Mudroom Flooring Do’s and Don’ts

Shelves for baskets surround a spot for hooks and bench for comfortably putting on your shoesAs expected, mudrooms have the propensity to get a little messy. This area, found near an entryway, is where dirty or wet footwear are removed and stored. Of course, this makes choosing the right mudroom flooring of utmost importance. Here is some guidance from our Normandy Designers on choosing flooring that will withstand all of the elements.

When it comes to selecting flooring for a mudroom, it is important to choose something that is durable. Typically, a high quality porcelain tile is always recommended.

Here are some more dos and don’ts from Jennifer:

Mudroom with cubbies and a space for a dog crateAvoid Natural Stone: Natural stone is porous and needs to be sealed regularly in order to avoid stains. Opting for porcelain, which is an engineered stone, means less maintenance. Additionally, it can better withstand elements such as salt and moisture.

Opt for Texture: While many are drawn to glossy tiles, choosing a tile with a slight texture will help create slip resistance for rain boots and snow boots.

Go for a Darker Tile: Choosing a tile that is darker in color can better hide dirt and everyday wear and tear.

Are you ready to have a place for all those hats, coats, and boots and thinking about including a mudroom in your next home renovation or contemplating more extensive changes to your home? Set up a time with a Designer to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about additions, kitchens or other remodeling projects at an upcoming workshop. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.

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What is Grain Matching?

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If you have an eye for detail and prefer a natural way to add beauty and interest to your kitchen remodel, consider gain matching your cabinetry. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe on this unique design idea.

“When we talk about grain, we are referring to the pattern of lines found on the surface of a cut piece of wood,” said Ashley. “In order to grain match your cabinets, the doors are cut from one big sheet of wood and veneered so that the grain continues evenly on the drawer faces and cabinet doors.”

“With this method, you want the lines to be seamless, so a perfect match is best. This ensures a more organic look,” added Ashley.

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Different types of wood can affect the pattern of the grain. The direction of the grain can also be horizontal or vertical depending upon preference, and you can achieve this effect with wood or laminate cabinets. However, it is important to note that it is labor-intensive to obtain this look as the doors or drawers must be cut strategically. This makes it a more expensive option. Even so, it can really enhance a design.

Set up an appointment with Ashley to discuss your remodel and determine whether or not to incorporate grain matching into your design. You can also view the Normandy photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for more inspiration.

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