Interior Design & Flooring

Affordable and efficient home upgrades

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 14:25

It's not a surprise that many homeowners are looking to save money whenever they can. After all, the recession impacted most people's back accounts and made everyone just a bit more cautious about spending. However, a homeowner interested in improving the efficiency and look of his or her home doesn't have to wait until better days or rely on cheap knock-off products to achieve the look and functionality they want. 
"There's definitely been a shift from spending to savings, " said Chris Davis, the president and CEO of the World Floor Covering Association, according to HGTV.com. "But that doesn't mean consumers aren't buying flooring: it means they're looking for value and comfort. They might not be moving up right now, but they're still into feathering the nest." 
One of the key upgrades a homeowner should consider is radiant floor heating. The energy efficient option is an investment and a homeowner can recoup the initial costs associated with installing the system in no time. By reducing overall heating costs every month, a homeowner will see his or her bank account balance feel less depleted after monthly utility costs are deducted. 
For homeowners interested in a durable floor material that will boost the interior design of a room, vinyl might be the answer. Don't panic - just like many materials and technologies, upgrades have been made to the traditionally unflattering flooring option. HGTV.com claims that luxury vinyl typically costs $4 to $5 per square foot and therefore sits in the middle of the flooring price range. The latest vinyl creations can mimic the warmth, texture and look of high-end materials like marble and exotic hardwoods - at a fraction of the cost. 
Consider the merits of installing these two affordable upgrades in the home.