choosing a low or non-VOC paint for walls, baseboards, molding and furniture is a great place to start. Be aware of painted surfaces if your dog or cat scratches or gnaws on furniture.

Flooring is another important consideration for animals.  Some pets are allergic to different flooring options or polyurethanes used in wood floors.  Make sure you get your pet tested for allergies if there are signs of irritation and scratching.  Wood floors are a smart option if your pet sheds. Wall to wall carpet in a natural material like wool can work for pets, too. Just make sure you have a good vacuum with a pet hair option for carpet and upholstery.

Cleaning products can also have chemicals that are not the best for our fur friends.  Make sure you are creating a clean and safe environment for pets in the choices you make.

Three Things to Consider Before Choosing Modern Flooring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate

If you are mesmerized, or just plain confused, by all of the flooring choices available for modern homes, you might be ready to give up and just pick something out of frustration. Before you do, consider a few things that can narrow your choices down considerably.

What is your lifestyle?
If you have children or pets, you’ll definitely want to think about the activities that go on in your household on a daily basis. However well behaved they may be, children are prone to accidents. Whether it is spilling a glass of juice or falling on an untied shoe string, the flooring you choose matters. Dogs are also prone to slipping and sliding when they run or maneuver around corners.

Modern décor is infamous for its sleek appearance and along with that, so is the flooring in many homes. Slick flooring materials such as high-shine marble tile and finely finished hardwoods are very often not suitable for a family home, where children need to be comfortable and safe. Instead you might choose a modern style hardwood floor with a matte sealant finish or a textured ceramic tile for better grip.

What is your preference?
Consider your comfort level with differing materials. If you like to hop out of bed and feel the plush softness of a thick carpet underfoot, then you might want to have one of the luxurious modern carpets installed in the bedrooms. There are also many beautiful modern patterned carpets available for the rest of the home.

If you love the look of a sleek floor, you’ll want to take a look at marble or one of the slick ceramics on the market. Rugs add interest and offer comfort in areas where you might want a little more comfort or padding like in the kitchen or bathroom where you might be standing quite a bit.

What is your budget?
You may love the look of real hardwood or slate flooring, but your budget just won’t allow for it. There are plenty of choices in laminate wood flooring and ceramic tile which mimic their costlier look-a-likes. If you know your budget before shopping, then you can go directly to the flooring you can afford and not be swamped by even more choices. Especially ones that don’t fit within your means at the moment.

How You Live

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

One of our favorite website tools is our “How I Live-Interview“. Here, we ask you basic information regarding your home and your lifestyle. It is important for us to know who lives in your home, if you have any children or pets, what type of atmosphere you would ideally like to create in your home, if you plain on entertaining in your home, etc. Your answers to these questions will play a vital factor in your decision-making process regarding the color, design, and products that you will select for your project.

Once you have completed the quiz, you will be directed to a forum full of information related to each question that you answered. It is important to know the best ways to accommodate yourself and your family, and it is our job to help you understand all of the ways to do so.

On the left hand side of our website you will see the “Take A Quiz” button, from here choose the “How I Live” tab and it will direct you to the correct page.

We hope you find this quiz helpful and that its answers can assist you in your decision making for your home.