As we celebrate our 38th year in business, we wanted to look back over this last year of projects.
As an essential business, we have been fortunate to keep our customer’s projects on track while following the latest health and safety guidelines. The health of our customers and employees is at the forefront of our minds, and we want to ensure they stay safe during these uncertain times.
Although we remodeled several homes in 2020, below is just a small sample of the work our team has done. Be inspired and enjoy!
Kitchen Transformation in the Foothills
We had the opportunity to completely transform the look and feel of this home in the Sandia foothills.
✅ Created an open space concept in this home
✅ Functional space for the kitchen
✅ Updated appliances
✅ Hidden dishwasher
✅ Updated flooring
Albuquerque Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel
✅ Shaker cabinets
✅ Feature cabinet with glass
✅ Soft-close doors and drawers
✅ Quartz countertops
✅ Stylish honeycomb backsplash
✅ Slide-out drawers for expanded storage
✅ Shaker cabinets
✅ Quartz countertops
✅ Updated tub
✅ Built-in grab bars
✅ Removed old carpet and added tile
✅ Easy-to-grab hardware
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
We partnered with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to remodel a section of their showroom. You can read more about their remodel in our blog here.
✅ Area to showcase new Thermadore and Bosch appliances
✅ Bellmont 1900 contemporary cabinetry
✅ Two-tone cabinetry
✅ Oversized island with seating
✅ Quartz waterfall edge on island
✅ Unique backsplashes
✅ Sleek, clean contemporary style
✅ Area for future events
Tom’s Kitchen and Family Room Remodel
The owner of Poulin Design Center “tooled up” to remodel his own kitchen in early spring.
✅ Two-tone quartz countertops
✅ Two-tone Bellmont cabinetry
✅ NEW wood-look flooring throughout the home
✅ Stone fireplace with cedar mantle
✅ Added built-in sliding barn door to the entertainment center
To see an in-depth “Behind the Scenes” of Tom’s remodel, click here to learn more.
Santa Fe Bathroom Remodel
✅ Floating vanity with slab doors
✅ LED mirrors
✅ Floating shelves
✅ Freestanding modern tub
✅ Added door for patio access
✅ Spa-like shower with body sprays
✅ Built-in bench and niche
Los Alamos Gourmet Kitchen Remodel
✅ Black quartz countertops
✅ Expanded storage
✅ Large Island
✅ Floating shelves with underlighting
✅ Wet area sink
✅ Pot filler
Full Home Remodel: Kitchen, 3 Bathrooms, Flooring
✅ Wood-look flooring
✅ Modern freestanding tub
✅ Corian countertops- antimicrobial
✅ Frameless shower door
✅ Built-in grab bars
✅ Matching products for a cohesive look
✅ Half vessels sinks
✅ Showerhead with handheld on a slide bar
✅ Wood-look flooring
✅ S-Curve shower doors
✅ Granite countertops
✅ Large island with extra storage and barstools
✅ Wine cooler
✅ Walnut shaker cabinets
Northern NM: Guest Bathrooms and Solar
✅ Contemporary bathroom design
✅ Captured unique vision of customer
✅ Modern freestanding tub
✅ Vessel and half-vessel sinks
✅ LED mirrors
✅ Controlled energy costs
✅ Energy bill eliminated once the solar system is paid for
✅ Net metering- store excess energy on the grid for later use
✅ 26% federal tax credit
✅ 10% state tax credit
✅ $0 state sales tax
✅ $0 property tax added to system
Open Concept Kitchen
✅ Waypoint Cabinetry
✅ Quartzite countertops
✅ Waterfall edge on the island
✅ Floating shelves
✅ Black stainless steel appliances
Thank you for trusting Poulin Design Center with your home remodels and solar projects! We’re looking forward to 2021, we hope that you are too!
When it comes to designing a new tile floor in or around Albuquerque, you have more to think about than just which tile material you’d like. You should also consider what arrangement you’d like your tile laid in, and based on that, what size tile you’d need. Sure, you can go with the basic grid pattern. But before you fall back on that old stand-by, take a look at these other popular layout schemes available at the Poulin Design Center.
One option is to keep the good old grid but add some contrast. The checkerboard pattern offers classic styling and the freedom to add some color into your décor. You can go with the classic black and white that is common to early 20th Century kitchens and bathrooms or feel free to choose any two colors that you like to really make a flooring statement.
Another take on the grid idea is the diagonal grid. It’s the same grid layout but it’s turned 45 degrees. Again, this gives you the simplicity a grid pattern installation, but adds another dimension that makes your floor more visually appealing. Choose one tile color, a 2-color contrasting (checkerboard) layout, or even select three or more colors and create a mosaic look.
A slight variation on the grid designs is the brick pattern. We are all familiar with the offset arrangement of bricks, and we’ve all likely seen this layout on walls using subway tiles. What you may not know is that it works great on floors as well. Whether you use a square or rectangular tile, this pattern is a classic that will draw the eye’s attention and liven up your room.
The herringbone arrangement is another well-known design, but one that you might not have considered for your floors. Although it is a bit more complex than the layouts above, it still uses just one rectangular tile size. The herringbone layout is a “busier” look that will really make your floor pop.
We can call this the two-by-two. It is basically a more interesting grid pattern. Rectangular tiles are used in pairs, with each pair sitting adjacent to pairs that are turned 90 degrees. This layout fits particularly well with a southwestern décor that is common in the Albuquerque area. It’s a fairly simple pattern to install that will make a big visual impact.
Here we have a version of what is referred to as the windmill layout – another Albuquerque area favorite. This is the first design mentioned that requires two different tile sizes (and it can be done with tiles of different colors as well). A smaller, square tile in the center is bordered by rectangular tiles to create another variation of the grid pattern. However, like other designs mentioned, this is a grid with way more visual appeal.
Lastly, if you really want to create a stunning look, consider the basket weave pattern. This look is also achieved with two tiles sizes, but the dimensions are a bit different than the windmill design above. When carefully done, this layout will give the illusion of a woven floor, which is sure to catch the eye and make your room look amazing. As in the image above, using a darker square tile, lighter-colored rectangular tiles, and a darker grout can maximize the apparent three-dimensionality of this design. The converse is also true. A lighter-colored square tile with darker rectangular tiles and a lighter color grout will achieve the same effect.
This is just a sample of the many layouts that are possible when installing a new tile floor. Again, there’s nothing wrong with the classic grid, but a little more creativity in your flooring design can turn an average floor into a spectacular one. Contact the Poulin Design Center any time to arrange a free design consultation, and discuss the many options you have for your new floor!
Flooring is important everywhere in the home, but it’s especially critical to get it right when it comes to the entryway. The floors in an entryway can be subjected to a lot of foot traffic. As a result, you want flooring that can handle this and still look beautiful for decades to come. Today, we share some flooring options that are perfect for entryways.
Many homeowners choose wood-look tile to fill their entryway flooring needs. The great thing about wood-look tile is that the style options are endless. Go for a cool grey look, or a simple, bright larger, rectangular tile. The wood-look image gives the tile a warmer tone and creates a welcoming first impression in your home.
Stone flooring is an excellent entryway option. Many homeowners choose to feature a more expensive option in the entryway, since usually the square footage is lower. Go for marble, slate, or granite flooring to really make a statement and wow your guests!
Tile looks great in the entryway and it is easy to keep clean. Simply sweep every few days to keep debris at bay. Ceramic Tile is also great at handling traffic and comes in many styles that mimic the look of natural stone. Larger, rectangular tiles are particularly popular in Albuquerque homes.
Vinyl is the perfect flooring for anyone who wants to minimize the maintenance and upkeep required. With vinyl flooring you will not have to worry about scratching, denting, or scuffing. These tiles or planks are heavy-duty and will not damage easily. If you have a larger area to re-floor vinyl will also help you to save on materials.
Solid hardwood flooring is featured in many homes in the entryway and throughout the home. This classic flooring choice isn’t going out of style anytime soon. It’s a great option for making a great first impression in your home. Be sure to use a few rugs to help protect the floor a bit as hardwoods can be scratched and dented when not properly cared for.
Ready to get the entryway flooring you’ve always wanted? Give the experts at the Poulin Design Center a call today to get started with a free design consultation.
Here in Albuquerque, we are always on the lookout for emerging trends in flooring and home design. If you’re planning to install hardwood floors in your home soon, check out these three hardwood flooring trends!
Wide plank Hardwood Flooring
For many homeowners, the biggest decision when it comes to choosing new hardwood floors is the color. However, plank width should also be a consideration because it can significantly impact the overall look of your new floors. While many homeowners opt for a classic medium-width plank, wide plank hardwood floors are becoming more and more popular. They offer a bold, dramatic look and make the floors a focal point of the room.
Wide plank hardwoods look beautiful in neutral and bold colors alike, from dark espresso to lighter blond colors. The wide plank floor trend works well in any room in your home where you would place hardwoods, including the kitchen, bedrooms, and living rooms. Because wide plank floors add visual interest to a room, many homeowners like to showcase them in higher traffic areas of their home, such as the kitchen or entryway.
Dark Stain Hardwood Flooring
While a classic medium brown stain will never go out of style, dark hardwoods are becoming the look of choice for many Albuquerque homeowners. Dark hardwoods add drama and sophistication to any room and work well in modern or contemporary homes. You can find hardwoods ranging in color from espresso brown to black and everything in between.
If you’re considering dark hardwoods, be sure to take into account the décor of your home and the room you want to install the floors in. Dark hardwoods work best in a room with ample lighting and a lighter color scheme. If you have dark hardwood floors, you’ll need to use paint color, furniture, and décor to balance out your color scheme.
Hand-scraped Hardwood Flooring
There’s no denying that glossy, smooth hardwoods look great. In fact, the sleek look of hardwoods is one of the things that make them so popular in homes today. However, we’ve seen a recent trend in homeowners choosing hand-scraped hardwoods over traditionally smooth ones. Hand-scraped hardwoods are textured and provide a wonderfully unique finish. They give a slightly vintage, distressed look and mimic the feel of hardwoods that have been in the home for years and years.
Hand-scraped floors work well in a wide variety of homes, especially homes with a vintage or rustic décor theme. However, hand-scraped wood can work well in modern homes too. We love the contrast between the texture of the hand-scraped wood and the clean lines and minimalist design of modern homes.
Out of all the flooring that we sell to our clients—and we sell A LOT of it- our #1 selling flooring is…
Have you heard of this? There are many reasons we LOVE this flooring material, including that it is 100% waterproof and scratch-resistant! Wouldn’t you love to have the designer look of wood without the worry of ruining your floor with life’s messes?
Luxury Vinyl is also available in designer looks including ceramic, stone, and wood. It is embossed and registered so that the texture of the flooring comes to life with the many small details incorporated into the flooring look and feel. It is also warmer to the touch, unlike other tiles like ceramic.
AND… it is LOW MAINTENANCE! Since it is waterproof, this flooring requires basic maintenance—sweeping and mopping regularly. Use non-abrasive cleaners and be sure to clean up after any spills to ensure your flooring lasts and looks great for years to come!
So now you know WHY Luxury Vinyl is all the rage! Let’s talk about all the details that accompany this popular and durable flooring choice.
The two main terms for Luxury Vinyl
When it comes to this flooring type, there are two main ways to differentiating between LVT and LVP.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)- This type of flooring is designed to mimic ceramic tile or stone. LVT also is the common term for this whole category of flooring.
- Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)- This flooring has the design looks of wood floors with all the added benefits of vinyl.
The CORE differences
Luxury vinyl is a HOT item in the flooring industry, and this product has evolved since coming to the market in the 1970s. Below are a few terms used to describe the type of flooring and its core, giving you different benefits.
- Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) is a Single Polymer Foamcore made of calcium powder, PVC powder, and stabilizer. SPC along with WPC are considered rigid cores that are stronger and more durable. Since this core contains more limestone, it is slightly cooler to the touch and is denser and has a higher resistance to dents made by heavy furniture.
- Waterproof Foamed Core (WPC) is an Expanded Polymer Foamcore comprised of normal LVT layers and a foaming agent. Due to the foaming agent in the core, it is more comfortable to walk for those on their feet all day and provides more noise reduction.
Pro Design Tip
Flooring sets the tone for your room. BEFORE purchasing your flooring determine if you would like your flooring to be the main design element in your space or if you would like the furniture to be the dominant feature. Statement flooring contains more variation in the pattern lay and sets the ton for your entire space, determining what kind of furniture you will buy. If you’re furniture or décor is going to be the more dominant feature of the room, choosing a flooring that is more fluid would be best.
If you’re not sure what you’d like to do, check out Floorvana Plus where you can upload a photo of your room and see how various floors will look in that space.
As you can see, there is a lot to navigate through when selecting your Luxury Vinyl flooring for your home. It is best to work with an expert to help you with the various decisions to make on which core is best for your home and decide the right installation method—floating over the subfloor or glued down.
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Terracotta tiles are making a comeback in the design world! Many Albuquerque homeowners love the warm, earthy look of terracotta tiles and the inviting charm they add to a home.
What Is Terracotta?
Terracotta is a natural material that has been used in a wide range of applications throughout history, including pottery and architecture. It’s made from fired red-brown clay, resulting in a striking tone that is warm and natural. The tiles may be unfinished or finished with a matte or glossy glaze. Terracotta tiles can work well for many homes and give a room definitive character.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing terracotta tiles for your home:
- Terracotta is a strong, durable material that is also naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. These tiles can last for decades when they’re installed properly! Because they are naturally porous, these tiles should be professionally sealed to hold up against stains, scratches, and moisture.
- Terracotta tiles are good for both indoor and outdoor use since they’re so durable. They can work well for a living room, enclosed porch, kitchen, or outdoor patio.
- Terracotta is an excellent material to use to create a rustic look in your home. It gives a beautiful earthy feel to a space that is hard to replicate with other materials.
- Since terracotta is a natural material, tiles may slightly differ in color, which may not be desirable to everyone. However, some homeowners like the way these color variations create a unique artistic look!
- Terracotta is very porous and can absorb liquid quickly, so it won’t last as long if it’s not sealed. It may even crack or deteriorate if unsealed.
- Terracotta requires some extra maintenance when used in high-moisture rooms like bathrooms. Since it’s so porous, terracotta can be easily damaged and stained if the sealant fades away, so it’s imperative that it is resealed appropriately.
Interested in adding terracotta tile to your home? Call our experts at the Poulin Design Center today or visit our showroom!
Photo: Lulu Durand
Finishing your basement is a great way to add additional living space, and value, to your home. But environmental conditions in a basement will tend to be importantly different from rooms that are above grade. At the Poulin Design Center, we have the experience and the know-how to ensure that you get the right floor for your basement at the right price. Here are some things to consider when it comes to basement flooring.
The #1 Consideration: Moisture
The fact that your basement is essentially a concrete box buried in the ground is important. Concrete is a porous material that will allow moisture to permeate over time, and there is plenty of moisture in the surrounding air and soil to do just that. Unless you have an older home that has cracks in the foundation or a non-existent vapor barrier, moisture issues will not be a huge concern. However, when it comes to installing basement flooring, moisture is the most important factor to keep in mind.
The Other Main Consideration: Room Usage
The era when basements were used primarily for storage is long behind us. These days your basement might house a guest room, bar, game room, or entertainment area, and your flooring should reflect your room’s unique use. Once you’ve determined what you plan to do with the room, you’ll then have a better idea of what flooring materials are the best choice for you.
Game Room, Bar, Entertainment Area
If the room you are remodeling in your basement is intended for games, a bar, or just general entertainment, it is possible that you could have high foot traffic, occasional spills, and heavy furniture on your floor. In that case, it would be a good idea to consider a hard surface flooring option. The most solid, long-lasting, and moisture resistant option in this group will be ceramic or natural stone tile. These materials are essentially waterproof and will hold up well to the abuses that are more likely in a room used for hosting. Tile is also low-maintenance and easy to clean. It’s one major downside is that it will tend to be cold.
This will not be a problem around Albuquerque during the summer, but in the cooler months, you may want to put down an area rug or runners to keep your feet warm. Aside from tile, also consider slightly less expensive options such as luxury vinyl or laminate flooring. Both of these options offer a wide range of styles, are easy to clean, and are relatively moisture-resistant, so they will work well in a basement setting. Laminate can also be installed directly on top of the concrete slab, without the need for subflooring, and this makes it a good basement option.
Guest Room, TV room, Play Area
If you are thinking about flooring for a basement bedroom, TV room, or play area, then carpet is probably your best bet. Of course, you could go with something like laminate, but it will lack the soft feel underfoot and warmth that carpet provides. Most people prefer that these rooms be a bit cozier, and since they will tend to experience lower foot-traffic almost any carpet material will work well. Still, we recommend a synthetic fiber like olefin or nylon and an anti-microbial carpet pad underneath. The important thing with carpet in a basement is that it is installed over a proper vapor barrier so that mold and mildew are kept at bay.
This barrier can be something like dimpled polyethylene matting, which will create air space between the concrete and the subflooring, or just a simple layer of plastic if you are confident that persistent moisture accumulation will not be an issue. Either way, you’ll then need to lay a plywood subfloor, carpet pad, and then your carpet on top. If the proper steps are taken, basement moisture should not be an issue for your carpet.
Hardwood Flooring in the Basement
If you’d like to install hardwood flooring in your basement, you should go with engineered hardwood, as opposed to a solid plank. Solid hardwood has a tendency to warp, twist, cup, and split when exposed to high moisture levels. For this reason, it is not a good option for the basement. However, engineered hardwood is a layered product with a hardwood top layer (called a ‘veneer’) that is glued to two or more other layers composed of plywood.
This construction process makes engineered hardwood far more resistant to moisture damage, and a more suitable option for the basement. The other benefit of engineered hardwood flooring is that it can be installed as a “floating” floor, which does not adhere to the surface underneath. This enables it to be installed over a concrete slab, without the need for a plywood subflooring – another bonus of this material.
We hope this information helps you select your basement flooring. At the Poulin Design Center, we have many flooring options, and our design experts will be happy to help you select the material that works best for your needs. Contact us any time to schedule a free in-home design consultation!
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Dear Poulin Design Center Customer,
You may be aware that the federal government announced a tariff of 10% on certain flooring, countertop, kitchen cabinets, and raw material products imported to the U.S. from China, set into effect on September 24, 2018. In November of 2018 we took steps to hold pricing for you and many of you took advantage of it.
We understand that the second round of tariffs, originally schedule for January 1, 2019 have been delayed until March 1, 2019. If they are enacted, we fully expect to experience increases from our manufactures.
Because of the 2018 tariff, not only have we experienced price increases already, but we are seeing a second round of increases starting February 1, 2019.
Below is a list of the manufactures that have announced price increases, which will take effect as of February 1, 2019:
- Kitchen Cabinets: Bellmont, Bertch, Omega, R.D. Henry- 8-12%
- Flooring: Armstrong, Shaw, US Floors- 19%
- Coutertops– Quartz- 19%
- Plumbing Fixtures: Moen, Delta, Kohler- 12% increase
We value our relationship with you, and therefore we are taking a number of steps to mitigate the impact of this tariff on our product pricing where possible. If you have recently purchased a remodel project from us, your price is locked in- there will not be any change. If you have received a quote from us but have not purchased your remodel project yet, your price will be good until February 15, 2019.
We will be increasing our prices effective February 15, 2019. However, we are absorbing the tariff impact until February 15. After which, all of the affected product prices will increase.
Most of our products are assembled and manufactured in the United States. However, many of the components are shipped to the U.S. from China.
There are some products that are manufactured and exclusively made in the United States. We are also experiencing a price increase for theses products for the transportation and shipping, and increase in labor rates. These increases are also being passed on to us from the manufacturers.
While increased prices due to the imposition of the tariffs are unavoidable, we are taking every step we can to reduce the impact to our customers. In my 36 years as the owner of Poulin Design Center, the speed at which these price increases are happening is unprecedented. Our team stands ready to work with you to provide the best remodeling solutions.
For further reading on the tariff, see articles below:
Is your Albuquerque dining room in need of a complete flooring upgrade? With so many options to choose from, the decision-making process can be a little daunting! Nonetheless, it’s an exciting process to find the perfect flooring that best reflects your personality and interior design goals. Plus, new floors always add value to your home. Our design experts at the Poulin Design Center are here to share some of the most popular dining room flooring options below!
Hardwood flooring offers many benefits starting with its timeless classic beauty. Whether you opt for maple, oak, or pine, your floors can maintain their like-new finish up to a decade! Then simply refinish for another decade of classic beauty. In fact, hardwoods can last up to 50 years or longer when properly cared for. They are also incredibly versatile, and will match with various interior design styles in your dining room.
Stylish Ceramic Tile
Perhaps you love the classic appearance of tile flooring in your main living area. Ceramic tiling can be ordered in an endless variety of colors and sizes, ready to match your decor. If you love the look of wood but want more water resistance, ceramic tile is also available in wood-look aesthetics! Other benefits of tile are that it is easy to clean and never loses its luster. We recommend opting for a single style throughout your living area and using an area rug to highlight your dining area.
Maybe you want the look of a wood floor but don’t have the budget for hardwoods. You might be surprised to find that many laminate floors can be installed in just a couple days while costing a fraction of hardwood or tile. They can last for up to 20 years and are water resistant. We love laminate in homes with pets or children for stylish durability.
Another easy-to-care-for option is vinyl tile floors. They are a stain, scratch, and spill resistant flooring solution for busy homes. Plus, they are easy to install over existing subfloors with minimal preparation. Like ceramic, you can find them in a wide range of colors, sizes, and designs able to reflect the look of wood, stone, and even bamboo!
Whatever your choice, your dining room flooring will look fabulous. Ask the experts at the Poulin Design Center for assistance in selecting the best choice for your Albuquerque home.
Photo © Dariusz Jarzabek
Whether you are building a new home in Albuquerque, or just remodeling your existing one, the decisions you make about your floors can have a lasting impact. You want the design to be aesthetically pleasing, and you want your floors to be durable for years to come. With factors like wear and tear from your family and pets, porcelain tile flooring comes through as a strong candidate. The Poulin Design Center is ready to transform your bathroom or kitchen from start to finish, so you can have the home of your dreams!
Benefits of Porcelain Tile in Albuquerque
- Durability: When installed by a trained professional, porcelain tile floors are among the most durable and often last 20 years or more.
- Easy Maintenance: Porcelain tile is easy to care for, and is resistant to stains, fading, dirt, allergens, and odors.
- Versatility: The exceptional variety of porcelain tile flooring allows you to let your creativity shine or you can choose a more traditional option.
New Mexico Trends in Tile Flooring
One of the great things about having a lot of leeway with your tile flooring is that you can let your personality shine when you are having your floor installed. You can choose to follow popular trends, or you can find a way to use those trends to help guide your own style. Our design team makes sure each redesign is customized to specific desires and needs of a client’s project, and we will guide you every step of the way.
Get Creative with Mosaics
One popular trend right now is to use tiny mosaic tiles. While the use of traditional southwest colors is always a popular option, mixing different patterns in a more subdued color scheme can successfully blend a classic look with a bit of Albuquerque flair.
Not only is it possible to be creative with the pattern of your tile, but you also have many options when it comes to texture and overall look. For example, hardwood is always a popular look, especially in living rooms or family rooms, but can be hard to care for. With wood-look tile, you get the look and feel of hardwood but with the benefits of porcelain tile!
Choosing Your Texture
Porcelain tile doesn’t always have to be smooth or glossy- you can choose a porcelain option that has texture incorporated into the design! There are pros and cons to either option. Smoother floors tend to be easier to clean, while those with a slightly rougher surface are less slippery, and are good for places such as bathroom showers. Our team will help you brainstorm ideas on what type to choose, and give you plenty of options to pick from so that you ultimately make the best choice for you and your family.
Start Your Redesign Today
Ready to start designing the home of your dreams? Our team at the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque is ready to help! Get started today with a free in-home consultation.
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