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Flooring Spotlight: Artisan (Bausen) Hardwood

Artisan Hardwood Floors

Who is Artisan Hardwood (Formerly Bausen)?

Artisan Hardwood (formerly Bausen), makes pre-finished hardwood floors from durable, high-quality wood species at an affordable price. The company’s mission is to: “Help [its] customers make their spaces more beautiful, and to inspire modern architecture and design. [Artisan] believe[s] luxury can be achieved at non-luxury pricing.”

Artisan Hardwood is committed to environment-conscious manufacturing so you can be sure the floors you bring into your home are earth friendly. With its “Green Standard,” Artisan “constantly updates [its] processes in order to stay on the forefront of sustainable technology, quality assurance, and compliance.”

So how much can you expect to pay for Artisan Hardwood floors? The average price range is around $3-$5/sf. At the lower end of this price range you will find birch and hickory products from the Canyon Ranch Collection, while at the higher end you will find the Maple Legacy and English Forest collections.

 

Our Most Popular Collections from Artisan Hardwood

Canyon Ranch Collection by Artisan

“Rustic modernism. A masterful rendition of heirloom quality and classic craftsmanship, reinterpreted with a modern outlook. Our iconic collection of engineered hardwoods evokes century old traditions from a world away. Ultimate in comfort, enduring in strength, meticulously crafted to showcase the heavily distressed character.” -ArtisanHardwood.com

Artisan Canyon Ranch Birch Spice CBH5S Artisan Canyon Ranch Hickory Sorghum CHK5SG

From Left to Right: Canyon Ranch Birch Spice and Canyon Ranch Hickory Sorghum

Features of Artisan Hardwood Canyon Ranch Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: Acacia, Birch, and Hickory
  • Texture: Handscraped
  • Plank Width: 5”
  • Finish: 12 UV coatings (2 of Aluminum oxide; 8 of Polyurethane; 2 of scratch resistant)

Why We Love Artisan Hardwood Canyon Ranch Floors

This collection has a wonderful traditional color palette that is highly versatile with a wide range of interior designs. The stunning wood grains of the acacia, birch, and hickory species make an expressive statement.

 

English Forest Collection by Artisan

“Bring the timeless rustic elegance of English Forest into your space. The open-grained wood exudes a warmth and texture, accentuated by the 7 ½” luxury width that provides a subtle yet unmatched presence.” -ArtisanHardwood.com

Artisan English Forest Glenmore ew07g Artisan English Forest Frost EWO7F

From Left to Right: English Forest Glenmore and English Forest Frost

Features of Artisan Hardwood English Forest Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: European Oak
  • Texture: Wire-brushed
  • Plank Width: 7.5”
  • Finish: UV cured urethane

Why We Love Artisan English Forest Floors

The range of hues in this collection combined with the worn, wire-brushed texture makes these floors the perfect choice for those seeking to create a cottage or farmhouse feel in their home! From rich brown to soft grey to frosty tan, these colors speak to today’s trends while maintaining a timeless appeal.

 

Timberline Collection by Artisan

“Bold beauty. Pure indulgence. These words come to mind when savoring our bespoke Timberline Collection of engineered hardwoods. Superbly stylish and indelibly imaginative, the selections are vivid in texture and generous in proportions, offering clean, contemporary, yet sophisticated appeal.” -ArtisanHardwood.com

 Artisan Timberline Birch Latte TBH6L Artisan Timberline Hickory Natural THK6N

From Left to Right: Timberline Birch Latte and Timberline Hickory Natural

Features of Artisan Hardwood Timberline Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: Acacia, Birch, and Hickory
  • Texture: Handscraped
  • Plank Width: 6” and 6.5”
  • Finish: 12 UV coatings (2 of Aluminum oxide; 8 of Polyurethane; 2 of scratch resistant)

Why We Love Artisan Hardwood Timberline Floors

The handscraped planks provide wonderful texture perfect for creating a casual, welcoming environment. When this vintage-style texture is paired with contemporary décor, it creates a lovely contrast and a perfect balance of traditional and modern!

 

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Flooring Spotlight: Johnson Hardwood Floors

 Above: English Pub Maple Brandy Wine

Who is Johnson Hardwood?

Johnson manufactures high-quality hardwood floors in today’s most in-demand styles, from contemporary to traditional. One of the top companies in the flooring industry, Johnson is known for producing stunning, handcrafted floors at an affordable price. Their lumber is responsibly sourced from durable hardwood species all over the world, and each plank is carefully crafted and stained by hand.

Johnson is committed to following sustainable tree-harvesting practices that help preserve forests. What are sustainable tree-harvesting practices? For example, Johnson sources 30-40% of their exotic lumber from aged or fallen trees, which inhibit the growth of the younger trees that produce more oxygen. The majority of their products are also constructed as engineered planks rather than solid, which makes more efficient use of the lumber so fewer trees are needed.

So how much can you expect to pay for a Johnson hardwood floor? The average price range is around $4-$7/sf. At the higher end of this price range are the Noble Castle, Renaissance (hickory products only), and Tuscan collections. At the lower end of the price range you will find the Frontier, Pacific Coast (birch products only), Victorian, and Roma collections. The rest of Johnson’s products (like our best-selling collections featured below), will fall somewhere in the middle.

 

Our Most Popular Collections from Johnson Hardwood

English Pub Collection by Johnson

“Our craftsmen have delicately scraped and hand honed this floor to resemble the look of Old English Pubs where friends, family, and travelers fathered to relax and converse in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The long 7 foot planks give the look of times gone by. We used a character grade maple to bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain, along with filled splits and knots for more of that old world look.” -JohnsonHardwood.com

 Johnson English Pub Maple Stout AME-EM19005 Johnson Enlish Pub Hickory Applejack AME-EM19001

From Left to Right: English Pub Maple Stout and English Pub Hickory Applejack

Features of Johnson Hardwood English Pub Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: Maple & Hickory
  • Texture: Handscraped
  • Plank Width: 7.5”
  • Gloss Level: Semi-gloss
  • Finish: Aluminum Oxide finish

Why We Love Johnson Hardwood English Pub Floors

The handscraped textures of this collection create the casual, lived-in look of a floor that’s been part of your home for generations. This collection is perfect for bringing an element of warmth and hominess to your living space.

 

Alehouse Collection by Johnson

“The Alehouse series puts emphasis on the details to create a totally unique flooring experience. A multi-layer, hand-staining process has been used to create an inner glow effect that darkens toward the timeworn plank edges. Due to the natural glow, the Alehouse series has high color variation. Meaning, the color hues will span a range from low to high for added brilliance. Vintage, long-length planks measure up to sever-feet long for a more coalescent floor. Our exclusive vintage surface treatment finish adds even more character for the look of a reclaimed, custom hardwood floor.”  -JohnsonHardwood.com

Johnson Alehouse Maple Maibock AME-AHM19001 Johnson Alehouse Maple Hefeweizen AME-AHM19002

From Left to Right: Alehouse Maple Maibock and Alehouse Maple Hefeweizen

Features of Johnson Hardwood Alehouse Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: Maple & European Oak
  • Texture: Wire-brushed
  • Plank Width: 7.5”
  • Gloss Level: Semi-gloss
  • Finish: Aluminum Oxide

Why We Love Johnson Hardwood Alehouse Floors

The darkened edges and wire-brushed texture gives this collection a well-worn vintage appearance. The color variation of a lighter center that darkens towards the edges creates visual interest for a unique effect.

 

Jockey Hollow Collection by Johnson

“The Jockey Hollow Collection brings you back to the days of Colonial America when finer homes featured wide width, timeworn floors. Our floors are hand crafted with responsibly harvested timbers for a truly unique visual experience.” -JohnsonHardwood.com

 Johnson Jockey Hollow European Oak Chelsea Creek JHC19002OAK-JH Johnson Jockey Hollow European Oak Yorktown JHC19006OAK-JH

From Left to Right: Jockey Hollow Chelesea Creek and Jockey Hollow Yorktown

Features of Johnson Hardwood Jockey Hollow Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: European Oak
  • Texture: Distressed
  • Plank Width: 7.5”
  • Gloss Level: Matte
  • Finish: UV Cured Urethane

Why We Love Johnson Hardwood Jockey Hollow Floors

Distressed texture is created using saw marks and wire-brushing techniques for a more rustic and rugged floor. The hues of faded browns and greys also appeal to a reclaimed style.

 

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How to Choose a Good Quality Vinyl Floor

How to choose a good quality vinyl floor

With the surging popularity of vinyl floors, there are dozens of brands to choose from and more popping up every day. The variety of options can be overwhelming. How do you know which brands offer a good quality vinyl floor and which brands might be overcharging for a low quality product? Here’s how to determine the quality of a vinyl floor so you get the most bang for your buck!

 

How is a Vinyl Plank Constructed?

Before we get into what makes a vinyl floor good quality, we first need to understand how a vinyl floor is made. A vinyl plank is constructed of 5 layers:

1)      A coating or urethane to enhance durability

2)      The clear “wear layer” that protects the printed design

3)      The printed design

4)      The vinyl core

5)      A backing, which consists of vinyl, cork, or foam

 

What is a Wear Layer?

A “wear layer” is clear layer made from PVC film that protects the printed design of the floor. As the name implies, it shields the floor from everyday wear and tear. The wear layer is a huge factor in determining the quality and durability of a vinyl floor. The thicker the wear layer, the more durable the floor will be and the longer it will last.

Keep in mind that the thickness of the plank itself does not mean it will be more durable. In a vinyl floor, the thickness of the wear layer is ultimately what determines durability.

Wear layers are measured in ‘mils,’ which are equal to one-thousandth of an inch. This is not to be confused with millimeters, which are equal to one-thousandth of a meter. Typically, the thickness of a wear layer averages 6, 12, or 20 mils. The thicker the wear layer, the greater the durability. Products with thicker wear layers will cost more because of the higher quality.

But how thick of a wear layer do you actually need? Wear layers of 20 mil or higher are perfect for commercial environments. For a high traffic home, a wear layer between 12 and 20 mil should be suitable. If you are installing the floor in a low traffic area of the home, however, you may only need a floor with a wear layer of 6 mil.

 

Enhanced Coatings and Urethanes

When selecting a vinyl floor, check the product’s specs to see if it uses a special coating or urethane to provide additional protection to the wear layer. This can help extend the life of your floor and increase durability. For example, aluminum oxide is a highly durable coating.

 

Virgin Vs. Recycled Vinyl

Another spec to check to ensure the quality of your vinyl floor is the vinyl content used in the core and backing of the planks. Some cores and backings contain recycled content in addition to vinyl, while others only contain 100% virgin (non-recycled) vinyl. Virgin vinyl will be more durable than recycled vinyl and will hold up better over time.

 

Don’t Overlook the Backing

Though the wear layer and core of the floor are important, you don’t want to overlook the backing, either. For a higher-quality product, choose a vinyl that offers an attached cork or foam pad. This pad will provide more resistance to moisture and mildew. Additionally, a pad will offer more of a cushioned feel underfoot and help make the floor quieter. A vinyl floor without a pad may be cheaper, but it may also require purchasing additional underlayment.