Top 15 Flooring Ideas: Costs Installed and Pros & Cons in 2020

Installing new flooring is a big decision. Because the floor is often the largest uninterrupted space in a room, the look and feel of the flooring can set the tone all by itself: is this a warm room, or a cool one? A place to hang out and relax, a place to eat, or a place to work?

On top of this ability to dominate the mood of a room, the installation of new flooring is often a time-consuming and expensive project.

Generally, disciplined and thoughtful homeowners choose flooring options with the intention of keeping it for many years. No one wants to hate something they’re going to look at for the next decade, so below, you’ll find a list of the best flooring ideas for the year, along with a rough estimate of how much each type of floor would cost to install.

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Wood Siding Options, Costs, & Pros and Cons in 2020

Wood siding has many different options. In this guide, we’ll focus on styles such as Bevel, Board-and-Batten, and Split Log.

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There is also a more traditional cedar shingles and shakes siding option explained in our consumer guide here.

The many styles and options of wood siding are what other, competing materials such as Vinyl, Fiber Cement, Engineered Wood and other synthetic materials routinely mimic. Wood though, has a natural beauty that is very hard to match, and yet, with that comes the need for ongoing maintenance.

Two decades ago, wood siding used to be the #1 option for residential siding in America, and historically it has ruled over all others. But, not anymore.

According to the 2015 U.S. Census data, Stucco and Vinyl are at the top, while wood has declined to just 3% of all new-single family homes having such cladding.

Wood still offers much versatility, decent insulation and installation that doesn’t necessarily require as much expertise as some other siding options.


The labor costs for installing wood siding, particularly bevel and board-and-batten planks, is comparatively low (compared to fiber cement siding). A handyman can do the job, as can a do-it-yourselfer. Like all home improvement projects, a professional contractor will handle installation more efficiently and provide warranties on their service.

Wood siding averages between $6.50 and $14.00 per sq. ft. installed. Split log would be on the upper portion of this range, board-and-batten on the lower end, with bevel being somewhere in the middle. Lots of factors impact the costs for wood siding which we’ll address below.

A typical two bedroom sized home will generally cost between $18,000 and $30,000 for wood siding installed by a professional contractor. That’s for all 3 materials included, which is why the range is so great. If we break down the prices by type of style, it helps understand project costs more acutely.

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Small Bathroom Remodeling Cost – What to Expect

Remodeling on a budget? We’ve got you covered. Seeking quality and solid design options? We’re here for you.

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Cost Basics

The first step for any bathroom renovation project is to know your budget and what every potential update will cost. When reviewing the ideas, you’ll often be tempted to let your imagination go beyond the expectations. You’ll obviously want to keep that in check during the planning stages, but don’t be afraid to splurge on a few items just to be sure you achieve the results you can live with.

If looking for extensive updating or renovations, you will need to plan to spend over $10,000 (up to $25,000). This entails adding high-end fixtures, re-doing the layout and really a full overhaul.

For $5,000 to $10,000, you can obtain significant updates throughout the small bathroom space with a little money leftover to splurge. If instead, you tackle just one or two ideas for now, those costs average around $2,500 to $5,500.

Layout Considerations

Before considering ideas, you’re wise to have handy all the measurements of the space you are working with, how fixtures are situated currently and then what are standard dimensions for potential upgrades.

In a small bathroom, you’re working with limited floorspace, so think vertically as well as two-dimensionally. Generally, people remodel bathrooms to update the design and to reduce the current feel of clutter. Some of the most simple ideas from the list below can accomplish both these goals.

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