Merry Christmas everyone!
These past few days had been so hectic and so a break to celebrate Christmas with our families and relatives is very much welcome! We have been busy cleaning and renovating the fourplex that we bought. To save on labor costs (you know how expensive that can be here in the United States), we did the things that we can do on our own like removing the cabinet and kitchen tiles, replacing the toilet bowls and of course, painting.
You may not believe it but in the unit that we’re planning to occupy, I helped remove the built-in cabinets while hubby removed the tiles. We also planned to do renovate the flooring but decided against it after we spent a lot of time just taking off the kitchen cabinets and tiles. We finally let the contractor do their job so that the whole renovation process will be faster.
Speaking of flooring, we’re leaning toward replacing the tiles with wood laminate flooring. It’s a bit cheaper compared to wooden floors but with a great choice of laminate wood, it would look just as good as the real one.
There is, however, one concern that I only learned about recently when I researched about laminate flooring on the internet. According to Wikipedia, there’s been an increasing concern about indoor air quality in structures and houses that use laminate flooring. Since these laminate wood products are often made of melamine resin (which is a compound made with formaldehyde), the indoor air quality may be affected by the release of volatile organic compounds from the building materials.
Oh well, since the tiles look good anyway (except for some with slight cracks), we’ll take our time to think about other options. For now, let me greet each and everyone of you a very happy, blessed and wonderful Christmas. May God fill your heart with joy, peace and laughter not only on Christmas but every day of the year.