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Built To Last On Sagebrush Lot

Built for $12,000, a house sells for $825,000 – Santa Cruz Sentinel

How would you like to meet the guy who built your house 52 years ago? And he remembers how and why he did the work he poured his heart into!

Yeah, I know, this isn’t really all about flooring, but I couldn’t resist the story. Check it out.

Built for $12,000, a house sells for $825,000
Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA – 6 hours ago
As they walked through the house, Pedota asked about the woodwork, flooring and tile. McCombs recalled details as if he had done the work yesterday.

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July 14, 2006 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Stories | 1 Comment

Get 500- To 900-Year-Old Hardwood Flooring From Underwater!

No wood like wet wood – Villages Daily Sun

This is wood from virgin forests cut when America was first settled. It’s super-fine quality with 80 growth rings per inch compared to 3 rings in wood nowadays.

It’s still good after being sunk in icy waters for hundreds of years.


Villages Daily Sun
No wood like wet wood
Villages Daily Sun, FL – 5 hours ago
Companies that harvest wood from water make a variety of products, with flooring, veneer, furniture and musical instruments at the top of the list.

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July 14, 2006 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Wood | Leave a comment

What? Mobile Marble Flooring? Yes.

Vantare Platinum Plus Motor Home
The world’s most expensive motor home has been unveiled ‘ with a price tag that firmly says ‘millionaires only’.

The £1.5million Vantare Platinum Plus may look ordinary from the outside but inside it oozes grandeur ‘ from its rare Inca marble entry steps to the flatscreen plasma TV that rises out of the king-size bed’s footboard.

Luxury is everywhere, from its Italian leather sofas, onyx dining table and marble flooring to the ceiling lights shining through Swarovski crystals, suede-lined drawers and original artworks on the walls.

The £1.5m coach house | Metro.co.uk

This comes under the heading ‘Now I’ve Seen Everything.’ When I think marble flooring, a capitol rotunda comes to mind. Or an Italian villa.

But, a motor home? And what, pray tell, might that thing weigh?

Go there and vote on how weird the story is. You get your choice of 1 to 5 bananas.

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July 14, 2006 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Stone | 1 Comment

Wow! Slip Resistant Sheet Flooring In Cobra Pattern!

New Altro Imprint collection – Construction and Maintenance News

I would never have thought of this.  It’s supposed to shimmer as you walk across it.  Yum!

I can’t tell from this news clip whether it’s vinyl or linoleum.

New Altro Imprint collection
Construction and Maintenance News, Belarus – 1 hour ago
A slip resistant sheet flooring available in three distinct finishes, each features a stylish embossed pattern that will enhance any interior.

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July 13, 2006 Posted by | Linoleum | 1 Comment

Do You Have To Win A Lottery To Lay New Flooring? It Helps!

14 co-workers win $100,000 in lottery – Fort Wayne News Sentinel

Here’s a guy who knew a lucky friend and joined in with her.  His wife is happy.  She’ll get the new flooring she wants. 

It could happen to you.  Get yourself a winning attitude, a lucky friend and a ticket.  See what happens.

14 co-workers win $100,000 in lottery
Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN – 6 hours ago
Mark Alexander said he will put some of the money into his savings account, and the rest will be used to buy new flooring he promised his wife.

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July 13, 2006 Posted by | Stories | Leave a comment

Who Installs Hardwood Flooring? A Professional Musician!

More than just music – Nanaimo News Bulletin

I love versatility in a person, don’t you? Here’s the story of a musician renovating his house with the help of his musical friends.

When it’s done, they’re going to have a party. What do you want to bet there will be eating, laughter, tons of music to blow out any last trace of drywall dust and dancing to test the new flooring?

More than just music
Nanaimo News Bulletin, Canada – 5 hours ago
globe. And in between all the cracks and the nail holes he just happens to be an absolute whiz at hardwood flooring installation.

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July 13, 2006 Posted by | Stories, Wood | Leave a comment

New ‘Green’ Construction Materials Good For Kids!

Advocates tout day care as ‘green’ showpiece – Brockville Recorder and Times

I like the whole idea of this a whole lot.

We’re all surrounded with chemicals and compounds that didn’t exist 100 years ago. And more and more adults and especially kids suffer sensitivities.

These are some really lucky kids. Check it out.

Advocates tout day care as ‘green’ showpiece
Brockville Recorder and Times, Canada – 3 hours ago
The building is made from construction materials that do not release toxic gases, linoleum flooring made from renewable materials, and dual flush toilets that

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July 12, 2006 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Ecological Conservation, Linoleum | Leave a comment

See A Soldier Floored By New Flooring And So Much More!

Soldier returns to fixed-up house – Lebanon Daily News

This post isn’t about what kind of floor was best, what materials, whether it’s easy-care or not.  This post is a story that stands head and shoulders above the usual news stories.  Read it and smile.

Soldier returns to fixed-up house
Lebanon Daily News, PA – 3 hours ago
But when the Army called, that plan had to be scrapped. When Rohena left for Iraq, he left behind a house that was a mere shell, with no flooring or drywall.

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July 11, 2006 Posted by | Articles of Interest | 1 Comment

Timber Flooring With Character: Australian Wormy Chestnut Is Coming!

Furnished with a fault: timber to take on the US – The Age

Into distressed furniture?

Here’s solid timber flooring with a focus on worm holes, gum veins and burn marks from Australia’s East Gippsland eucalypts such as messmate, silvertop and cuttail.

This company will also offer engineered flooring and a hardwood veneer, so stay tuned!

Furnished with a fault: timber to take on the US
The Age, Australia – 2 hours ago
safety standards. The company plans a big focus on exports and a renewed push into the domestic hardwood flooring market. Mr Addison

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July 10, 2006 Posted by | Coming soon, Wood | Leave a comment

Aging Hippies Approve: Houses, And Floors, Are Going Green!

“Green” Houses Gain Popularity Among US Builders, Consumers – All American Patriots (press release)

Yes, my hand is up. Again, not exactly a hippie, but I was into recycling and saving energy long before it was the least bit fashionable.

So I’m loving this article telling me about 15% of new home construction is using techniques to increase comfort with solar and other renewable resources. Bamboo, anyone?

“Green” Houses Gain Popularity Among US Builders, Consumers
All American Patriots (press release), Sweden – 17 hours ago
technologies. For example, some have bamboo flooring because, unlike wood from hardwood forests, bamboo is a renewable, fast-growing grass.

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July 9, 2006 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Bamboo, Ecological Conservation | Leave a comment