Synthetic vs. Natural… your life could depend on it!

furni 1We all heard the good ‘ole phrase, “they just don’t make it like they used to”… well in the design world this holds very true. That muted old plaid wool itchy sofa in your great grandmothers living room or that walnut chiseled dining room table that’s been passed down through generations has greater benefits than just standing the test of time ,as we all thought, they actually have a longer fire rating time.

Due to the advancements in technology, we can now compound such fabrics as nylon, viscose, polyester etc. which not only are in a majority of our furniture, fabrics, carpet and decor but they pose a threat if a fire were to ever catch in your home.

Research shows that 30 years ago, you had about about 17 minutes to escape a house fire, today it’s down to 3 or 4 minutes. It’s never something that crossed my mind, but now with a family of my own, it’s something to very seriously take in consideration.

 

Check out this article posted on TodayHome.com

 

 

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Thinking about putting in new wood floors… here’s an option to mull over. Using reclaimed wood for your flooring not only does your part for helping avoid carbon footprinting and being green but it is such a story to tell your guests that your floors are old timber from an 1870’s barn that was just dismantled.

There are various orgins of this material, including deconstruction, urban timber, fire kill, standing dead and barn wood,  these products are from actual deconstruction and demolition of buildings.  After the deconstruction phase the wood is brought back to milling facilities where it is graded, denailed, and, in some cases, milled… all in preparation to sell the finished product.

You can find any reclaimed wood mill in your area just by googling and doing a little research. Most places offer Douglas Fir, Pine, White Oak, Red Oak, Black Oak, Maple, Elm, Eucalyptus, etc. The reclaimed wood products are 100% recycled content and provide chain of custody statements for LEED certification if it applies to your project.

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