How Technology is Transforming Home Design

Technology is transforming how today's architecture and interiors look. A new home design by New York’s Steven Holl Architects illustrates some of these new trends. The home is designed to be self-sufficient, drawing power from geothermal and solar energy, with thin-film photovoltaic cells connected to a battery energy storage system. The home’s wood and glass are locally-sourced, lowering the carbon footprint of the construction process. All interior fixtures are made from 3D-printed materials.

This combination of sustainability, 3D-printed construction and alternative materials illustrates three trends that are driving changes in home design. Along with connectivity to the Internet of Things, these trends are playing a role in reshaping the look of tomorrow’s home.

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6 Ways to Give Your Wood Floor a Little Character

Wood floors make a stunning addition to any home, apartment or commecial space, with modern conveniences like prefnishing wood flooring, which make it easier than ever to update your look in a fraction of the time. 

No matter what style floor you want, or what room you want to install it in, most clients today want an authentic look, they don't want a wood floor that is, or looks mass produced. You can do this by giving your floor a little more "character" and today, we'll show you six ways to do just that.

Filed Under: Home Decor | Industry Icons | Interior Design | Planning for your New Floors | Pre-Finished Wood Flooring | Residential Spaces | Tips & Trends |

How to Find the Right Wood Flooring Partner for Your Project

When you are building a custom home or working on a custom interior design, you need to have the right team around you to ensure the project goes smoothly. Everyone knows the value of working with the right builder, designer and architect, but what about your flooring partner? Have you given the right amount of consideration to selecting this important professional for your custom building project? Let’s take a look at some of the things you should consider when looking for a flooring partner to help you out.

Filed Under: Home Decor | Interior Design | Tips & Trends |

3 Natural Materials – 3 Unique Ways to Use them All in your Decor

The trend of using natural building materials has never gone away.  It’s the appeal of certain types of natural materials that trend over time.

Today, we’ll look at three of the most popular natural building products, and three ways you can use them in your home.

Antique Wood Flooring and Wood Beams from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Canada

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How to Specify Wide Plank Floors for Residential and Commercial Interiors

Whether you’re putting together your specifications for a residential or commercial wide plank floor, there are lots things to consider that can’t be measured in feet, inches or even dollars. That’s because the floor is the foundation of any space. And as such, it determines the overall style and mood that’s created in addition to providing a durable yet beautiful surface to live or work on. While there are many elements involved, such as wood species, type, grade, textures, stain colors, finishing options and more, the very first thing you need to settle on is the quality of the flooring itself as well as the company behind it. And the closer you look, the more one name stands out … Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.

Filed Under: Home Decor | Interior Design | Residential Spaces | Tips & Trends |

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