Crappy Carpeting

In my business, I experience trends. The longest trend, thus far, is the "back to the hardwoods" trend for flooring, replacing the banal wall-to-wall carpeting.

In my business, I experience trends. The longest
trend, thus far, is the "back to the hardwoods" trend for flooring,
replacing the banal wall-to-wall carpeting. W-t-w was king in flooring starting
in the sixties and has finally seen its front-running position knocked out of
contention. A big hearty thanks for that.

There are so many options to choose from, that to rely on w-t-w is just plain
boring. Manufacturers have embraced this trend and furthered its appeal by
cutting costs on the materials and have gone head to head, competing with
carpeting as the flooring of choice.

I've recently met with new clients that have a brand, new home which served as
the model for this development. It was a lovely, well-appointed home, yet it
lacked personal appeal for these wonderful people. It is laden with dated
wallpaper, strange color blocking wall color and the predictable wall-to-wall
carpeting, throughout.

A careful selection of high-end, stylish furniture could not compete with the
boring carpet. Alas, the flooring had to be addressed, which covered the entire
first floor, and the great room in particular.

The attention given to the furniture and accessories was exceptional, yet the carpeting could not be ignored. So, new hardwoods are being installed which ARE furniture. This will be the turning point in the new design and will pull together the new plan perfectly.

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Cindy Cusic Micco July 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Wow! The wood floors really do make a huge difference. Beautiful!
Art Wegweiser July 14, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Yeah, but from what disappearing trees do these wood floors come? Beautiful, yes but what about the forests from which they are demolished?
Outraged Citizen July 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Here’s a secret that some way not know about trees. You can plant more of them and they’ll actually grow.
Isabella Valentine July 16, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Good one Outraged, my first thought was that's what their there for. We plant them, then cut them down, then plant more.
Art Wegweiser July 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Replacing the trees cut down, for whatever purpose, does not restore the destroyed ecosystem and its valuable and important variety of plants and animals. Replanting thousands of the identical species wanted for flooring or furniture is merely farming.
Outraged Citizen July 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
@Art – Wood flooring stimulates the economy, something that is very important to our nation at this time. It employs the people that harvest the materials, the people that transport it, the people that finish the product, the people that move it to market, the people that sell it, those that install it and those that replant the trees to start the process all over again. I’m sure I’m missing some people in the supply chain. There has to be a balance. Nature is not an all or nothing proposition. Also, when did farming become a pejorative term? If that’s the case, let’s run those evil “farmers’ markets” out of Sewickley.
Susan Muschweck July 17, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Regarding sustainability: Currently, I have over 17 current clients that live in 100 year + homes in the general Pittsburgh area. All of them still have the original hardwood floors that were installed. I think if we are looking to go green, this is a good start. The trend to use w-w-carpeting came about as a design trend quickly segueing into a cost-savings trend. Many homes are covered in an artificial flooring material which emanate fumes and consequently, cause many severe allergies, as well. In addition, carpeting also has a rather short shelf life, approximately eight years at best. Hardwood sustains the test of time over many, many generations, it's easy to clean and maintain without the use of chemical products, and therefore, it is the recommended flooring treatment by me, and the vast majority of my very eco-aware clients. It also looks great with any design or decor.
Art Wegweiser July 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM
LIFE is an all or nothing proposition. You survive or you are dead. Using jobs and profits and the economy as an excuse for any and every sort of destruction is an insane loss of everything in time. Maybe not us now, but down the line as we continue to exploit, develop and constantly increase our numbers, it will catch up to our descendants. I will never know them but I am concerned about their survival after our incredibly selfish and stupid behaviors. As for the activity and industry of farming, I never called it a pejorative. It is a necessary and honest activity for people that know and care, but in the hands of gigantic agribusiness, who do not give damn about who they hurt as long as the bottom line is up, it is more than pejorative - it is criminal. Allison Park, PA
Art Wegweiser July 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
No doubt that what you say is true BUT you speak of your clients living in houses built a century ago - often a rather upscale group, I suspect and when not a huge quantity of such materials was needed and the sources were still abundant. What of all the new construction going on as we continue to expand as a species and attempt to occupy every acre of land with developments, condos and malls?
Outraged Citizen July 17, 2012 at 08:40 PM
@Art – Your thread contains so many flawed/unsubstantiated presuppositions that irrationality is your thread’s natural conclusion. And like most other apocalyptic ideas, no one will be around to check the validity. Your right, we all live and we all die. There’s really no way around it. We used to spend our entire day just trying to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. At some point, we decided this wasn’t good enough and moved past the barter system, to one in which there are people that provide goods and services in exchange for currency. This currency can be used to buy other goods and services provided by other people. Why do we do this? It is more efficient than spending the entire day attempting to take care of the basics. What did this lead to: longer life expectancies, better nutrition, improvements in science and medicine, better transportation systems and improvements in education, just to name a few. We did this by developing a modern society. In this country, capitalism played a huge role and good paying jobs improved the lives of citizens exponentially. But you would have us halt all of this because you believe resources are not being used the way you dictate. I suspect you live a comfortable life, and that’s great. But you sound like the typical liberal who engages in the “not in my neighborhood” mentality when someone wants to build something you see as a burden to your sense of entitlement.
Art Wegweiser July 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Outraged Citizen I do not dictate anything but make suggestions and express my opinions. "Dictate" is a very strong word and one freely thrown around. Just like "socialism" which is fine if provided through tax breaks and subsidies to large profit making corporations but not so if it provides any benefit to others. If I sound like a"liberal" then this attitude is clearly "conservative". As for my "sense of entitlement" whatever that absurd term means, I worked long and hard and HONESTLY and without hurting vast numbers of people as Mitt Romney has done and still plans to do. As for my "comfortable life", such as you think it may be, I believe many others who deserve it are denied by greed and nasty behaviors - legal or otherwise but not moral, as in outsourcing jobs, demolishing going corporations, hidden assets in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans and refusing to reveal what his father George did regarding tax returns.The apple has fallen very far from the tree. We may elect the wrong Romney.
Outraged Citizen July 18, 2012 at 04:28 PM
@Art – It sounds like hardwood flooring is no longer Public Enemy #1, Mitt Romney now holds that distinction. That is truly an interesting transition on a thread about interior design. We could discuss the facts Art, but I realize they hold no interest to you. You again propagate unsubstantiated presuppositions with the hope that something sticks. What I have gathered is you clearly see yourself at the forefront of class warfare. Mitt Romney and greedy corporations are standing in the way of people having the lives to which they are entitled. If we could remove these impediments, there would be a chicken in every pot and a Chevrolet in every driveway. That is pure hogwash. People are responsible for their own success. They must take responsibility for their lives. The American Dream is equal access, not results. But that is a sobering thought to the entitled.
Art Wegweiser July 19, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Actually Romney is fairly high up there for me, but the real Public Enemy is a 4 headed hydra. Filibustering (which both parties have used), Gerrymandering (which both parties have used), disenfranchising many thousands of Americans (currently a GOP ploy) and one of the dumbest move ever made by SCOTUS - Citizens United. As for everybody being completely responsible for themselves and their success or misfortune, regardless of circumstances, it seems you have reread your Ayn Rand. P.S.I still await your definition of "the entitled".
Outraged Citizen July 19, 2012 at 05:29 PM
@Art – I used entitled and entitlement. You can go to http://www.merriam-webster.com/ and you can look up the definitions at your leisure. I feel like I might be in a Lewis Carol novel right now. We’re certainly going down the rabbit hole. First wood flooring would spell our doom, then Mitt Romney and now filibusters, gerrymandering, some unnamed GOP plot and Citizens United. I can’t wait to see what’s next, may be the grassy knoll, black helicopters or the Keystone pipeline? Oh well, I guess unsubstantiated presuppositions are the coin of your realm. Yes Art, people are responsible for their fate. They are responsible for their lives. To believe otherwise contradicts free will. The American Dream is an ideal that all citizens have equal access to opportunities to enrich their lives regardless of social class or the circumstances of their birth. Today, too many believe the American Dream means that I should have the same “stuff” as the next guy. It doesn’t matter that the next guy started his own business, went on to earn advanced degrees orworks hard at his job to get ahead. In fact, these people blame the next guy for getting in their way. They say, “If it wasn’t for the next guy’s greed/luck/exploitation/profit mongering, I’d have my stuff. You know what? The next guy has too much stuff and isn’t paying his fair share. Let’s take more of his money to buy stuff the rest of us deserve.” That's dangerous thing Art.
Kelly Burgess July 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
This is just hilarious.
seen2mch July 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Hilarious? Really??? How about pathetic? An article on flooring turns into some half-a#$%^d debate on ideologies from the same people who have non-stop ran their mouths since Patch "improved"itself by adding Robinson and surrounding area. And now we ge to be enlightened by the same 8 losers that feel the need to chime in on every issue...insult anyone who disagrees with them...and seem to have a need to constantly support each others views to mask their insecurities. Patch..you`re doin a helluva job Brownie!!
Kelly Burgess July 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Um, I don't think Patch is the problem.
Outraged Citizen July 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I do have such fun. It gives me pleasure to know I helped bring a smile to someone’s face.


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