Inspirations, Living, Building Your Home | 15 October 2014

The flooring decision

by Carlisle Homes

After a few visits to our display homes you have probably shortlisted your favourites when it comes to flooring options. Whether it’s the blonde timber floors of the Scandinavian theme from the Cambridge at the Atherstone Estate or the stunning porcelain tiles in the grand entry of the Montpellier at Selandra Rise, without question, your new floor is an important design element in creating your overall home style and theme. Whilst there are a few areas in your home where it is essential that tiles are chosen, your ‘wet areas’ (bathrooms, ensuite, toilets, laundry), the remainder of the rooms can be a combination of a few products, for both functionality and aesthetics, to create your dream home.

With so many options to choose from we recommend that you ask yourself some important questions to ensure you feel confident about your options in preparation for your Spectra selection appointment. The design and look you are after, the location of the room and the expected foot traffic, your family’s lifestyle and of course the budget, are all important considerations.

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Warm blonde timber flooring in the Cambridge display home at the Atherstone Estate

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Entry as displayed in the Montpellier at Selandra Rise Estate, Clyde North

Design and look

A good place to start is to identify what look and feel you want for each room and throughout your home. Timber flooring can create a feeling of warmth and adds an injection of colour, which can become a focal point of the room. Tiling, depending on the colour, has the potential to provide more of a neutral palette allowing other products, furniture and surfaces to be the heroes. If you’re planning to retain some of your existing furniture and décor items, explore whether these will work with different flooring products? A great option for tiles in living areas is that you can continue the same style of tile into your wet areas and up the walls to create a luxurious hotel-style feel. To further integrate indoor and outdoor living there is the option to continue complementary tiles into alfresco areas.

The beauty of carpet is the large range of colours, textures and patterns to choose from, allowing your floor to be a main design feature or underpin other elements of the room.

Here are a few of our favourite rooms showcasing some stunning flooring options from our displays.

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The stunning entrance to the Sanctuary at Somerfield Estate, Keysborough epitomises hotel-style luxury and seamlessly combines striking porcelain tiles with warm toned carpet.

The marble-patterned tiles in the entry to the Indiana at Somerfield Estate Keysborough make an impressive statement while creating a subtle segue to the adjacent formal lounge area.

The geometric patterned floor rug positioned partly under the bed in the master suite of the Matisse at Selandra Rise Clyde North provides an interesting focal point of the room.

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The pairing of porcelain tiles and carpet in the Montclair at Greenvale Gardens displays the perfect way to define separate zones within an open plan. Also in the Montclair, we love the neutral undertones of the carpet in the master suite creating the ideal parent’s sanctuary.

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Our favourite floor coverings in our kitchens include the high gloss earthy tones of the tiles in the Matisse at Selandra Rise Estate, Clyde North and the exquisite engineered timber floor of the Granada Selandra Rise, Clyde North. And of course we can’t leave out the lovely warmth exuding from the timber floors of the Westbury at the Aston Estate, Craigieburn.

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From the moment you enter the Arlington at Warralilly Estate, Armstrong Creek (Geelong) the beachy tones of the timber floor capture your attention and make the visit to this new T Range display stand out from the crowd.

The practicalities

Choosing the right floor has more involved than the finished look and style it must also be right for your lifestyle needs. The location of the room within your home and the frequency of use are good considerations to review when looking at options.

Here are some practical elements we recommend to review,

  • What rooms/areas will children mainly use (yours and visitors!)?
  • Do you have pets that will spend time inside?
  • Room by room what are the flooring needs, what is important in the kitchen vs. the living area?
  • Is surface slipperiness a concern?
  • Different options have different maintenance requirements,
  • Do any of your family suffer from allergens?
  • Short term vs. long term choices, such as refurbishments once children have grown up,
  • Return on investment potential.

Timber, tiles or carpet?

Spectra Showroom Manager, Tamara Spencer, and Interior Design Manager, Danielle Taylor, share their advice on the pros and cons of your flooring options.

Hardwood, bamboo and timber look options

The beauty of real wood and engineered timber flooring is the individuality of each board with distinct knots and grain variations to create a truly unique look. In different applications timber can have a warmer surface feel than tiles which can be kind to little toes in the colder months. Timber used in kitchen zones is practical as it can be a bit more forgiving when items such as crockery and glassware are dropped.

In homes with kids and pets, timber laminate is a popular choice due to its durability and fade, stain and wear resistance. However, contact with excess moisture must be avoided. New kid on the block, recognized for its hardness and durability, is the renewable source of bamboo flooring, a very popular choice of our clients.

To keep timber, bamboo and laminate floors looking their best Godfrey Hirst recommend frequent sweeping to remove dust and debris and dry-mopping with soap free cleaners and specialist floor kits. Sabco and Vileda mop kits using microfiber or disposable cloth heads are available from the supermarket or local hardware outlet. For more information on maintaining timber floors click here.

Choose wide or narrow board widths, dark or light colours and specific timber variety as well as matte or gloss surface finishes tol create your ideal look.

We love these display homes with stunning timber flooring features.

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Westbury at the Aston Estate, Craigieburn. Augusta at Greenvale Gardens, Greenvale

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Viera at Williams Landing Estate. Laguna at The Avenue, Cranbourne

The tiled alternative…

For a cooler and timeless style, ceramic and porcelain tiles can create a stunning complement to your new home décor. A bonus with tiling is that this substrate can actual help keep your home both warmer in winter and cooler in summer! As tiles are laid directly onto the concrete slab which sits directly on the ground, the earth’s constant temperature can radiate through the floor to your home.

Tiles, possibly are the worst performers for sound attenuation, kitchen droppages and shoe heels will definitely be heard! However, this flooring option is the preferred choice for those with allergies as bare floors with small, washable area rugs are much easier to keep free of dust mites which aggravate asthma and hayfever sufferers. Another alternative is Karndean luxury vinyl tiles, achieving the look of timber or tiles with a soft underfoot feel, very hardwearing. This new product is great for homes with young children and pets as individual tiles are easily replaced by simply peeling off and re-applied.

Without a doubt tiled floors definitely are more versatile when it comes to maintenance with spills easily cleaned and mopped up. Regular sweeping or vacuuming combined with simple mopping is recommended by tile supplier Beaumont Tiles. For more maintenance tips click here.

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Indiana at Somerfield Estate, Keysborough.

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Sorrento at Berwick Gardens Estate, Clyde North.  Atlantique at Berwick Gardens Estate, Clyde North


Carpet underfoot…

Carpet is a very popular choice in bedrooms and lounge rooms for a warm feel under foot due its soft feel and insulating properties. For rooms without much furniture, carpet performs well to absorb echoing sounds and improve acoustics which is great for home theatres and play rooms. Carpet is available in a wide array of colours and textures to suit all décors with different underlays available to increase comfort factor.

A beneficial feature of carpet choice is that it is reasonably easy to replace if it gets worn or damaged. Many Carlisle Homes clients initially choose a standard carpet option with a view to replace with an upgrade option in the longer term once the children have grown up and their lifestyle changes. Whilst carpet doesn’t crack or scratch with use it does have the potential to stain with general wear and tear.

Protection from long periods of UV rays and regular vacuuming are the key maintenance tasks for carpeted floors. For more carpet maintenance tips click here.

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Atlantique, Riva and Vienna at Berwick Gardens, Clyde North 

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Matisse and Bridgeport at Warralily

Our best advice to our clients preparing for their Spectra appointment is to take the time to research the various product choices available and reflect on their lifestyle needs. Look at lots of different style galleries and images, such as Godfrey Hirst pinboards and of course visit all of our display homes for some great flooring inspiration!

View all of the Carlisle Homes design themes via our extensive image galleries and virtual tours and plan your display home tour of our stunning homes. Register for our next Spectra Sneak Peak Evening and meet our interior designers to start your new home journey.

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