Using bamboo flooring as part of a modern affordable eco-friendly home design

Bamboo flooring in a modern home design

Affordability and eco-friendly are often not used in the same sentence. This often happens as marketers ride the eco-friendly bandwagon for excess profits.

This is not the case with bamboo flooring. Sustainable equals competitive pricing when one compares bamboo flooring to other solid wood and engineered flooring options. Case Architects designed a modern & affordable eco-friendly home which includes bamboo, see how they did it … [Read more…]

Which bamboo finishing products should I use for my project?

We’re often asked which products to use for their bamboo finishing.

So here we have a guideline for you to follow when finishing your bamboo countertop or bamboo plywood project.

Preparation

Preparation is always the most critical step in any bamboo finishing application, get that wrong and the quality and durability of your finish is drastically reduced.

The first step is to give the surface a light sand just to remove the grime.

Bamboo finishing – oil

Oil is one of the most traditional finishes used.

Oils do not provide as much protection as the more modern finishes e.g. varnish. Oil finishes however, bring out the natural beauty of bamboo boards and counter tops. If you want to stain your bamboo prior to oiling it, use a water-based stain. Oil-based dyes will clog-up the bamboo’s “pores”, stopping the oil finish from soaking in effectively. [Read more…]

How to incorporate bamboo into your kitchen remodeling project

Although bamboo products are as strong and durable as wood, bamboo is actually a member of the grass family Poaceae. One of the fastest growing plants in the world, some varieties can renew themselves in a single growing season.

Incorporating bamboo into your kitchen remodeling project is an eco-friendly way to give the heart of your home a light, natural style.

Here a five great ways to creatively incorporate bamboo when remodeling your kitchen.

Bamboo kitchen cabinets and counter tops1. Bamboo Cabinets

Bamboo is typically processed by cutting the stalks into strips, boiling them, drying them and then gluing them together under high pressure to form planks and sheets.

The natural pattern of the stalks, including the characteristic nodes, can be preserved during this process, creating cabinets with unique depth and variation.

The best cabinet styles show off bamboo’s natural beauty. Look for models with clean lines, streamlined forms and minimal visible hardware that will create a sleek yet organic look for your modern kitchen.

2. Butcher Block Countertops

During the curing process, bamboo may be steamed or toasted to darken the fibers. Known as carbonized bamboo, this material is ideal for layering into a distinctive butcher block sheet.

Bamboo butcher block countertops are available made from either natural or carbonized bamboo. Because the end grain features a striking pattern, the thick, solid blocks look particularly distinctive on kitchen islands.

3. Bamboo Blinds

Available in every imaginable shade of brown, tan and beige, natural bamboo blinds add a texture and visual interest to window treatments. Most are designed as Roman shades, with woven strips of bamboo that relax into overlapping folds when the blinds are drawn up.

A bamboo valance presents a polished and neat appearance when you open the blinds to let the sun shine in.

Bamboo panels used to create a feature of your ceiling4. Ceiling Panels

Things are looking up for eco-friendly bamboo. Sleek and stylish panels with bamboo veneers are now available to apply to existing ceilings or to create a dropped ceiling. Vertically grained and polished to perfection, the panels are rich in pattern and depth, providing a chic and unique backdrop to your new kitchen.

5. Bamboo Mats

For an affordable and easy-to-apply bamboo product with a decidedly tropical appeal, it’s hard to beat bamboo matting.

Bamboo mats, sometimes called panels, are made by weaving strips of bamboo together. Framed with slats of bamboo or bamboo poles, they’re ideal for decorating a kitchen nook or bar with a bit of Tiki flair.

The flexible yet sturdy mats also make an attractive covers for waste bins and storage containers.

Kitchen Remodeling Design Ideas

Gone are the days when kitchens were strictly employed for cooking.  Nowadays, the kitchen is not only a place for preparing meals; it’s now most often the place where the family bonds and interacts.

A kitchen for that reason serves several purposes. A well thought out plan for the kitchen needs to aim at making your home efficient and simple to keep up.  It must also be comfortable “room”.

What are the steps you can take to make sure you get the kitchen you want? Read more …

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Bamboo sinks for the bathroom & kitchen

We’re always telling everyone how tolerant our bamboo boards are of water. Well here are some real world examples …
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Restaurant interior design ideas

Even when the chips are down, people love to escape to a restaurant. The interior design of a restaurant is critical to it’s appeal. Here are a few ideas that we have gathered from interior designers for you to consider: [Read more…]

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Ideas to decorate the Children Bedroom furnishings

With regards to decorating a kid’s bedroom it seems like an uphill task for the parents as to many questions pop to their head. Ought to they program the room around their child’s beloved cartoon character? Or ought to the mother and father paint the room to appear like a tropical forest or a fortress? [Read more…]

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Choosing A Garage Door

Looking out to change your old garage door? Have you considered sustainable bamboo as an option? When it comes to choice of the right garage door there are plenty of options available.

Although there are a few sorts of garage doors, it is the sectional steel door that is the most common type. Made from steel, these are one of the most enduring and sturdy garage doors. Besides, they’re quite affordable. You can simply find one that matches your budget restraints well.

Often, there are not many options with regards to the size, design you are looking for sectional steel doors. When searching for a sectional steel door, you often only have the option to make a choice between narrow and wider doors.

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Antiquing Your White Kitchen Cabinets

Antique White Kitchen Cabinets

Do you have a dull, white kitchen that needs to be spruced up? Yes, even though the kitchen is all white, the counters are white, the seats are white, and I’m sure the table is white, and while it all seems nice, the room probably seems cold. This is a prevalent issue for people with all white rooms. Well, a simple way to add personality to your white kitchen is to antique the kitchen cabinets. [Read more…]

Coffee and End Tables

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - side view

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - side view

They might match or only complement each other, but without them you would just have a room with a sofa. When it comes to living room furniture two standards are the coffee table and end tables.

Coffee and end tables are used for many things from eating or resting feet to being a convenient place to put down that cuppa joe, cold drink or the remote control. They are made of many things from wood to glass to molded iron and travertine. These tables can add elegance or a touch of style to any loving room. The coffee table is usually in front of the sofa while the end tables are commonly nestled beside a sofa. [Read more…]