How To Choose The Right Flooring For Your Custom Home Build

Lee Makin
Published May 17, 2024

When building your dream custom home, every detail counts, with one of the most critical decisions being the choice of flooring. Flooring is not only a key design element but also a long-term investment in the comfort and durability of your home. 

At Makin Homes, we understand the importance of selecting the right flooring that complements the luxurious aesthetics of your custom home. 

Whether you’re considering a uniform flooring material throughout your entire home or exploring varied options for different rooms, we will guide you through your different options to get you inspired. 

How to choose the best flooring for your home – what are your options?

There are many types of flooring materials you can select for your home build, each offering unique aesthetics and benefits. Here are some popular options:

 

  • Hardwood: Known for its durability and timeless appeal, hardwood floors are a classic choice that can add significant value to your property. Hardwood is also easy to clean.

Hardwood Floors

Project: Panamuna Drive

 

  • Tiles: Ceramic or porcelain tiles are ideal for areas that experience high moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Tile flooring comes in various designs and is easy to maintain and clean.

Ceramic or Porcelain Tiles for Flooring
Project:
Leighton Road

 

  • Luxury vinyl: An excellent option for those who want the look of hardwood or stone without the associated cost or maintenance. Vinyl is a durable flooring choice which is resistant to scratches, and comes in a range of colours, styles and textures.
  • Carpet: Offers warmth and comfort underfoot and is perfect for bedrooms and living areas where a cosy atmosphere is desired.  

Carpet Flooring

Project: Panamuna Drive

What to consider when choosing flooring

If you are wondering how to choose flooring for your whole house, consider the following factors to ensure it meets the needs of your luxury home:

 

  • Durability: Consider the level of foot traffic and the wear and tear the flooring will need to withstand.
  • Maintenance: Some flooring types require more maintenance than others. Understand the cleaning process and the effort required to maintain the appearance of your floors.
  • Climate Suitability: In Western Australia, the climate can influence your choice. For instance, tile stays cool in warmer climates, while hardwood can add warmth in cooler areas.
  • Style Coherence: The flooring should complement the overall design theme of your home. It should work harmoniously with your home’s colour schemes and furnishings.

 

You should also consider the following factors and potential drawbacks of each flooring material:

Hardwood flooring

  • Cost: One of the more expensive flooring options.
  • Maintenance: Requires regular upkeep including sanding, refinishing, and sealing.
  • Susceptibility to damage: Prone to scratching and water damage, which can cause warping.

Ceramic or porcelain tiles

  • Coldness and hardness: Can be cold and hard underfoot, especially in colder climates.
  • Installation complexity: Installation can be labour-intensive and typically requires professional help.
  • Grout maintenance: Grout lines can become stained or dirty and need regular cleaning or resealing.

Luxury vinyl

  • Durability concerns: Generally less durable than hardwood or tile and can be damaged by sharp objects or extreme temperatures.
  • Environmental impact: Being a synthetic material, it’s less eco-friendly compared to natural options.
  • Potential for damage: Susceptible to punctures and tears.

Carpet

  • Maintenance: Requires regular vacuuming and professional cleaning to maintain hygiene and appearance.
  • Stain susceptibility: Carpet can be easily stained, with some stains being difficult to remove. Consider a darker colour if you are concerned about carpet staining.
  • Longevity: Has a shorter lifespan than hard surfaces and can show signs of wear and tear more quickly in high-traffic areas.

What are the benefits of hardwood flooring?

Hardwood floors are a popular choice among homeowners looking to enhance the value and aesthetic of their home. Here’s why:

 

  • Timelessness: Hardwood floors have a timeless appeal that can elevate the interior design of any home.
  • Increase in home value: Do hardwood floors increase home value? It’s widely recognised that hardwood floors can significantly increase a property’s market value.
  • Durability and ease of maintenance: When properly maintained, hardwood floors can last for decades, making them a practical investment for a luxury home.

Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

Project: Fistina Ramble

How to integrate flooring into your home’s design 

Choosing the right flooring extends beyond just selecting a material; it’s integral to achieving a unified aesthetic that elevates your home’s design. Flooring can either enhance or detract from the architectural intent and personal style of your space.

For instance, in homes with expansive, open-plan layouts, opting for continuous hardwood flooring can significantly enhance spatial flow. This choice not only adds a sense of expansiveness but also maintains visual consistency, which can make large areas appear even more striking and cohesive.

Integrate Flooring Into Home’s Design

Project: Fistina Ramble

For homes that boast intricate architectural details, such as ornate mouldings, wainscoting, or carved fireplaces, choosing patterned tiles can be particularly effective. These tiles can act as a visual echo to the home’s luxurious points, drawing attention to detailed craftsmanship while adding character and charm to the space. The patterns in the tiles can be aligned with the stylistic period of the home or contrasted subtly to add a modern twist to traditional elements.

Patterned Tiles For Flooring

Project: Furnissdale Road

When considering how to integrate flooring into the overall design of your home, think about how different textures and colours can complement your interior décor. For example, a darker wood grain might lend a warmth and richness suitable for classic and cosy settings, whereas lighter woods or polished concrete floors can help achieve a brighter, more airy feel, ideal for contemporary homes.

Additionally, the choice of finish and size of the flooring material can also play a significant role in matching the home’s aesthetic. High-gloss finishes can reflect light and add a touch of elegance, while hand-scraped or brushed finishes exude a more rustic, earthy vibe. Similarly, larger planks or tiles can make a small space appear bigger, contributing to an overall sense of grandeur that aligns with the luxuriousness of a custom home.

Finish And Size of Flooring Material

Project: Seawind Drive

Ultimately, the flooring you choose should resonate with the overall theme of your home, ensuring every element works harmoniously to create a living space that is both functional and reflective of your personal style.

Helping you choose the right flooring for your custom home build

At Makin Homes, we specialise in crafting custom flooring solutions that perfectly fit the unique dimensions and design preferences of each client. Our expertise ensures that your flooring is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and aligned with the lifestyle needs of your family. 

We work closely with each client to select the best materials and designs that reflect their personal style and enhance the overall beauty of their custom-built home. We help you source high quality flooring materials that will last the test of time in your custom home build, and perfectly suit your lifestyle. 

Crafting the groundwork for your custom home

Choosing the right flooring is more than a detail—it’s the foundation of your home’s comfort and style. It is also a pivotal decision that affects both the aesthetic and functional quality of your living space. 

With Makin Homes, you benefit from personalised expertise and expert guidance throughout the selection process, ensuring that your flooring choice not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

We invite you to contact us for a personalised consultation to explore the vast array of flooring options available for your custom luxury home design. Whether you are building in Mandurah or across the Perth metropolitan area, Makin Homes is your trusted custom home builder, dedicated to guiding you through every step of creating your dream home.

 

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