In 2013 and 2014, we saw that homeowners increasingly have accepted larger homes with more living space. As a result, the flooring plans in general have trended in a new direction as well.
More Living Space
- In order to create greater living space, homeowners and builders have begun to build homes with open floor plans. This means less rooms in a home but with more space in each room, in contrast to a greater number of smaller rooms that were the trend previously. Why are people seeing more open floor plans? Because since the Great Recession hit, people have been spending more time at home due to having less money to spend on things in town. Those same people would also need to earn extra money to pay the bills, and working online from home is a great way to earn extra cash. As a result, open flooring allows an individual or a family to multitask without being cramped in a small space. Consequently, many of these open floor plans will also be modernized. We’ll start seeing more USB hookups in homes and other ways to control your smart phone or tablet (source: forklift rentals Winnipeg)
The Actual Flooring
- While the size and shape of floor plans have evolved in recent years, so has the actual type of flooring that’s used. For carpets, people are seeking out eco-friendly carpets in contrast to the more traditional carpets that we’ve seen before. These new carpets can be dissolved with non-toxic solutions when they are pulled from the floor. In comparison, traditional carpets would have to be dumped at a landfill.
- Not all floors are made out of carpets. For wooden floors, people are also seeking out eco-friendly materials as well. Bamboo and cork are two prime examples. Previously, for wooden floors homeowners would be more likely to select wood made out of hardwood trees. Regardless of the wood you choose, be sure to make sure that the floor is free of VOC’s, which are toxic and can be present in hardwood tree wood or bamboo wood alike.
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