Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dreaming of Floors

While we're waiting for something to happen with the house, I've been thinking about those items on the To Do list.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the floors throughout the Agave house will be polished concrete. The floors in some of the earlier homes look great - they have a lot of large aggregate in various colors. The floor sample we were shown looked similar. "It will look like a terrazzo floor" we were told. Our concrete floors don't come close to the sample we saw, nor close to the good looking floors in some of the earlier builds. In fact, there's very little aggregate. It's really just a dull gray cement floor with a smattering of small rocks here and there.

So, we've discussed some options with regard to the flooring. One is to have the concrete scored in large squares and then acid stained. That's great and all, but the whole acid-stained-concrete-thing has gotten old. You really don't have many options when it comes to color either. Plus, we have that in our current home.

Another option we've discussed is terrazzo tiles made of recycled glass and other materials. I like this option for a couple of reasons: (1) it's environmentally friendly, and (2) it looks good. I haven't done a cost comparison to see how it stacks up against other more traditional options, but frankly, I don't care. A good looking durable floor is an investment well made. Here are some samples of the tile. Personally, I like the blue. It's subtle but not boring.


Anonymous Christian said...

Loved seeing your home (and neighborhood) unfold the other day while down in Austin. You've done brilliantly by getting your lives Agave-sized. Well done. Karla, Beckett and I can't wait to come down and help with the official house-warming one day soon. In the meantime, enjoy the waiting game; hopefully home will be home sooner than later!

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