For Campbell and San Jose residents considering their options for area floors, there are a number of exotic and luxury choices that can add value to your home and increase both your appreciation of it and the resale value. These are some of the top exotic options for flooring.
Marble flooring is one of the most expensive options, but it’s also one of the most remarkable. The cost of marble has much to do with the difficulty and cost of extracting it from stone quarries. Add to that the fact that it is heavy and dense makes it difficult and expensive to transport. On the other hand, it’s one of the most beautiful options, and in terms of durability, it’s unlikely to have an equal. On the other hand, if you drop something on marble, it’s probably the last you’ll see of it in one piece.
#2. Exotic Hardwood
In the category of hardwood, you have a number of exotic options that are marketed under the banner of exotics because they’re scarce. While not all exotic hardwood is ethically harvested and cultivated (and you definitely don’t want to promote deforestation), the scarcity of the wood and the time it takes to mature is what ends up driving up the costs. Options like Cedar and Rosewood not only look beautiful but also smell wonderful, and options like Tigerwood, Ebony, or Snakewood will add a deep sophistication to any room.
#3. Mosaic Tile
The aforementioned options all are examples of nature’s artistry. Man’s artistry, however, offers a little friendly competition with mosaic ceramic tiles. Mosaic tiles and the installation costs associated with them can range anywhere from $5 to $800 per square foot. It’s not unheard of for folks to commission artists to design unique mosaic designs and this will run you up into the highest range, moneywise.
#4. Handscraped Hardwood Flooring
This has been one of the most popular trends for flooring installation: hand scraped hardwood floors. Handscraped hardwood, while not being literally scraped by hand, produces a vintage effect that has a throwback rustic beauty to it.
#5. Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring
For those that are looking to turn their area floor into a conversation piece, reclaimed hardwood has a story to tell. Each piece of reclaimed hardwood was part of a anonymous boat, a church, a school, somewhere in the world. On top of that, reclaimed hardwood is perhaps a more ethical choice insofar as it recycles the use of hardwood, without overly taxing lumber yards. On top of that, because it tends to be scarce, it’s also considered luxurious, and unlike modern handscraped hardwood flooring has the benefit of potentially great site being scraped by an actual hand.