Luxury Homes Brampton: Top Flooring Choices to Add Value to your Home

Owning luxury homes Brampton is all about maintaining–and adding–to the beauty with high-end, upper-class design elements. One of the most important design elements to add value to your luxury home in Brampton is the flooring. Your flooring runs throughout your home and is one of the biggest focal points–making it a luxury make-or-break situation.

When it comes to luxurious flooring options, there are a number to choose from that can add value to your home when it comes time to sell (or what to look for if you’re in the market to purchase luxury home)…

If you haven’t checked out our listings page featuring Brampton luxury homes, we encourage you take a moment to do that now. If a particular property catches your interest you can schedule a viewing directly from the listing page.

Cork Flooring  $5-$10 per square foot

Cork flooring has exploded in popularity in the luxury homes scene over the last decade. It’s popularity crosses a number of fronts–including that it is high-end but still somewhat affordable to install in larger homes, it’s environmentally-friendly, it absorbs sound,  its antimicrobial and mould resistant, and more. Also, it’s a phenomenal insulator against the cold. Having a floor that is warmer to the touch is obviously popular here in Brampton, thanks to our cold Canadian winters. The only downsides to cork flooring are that it will fade over time in direct sunlight, and due to its flexibility can be damaged if left underneath heavy furniture.

Hardwood Flooring for Luxury Homes Brampton — $4 to $50+ per square foot

Hardwood flooring is of course a huge category as it has a seemingly endless amount of options. True hardwood flooring, like plank flooring, is becoming increasingly rare with the invention of laminate and engineered hardwood flooring–but absolutely nothing beats the natural beauty of well-done hardwood flooring.

There are ample options when looking for a high-end flooring option within the hardwood category. Popular ones in Brampton luxury homes are: maple, birch, bamboo (which is technically a ‘grass’ not a ‘wood’ but it is considered in the hardwood category as it is as hard as oak), oak, walnut, cherry, black cherry, black walnut, teak, red oak, American beech, Brazilian oak and cherry, African rosewood and more.

When choosing if and where to use hardwood you do need to consider a number of factors, including the traffic level, the noise level, direct sunlight, future maintenance budget and more.

“Hardwood flooring is beloved over here in Greater Vancouver, perhaps because it inspires us West Coasters to feel closer to nature with its stunning natural beauty,” says Mazeon.ca owner–a Vancouver MLS website–Bayan Knight, who is one of the West Coast agents who we introduce our clients to who make the move to Vancouver.

 

Stone — $8-$50 per square foot

Stone flooring is an enduring favourite amongst the high-end home crowd. This extremely durable option is one of the most expensive flooring options–but many swear on it. You do have to be committed to the beauty of it though as it does have a few drawbacks–most notably how cold it is on the feet, that it is difficult/expensive to repair and absorbs stains.

Having said all that however, it’s natural beauty is unparalleled (well–with the exception of some of the more expensive hardwood flooring options). The natural pattern in stone makes each floor unique–an element that stone-floor owners absolutely adore about it. The simple truth is that stone flooring is one of the classiest options around.

If you’re planning on adding new flooring to your Brampton luxury home in order to increase the sales value–talk with us first. We can help advise you on the most profitable flooring choices (and it will likely be choices–plural–because some flooring types are more functional in certain rooms) for your home.

 

Brampton Luxury Homes Blog: What is Handscraped Wood Flooring?

Handscraped hardwood flooring is experiencing a stunning revival in Brampton luxury homes, and we couldn’t be happier. This beautiful technique in hardwood flooring is bringing natural grains and imperfections back to floors—something practically annihilated by modern laminate flooring and engineered flooring techniques.

This stunning flooring technique brings hardwood flooring back to a time—before flat, glossy and cheap flooring—when imperfections were considered natural.

If you haven’t checked out our listings page featuring Brampton luxury homes, we encourage you take a moment to do that now. If a particular property catches your interest you can schedule a viewing directly from the listing page.

 

Brampton Luxury Homes: What Hand-Scraped Hardwood Flooring Adds

What handscraped flooring does for Brampton luxury homes is give them an antique, craftsman, character-filled look. This rugged, vintage appearance is favoured by many Brampton luxury home shoppers looking for a character-filled home. This look is extremely popular in our city’s historic heritage homes, especially in the historic centre in Downtown Brampton. These turn-of-the-century homes utilized the plank flooring that by now should look handscraped.

  

What IS Handscraped Flooring?

Hand-scraping flooring is a craftsman technique that evolved from the need to scrape hardwood flooring down from one level to the next, to level out planks. As flooring specialists learned their trade they figured out that while bringing down the floor a level, they could enhance the overall look with tools, by using their own personal stylings. Flooring professionals now use power sanders in place of handheld tools like a hammer and chisel, but the look is the same, a marking and sculpting of the wood planks to give each its own unique appearance.

The technique of hand-scraped flooring allows hardwood floor professionals to give the look of an older floor—like those consistent in vintage homes. Not only does it make your floor unique, it also hides natural imperfections and natural wear-and-tear in wood flooring planks.

 

Is Handscraped Flooring Right for MY Brampton Luxury Home?

The choice to hand scrape your floor is a matter of personal aesthetic choices, and also based on your flooring. Only plank hardwood flooring is capable of sustaining the intentional ‘damage’ of hand scraping. Engineered flooring generally don’t have enough wood layers to sustain the work. So, you need to have plank hardwood flooring already, or be willing to spare the expense of installing it.

The second thing to consider when contemplating hand scraping the floors of your luxury home in Brampton, is whether its design can accommodate the look. Hand scraping gives floors a vintage look, which isn’t appropriate for all homes—especially those that don’t have a vintage look (or can aesthetically combined modern and vintage into one design).

A third element to consider is the pricing. If pricing is a relevant factor, then you may want to evaluate distressing your floors (which isn’t done by hand, as is the case generally with hand scraped).

 

Still Confused?

If you’re contemplating purchasing or selling a home with plank or handscraped flooring—contact us. We can help you evaluate a flooring solution that will be the best investment for your property.

 

What is a Coffered Ceiling?

Coffered ceilings are a (relatively) simple addition to a Brampton luxury home that can turn it from simply an expensive home—to a luxury one.

 

Coffered ceilings are commonly used older homes, historic Brampton luxury home, colonial homes, classic architecture, and castles. They have however recently experienced a renaissance. Coffered ceilings are becoming increasingly common in high-end homes, as it is a relatively simple way to turn a simple room into a luxurious abode. While previously this architectural element was used primarily in libraries, offices and dens—its recent renaissance has led to it being seen in bedrooms (to add an especially luxurious element to your living quarters) and kitchens.

If you haven’t checked out our listings page featuring Brampton luxury homes, we encourage you take a moment to do that now. If a particular property catches your interest you can schedule a viewing directly from the listing page.

 

 

Brampton Luxury Home Quality: What IS A Coffered Ceiling?

Coffered ceilings are ceilings that are divided into small architectural sections. These sections are most commonly squares, but rectangles or polygons are options as well. These squares are then outlined by 3D mouldings that make them ‘pop’. These mouldings are similar to a crown moulding, but outline the squares all across the ceiling.

 

While this moulded ceiling is relatively easy to add (it doesn’t require structural additions or major renovations) it adds warmth and opulence to the room.

 

The colours of coffered ceilings can vary. The typical white of crown mouldings is a popular choice—especially for those who already have white mouldings in their home, but wood and metal can also make for beautiful choices. Within the inlayed squares of coffered ceilings, some homeowners opt to add a design to increase the intricacy, whether it be paint-, metal- or other material-based.

 

 

Are Coffered Ceilings Right for My Home?

If you’re thinking about selling your Brampton luxury home but wanted to add some luxury to the home (and it’s price tag), then coffered ceilings could be a phenomenal investment. Of course they may not work in every home. We can help you through it though—so give us a call about possible renovations to increase the selling value of your luxury home. By looking at your home, your renovation budget, your home value and by making use of computer-generated artistic rendering we can help guide you on the best value-adding features to install, like coffered ceilings.

Brampton Luxury Homes: Quartz vs Granite Countertops

brampton luxury homes quartz vs granite

Countertops are prime real estate when it comes to what makes Brampton luxury homes. Counters are extremely visible, and can make or break a design concept—and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to luxury homes.

While lower-end kitchens leverage materials like ceramic, laminate, tile and other synthetic materials, kitchens in high-end Brampton luxury homes leverage beautiful natural materials like butcher block, stainless steel, quartz and granite.

If you haven’t checked out our listings page featuring Brampton luxury homes, we encourage you take a moment to do that now. If a particular property catches your interest you can schedule a viewing directly from the listing page.

 

Quartz and granite are especially popular options currently, although there are many homeowners who do not know what the differences between these two materials are…

Quartz vs Granite

Granite countertops are taken directly from the earth in a single piece. This makes them extremely durable, and fairly difficult to install. Conversely, quartz is a natural quarried material that has been reduced to a fine size and mixed with a small amount of resin (generally about 7%), then pressed into a final shape.

Since quartz is somewhat manufactured, they can be made in a variety of colours, patterns and finishes. Granite however retains its natural colouring. Since quartz is a pressed material it is non-porous and therefore doesn’t require sealing or maintenance like granite does.

Quartz

  • Quartz is heavier than granite
  • They are more flexible, which makes them easier to install.
  • They are stain-resistant but spills cannot be left on them.
  • They are susceptible to colour fading if they are regularly in UV light paths.
  • You will see seams in between the quartz slabs, but they’re less visible with darker-coloured countertops.

Granite

  • The natural grain in them doesn’t allow for complete uniformity—however that’s part of their appeal within Brampton luxury homes.
  • Granite is a porous type of stone which means they are susceptible to stains and must be sealed and cared for correctly to maintain their appearance over the long term.
  • Granite is extremely durable, however it is possible to be chipped.
  • Seams are extremely visible.

 

Cost

Both granite and quartz are expensive countertop materials, however homeowners who have them will swear they are worth the investment. Granite is priced at $60+ per square foot ($60 would be a getting a great deal…although realistically it will generally cost more), and quartz cost between $67-$95 per square foot.

When you add in the price of installation, granite is generally more expensive than quartz.

So—Which one is Better for Brampton Luxury Homes?

The decision between granite and quartz generally comes down to personal aesthetic choice. They are both expensive, and those with luxury homes generally don’t consider the price heavily, but the look of the outcome. They are both lovely, just in different ways.

What About Homes in Other Parts of Canada?

Here at Luxury Homes Brampton we partner with a number of Realtors across Canada, to help serve our clientele better. One such partner is Bayan Knight–owner of Mazeon.ca, one of the Surrey MLS top real estate portals. “Here in Greater Vancouver high end homes run the gambit of countertops, although newer and modern homes and condos seem to be gravitating towards quartz slightly more than granite,” says Bayan.