Morning Cup of Joe: Unique Modern Day Coffee Table Ideas

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Friday, December 15, 2017

    It may seem like an inconsequential piece of furniture, but the coffee table doesn’t get enough credit. It’s the piece that houses your cookies and milk before bedtime, it’s the place that acts as your child’s first jungle gym, and it is the perfect spot to put your feet up at the end of a long day.

    Aside from its practical application, the coffee table is by far one of the most important and telling design elements of your living room. Here are a few unique ways to make that far-too-often neglected centerpiece, something you toast with your morning cappuccino!

    Trunk Show

    A current design trend is the vintage traveling trunk. Used as an end-of-the-bed linen storage or a side table, the trunk is becoming a common accessory in the home. However, there is nothing more unique than a traveling trunk turned coffee table. Exuding an old world charm, the hunt for this unique piece is as much fun as finding the right one.

    Garage sales, flea markets, and online shops serve up a bevy of options for the trunk-seeker. One of the best ways to make this a functional coffee table is to arrange for a custom cut piece of glass for the top. This makes it easy to clean as well as a more finished piece.

    Stack Attack

    While this design may not kid friendly it is certainly art deco. The idea is to buy three stackable tables, each varying in size, to give a layered coffee table effect. Like something out of an art museum this is perfect for formal dining rooms. The ideal situation would be to buy them in a set, however you can paint any style of table to match the other and stack them accordingly. If Dr. Seuss had an elegant aunt, you might find this coffee table design in her parlor.


    Here is another unique way to create a cohesive coffee table without going the traditional route. Buy three end tables or side tables that are the same color, size, and material and place them next to each other with a few inches of space between. The simple design principle (decorating in 3’s) makes for a very chic presentation. Whether you choose to use wood, glass or leather, this is a designer approach which results in an outside-the-box table.

    Keep in mind when decorating with this trio “coffee table” that you put the tallest accessory in the middle and flank it with smaller yet substantial items- like a stack of books or a trio of candles on each side. You want it to feel like one cohesive piece and not three different tables put together.

    The Unusual Suspects

    One of the best ways to revamp the traditional coffee table is to use unexpected items. A modern bookshelf placed on its side or a large slab of wood from a recently felled tree makes for bold and surprising centerpiece.

    Get creative when it comes to redefining this American stand-by. Whether you use it for your morning cup of Joe or for a footrest, the coffee table sets the tone for the rest of room, all you have to do is make that tone vibrant and innovative. 

    Backsplash 101: How to Choose the Right Tile for Your Space

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Thursday, December 14, 2017

    Choosing the right tile for you kitchen backsplash is like choosing the right frame for your favorite piece of art. Not the main attraction in most cases, the tile you choose is often the designer tie-in for the rest of your space. It can add sheen, sparkle, rusticity and sleekness- but with so many options how do you decide what suits you best?

    Above all, a backsplash is a way of protecting your walls from cooking grease and splatters, and while it may be fun to choose finicky surfaces or pricey stone, keep in mind that if the backsplash doesn’t service its practical purpose, it may be a waste of your money. Here are a few practical yet innovate ideas for a chic backsplash in any space.

    Go Bold Or Go Home

    White ceramic subway tile may be one of the most popular choices for backsplash material simply because it has passed the test of time and looks traditional as well as timeless. However, a modern twist on the traditional subway approach can result in an off-the-cuff style that blends the most traditional space with the most modern of looks. Black subway tile with white grout can add a bold emphasis in a crisp white kitchen, as well as modernize the room. Stainless steel appliances and even a stainless steel island will look sleek against this bold choice.

    Metal Marvel

    If you have a warm kitchen that is mostly wood, (think cherry, oak, or pine) consider adding some sheen to the space by adding metallic accents. The combination of earth tones and metal will create an aesthetically pleasing balance. Choose from a wide range of raised metallic backsplash options that can either make your space look vintage or cutting edge.

    One tip is to choose an inspiration piece before heading out to pick your backsplash. With so many options, from small squares to intricate wreaths and smooth stainless steel slabs, you can add an entirely new level of personality to your kitchen as long as you know what you are looking for.

    Loving Laminate

    At first glance, laminate may sound like the seventies approach to backsplash installation, however, while it may have been most popular during that era, reversible melamine laminate is making a comeback in a big way. Why? Aside from coming in a wide range of graphic designs, they are easily cleaned and the installation is a cinch. No grout or tile cutter is needed- nor do you have to seal the finished product.

    Laminate can be simply cut and adhered behind countertops and cook tops. This is by far the cheapest, and least labor-intensive path to a brand new backsplash.

    Going All the Way

    A new trend in backsplash design is taking the materials above and beyond the call of duty. Where most people will install the tile behind the stove and up underneath the cabinets, it is now in-style to tile an entire wall all the way to the top of the cabinets and in some cases the ceiling. If you love the look of high drama, this may be the look for you.

    If, however, you are on a budget choose a tile that can be bought in bulk at a lower price point. You will need a lot of tile to create this larger-than-life backsplash but the end result will be well worth it. 

    Gardening Glamour: Top Tips on How to Create the Perfect Blend of Plants

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    Maybe you have an eye for color, but are lacking a green thumb. Many of us appreciate the beauty of well-designed garden but don’t have the first idea of how to practically apply certain rules of gardening into our own backyards. It may look as if an immaculate garden just grows on its own, but more than likely the owner of that outdoor oasis has put into practice a few of these gardening glamour tips.

    Plant Look-a-Likes

    One of the easiest and most practical ways to design your garden is to plant different colors of the same plant. By blending species of plants, which differ in color and texture, you can create an effortless flow of interest, as well as create a unity among the rest of your yard. This doesn’t mean that every species of plant you use must be vastly different from another; it can be a simple difference for big impact. For instance, a simple shade or two of contrast can give your garden depth without looking pretentious.

    Color Match Your Plants

    Along the same lines as planting different species of the same plant, another trick of the gorgeous garden trade is to plant different flowers that will bloom in the same color. Using lilies and yarrow in the same bed in a brilliant yellow or crisp white will bring vibrancy to the area, and it will also evoke interest since no bloom will be exactly the same. Having a wide range of foliage in the same condensed area will provide a lush enclave of sights and smells.

    Use “Climbers” for a Backdrop

    No matter how beautiful your yard is underfoot, every garden guru understands the importance of bringing in backdrop beauty. This simply means to create height in your yard by inviting climbers like roses, honeysuckle and ivy to elegantly paint the vignette. Choose plants that grow fast and tall, and research how to properly stage stakes and fences in order to allow them to grow wild.

    Bust Out the Color Wheel

    If you happen to have a color wheel in your home, this little tool can be a huge help when designing your yard’s color scheme. Choosing colors that fall opposite each other on the color wheel can create drama, engaging the eye and stimulating the senses. Choose colors that speak to you personality and then stagger them in such a way that they play off of each other in the symphony that is your backyard.

    Go Above Ground

    There is much to be said about a sprawling backyard space that is sprinkled with blossoms of all shapes and sizes, however don’t underestimate the beauty of potted plants. Species like geraniums, alyssum, lobelia, and petunias are all excellent choices for potting. Plant them in vintage pots or brightly painted ceramic containers for personality.

    Attach wheels to plywood slabs for mobility, and scoot them around your deck whenever you want to rearrange your aboveground garden. If you are worried about watering them enough, invest in some glass watering balls that look like works of art. These gorgeous additions will release moisture into your pots as needed and grab the attention of your garden party guests.

    What Your Sofa Says About You

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    The living room is the most used space of your entire home. You watch the game there, you cuddle with your kids there, and you entertain guests there. That is why the living room sofa is the most telling of all your home’s furniture. From style to fabric and color to size, your sofa can give anyone the quickest snapshot of your design style and in essence, your lifestyle. Want to know what your sofa says about you? Find your style below!

    Contemporary Coolness

    If you gravitate towards slate, smoky amethyst, and charcoal gray then you may be a contemporary candidate. With fabrics that are often micro suede or micro fiber, the shape of this uber-comfy lounger will have rounded edges as well as be low to the ground. A contemporary sofa usually sprawls across a room to accommodate many people.

    If you have a sofa like this your home is the social hub. You like to throw dinner parties and fancy soirees and never turn down a friend who wants to drop by. Your home is immaculate but chic, and many people ask you for design tips. Contemporary styling may not always be the most practical, but for a lifestyle that always has an open door it is by far the most wowing.

    Cottage By the Sea

    If you like comfortable fabrics that are patterned with tapestries or old English floral then you may like cottage style sofas. Overstuffed and inviting, a cotton or linen fabric matches the relaxed atmosphere. With checkered throw pillows and warm wood floors, this type of decorating is made for a nice long visit on a beautiful Saturday.

    If you have a sofa that sounds like this one, your home is the place people go to escape from it all. A much-welcomed retreat from the hustle and bustle, this type of space is one that whispers whimsy and is always brewing a pot of tea.

    Eco Friendly Eclectic

    If you are one who spent hours scouring the Internet for the most eco friendly fabric for your home’s couch than you may be an eco friendly eclectic type. With hundreds of fabrics to choose from, this type of furniture is durable but also fashion forward. Usually coupled with earth-friendly bamboo floors and flour sacks turned pillows, this space is one that screams design intelligence.

    If this sounds like your type of living space, your home is the place that instigates interesting conversations and always has a rumpled copy of that morning’s newspaper resting underneath a mug of free trade coffee. People love picking your brain and stay hours after dinner is complete to enjoy your company and stimulating ideas.

    Modernist Mid-Century

    This type of decorating will have a sofa that is simple, clean, and un-stuffy. Usually in a stark blue, crisp white, or poppy red, this couch is one that makes a statement. Throw pillows will be minimized, but a furry rug will be underfoot.

    If you have soaring ceilings and open spaces, and are always looking for ways to incorporate natural elements like stone and wood into your décor than you may be a modernist. Not one to have too many parties, your home is your sanctuary and a place that you like to keep clean, crisp, and quiet.

    Top 3 Tricks for Making Your Fireplace Mantel Monumental

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Monday, December 11, 2017

    There are rules for everything in design, and when it comes to decorating your fireplace mantle, this remains the same. By nature, your mantle will always be the center of attention as it is designed to be the showpiece of your hearth. This makes for a wonderful display aesthetic; a true center stage for your design sense to shine. However, here are some hints as to how to make your mantle the pitch perfect place to display mementos, art, and your personal affects.

    Mantle Hint #1 - Neutral Knockout: Introduce Color to a One-Note Room

    The wonderful thing about mantels is that they can have a life of their own. Feel free to use that one corner of the room as a reason to color outside the lines. Adding funky vases, vintage books, a collection of candleholders, or an elegant tapestry from your trip overseas, is the perfect way to boldly step outside the boundaries of your room’s palette.

    Whatever the elements, treat the entire mantle area as an artsy focal piece instead of a fireplace. This will give you freedom to bring in some bright color and patterns that you would have otherwise skipped. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bright pinks, chartreuse, brilliant blues, and golden yellows in a room that is primarily beige, gray or cream. By mixing and matching several different colors you can create an over-the-top mantle space that sparkles with innovation.

    Mantle Hint #2 – Highs and Lows: Create a “Bookend Effect”

    As far as logistics go, your mantle’s shape lends itself to a definitive way of decorating. What can be called the “bookend effect” is simply defined as creating an inviting collection of items that enhance the natural arch of the eye line. Putting things of height- candleholders, oversized books, cylinders, tall frames, or hurricane lamps at each end of the mantle, draws attention and creates a frame for what is ultimately hanging over the fireplace.

    Installing interesting sconces on either side of the fireplace can also create this effect if you don’t like too many items on the mantle. However, lighting doesn’t replace the need for some unique decor, so don’t rely on it to solely create an interesting eye line. Instead choose simple vases, stout candles, shrubs, or ornate figurines to add texture and allure.

    Mantle Hint #3 Ease Into It: Artwork Ambiance

    If you truly love the look of a clean mantle, then perhaps choosing one piece is the best option for your design personality. Using the mantle as an easel is an age-old way of displaying oversized artwork that radiates class. The bigger the better with this technique, so be sure to take measurements of the space above the mantel before scouring the market for the perfect piece of art.

    Another trick is to paint the wall behind the art a contrasting color to the adjacent walls. This creates a backdrop that is perfect for display as well as offers the illusion of a thick frame to the art you choose to use.

    No matter which technique you decide fits you best, make sure to take advantage of the prime space your mantle offers for décor display. In doing so, the mantle can easily become one of the most talked about and admired spaces in your entire home!

    Simple Party Planning Essentials: Top 5 Ideas for Entertaining a Crowd

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Friday, December 8, 2017

    Party planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming and over-budget, in fact, with a little know-how and a couple of simple party ideas you can host a wonderful event without any financial or emotional stress. These days, parties can be as laid back as you want. Depending on the type of event you are hosting, take advantage of these chic ways to host a casual get together on a dime.

    Potlatch Priority

    If you want to be able to accommodate a crowd and still be able to sprinkle personal touches and unique entertaining elements throughout the evening, then you must delegate. Asking people to bring their favorite dish is becoming quite the norm, and it’s a lot of fun.

    Choose a food theme- such as Greek, Mediterranean, or All-American- and have guests bring a dish that fits with that theme. This way you can still have unique menu items without having to do all of the prep work or shopping yourself. This also leaves you ample time to put your efforts into the fun aspects of party panning!

    Just Desserts

    If you go the potluck route, then you can focus on creating a unique element such as a dessert buffet to sweeten your guest’s evening. For a designer touch choose a color theme for the dessert table and incorporate hanging flowers, tissue balls, or a fabric backdrop to set the stage.

    For extra drama, make sure that whatever treats you choose- whether cakes, cupcakes, or cookies, that they are displayed in some sort of symmetrical centerpiece. Making this focal point edible, such a high tiered cupcake display or simple layer cake, will immediately inform guests what a sweet treat they can expect to be sampling in a classy manner.

    Flower Fun

    Nothing is more of an elegant addition to your party than floral arrangements. However, you don’t have to hire a florist to get a high-end look. Instead, visit the produce department at your local grocer. Buy up some radishes, artichokes or limes and use them as anchors for your stems. You can add water to the vases or compotes and a few sticks from your yard to assemble an affordable, yet beautiful arrangement.

    Casual Convenience

    Even though you may be hosting a potlatch get-together because of its casual components that doesn’t mean that place settings should be eliminated. Have fun with decorating each place setting with a nametag. Use fresh basil, rosemary, or chocolate as interesting and savory ways to display placeholders. Don’t get too elegant with the settings though- stay simple. Use everyday flatware and machine washable napkins. Convenient seating is a fun way to add personalization to a potluck party, but there is no need to make it feel like a wedding reception.

    Welcome Wagon

    Since your guests will be bringing their own additions to the party for dinner, it would be proper host etiquette to provide some sort of amuse-bouche for your guests upon arrival. Whether this is a tiny popper, caprese, or even some hummus and veggies- prepare each hors d'oeuvre in such a way that it is easy to eat and doesn’t require much assembly. This way your guests can enjoy mingling while munching before dinner instead of hovering by the snack table. 

    3 Inexpensive & Easy Ideas to Spruce Up Your Kitchen on a Budget

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Thursday, December 7, 2017

    Not everyone is gutting their kitchens these days- despite what home makeover shows may have you believe. The truth is that some of us may have outdated kitchens but can’t afford an expensive remodel. However, with a little time and some ingenuity, any kitchen with good “bones” can easily be brought up to speed with a few cheap fixes.

    While you can’t change the style of the cabinets or your countertop material entirely, you can make some significant stylistic choices that will make everyone do a double take.

    Paint by Number

    One of the newest trends happening in the home improvement world is to resurface your existing countertops with a paint-on kit. Depending on what type of material you already have in place (you wouldn’t want to paint over quartz or granite, of course- laminate is the best choice), this can be the best way to completely update a boring kitchen.

    The coating itself only takes about 4-6 hours. You can choose from a range of colors, each finishing with a shiny, grainy appearance. The only hitch is that it can take 48 hours to dry and almost an entire week to fully cure- so it would be best to not plan on having a house party to celebrate the new countertops until they are completely done drying.

    This really is a revolutionary advance in the world of renovation on the cheap. Depending on which type of countertop painting kit you buy you can have completely new looking countertops for under a couple hundred dollars. Not bad!

    Get Tiling

    Another fun do-it-yourself project that can be budgeted to fit your wallet is to tile your own backsplash. Even if you’ve never laid a tile in your life, many home improvement stores offer classes to teach you how to prepare the space, lay the tile, grout, as well as protect the finished product. Choosing from trendy glass tiles to more traditional stone, you can pick materials based upon your needs and create a custom kitchen on the cheap.

    De-clutter for a Better Look

    Clutter can make even the prettiest kitchen seem dingy. Buying some storage bins, a label maker, or even a new bookshelf to create your own basket menagerie of organization are all ways to update a kitchen without changing a thing. Cleaning off countertops, storing loose papers, and keeping your kitchen table free of odds-and-ends will allow people to see the beauty and functionality of your existing kitchen.

    Some people are simply amazed at the transformations they have witnessed when a professional organizer comes in and helps them get rid of unwanted and unneeded stuff. This process is one that has cleansing properties not only for your home but also for your mind. Having too much stuff can emotionally drain a person.

    Additionally, this type of “renovation” costs absolutely nothing. In fact, you can actually make money if you decide that some of your clutter is worth trying to resell online or at a garage sale. Keeping the heart of your home clean and tidy is the biggest way to spruce up your kitchen all year round!

    How Illustrious Lighting Can Give Your Home a Designer Identity

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    You may have been raised in a family where it was a cardinal sin to leave the lights on, but let’s be honest- leaving the lights on can be the one thing that makes your home cozy. Besides, who can’t help but fall in love with the way certain lights turn any space into a chic wonderland?

    From shimmery chandeliers to ultra-mod scones, a few lighting details may be all you need to transform your home into a showroom. However, let’s keep the environment in mind and your electricity bill at bay. There is a way to have a designer lighting-look in your home without breaking the budget or lighting up the sidewalk for your entire neighborhood, simply be selective with the lights you choose to leave on and be smart about the bulbs you buy.

    Choose Statement Pieces

    Lighting may seem like a small thing- but if you skip over this little designer detail you may be doing your design style a major disservice. From wallpaper to paint, light can change textures and hues in an instant.

    The best way to get the most bang-for your-buck is to choose one statement piece that will be the one you rely on to light the rest of the space for the majority of the time the room is in use. Some people love lamps a little too much- don’t go crazy with bringing in extras. Stand alone lighting not only spikes your energy bill but also tends to give a room a cluttered feel instead a bright open one.

    Instead, choose an overhead fixture that is unique and bold, or pendant lights that give your room its signature look. Lighting isn’t just about casting a glow; it is about making a design choice. With so many artistic options, there is no need to simply rely on can lighting or floor lamps to give your room that finished look. Additionally, always opt for fixtures that can work with LED lights, so that you can cut back your energy use.

    Out-of-the-Blue Hue

    Another common lighting misunderstanding is that you should only install pieces where a fixture has already been. One of the biggest designer secrets is to install a fixture, chandelier, or overhead track where no light has gone before. This creates an air of uniqueness as well bringing a luxurious interest to the space. What may seem like a difficult endeavor at first- (installing a new light may sound technical) can be as simple as hiring a local handyman.

    Installing pendant lights over a bar or bringing a chandelier to your master bedroom is only an installation day away, and for those of you who have DIY experience with lighting or electricity, you can install statement piece anywhere you want as long as you can get electricity to the spot. Remember, unless you built your own home, a builder simply chose to put lights where they would be needed- most are built with a minimum amount of lighting outlets to save money and time. Nothing says customized home like some personal lighting touches that were created and designed with your tastes in mind. 

    Allergy Alert! Garden Tips for Creating a Hypoallergenic Yard

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    The summer months are the most beautiful of the entire year to spend in your garden. There is nothing more relaxing than spending a warm afternoon planting some of your favorite herbs or perennials or enjoying “the fruits” of your spring labor while sipping on cool lemonade. However, the picture is more idyllic than the reality.

    For many summer brings out all kinds of nasty allergic reactions- most of which stem from the environment. The truth is that you may be allergic to your loved yard space! If you want to be able to enjoy your garden to the fullest, it would be best to avoid certain plants that cause the most common allergic reactions.

    Planting trees, shrubs and grasses that will not stir up hay fever or sneezing fits is just one more way to fully enjoy your outdoor space without having to down the Benadryl.

    Avoid These Plants for a Pitch-Perfect Yard

    The biggest offenders for individuals suffering from allergies would be any plants that release pollen when the wind blows. These types of plants are considered “wind-pollinated”. While you may not be able to keep your neighbors or local parks from planting these types, you can be sure that your backyard is free of them.

    According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology there are some plants that are better left out when it comes to your garden. Here is a quick list that will help you create a garden that will best suit your needs.

    Trees to “Leaf” Out (In Alphabetical Order)

    • Acacia
    • Alder
    • Arizona cypress
    • Ash
    • Beech
    • Birch
    • Cottonwood
    • Elm
    • Hackberry
    • Hickory
    • Italian cypress
    • Juniper
    • Maple
    • Mulberry
    • Oak
    • Olive
    • Pecan
    • Pepper tree
    • Poplar
    • Sycamore
    • Walnut
    • Western red cedar


    Grasses to “Weed Out”

    • Bermuda
    • Bluegrass
    • Fescue
    • Johnson
    • Orchard
    • Redtop
    • Rye
    • Sweet vernal
    • Timothy
    • Velvet


    Weeds to Pull

    • Alfalfa
    • Cocklebur
    • Lamb's-quarters
    • Mugwort
    • Nettle
    • Pigweed
    • Plantain
    • Ragweed
    • Sagebrush
    • Sorrel
    • Summer cypress
    • Tumbleweed, Russian thistle


    Best Plants for Your Garden

    However, you can’t just pull out a bunch of trees, shrubs, and grasses without replacing them with other plants that won’t aggravate your allergies. A bare garden is no garden at all! The good news is that there are some wonderful plants that are beautiful as well as hypoallergenic for you to choose from.

    While it may seem a little unfair that you can’t have soaring Poplars along your driveway or chic Bermuda grass fluttering by your mailbox, you can be rest assured that your options can create the oasis you want as well. Here’s a few to choose from!

    Apple, Clematis, Dusty Miller, Iris, Petunia, Sunflower, Alyssum, Columbine, Geranium, Lilac, Phlox, Tulip, Azalea, Crocus, Hibiscus, Lily, Plum, Verbena, Begonia, Daffodil, Hosta, Magnolia, Roses, Viburnum, Cacti, Dahlia, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Salvia, Zinnia, Cherry, Daisy, Hydrangea, Pansy, Snapdragon, Dogwood, Impatiens, Pear, and St. Augustine.

    Researching where to plant each of these in your garden can help you create a landscape that will best engage your senses. Some will be shade dwellers while others will need full sun, since your list of plants is much more limited for a hypoallergenic yard, be sure to talk to your local nursery or landscape expert on how to perfectly design your outdoor space.

    An apple or plum tree will obviously have different needs than your daffodils, but the good news here is that no matter what level of allergic reactions you may have to your current garden, there are many options available which enable you to turn it into one that your whole family can enjoy.

    Some of those most fragrant plants are those that are not wind pollinating; hyacinth, lilac, and hibiscus are all delicious choices. Sunflowers and hydrangeas are a beautiful combination for a pond-side retreat and lilies and zinnia’s can be breathtaking along a pathway or stone walkway. It may take some time to fully weed your garden of allergy inducing plants, but it will be well worth it in the long run!

    DIY Project Pros and Cons: Should You Install Flooring Yourself or Hire Professionals?

    Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Monday, December 4, 2017

    Most of us are watching the bottom line these days. As a result a lot of home projects have become do-it-yourself endeavors. Some people are wonderful at starting and finishing home projects and others find themselves in a world of hurt after taking the first step. One of the most common do it yourself projects is installing floors. What seems simple at first, (i.e.: removing the old floor and laying the new floor), can become quite complicated and costly if you end up having to hire it out.

    First, here’s a quick personality test to take in order to find out what your DIY Flooring Identity really is:

    -Do you find yourself organizing things out of sheer joy?
    -Do you like sending time reading directions and following them to the T?
    -Do you enjoy learning new things, even if it is slow process?
    -Would you consider yourself handy with tools?

    If you answered yes to all four of those questions you may just be the perfect candidate for laying your own flooring and saving that installation fee. However, even if you have the temperament to handle such a job, there are still pros and cons of doing it yourself.

    Pros & Cons List

    Con: Intense Labor - Laying flooring means that you will have to pick out, pick up, and haul materials to-and-from the manufacturer and all throughout your home. Physically, it can take quite a toll on the body. If you have a full time job, or are slighter than the next person, the sheer activity of having to do all of the labor yourself may take too much out of you, physically.

    Pro: Flexible Time Table - However, even if the job does take you longer than it would a professional, you have a flexible time table to get the flooring laid, and that can be the biggest benefit of doing it yourself. You don’t have to rush, you can take your time, and you can enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. If you are tired from a weekend of work, you could simply take it easy during the workweek so that you could tackle the next segment of flooring the following weekend.

    Con: Can be Pricey - Hiring flooring professionals can be pricey, but if you look around you may be able to find great deals depending on how much flooring you are purchasing. Some flooring companies will offer you free installation with a certain amount of square footage. If you are considering flooring a large portion of your house, get the project bidded by a couple of different contractors.

    Pro: Hands on Satisfaction

    Some of us just love projects. The type of person who passed the DIY Flooring Personality Test with flying colors may just be the type to be able to pull of a flooring project and get an immense sense of satisfaction from it. The bottom line is “To know oneself, is to love oneself”. Don’t start a project like this if you are not patient and willing to take your time. For those who like immediate gratification, hiring out the job may be your best bet!

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