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Trusted Saskatoon Renovation Experts at Decora Homes Shares Their River Heights Reno Project

Decora Homes is more than just a custom home builder. They do renovations too. In fact, they are often asked if they can bring their attention to detail and eye for good quality design to a renovation project. Love where you live… they have completed home renovations which include new additions or keeping the space you love so much but with an elegant update. Decora Homes is a Trusted Saskatoon Residential & Commercial Renovation Company.

Decora Homes' River Heights Renovation Project

This desirable property is situated overlooking the river bank in River Heights. Decora wanted to give this home an uplift on the exterior as well as the interior to match its beautiful surroundings. The Homeowners’ wanted to achieve the goals of open space, a more functional family kitchen with a rustic contemporary style.  With having a home-based business as a salon, they also wanted to incorporate convenient laundry and powder room close by. The second story includes a master bedroom, with an ensuite, a sitting room surrounded by windows and a large deck with an immaculate view of the river!


Project Info 

This family wanted more functionality, an open concept, an adult retreat, a home-based business salon, and a functional kitchen including a family room and dining room for all of them to enjoy.  


Decora Homes are award-winning Saskatoon Renovation Experts... they build every house like it was their own home and offer an exclusive 10-year warranty.

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Carpenter and Renovations Pros at Wood FX Share Information on the Janka Hardness Scale

Wood FX Contracting is a Saskatoon family owned and operated with over 18 years experience. Their carpenters and renovation team consist of hardworking individuals ready to tackle your interior home renovations - big or small! They are on-site daily ensuring client satisfaction. In this article, they explain what the Janka Hardness Scale is. Wood FX are Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pros!


The Janka Hardness Scale


Hardwood flooring is one of the best decisions you can make when it comes to interior home design, as it is a product that never goes out of style. It’s easy to assume that all hardwood flooring is the same when it comes to durability, but this is actually quite far from the truth. Hardwood’s actual hardness is measured by something called the Janka hardness scale. Let’s take a look at what the Janka scale is and how it works.


What is the Janka Hardness Scale?




The Janka hardness scale is a way of measuring the hardness of a given piece of hardwood. It was invented in the year 1906 by an Austrian wood researcher named Gabriel Janka, and it is an adaptation of the Brinell hardness test for metals. In order to better understand the Janka scale, you first need to know how the Brinell test works. The Brinell hardness test is used to test metal materials that are too coarse or rough to be tested by other means. The test involves a steel ball with a 10mm diameter being pressed into the material’s surface under 3,000 kgs of pressure. The resulting indentation is then examined to determine the hardness of the material.


How Does the Janka Hardness Scale Work?





The Janka hardness scale works in a very similar way to the Brinell test. It measures the pounds of force (lbf) it takes to drive an 11.28 mm diameter steel ball halfway into the surface of a slab of hardwood. A test done on the surface of a board, perpendicular to the grain is called a test of “side hardness”, while the same test being performed on the cut surface of a stump is called a test of “end hardness”. Every hardwood board will not yield the same test result, seeing as the hardness of wood varies with the direction of the wood grain, and will be different from one board to another. While durability issues come up when we look at different types of wood grains, there is usually not much deviation when it comes to differences in separate types of wood material, as estimates usually find the difference to be about plus or minus 10%.


Why is a Janka Hardness Rating Important?





Hardwood flooring is a big investment and will typically cost you a pretty penny, so you’ll want to make sure you are getting top quality wood that is not going to deteriorate or wear down after a few short years. While wood with a low Janka rating can still serve you just fine, it is only going to do so if you live a quieter lifestyle that does not involve your home seeing heavy foot traffic. If you have children and/or pets, try to find hardwood with a higher Janka score. A Janka hardness rating is going to give you a great indication of what kind of wear and tear your hardwood is going to be able to handle, helping you make a smarter decision when it comes to making a purchase.




Any questions about hardwood installation or maintaining your hardwood contact Wood FX Contracting! Wood FX is a Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pro!


Western Carpet One, a Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Expert Shares Beautiful Family-Friendly Dining Room, and Tips on Creating Your Own!

Western Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned and operated Trusted Saskatoon Flooring retail store servicing Saskatoon and area since 1974. They are a full service store offering no charge estimates and full installation on all flooring products. A newly expanded stunning showroom offers a comfortable shopping experience for every type of flooring. Whether it is Carpet, Hardwood, Ceramic Tile, Laminate flooring, Cork, Sheet vinyl or area rugs, you will find it at Western Carpet One Floor & Home.

Creating a Family-Friendly Dining Room

A Family-friendly dining room that works for casual and formal gatherings is a great update for households that like to entertain. Paying attention to the details and focusing on how the space will be used can lead to a space that feels comfortable enough for a family gathering and formal enough for a dinner party.


Learn more about this beautiful and versatile space and get some great tips how to create your own family friendly dining room in this interview with designer William MacDonald!

BDMS: What were your clients’ needs for this space?

William MacDonald: They wanted the space to be light and airy family-friendly and with enough seating space for extended family events.

BDMS: Were there any challenges to designing this space?

WM: Initially I had plans for a carpet but leaving the carpet out provides a sense of the casual easiness with a lot less maintenance.

BDMS: Do you have any special considerations or requirements when creating a dining room?

WM: Yes absolutely I like dining rooms that have very comfortable seats, no benches! And various sources of light for example pot lights a central chandelier, picture lights etc. I also like a big dining room that allows people to move around easily.

BDMS: How does the flooring play into your design?

WM: The flooring is a great part of the overall design after all it is the fifth wall. And in dining rooms I prefer elegant easily maintained floors ...and floors that allow for chairs to easily move back-and-forth.

BDMS: What makes this room functional?

WM: This room is made functional buy the use of the built-in sideboard and storage, it has three points of entry and is located next to the kitchen via a butler's pantry. The table is also expendable and can seat 18 people.

BDMS: Why did you choose these colors?

WM: I wanted to create a calm, serene and elegant space that could work both casually and formally and for day or night. So using shades of white gray and brown makes sense as it ticks all of those boxes.

BDMS: What is your favorite aspect of this room?

WM: My favorite aspect of this room is the architecture - the moldings and the internal windows that provides drama and character. Also the chandelier -  it's very unique and acts as a wonderful focal point for the room.

BDMS: What did you client like the most?

WM: That's a good question I asked my client and she said it was impossible to answer as she loved the design I created, but she said the thing she likes the most was how she felt in the room..."at home." As a designer this is the ultimate complement.

Thinking about starting your own home renovation? First step is giving Western Carpet One a call for all your Trusted flooring needs!