The Postgreen Homes site updates continue as we move into 2010 and closer to groundbreaking on the Skinny Project. The biggest of these is probably the change we have made to our flooring options. As many of you know we were using sheet products on our floor. We would cut sheets of OSB, bamboo plywood or birch down to 2 x 8 sheets, finish them with a diamond-hard, low-VOC clear coat and lay them like hardwood. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your opinion), we have had to move away from this custom flooring and into more standard, green options.
The reasons behind this change are mainly warranty related. While we love the sheet product application, any problems that arise from it are on us. This is not that big of a deal when we have four homes, but could become a burden when we build another twenty. By moving to flooring manufactured by someone else we are able to take advantage of the manufacturer’s guarantees and warranties. In the long run, we think this will be better for us and our buyers.
The other major change in flooring is caused by the addition of the basement which eliminates our concrete floor. This prompted us to combine the first and second floor options into a single choice throughout the house. Again, this is something we will miss, but it seems the storage potential and mechanical simplifications offered by the basement offset the coolness of the concrete floor.
Right now our new flooring options are :
Base Option 1: Vertical Bamboo – This type of flooring is getting pretty common and has it’s pluses and negatives (doesn’t everything?). On the plus side, it is affordable and pretty attractive. It comes in light and dark and will give our floors a nice clean finish. On the negative side, it is somewhat softer than we would like. These floors will have a tendency toward some denting (much like any wood floor).
Base Option 2: Recycled Rubber - Made from recycled tires (80%) and colored rubber chips (20%), this flooring is fairly non-traditional in a residential setting, but we think it could look amazing. It comes in roll form so there are very few seams. It is an incredibly durable and ergonomically comfortable floor. We can’t wait to see someone try it in one of our homes.
Upgrade 1: Strand Woven Bamboo – Strand woven bamboo flooring is some seriously durable stuff. It is twice as hard as oak and is a solid (non-laminated) product. It comes in light and dark and a couple of mixes of the two. It looks beautiful on the floor and will last a long, long time. We think this is a great upgrade if you are prone to high heels or own a long-nailed dog.
Upgrade 2: Cork – This might be my favorite upgrade. Cork is stylish, warm and comfortable to stand on. We have a wide variety of styles and will be adding to those over the coming weeks. Cork is also going to be starring as our new bathroom floor option which means that this upgrade could lead to consistent flooring through the entire home.
Upgrade 3 (coming soon): Stained Bamboo – We will soon have several available options for stained strand woven bamboo. These come in richer colors than our standard strand but are just as durable.
Upgrade 4 (coming soon): Specialty Sustainables: Right now this category includes three flooring types on which we are waiting for better images and pricing. Palmwood, Mulberry and a Burled Bamboo are the options we hope to offer in this category.
Why not head over to postgreenhomes.com and customize a home in the Skinny Project to see these upgrades in action. You will be able to see all the options and how the upgrade costs will effect your overall price. Then come on back here and let me know what you think in the comments.
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