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What to Consider When Choosing Hardwood Floors for Your Custom-Built Twin Cities Home

Hardwood flooring is a timeless addition to your home and it’s easy to see why— hardwoods are durable, versatile, and come in a variety of colors and styles. However, with that variety comes a difficult decision; which hardwood floors are right for your custom-built Twin Cities home? No doubt you’ve collected clippings of your favorite styles and colors or saved them on Houzz, but the experienced team at L. Cramer understand there’s much more to consider when determining the perfect hardwood flooring for your custom home. We are able to seamlessly combine style with function and can help guide you to the right hardwoods for your luxury home. When determining which hardwoods are best for your home and preferred style, we consider the following:

The Room: While your luxury home will have a consistent style and feel, individual rooms can have their own voice. For example, you may want an intricate design for the hardwood flooring in your dining room that makes a statement, while simple elegance may be more fitting for the bedroom.

Board Width: The board width of your hardwoods affects their style as much as the color and grain pattern. Wider boards give the room a rustic feel while parquet floors impart a more formal, traditional feel.

Wood Species: Each wood species varies in color, grain pattern, and hardness rating. Choosing the right species depends on your personal style and how durable the wood needs to be. The durability of hardwood is determined using the Janka Hardness Test. Hardness ratings range from 950 to 3692, with standard hardwoods falling in the 1200 range. For more durable hardwoods, exotic species such as Brazilian Cherry or Tiete Rosewood offer a unique selection with rich color. Many of our clients choose durable white oak in either a rift sawn cut or with natural knots.

Texture: A hardwood floor’s texture can set the feel for an entire room. For a more modern, contemporary feel, sleek and shiny textures are common. However, you can choose new hardwood floors that are distressed for a rustic or antique feel. There are many choices to consider, and we help you sort through all your options.

 Finish:  The hardwood floors in your custom home can be unfinished or pre-finished. Pre-finished flooring has the finish applied offsite and includes a top coat to help protect the floor against wear and tear. Unfinished hardwoods allow for a wider range of stain colors which allows for customization to achieve the perfect color to compliment your interior.

When it comes to choosing the right hardwoods for your custom-built Twin Cities home, there’s more than meets the eye. Our experienced team can help guide you to the best hardwoods that meet your personal style and functionality. If you’re ready to bring your dream home to life, contact the experts at L. Cramer today at (952) 935-8482.

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"Greg and his trusted team were a valuable resource throughout our building process. He was onsite everyday making sure all tasks were completed on time and completed correctly. He was very approachable and made any vision that my wife and I had come to life. Our building process would not have been as enjoyable as it was without Greg and his team."
- Chad Greenway
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