Archive for February, 2012
As a new mother, I am never at a loss to find something to worry about. Is the baby eating enough? Is the baby cold? Why is the baby crying? Why did the baby cough? The list goes on and on.
And now that our baby, Mia, is starting to crawl, I find even more things to worry about. Are the outlets covered? Are the cabinets childproof? Is the basement door closed? Are the dog and the baby in the same room? Like all parents, my constant concern is: am I creating a safe environment for my baby?
For a while, I’ve been thinking about building my dream basement, aka “man cave.” In my dream basement, the walls will be adorned with pictures of my sports heroes, and the centerpiece will be a very large, flat-screen television. A nice leather recliner and a pool table can also be found in this dream of mine. Now about the floor… In finished basements, I have seen everything from industrial carpet to vinyl tile to laminate. It never dawned on me that installing an authentic hardwood floor in a basement would be a viable option, but that’s what I discovered when I started working in Customer Service for Armstrong. Let me share what I know about hardwood options for your basement.
Millions of Americans gathered around their TVs last Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Whether you were cheering on your favorite team, watching the commercials, or (my personal favorite), rooting for Madonna, homes across America were filled with friends, family and, of course, football food.
My home was no different. A popular treat of the evening was my mother-in-law’s old-fashioned hot dog cart that gave us game-worthy stadium dogs. We had hot dogs and all the condiments set up in the kitchen, and with 20 people constantly moving in and out of the kitchen, ages 3 to 93, you can probably guess what happened next. more ►
Are you in this group? While cooking dinner for your family, you spill tomato sauce on the floor. When you bend down to wipe it up, you notice that your kitchen floor looks old, dingy, scratched, dull, ______ (fill in the blank). That prompts you to think: I need a new kitchen floor!
Okay, you’ve got the motivation. Now comes the obvious next step: finding the right floor for your kitchen. First, ask yourself: what do you want and need for your new floor? After design and color, you might choose moisture resistance, durability, stain resistance, or easy maintenance. Armstrong has a variety of floors in several categories with the design options and performance features many homeowners are looking for in their kitchens. more ►