Hardwood and the trend toward smaller homes
For some time now, the British have been interested in the concept of causing a smaller ecological “footprint” on the planet. In general, this refers to an attempt to live more simply and consume fewer resources. This kind of green lifestyle conserves resources for future generations, reduces the need for landfills, and helps to eliminate pollution – particularly carbon dioxide, which has been linked to climate change, also known as global warming.
Smaller homes can be a decorating challenge as one thing homeowners want is to make them appear as large as possible. Hardwood floors can be helpful in this regard as they provide a smooth expanse that tends to make spaces look larger than they really are. According to Linda Jovanovich, who represents the American Hardwood Information Center: “Hardwoods bring richness and warmth to even small rooms, whether it’s used on the floors and walls, or crafted into built-ins. Custom hardwood furnishings like bookcases and cabinets make a home personal, yours alone, and isn’t that the ultimate luxury!”
Sarah Susanka, author of the Not so Big House series of best-selling books, agrees, commenting that “Luxury comes from the materials we surround ourselves with. Beauty comes from natural materials. You can see where they come from – in the grain, the veining.”
Homeowners who turn to natural materials such as hardwoods should keep in mind that over time, scratches and other mars in the surface may develop. This is not a problem since they can be all but erased through the use of hardwood floor sanding services.