Danger of some laminate wood flooring was underestimated, report says

(CNN)Everyone exposed to formaldehyde in some laminate flooring could experience adverse health effects, according to a revised report issued by several government agencies. The revised report, released Tuesday, also found lifetime cancer risk from the flooring to be higher than identified in the original version of the report.

The report, issued by the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, says the issues are specific to laminate wood flooring produced in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators, based in Toano, Virginia. The company, which claims to be “the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America,” said it stopped selling the products last year.

Calculation error

“The revised report concludes that irritation and breathing problems could occur in everyone exposed to formaldehyde in the tested laminate flooring, not just in sensitive groups. The report also increased the estimated lifetime cancer risk from breathing the highest levels of formaldehyde from the affected flooring all day, every day for two years. The lifetime cancer risk increased from the previous estimate of two to nine extra cases for every 100,000 people to between six and 30 extra cases per 100,000 people,” the CDC and ATSDR said Tuesday.
“The American Cancer Society estimates that up to 50,000 of every 100,000 people may develop cancer from all causes over their lifetimes,” the CDC said.
Lumber Liquidators stock plunges as CDC raises cancer risk of flooring
The original report found the risk was three times lower than the risk identified in the new report. First released on February 10, the report was pulled from the agency website on February 19, “after it was discovered that an incorrect value for ceiling height was used in the report’s indoor air model, resulting in a miscalculation of airborne formaldehyde concentration estimates,” according to a statement announcing the revision.
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Home Remodeling Trends for 2016

Cornerstone Design & Remodeling: Home Remodeling Trends for 2016

SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 29, 2016) – Cornerstone Design and Remodeling an award winning San Diego Kitchen Remodeler reviews kitchen trends for 2016. According to Duane Wilson, “one of the most popular trends in the early stages of 2016, for kitchen remodeling, is in the area of transitional kitchens. So called because they blend elements of traditional and contemporary kitchens, transitionals incorporate modern elements like stainless steel appliances with traditional interior design.”

Shaker-style cabinets are enjoying a revival of popularity, due to their adaptability with almost any style of kitchen, including country, traditional, and contemporary.

While choosing white, black, and gray colors to highlight the kitchen cannot be said to be new, those colors still figure strongly into this year’s trends, simply because of their versatility. Unlike flashier colors which can lose their appeal quickly, these colors stand the test of time, and are still enjoying significant support among interior designers and home remodelers.

Slide-out shelving is a kitchen strategy which is both clever and functional, making use of available space for necessary storage. Pots, pans, and cleaning accessories can all be stowed under the sink or elsewhere, with sliding shelves that are easily accessed on demand.

Hardwood flooring is becoming a strong alternative to recently favored systems like laminates and tiles, and is appearing in planks six inches wide and more. Antique wooden flooring for the kitchen is also trending significantly in 2016.

Farmhouse sinks, a.k.a. apron sinks, are also trending in remodeled kitchens. Their compelling size alone makes them a focal point in the kitchen, and since they are now available in a huge variety of sizes and styles, they are very versatile in how they can be used in almost any style of kitchen.

Technology is also featured in 2016 kitchen remodeling trends, with the general move toward ‘smart’ devices moving into the kitchen. Having coffee automatically brewed for the morning wake-up is just one example, but programmed lighting and heat levels can also be managed in a modernized kitchen. Other appliances can also be included in the ‘smart’ kitchen management scheme, providing consistent and effortless advantages to remodelers.

First seen: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cornerstone-design-remodeling-home-remodeling-222256563.html

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Style, space and views in Delgany

The Gables, with its 401sq m (4,316sq ft) of floor space, is comfortably accessible, yet very definitely a family home. It’s 24 years since the vendors, with the late Stephen Manina as architect, built a house with everything they wanted for a growing family on a .75 acre site. Family now reared, they’re downsizing to a smaller house on a .25 acre portion of the site.

All of which leaves The Gables with a lush half acre of garden wrapped around three of its sides and views that sweep from the Sugar Loaf mountain to the sentinel, skyline trees of Soldiers’ Hill.

An integrated, self-contained apartment, with separate front entrance, adds to The Gables’ living options; it could house grandparents or earn an income. On two levels, the main house has five/six bedrooms (one is en suite and another currently in use as an office), three reception rooms, open-plan kitchen/dining/ sunroom, utility and two family bathrooms. Agent McGovern is asking €1.05m for the private treaty sale.

If the essence of The Gables’ style is distilled in the entrance hallway, where light spills from Velux windows and the flooring is oak, then there is an additional touch of flamboyance in the formal drawingroom. A high, vaulted and elaborately beamed ceiling adds drama , dado rails add interest, the fireplace has a high, wooden mantel and the window over the garden is especially large. A sunroom with pitched, wood- clad ceiling and oak flooring extends into the garden and is a bright, restful addition to the open-plan kitchen/diningroom area. The rustic style, Aga-centred and oak-floored kitchen has polished granite worktops and the dining area has hillside views. Also on the sprawling ground floor there is a small, escape-from-it-all family room with patio doors to the garden, an office/study and guest WC.

Three of the first-floor bedrooms have broad views of hill and field, with the best views from the en suite main bedroom. Two have Velux windows which, if you angle your head, give countryside views, and two are en suite. A bedroom at the gable end is in use as a home office.

Close enough to be part of Delgany, The Gables is also close to Greystones. It’s a 40-minute drive from Dublin and the airport.

First seen: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/new-to-market/style-space-and-views-in-delgany-1.2711327

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How to take care of wooden flooring

How to take care of wooden flooring (Getty Images)
How to take care of wooden flooring (Getty Images)

Floors help to anchor the look of a home. Of the multitude of options available to homeowners, wooden floor’s offer timeless elegance like no other. The richness of grain and the healthy sheen of a wooden floor are not the only attributes that appeal to most people; the strength, durability, resilience and the exclusivity it offers are equally tempting. A wooden floor can make a room look bigger and lighter and adds value to your house. They also blend well with any kind of decor. The timeless beauty of wood helps in recapturing minds of the people. Easy to clean, hygienic and dust free, wooden floorboards also offer high impact resistance and better acoustics. Timber flooring does not trap dust, pollen and other allergens. With all the joy’s and excitement of the festive season, the last thing you would be worried about is the potential damage to your wooden floors, that would be endured with the increase of activity and people scampering on it. Festive season would mean increase of traffic in your home, which would lead your wooden flooring to more scratches, abrasions and possibility of wear and tear.

To ensure that your wooden flooring doesn’t have to bear the brunt of the festive season here are some of tips to maintain and protect your hardwood flooring during the festive season to make it look fantastic:

-Vacuum the floor to remove dirt and debris. Don’t wear slippers when you clean the wooden flooring, as the dirt underneath your slipper may leave permanent scratches on your floor.

-Use carpets and door mats or rugs wherever required to keep the wooden flooring clean

-Use rugs or mats which are specialized for hardwood floors. Normal rugs and mats can

-Never use water to clean wooden flooring. Water spoils the wood and damages it.

-Sticky stains can be removed with a wet sponge or a damp towel or cloth piece. It is best

-Never use oily soap solution or ammonia cleaners to clean the hardwood floor.
-For wiping out the spills from the floor, use a damp cloth.

First seen: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/home-garden/How-to-take-care-of-wooden-flooring/articleshow/51614894.cms

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Design Trends

When Muthoot group decided to run a restaurant in this 18th century heritage building where the King of erstwhile Travancore entertained his guests, they were clear that they wanted to retain the essence and architecture of the place keeping in mind the historical significance of the place. The main building was originally designed by a Dutch architect in the 1800s with a fusion of Kerala temple and Dutch colonial influences and architecture. Vinod Matthews was roped in to restore and design the heritage structure and create Villa Maya, a fine dining multi-cuisine restaurant in Thiruvananthapuram. The finest of traditions and craftsmanship are discernible in its noble architecture and simple yet elegant décor. Contemporary furniture and handcrafted heirlooms add finesse and a subtle touch of sophistication. The lighting concept revolved around creating visually intriguing views with a romantic ambience. Villa Maya is not just a restaurant but is an experience. Let us ogle at this beautifully restored heritage structure which has an indoor restaurant area of 4,800 sq ft with a resplendent lawn of 2,000 sq ft for private parties, marriage receptions and product launches.

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Frontal view of Villa Maya with Frangipani trees greeting visitors at the entrance in all its glory. The entrance pavilion was designed to fuse with the main building in terms of architecture with influences of temple entrance pavilions and Dutch architectural characters.

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