I am designing a home to build myself (mostly) in Fairbanks Alaska. I
will have a lot of questions throughout this process and hope you guys
can help. Not all of the questions will have to do with building in
One I have now is about flooring: I would like to use laminate
flooring (that looks like hardwood) but my dog has trouble walking on
it (he slips and slides). Can you thing of alternatives besides
You really need to get out to a Home Depot or similar some day.
They actually have this flooring stuff available to touch and can
get different colors! You can check out carpet, wood, laminate,
If you are asking for alternatives, here are a few:
decorative exposed concrete with radiant heat
anything Armstrong makes, but especially the MODE and MIYO manmade
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
I like the idea of concrete. I will have radiant heat on the first
A related question: I will have a wood stove in the great room
(cathedral ceiling and fans to heat upstairs) and am wondering about
pouring concrete for one side of the stairs (instead of open with a
banister) to absorb heat and the release it slowly. Is that feasible?
Not really sure what you mean by "one side of the stairs (instead of
open with a
banister)". If you are talking about pouring a concrete wall, that
is certainly possible. However, if that is the only wall you are
pouring, so have to get form materials, hire a concrete pumper, etc
for just this one wall, it may not be practical. Be a lot easier to
use brick or even CMU.
My cousin had concrete floors in his home in lower Michigan and froze in the
winter. Eventually laid 2" foam insulation, 2x2 stringers and plywood
covered with carpet. Finally got warm after that. He told me he could never
walk on the concrete in the winter barefoot or in socks. Something to keep
As for the dog, throw rugs can be nice and are easily changed after a few
years when you tire of the pattern. I love dogs (except for the pest down
the street) so don't take this wrong; dogs only live 10-15 years. Floors are
Visit the Building Science web site and research preferred
construction/insulation details in your desired area. It's often
easier to decide on some critical details up front, rather than trying
to rework the design afterwords.
I had a Chow that had tufts of fur growing between his paw pads. If
those are kept trimmed it minimizes the sliding.
Concrete makes a beautiful floor. It can be colored,
printed,stained,textured, insulated and sealed.
Throw rugs can be used for accents, and wood floors can be installed in
areas where that might be appealing...........I know the warmth of a wood
floor is nice, and also, wood construction may be easier in Fairbanks than
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