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10 Ways to Master Your Mudroom

February 15, 2016

MUDD ROOM BUILT IN STORAGE.jpgThe mudroom is the transition between coming and going. It can also be a chaotic catch-all without proper storage and the place that outside dirt congregates. The design process is worthy of careful thought so it can handle the demands of your family. This practical space gives you the ability to also hide clutter when guests drop by so your messier side of living isn’t left at the front door.b35e7184838f9177e7267735355dd7d9

Design a family-functional space. If you want your family to use the mudroom to its full extent, make it easy to use.

  • By creating an open space, rather than a closet, you make it less apt for folks to toss things in and close the door verses putting items where they go.
  • Use hooks rather than traditional rods and hangers. A hook is easier to use, especially for kids.
  • Install floor to ceiling cabinetry to enclose items that are put away for more permanent stowing.

Use easy-to-clean materials. By its very definition, this room is going to get dirty. It helps to use materials that clean up easily and have stellar resilience.

  • Cover the floors with a tasteful yet ultra-durable tile that can stand up to heavy use. You could even consider installing a drain in the center of the floor for easy mopping/drainage.
  • Consider using tile on the walls also. The variety of wall tile is expansive and offers something that’s practical but also visually appealing.mudroom-design-ideas

Include a bench. From taking off shoes to dropping a bag of groceries, a bench is a must-have for the mudroom.

  • Combine the bench area with cubbies for personalized storage space.
  • Use some of the space under the bench for out-of-the-way storage with baskets or pull-out drawers.

mudd room_officeCombine the mudroom with other types of rooms. The mudroom can take on many purposes. Why not let the space do more than one thing?

  •  Consider the efficiency of a laundry/mudroom built right off the garage or rear entryway.
  • Can’t make up your mind between a small workspace and mudroom…why not combine the two? Adding a work station for homework, paying bills or shopping online can offer just what you need without taking up more space in larger living areas.
  • Include a space for “mans best friend”! This is the perfect place to include a built in wash station for the family pet or an out of the way space for the food and water bowl. mudd room_pets

Not only will a well thought-out mudroom keep everything in its place, it will also give you peace of mind. You’ll be able to find things when you need them; keep the kids & pet stuff in one place instead of spread out all over the house and have a space where “messy” meets easy clean-up.

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Bathroom Design With Safety In Mind

January 13, 2016

The bathroom can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house. Anyone can slip and fall in the wet conditions of the bathroom. That’s why when it comes to safety & accessibility, designing for personal welfare isn’t just for seniors, it’s multi-generational. Attractive designs that blend well with standard bathroom amenities are available and look better than you may think. Whether you prefer a sleek, minimal look or favor traditional, you can provide safety without forgoing style.

  • Create point-of-use features like storage right where it is needed—drawers where makeup is applied. Pull-outs in lower cabinets allow for easier access when storing towels and other personal items.
  • Grab bars are helpful when needing to get up and down as well as bracing a fall.  Stylish pieces that match your other hardware are available, creating a uniform look across your space.
  • Walk-in showers keep entering and exiting less hazardous by omitting the threshold.20150908_102251-L
  • Tiled bench seating in the shower makes it much easier for seated bathing & adds a spa-like feature to your project.
  • Installing a removable showerhead can be used by anyone of any height, seated or standing.  In combination with the bench seating in place, this transforms your bathroom into an easy-to-use space.
  • Wide-rimmed bathtubs that users can sit on to get into and out of the bathtub are becoming more popular and aesthetically pleasing.

Picture7When in the design phase of your bathroom, consider how each part of your layout is important.

Ask yourself; is there enough room to comfortably navigate the space without bumping into anything? Is the shower entrance wide enough for all users? Designing your bathroom for safety doesn’t mean you are limited to stark, cold & uninviting. You can create a look that is both sophisticated plus increase safety for every phase of life.

 

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Our New Cabinet Design Center!

September 11, 2014

ProSource of Pinellas County has officially opened our Kitchen & Bath Cabinet Design Center.  We now have an on-site Professional Cabinet Designer ready to assist you and your clients on a daily basis.  ProSource is now your one-stop shop for flooring, backsplashes and cabinets!

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ProSource also sells sinks and plumbing fixtures to make your bathroom feel like your own personal spa!

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Plan the kitchen of your dreams at ProSource!

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ProSource carries all types of hardware to make your cabinets even more gorgeous!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, vinyl, cork or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcewholesale.com/pinellascounty.

Installation- What to know

June 10, 2014

Now more than ever homeowners are seeing beautiful remodels on television shows, Pinterest , Houzz and other media outlets that are propelling them to make a remodel of their own.  Shopping for wholesale flooring and cabinet materials is one part of the process while installation is another.
For instance, a lot of homeowners are drawn to rectified tiles and want the tile floors with “zero grout lines”. Most installers need a little bit of a grout line to set the tile and most homeowners, once they have spoken to a qualified installer, understand. However, it is important to note that a very thin grout line is a laborious process and will increase the installation cost for the homeowner. The installer must be sure he is working on a very level surface and must make sure he is choosing tiles at the same height. They also need to be very careful on how much grout and/or adhesive is used to achieve the look of virtually no grout lines.
Another example would be laying a hardwood floor on a diagonal. This can actually require more hardwood material than a traditional vertical installation. Homeowners should be open with their installer during their initial measurement on how exactly they want their floors laid so as to avoid extra costs and miscommunications.
Other items that could add to homeowners installation costs when working with a qualified flooring installer are:
• Removal of materials—who will take the old carpet, tile or hardwood?
• Furniture relocation & removal—moving an entire room is usually an extra cost and moving extremely heavy and difficult furniture (like pianos & breakfronts) need to be spelled out prior to installation.
• Closets—some closets are located beyond the room getting the work and through a bathroom. Be sure to notify the installer all the rooms that need product and installation.
• Transitions from room to room—the right transition pieces should be purchased prior to installation.
• Any additional materials that may be needed: tack strips & carpet pad (sold in rolls) or setting and finishing materials or moisture guards. A good installer will give you an itemized list of what materials will be needed to complete the project.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it. If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, vinyl, cork or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcewholesale.com/pinellascounty.

There’s an App for That- Home Improvement!

April 22, 2014

Yes there are many apps that can help trade professionals to make the project easier.  Here are a few:

  • Home Interior Layout Designer- Mark On Call– This mobile application is a room planning tool that will give you ideas and guide you. Great for designers as it allows you to take pictures of your flooring choices (as well as fabric and furniture) and insert them into your floor plans.
  • MagicPlan- Need a floor plan?  Take your iPhone or your iPad and snap a picture of your room and it will measure and draw you a floor plan.  It will even mark door and window openings.
  • Handyman Calculator- This Android app will calculate materials and time spent on your project.  It is a construction calculator that allows customization to help you figure out how much of a product you will need to complete your project.
  • ColorSnap– This app is from the folks at Sherwin-Williams and is good on iOS, Android or Blackberry smartphones.  Use this app to match colors, create a new color or find inspiration when working with a client!

More and more Trade Professionals are working out of the office and in the field.  Apps like these help you work with your client wherever you need to be!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it. If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, vinyl, cork or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.

Flowers for you!

March 3, 2014

Looking for a new carpet or custom area rug?  Why not add the fresh look of printed flowers? ProSource of Pinellas has a wonderful selection of printed floral patterns from which to choose.  Whether you are traditional or contemporary these selections will add elegance and style to any room!

Perfect for a multitude of styles this light flower will add elegance and interest to any room.  Stanton carries a great variety of floral patterns that can be wall to wall carpets, custom area rugs or stair runners.

Perfect for a multitude of styles this light flower will add elegance and interest to any room. Stanton carries a great variety of floral patterns that can be wall to wall carpets, custom area rugs or stair runners.

 

Kane Carpet offers many printed pattern choices.  This one called "Inspiration" would be gorgeous in a bedroom.

Kane Carpet offers many printed pattern choices. This one called “Inspiration” would be gorgeous in a bedroom.

 

Shaw Commercial Carpet offers some very bright and durable selections which are great for high traffic areas.

Shaw Commercial Carpet offers some very bright and durable selections which are great for high traffic areas.

This exquisitely understated carpet from Milliken is both soft and durable and comes in many colors.

This exquisitely understated carpet from Milliken is both soft and durable and comes in many colors.

 

ProSource of Pinellas County has a tremendous selection of flooring including printed carpets.  Choosing carpet to make a custom area rug gives you plenty of choices on size. You can make the carpet to fit the size of a room, an area beneath a particular piece of furniture or even have multiple shapes and sizes throughout the home creating a cohesive look.

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Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, vinyl, cork or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.

 

Versaille Pattern

November 14, 2013

Tile flooring can be laid in many different patterns. Versaille or French is a very classic European style that is perfect in almost any size space. ProSource of Pinellas County has many varieties of the Versaille Pattern.

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Versaille or French Pattern is a style of tile installation that is popular with natural stone. It uses a set of 5 different sized square and rectangular tile in a pattern.

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The Versaille Pattern is a classic European tile setting and is used in both indoor and outdoor applications. The tile can be purchased individually but is best sold in bundles which are ideal for installation and design.

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This pattern moves your eyes across the floor creating and interesting and elegant look.

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The Versaille Pattern is perfect for just about every space small or large! You can use a traditional tumbled tile, a chiseled edge or a straight edge depending on your style choice.

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Here is an example of a more straight edge tile within the Versaille Pattern.

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A rougher edged- chiseled or tumbled.

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Colors can vary within a pattern from dark to light or shades of beige. The choice is all yours!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, vinyl, cork or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.

Put Cork On It!

July 24, 2013

Cork flooring is an excellent flooring choice for anyone but especially those concerned with renewable resources.  Cork is produced with no harm to trees and there is virtually no waste during the manufacturing process.  Cork doesn’t warp or crack and is fire and scratch resistant.  Cork is comfortable to walk on and is perfect for those of us who suffer allergies. Cork is also a natural noise reducer. 

Cork has many benefits including its durability but cork flooring is also beautiful and the variety of style and colors are amazing.  Here are a few from our ProSource of Pinellas County showroom.

This is what most traditional cork flooring looks like. The colors are rich and the natural design is unique and beautiful.

This is what most traditional cork flooring looks like. The colors are rich and the natural design is unique and beautiful.

This white finished cork is great in kitchens as it is comfortable to walk on, easy to clean & beautiful.

This white finished cork is great in kitchens as it is comfortable to walk on, easy to clean & beautiful.

This strips of cork create a different modern look.

This strips of cork create a different modern look.

Perfect for a media room, this dark stained cork will help block the sound and stay gorgeous forever.

Perfect for a media room, this dark stained cork will help block the sound and stay gorgeous forever.

Cork can come in a variety of colors and patterns but they are all beautiful and durable!

Cork can come in a variety of colors and patterns but they are all beautiful and durable!

 Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwood floors, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, vinyl, cork or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.

What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

March 25, 2013

Autumn Brown EmSmEngineered hardwood floors were introduced in the 1960s but have made vast improvements over the years. Engineered hardwood floors are simply a wood veneer skin of some wood species with a series of thin wood layers glued together to make a plywood board or sandwich. They are available to consumers in a variety of wood species with dozens of textures including smooth, hand scraped, wire brushed and more. Newly manufactured hardwood floors can have the look of a charming rustic Barnwood floor or a high end contemporary style.

Engineered hardwood floors have a lot of benefits that the old solid wood flooring does not. For instance, engineered hardwood is also manufactured with a factory finish that is stronger and longer lasting than any stain applied on a solid wood floor making it longer lasting and less maintenance. Engineered hardwood floors are ready to be walked on the day they are laid down. They are also able to be installed in areas solid wood floors cannot be such as basements or directly on a concrete slab.

Engineered hardwood floors are beautiful, durable and easily and quickly installed. ProSource carries a wide variety of hardwood floors from all the top manufacturers. There is an engineered hardwood floor for every home.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it. If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, vinyl, cork or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.

Team Picks!

December 6, 2012

With a showroom full of over 25,000 flooring and cabinet samples at ProSource of Pinellas County, it can be hard to imagine that you could narrow it down to a few favorites but our trusty team of Account Managers have done just that!

Dave has chosen Amalfi Coast Hardwood as his go to pick.  Dave says “It’s a wood floor that transitions a house to a home.”  Amalfi Coast is hand stained twice, is 100% Artisan Hand Carved, has 8 coats of Valspar finish and comes in random widths of 4, 6 & 8 inches.  Amalfi Coast- Cherry

Navarre Cantal

Tracy chose Navarre European Oiled Wood Floors are her favorite. “They have casual elegance.” she says and we agree.  These rustic, handscraped, engineered oak floors come in  7-1/2″ x 72″x5/8″ planks and  have a natural oil finish. 

Rising Best Pebble

Keith chose our in-stock carpet Rising Best in Pebble Rock because “it has a wonderful feel, exceptional value and the multicolor works with everything!”.  We couldn’t have said it any better! Rising Best is a Resista Polyester  with Magic Fresh Stain and Odor Protection – just perfect for any home.  

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, vinyl, cork or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.