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Part 3-4 The Kitchen Flooring

Have you wondered what type of Kitchen Flooring you should use?

I get asked about my thoughts on kitchen flooring all the time from my clients that are either renovating or building new. I may be old school, but for me, if any water is involved ie: sink, dishwasher, refrigerator with water or ice hookup etc. I want to see a waterproof membrane over the substrate and flooring that is water resistant like tile or luxury vinyl on top.

    

We have recently ‘right-sized’ our life and are attempting to make an ‘Age in Place’ home but with a ‘Resort Style’ feel. The only thing I hated was our kitchen. However, the previous owners did put gorgeous Italian porcelain tile on the floor but installed the cabinets first and then tiled up to them.

This is an ABSOLUTE No No because if you are updating the kitchen now you have to use the floor’s template or replace the entire floor and risk damaging the in-floor heating system!

However, you can still work around that issue.

I redesigned our kitchen and kept the current floor space as it was along with the beautiful tile floor (which went with the rest of the Spanish/Italian house design. I simply increased the size of the island to include a breakfast bar and moved the fridge/freezer and storage to the other unutilized wall. You can CLICK on the finished photo above to see the before and after.

              

Kitchen Flooring is an important aspect of interior design as it literally is the ‘ground’ that we walk on indoors. It deserves special consideration including the substrate that is under it – plywood or concrete.

In-floor radiant heating is a wonderful feature especially if you have tile flooring though you should be aware of a few things like:

FYI: heat does not radiate through at the same temperature under insulated hardwood floor plus, you need to ensure that you select the ‘right hardwood’ to be installed over in-floor heating or your warranty may be void due to shrinking or cracking of the wood. Therefore, only certain engineered hardwood floors and laminates can go over in-floor heating but solid hardwood cannot due to its inherent properties.

Yes, many show homes and interior design magazine photos show beautiful kitchens with hardwood floors. They are stunning and make the space look bigger because there is no break in flooring material.

Nonetheless, I personally don’t like them for the ‘possible problems’ that can take place unless you live alone and have full control of what goes on in that space. I always recommend the ‘hardwood-look tile’ flooring that has become popular over the last few years.

My only concern is making sure that the edge of the tile has its colour go right through or has a straight cut edge because grout colour will be placed next to it. For hardwood-looking tile, you also want rectified tile which is precisely cut tile to ensure a small ¼” grout line.

Check out this website The Spruce for more info on tile types for kitchen floors.

In conclusion, the ‘Age in Place’ kitchen flooring should make this space look cohesive in colour and style to the rest of the home and have no transition heights between the areas. It should also be low maintenance, slip resistance and warm where you stand the most. Utilize radiant floor heating or heat mats to achieve this. They aren’t as expensive as you think and the comfort you get outweighs the cost. Also, because tile is harder to stand on, an anti-fatigue rug in front of the sink and/or where you stand the most would be advisable. Of course, if you are in a wheelchair this doesn’t apply.

Hopefully, this info has helped you narrow down the right flooring decision for your ‘Resort Style’ home!

Simply me by Design,
Jan Addams Designer, Author, Trainer

   

 

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Are You Considering Aging in Place?

Hi there, Jan Addams here…

I know its been awhile since we last chatted. To be honest, I have been way too busy helping my interior design clients with their renovations or new builds and looking after my family. This included helping my loving mother-in-law with aging in place concepts until we ‘happily’ placed her in a wonderful care facility even though she constantly told us ‘I’ll take poison if you take me from my home‘ and then promptly forget what she said or was talking about. I honestly didn’t have enough time and energy for anyone including myself. I did however, learn alot in that process about Dementia and the mind; about security for our loved ones and accessibility design.  

 

In the midst of all the above, my husband and I also went through the horrible process of de-cluttering, depersonalizing and ‘staging to sell‘ our home that we lovingly called ‘The Lodge’ filled with many happy memories. Though we loved our home and area, we could no longer keep living and working on it as it required younger bodies and large cash inlay to bring it up to date. However, we didn’t want to ‘downsize’ our lifestyle so it was important to find a place we could spend at least the next 10 years in, and a condo was not an option.

We made a long ‘wish’ list; short ‘need’ list and found ourselves anothercharacter’ home that was newer and required lower maintenance. It has many ‘universal design‘ components in it (no threshold entranceway; tile and hardwood flooring; easy access to the outdoor living space) that was perfect for us. We changed all the knobs to levers; bulbs from incandescent to LED and have personalized our space (created an outdoor kitchen and new main kitchen). Our jobs now are doing enjoyable maintenance on our ‘little’ front and back garden area – awesome!

We are free to make more happy memories in our newer ‘Resort Style Home’ in the city! Time is precious, sharing it with family and friends in a home you love that is a reflection of your personal lifestyle, I believe is the key to happiness.

If you are like me, a fellow baby boomer, you and/or your mate may be already, or are thinking of retirement which creates two-edged, happy / scary thoughts for most of us.  We want more time to travel and enjoy the rewards of our hard work.  Unfortunately, we also realise that health issues and being physically able to do all the things we want may not be possible.  

So how do we ‘have our cake & eat it too?’

I am now turning my attention to sharing my 35 years of knowledge, experience and expertise in the field of Interior Design, Staging, Renovation and Building to helping those that are just embarking on these adventures and those, like myself that are now looking at ‘Aging in Place – Resort Style!’

The 4 KEY characteristics of  Aging in Place – RESORT STYLE:

1. Recognize that changes are necessary as our minds may still be young in attitude, but our bodies need a break!
2. Live a simpler, colourful, organized & inspiring life that has the ‘best’ of everything you can afford.
3. Surround yourself with your ‘happy colours’ & positive memory accessories.
4. Design your place with stylish & convenient accessibility products that are ensured to last 7 to 10 more years while you are enjoying your life.

Come along with me on my journey and learn from my experience to save you tons of money, sleepless nights, stress and frustration. I have the KEYS to prevent this. I have prepared 4 FREE Training videos to help you. Let me know what you would like to find out more about and I will research and post my findings in upcoming emails.

Cheers!

Jan Addams (Fellow Baby Boomer)
Designer, Author, Trainer


Let’s Get Started >  Aging in Place – Resort Style

The four views you will recieve upon subscribing will come like this:

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Aging in Place - Resort Style
Video 1:

‘What is Aging in Place – Resort Style‘?
Learn about the rapidly GROWING Interior Design Trend!
Baby Boomers have, are in the process of, or are thinking of retiring and trying to decide what to do with their money, their home and the rest of their life.

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Video 2:

The 8 KEY Deciding Factors
Should you stay in your home and Renovate, or Sell and Build? Jan asks all her clients to answer these 8 questions to help them make the best decision for their pocket book and life. Every decision requires thought & compromises.

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Video 3:

The ‘Space Options Survey
Jan shows how your Personality, Body Shape & Colouring transition into your Interior Design and teaches you how to fill out this survey to ensure your ‘renewed or new’ space is functional, beautiful & reflects your style.

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Video 4:

Introducing DESIGN DOMINOES
I walk through the 8 Steps I use with my clients on every Renovation or New Build. This 8 module ONLINE training system comes with a custom Interior Project Binder to keep them on time & budget while having FUN!
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I am here to help you design a ‘Resort Style Life
Visit www.JanAddams.com my new ONLINE training site to get more info.