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    Thread: Alternative/Nontraditional Flooring Ideas

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      02-14-2005 08:47 AM #1
      Recently bought a new house, renovating from room to room. Next project is the "family room." I'm no fan of traditional decor, and I want to go nuts in this room.

      The other day I got the idea to use either stainless steel or aluminum diamond plate on a portion of the floor. A little research uncovered a few companies that sell pre-cut aluminum and steel plate in various sizes and thicknesses. I'm thinking I would get a thickness to match whatever I use for the rest of the floor (probably tile), and apply it at the same time I apply the tile. Of course I'd have to figure out whether to use adhesives or just screw it in, etc.

      So I'm curious if anyone has had experience using anything like this for interior flooring. Also curious if anyone has any other wild ideas.


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      02-14-2005 09:18 AM #2
      Acid etched concrete?

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      02-14-2005 09:26 AM #3
      Concrete isn't a bad look, although I'd be against the aluminum or steel.

      Aluminum would scratch easily, and stainless steel is a PITA to keep clean. When I worked at a pizza shop, the stainless cleaner we used was also oily.... meaning slippery.

      I guess being diamond plate would help a lot, I'd make sure your homeowners is paid up.

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      02-14-2005 12:41 PM #4
      I'm thinking Diamond plating wouldn't be very practical for flooring 'cause it is so uneven. furniture would rock back and forth, and it would be dificult to clean. good traction though!

      How about a sand colored ceramic tile, and diamond plating on the walls?

      Concrete could be rather cold, and echo-y. not sure if you would want a living room like that (might not be condusive for conversations if you have guests over)

      just my thoughts.


    5. 02-14-2005 12:44 PM #5
      Bamboo flooring. Looks great, very tough, not too many people have it.

    6. 02-14-2005 01:06 PM #6
      Clay?

    7. 02-14-2005 02:11 PM #7

      I saw this in the March issue of "Food and Wine." This floor looks like brick, but it's actually brick-shaped tiles made out of reclaimed elm. I think it looks great and would also be warm, durable and quiet.


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      02-15-2005 08:30 AM #8
      Thanks for the suggestions. I pretty much have my heart set on some type of metal, and something along these lines looks pretty tasty...http://www.frigodesign.com/formedfloortiles.html

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      02-15-2005 03:58 PM #9
      Do the entire floor in grip tape.

    10. 02-15-2005 05:13 PM #10
      lego's

    11. 02-17-2005 03:36 PM #11
      waferboard with a clear finish

    12. 02-17-2005 03:36 PM #12
      you have no idea how bad ive wanted to do a lego wall, floor something. To the point of even turning server cabinets into giant legos for the show window at a childrens product company I used to work at. Some how, some way, lego something is getting into my house

      Diamond Plate can be sourced pretty cheap as an industrial surface as can other metal walkway surfaces (think grate walkways). You could treat/paint/chrome/rubberize and have it turn out pretty cool.

      A strip of grating between joists, lit from below, or with a water feature flowing through or under it, could be pretty dramatic in the right space.

      You could probably even find what you are looking for at a salvage yard. If you had any welding skills, or had access and favors owed to someone that did, a mosaic of streetsigns, panels off a truck, could be an incredible floor for a game room.


    13. 02-17-2005 05:28 PM #13
      Viss1- Here's a link to some hot rolled steel flooring I found in another forum.

      http://www.livemodern.com/foru...29827


    14. 02-17-2005 08:33 PM #14
      Rubber!
      Very slick looking, sounds awful but is slick all the same.

    15. 02-21-2005 10:19 PM #15
      It doesn't look like what you have shown at all, but surf through some of the internet floor stores. I remember one of the laminates from a name brand mfg. called technu or techno that was a dark gray/ blackish swirly pattern. Ps- I'm sure you thought of it but- metal conducts electricity.

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    17. 02-22-2005 03:53 PM #17
      i'm still waiting to see someone build a stream in their front room. you know, quarter inch deep, recirculating pond pump, just enough to cover tile/whatever bed. Someone should do it.

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      02-22-2005 11:34 PM #18
      sounds awesome. i wanna do crazy **** like this when i get my own real house. mom says my wife wont let me.

      id like to use decking inside, and stain it.


    19. 02-23-2005 12:05 AM #19
      I know you're stuck on metal, but:

      Modular carpet tile - you can move it around and make all sorts of patterns. Spill on a tile? Just replace it!
      http://www.interfaceflor.com/service/flor/

      Marmoleum - real linoleum, available in a huge array of colors and patterns
      http://www.themarmoleumstore.c...abase

      Rubber flooring, as mentioned:
      http://www.norarubber.com/Prod...r=110
      http://www.dinoflex.com/

      Laminate floors in textures OTHER than faux wood-grain (including a metallic-looking laminate):
      http://www.abetlaminati.com/





      Modified by mgratzer at 10:09 PM 2-22-2005


    20. 02-23-2005 12:09 PM #20
      concrete in plank form. Looks really cool.

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      02-24-2005 01:10 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by mgratzer »
      Modular carpet tile - you can move it around and make all sorts of patterns. Spill on a tile? Just replace it!
      http://www.interfaceflor.com/service/flor/

      Marmoleum - real linoleum, available in a huge array of colors and patterns
      http://www.themarmoleumstore.c...abase

      Rubber flooring, as mentioned:
      http://www.norarubber.com/Prod...r=110
      http://www.dinoflex.com/

      Laminate floors in textures OTHER than faux wood-grain (including a metallic-looking laminate):
      http://www.abetlaminati.com


      Whoa, there is some awesome stuff in those links! Thanks

    22. 02-24-2005 02:42 PM #22
      I <3 polished concrete floors.
      Check them out! They are UBER cool. My next house will have something like this:


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    24. 02-25-2005 11:50 AM #24
      Natural grass, same stuff dome stadiums use, you can even plant flowers in it, OR Astroturf, it'll never need replacement!

      On a more serious note, try terrazzo, you can do almost ANY foundation and finish it with a thick clearcoat, looks awesome when done right...

      Mike

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      02-25-2005 12:12 PM #25
      Ha, astroturf would be sweet - I could paint lines on it and play mini football games in there

    26. 02-27-2005 11:24 AM #26
      Carbon Fiber

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      02-27-2005 04:36 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by Gruppe B »
      Carbon Fiber

      Don't laugh - I'm taking out a knee wall and was thinking about covering the exposed studs with carbon fiber tape

    28. 03-02-2005 08:51 PM #28
      I was thinking of doing a carbon fiber kitchen countertop at one time myself.

      The look would be killer especially with the right lighting (no I don't mean "undercounter neon" ) to show off the 3d appearance and the deep black gloss

      Durability issues were what stopped me.


      Modified by Gruppe B at 5:54 PM 3-2-2005


    29. 03-02-2005 11:28 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by Gruppe B »
      I was thinking of doing a carbon fiber kitchen countertop at one time myself.

      The look would be killer especially with the right lighting (no I don't mean "undercounter neon" ) to show off the 3d appearance and the deep black gloss

      Durability issues were what stopped me.


      Modified by Gruppe B at 5:54 PM 3-2-2005

      Maybe you can put a CAI on your oven too.

      -Brent


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    31. 03-06-2005 07:57 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by 3wheelinWolf »


      im a big fan!


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      03-07-2005 09:29 PM #32
      Quote, originally posted by ~~~ »
      It doesn't look like what you have shown at all, but surf through some of the internet floor stores. I remember one of the laminates from a name brand mfg. called technu or techno that was a dark gray/ blackish swirly pattern. Ps- I'm sure you thought of it but- metal conducts electricity.

      I'm sure the floor isn't going to be part of the electrical system.


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      03-08-2005 07:25 PM #33
      Please keep in mind that you may one day want to sell the house and whomever buys it will also have to appreciate your "unique" taste in flooring. Not sure if you ever noticed, but new houses always have traditional floors because the builder is very interested in selling them. Something like bamboo would be unique but not crazy. You can put the diamond plate down, but plan on replacing it or eating the cost of replacing it when you sell because your chance of finding someone else who's into it are very slim.

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