Investment Property Value – Hardwood Flooring

by Sorin Giurca on March 27, 2018

Investment Property ValueInvestment Properties Benefit From Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring increases investment property value in the Reno/Tahoe area, whether you like to fix & flip, hold for rent, or rehab and sell for retail. The warm glow or bright shine of  beautifully finished hardwood flooring increases the worth of a home, both in perception and in actual cash value.

No matter what kind of investment property you have, the benefits of hardwood flooring make it the natural choice for the best ROI. Even better, your hardwood flooring will last for years and years with very little effort.

Affordable Installations Increase Investment Property Value

If you’re looking for the biggest bang for your investment buck, affordable woods like Red Oak and Bamboo are an excellent choice. They are available in a wide range of plank sizes and wood tones, making them easy to match to your walls and accents. Offering an appealing space to your tenants always makes good sense.

Luxurious Feel for Your Vacation Rentals

Year round vacation rentals in the Reno/Tahoe area have become big business, and they benefit from hardwood flooring more than most. A well appointed vacation rental can return in a few days what other properties earn in a month. Your guests will be happy to pay a premium for a home featuring rich hardwood flooring throughout. And installation is still an affordable prospect, when weighed against the returns.

Increased ARV for Your Retail Sales

A property investor’s biggest concern when looking at homes to buy, is the After Repair Value. ARV. What the home will ultimately sell for once all the renovations, upgrades, repairs, landscaping, painting and flooring has been performed. Some houses need very little, while others need quite a lot. Savvy investors will know exactly what they’ll spend in renovations, before they make their first bid, and how the presence, or addition, of hardwood flooring increases investment property value.

Let Artisan Hardwood Floors Help Increase Your Investment Property Value

Any Rental Agency or Real Estate Broker will tell you that hardwood flooring increases investment property value throughout the Reno/Tahoe area. It only makes sense to avail yourself of the most professional, most affordable installers you can find. Artisan Hardwood Floors has years of experience working with investors in the Reno/Tahoe area, installing beautiful floors in their rentals and flips.

Contact me today, and lets talk about your next investment or a current property. You’ll be amazed at how affordable we can make your new hardwood flooring.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Artisan


Matching Hardwood Stairs to Your Floors

by Sorin Giurca on February 26, 2018

matching hardwood stairsMatching Hardwood Stairs to Hardwood Floors in Your Reno/Tahoe Home

Once you’ve decided to install hardwood flooring, it’s hard not to think about matching hardwood stairs as the perfect accent. Because your hardwood flooring is the foundation of the overall design in your Reno/Tahoe home, you’ll want them to be as warm and attractive as possible.

Your hardwood stairs will need to blend perfectly with the floors, while being inviting as well. Subtle things like the grain patterns, wood contour, percale style, colors and textures will all impact the perception of quality and beauty of your entire home.

Wood Grain Direction and Patterning

Direction and patterning is one of the strongest visual cues you have when matching hardwood stairs to your floors. We tend to subconsciously seek patterns which are complementary or contrasting, so avoid perpendicular arrangements which create abrupt visual barriers that disturb the overall flow and design of the space.

To offer folks an invitation to continue, the first stair tread should feature grain running parallel to the hardwood flooring. Curved stairs allow for a convex shape,  informing the eye that the transition will be comfortable and easy.

Plank Size and Dimension

Wide plank flooring is a perennial favorite here in the Reno/Tahoe area. Consequently, when a beautiful wide plank hardwood floor is matched with stair treads made of narrow strips of  laminated wood it looks discordant. Lowering the perception of quality and value. When designing your stair treads, it’s always best to use planks which are similar in width to the hardwood flooring.

Matching Hardwood Stairs Using Contrasting Tread Color

Often, the general color of the custom stairs will match the hardwood flooring. However, some homeowners have a very eclectic or exotic look they want to achieve.  Contrasting and even alternating light and dark treads can have a wonderful visual payoff.

Custom Risers Add Personality

You might also consider whether the risers will match the stair treads — if your stairs have risers, of course.  Most homes feature natural risers which are essentially the same wood and finish as the treads. For a modicum of contrast though, you can also choose to paint your risers in accent colors which work well with your interior wall colors.

Painted risers are of course a very easy design option, but don’t feel limited to just paint. Tile, carpeting, mirrors and any number of other options work well on risers.

Artisan Hardwood Floors Knows Stairs

Being Artisans, we are perfectly suited to matching hardwood stairs to your hardwood flooring.  We can add value and lasting beauty to any home  in the Reno/Tahoe area for a very modest investment. Contact me today and let’s set up a short discussion as to your dreams and desires. I’m always happy to make new friends.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Artisan




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