Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cork flooring

One thing we really want in our dream house is a cork floor in the kitchen and dining area. It no longer looks like those old cork tiles or solid cork floor you remember from the 70s but why would we want it?

Couple of reasons:
  • Most importantly, it is very sound-deadening which is extremely important to Jen with her brain injury.
  • It is one of the 'greenest' flooring products around since you simply harvest the bark but not the tree so the bark simply grows back.
  • It is a cushy floor so it feels great to walk on, and great for your back and knees, too.
  • They are now available in a variaty of plank-designs where it appears in patterns just like hardwood planks.
  • Qualifies for LEED points.
The maintenance of cork is very similar to hardwood. If a liquid is spilled on it, you simply mop it up and all is fine in the world (or at least in your kitchen...). Obviously, again similar to hardwood, you shouldn't let it have standing water on it for days on end since in that case it will warp. Next time you are at your local flooring shop just ask a rep to show you, you'll be surprised...

This is the closest kitchen we've found to ours, material-wise,with espresso shaker cabinets, white quartz counters, and light cork floors.
This gorgeous kitchen shows cork planks.
Here's a media room with cork walls.
Cork floor in the exercise room.
Another modern kitchen with cork.
If money was no object, I would do more cork, like in the living room...or in-law suite.
If you want to learn more about cork, click here:

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