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Flooring Options for your home

Whether you’re self building, renovating or extending, your new floor will have a key role to play in the success of your finished home. Emily Smith takes a closer look at the main material options
White wash oak flooring, £110 per m2, Norfolk Oak www.norfolkoak.com
Bedford carpet, from £59.99 per m2, Brintons www.brintons.co.uk

From the natural beauty and character of wood through to the soft and cosy allure of carpet, there are many choices for the flooring in our homes. When considering what type is best for each space, think about how much that area will be used and how low-maintenance you’d like the zone to be. We naturally associate certain types of flooring with specific rooms, but modern manufacturing techniques offer a great range of versatility, with some products even mimicking the look and characteristics of others. The following pages unveil the key considerations for different rooms, some expert insight into the main contenders and inspiring examples to get your creative juices flowing.

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This is the zone that’s nearly always going to get the most footfall in your home, so the flooring needs to be hardwearing and low-maintenance. It’s the first space that guests will see, so it needs to work to set the tone for the rest of the house. Patterned porcelain and ceramic tiles will offer a traditional allure – go for a black and white chequerboard for a classic period look. Alternatively, painted floorboards are another option that allows for some creativity; a popular solution is to use the same hue on the staircase and accompany with a carpet runner. Consider solid or engineered bamboo flooring from the likes of Moso Bamboo Surfaces Shop (www.mosobamboosurfaces.co.uk) for its good durability or poured concrete for an ultra-modern look.

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Build It magazine's new September 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Top tips to save you £10,000s on your home building project - How to get real value for money from your builder - Are SIPs sustainable? - Design ideas for a better, healthier home - Make your home water efficient - Choosing the right windows for a heritage property ... and more!