There are a lot of reasons to use materials which have had a previous life. They include puritan thriftiness, the desire to preserve the past, of course-green practices, but my favorite reason is their inherent beauty. There is a patina, a softness that only time produces. Occasionally we find wood materials or details which can be bought for a fraction of their newer counterparts, but generally there is a premium for antique products. The premium is due to the […]
The selection of a kitchen floor is another example of how our wealth of choices makes those selections all the more difficult. The criteria for a kitchen floor includes the following:
1. It must be attractive-a very broad and subjective requirement, which is often in the eye of the beholder.
2. It must be durable-there are many forms of durability. For wood, durability may mean looking good with dings and scratches. With stone or tile, you will want something chip and […]