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Life With Wee People: Put your building samples to the test...

Carolyn Tann Starr 2012

Life With Wee People: Put your building samples to the test...

Fun is letting your kids abuse your building supplies (LOL). If you are going to install flooring you should buy a sample and put that puppy to the test. If you read my blog you know that my kids are not shy and every so often something gets destroyed by accident or design (making them the ideal test subjects for experiments in durability - silly grin).

Building Direct is kind of cool because they invite you to beat, bash and inspect their samples. We consider that minion friendly advice and decided to give their sandstone, marble, granite, slate and engineered hardwood a run for its money. We even threw in the peel and stick vinyl stuff because it looks like wood, cleans easy, is reasonably priced and a kid friendly project for the lanai.  

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The Little Minions spent their holiday weekend scratching the floor samples with their toys, drowning them in the tub, drying them in the sun, walking on them like stepping stones, tossing them onto the rug and lawn and incorporating them into their building blocks for Hot-Wheel-NASCAR and Thoms the Train adventures.

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The "sun walking" was a particularly brilliant idea. Turns out some materials warm up and hold heat faster than others.

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We're not sure if the thickness plays a factor or the composition of the materials (maybe both?) but the engineered products felt better under our toes during our cooling/heating outdoor experiments than the tiles and stones. It's all fabulous building materials but my kids have a sensory preference so I'm bowing to the wee people since home is their fave space to run amok and play.

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We wanted to be fair with our toe tests so we tried them all at different times during the day and realized drowning them in the tub may have gently warped a few wood products (making our toes a wee bit picky regarding the bare foot sun test).

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Turns out these were more minion proof when push came to shove:

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All of the samples were very cool to fool around with and are great to work with for a number of interesting projects we're cooking up.

I'm sketching what I want to do and am looking forward to ordering more material from them. Turns out I prefer high density fiberboard. It has great moisture resistance. Mr Autism and Mr PDD-NOS also enjoyed playing with it and the engineered hardwoods are easy to manipulate and install. The boys want to line their custom toy and art boxes with the click maple engineered flooring and put down the Vesdura vinyl flooring in our art spot instead of slate. It's textured and feels really good on our toes...

FYI: They learned a new word from the DIY Network: Banquette. Being visual learners they want to take a crack at creating a couple of custom storagebox seating sets to park their stuff. Turns out piano hinges are not that expensive so we're making a tools and materials list to design custom wee people seating.

Stephen thinks we should install the flooring on the walls and floor of a workshop play shed so it will all match.

That might actually work...

 

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 17 2012 12:45PM

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Hi Tann

Great tests. I use similar methods for choosing paint colors: paint samples on poster board or foam core and hold them up to the wall at different times of day -- with direct sun, indirect sun, and night time lighting -- before choosing a color. Look at it on different walls in a room as well.

"Wood" vinyl tiles are great for play spaces. They're easy to install and easy to maintain. They are also a great staging trick. It may not look super expensive but it will certainly be a huge improvement over 30 year old linoleum tiles and will make it easier for home buyers to visualize what a real hardwood floor would look like.

Thanks for the great post.

Posted by Lori Salzman, Boston, MA move manager and home stager (Room To Improve) over 6 years ago

Lori, glad you liked it. We're obsessing over decking material and planters. The kids are having a blast imagining what we can do with the space. YouTube has been very helpful with the visuals. We're totally into the Home Depot channel as well. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Makes you realize they don't need all that high tech crap. Give em sme blocks and cardboard and they make Disneyland.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 6 years ago

No newness :(

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 6 years ago

Laura, you're starting a fad. People are texting me "No Newness" (LOL). Okay... I shall post something new and write a long post (evil grin). I'm in school learning FL law. I have to pass my FL RE exams (eyes crossing, head thunks on table because it's a whole new world down here). FYI: I'm flying into NYC FEB to cause mischief and pick up my gal pal to drive her a$$ to down FL. Will call you. I wanna do lunch. I have to stay for Noah's birthday at the end of the month then I can run amok for a whole week. I'll probably barely sleep (silly grin). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

I started a fad... YEEEAH BOOOOY!!!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 6 years ago

LOL @ Laura. You have no idea (LMAO).

There's this whole gardening thing going on in my backyard right now. I have to finish this wee people "landscaping from hell project" so I can write about it and do a monster update. I've been sitting on my hands while tryting to finish Stephen's hanging garden. That kid is totally into digging in the dirt and bird watching so we're courting the blue jays, butterflies and a dragon fly family (silly grin). We're doing everything ourselves so that's why I've been mad quiet: MAD BUSY. Will be back shortly... we're rose hunting today. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Boo! Just for kicks lol!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 6 years ago

 Boo! Womp, womp! Had to squeeze a few more ppoints so I stoppped by lol

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 6 years ago

ROTFLMAO! Okay. You win. "A Perfect Blood" review is in progress as soon as it hits my Kindle app at Midnight and I speed read my a$$ of (LOL). I've been off-line editing my book. Ths wanna be an author thing is a lot of work. All work and no play is making me cranky (sigh). I might as well start with my fave subject, eh? Let the Kim Harrison games begin (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

http://actvra.in/tw9 (LOL) ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

It is so good to see you.  Since you will be driving back to FLorida, hope we can get to see you in Baltimore this month.

Glad to hear you are well and busy with lots of creative stuff.

Keep having fun.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 6 years ago

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