Interior Finishes Comparison
December 1, 2006 2:26 PM Subscribe
I am looking for more information on the features (pros & cons, price range, etc.), of various building/interior finish materials.
posted by bove to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I are about to buy our first home and because of the market here, we are likely going to look at houses that need some remodeling. I have watched a million design shows and so I know that there are lots of different products to choose from when redoing the interior of a house. What I have not been able to find are good comparisons of the features of the various materials. I have looked a lot online and haven’t been able to find anything that does this type of comparison.
I would love to get people’s own assessments of various materials, or links to online resources, or even books (I am willing to buy a couple of books if they have what I want).
For instance, when redoing your floors you can choose from hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl, stone, carpet, concrete, etc. What I would like to find is a resource that describes each of these materials with the pros and cons, and approximate price ranges.
Other materials that I am interested in include (but are not limited to):
Types of doors (hollow, solid core, etc.)
Interior hardware (like door handles)
Lighting (fluorescent, halogen, track, cans, pendants, etc.)
Counters (wood, laminate, tile, granite, quartz, solid surface, concrete)
Bathroom fixtures (e.g. wall mounted versus counter mounted faucets, under mounted sinks versus type that sits on counter)
Kitchen Cabinets (IKEA, Home Depot, semi-custom, fully custom)