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Sometimes, homeowners simply need a change in their surroundings, and often for no other reasons than to switch things up a bit. In fact, while many homeowners think safely inside the box when it comes to home renovation, some are stepping outside the conventional measures, to add eclectic uniqueness to areas you wouldn’t normally think about renovating.

For example, take a look at what this Seattle couple did to their home in this recent news article we found in the Seattle Mag:

“Dynamic DIY duo, Cathy and Garrett Poshusta, the brains/brawn behind The Grit and Polish, are quickly gaining ground in the design world. The Seattle-based husband and wife team are known for their practical yet stunning home renovations and savvy business sense, “house-racking” their way to financial freedom by renovating and renting homes in a tight real estate market.”

Source: Darien Parish Rozell – Seattle Mag

Making the Most of Your Spaces
If you have some space in your home that just seems to have no real purpose, such as an old sewing room, unused bedroom, or garage space, it might be time to breathe some new life into it. One great way to do that is by adding Strand Woven Bamboo flooring and watching the whole room simply take on a life of its own. The space you renovate doesn’t even have to be unused space. It could be that you’ve needed a new look for your office or bedroom for a while now, and just didn’t quite know how to jazz things up.

Strand Woven Bamboo can make a real statement, not just in how amazing the finished floors will look, but in some of the lesser known facts about this material. Did you know that this flooring material is a great choice for the eco-friendly consumer? Rated as a 100% rapidly renewable resource, you can breathe easier knowing that it won’t take thirty years for bamboo to grow back.

Furthermore, there are no harmful VOC’s, and no urea formaldehyde in these products, so they’re much safer to install in your home. If you think Strand Woven Bamboo might be the floor for you, be sure to ask a local retailer about EcoFusion and this particular line of flooring.

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In the Portland area, there is the possibility of a great deal of money coming back to pockets of taxpayers very soon. In fact, economists say taxpayers stand to gain just shy of $700 million, which will come in a form known as “kicker” payments. The economists say much of this will come as tax credits, but could spell out what looks like a less bleak financial gain for Oregon residents.

Just take a look at the article we found recently on the OPB website:

“State economists now anticipate almost $78 million more from personal income taxes than in June, and $11 million more in corporate income taxes. And because of the deaths of a number of extremely wealthy individuals, the state also expects to generate more than $50 million more in estate taxes. In all, economists say the state may take in more than $1 billion more than they estimated at the close of last year’s legislative session.”

Source – Dirk VanderHart, OPB

Better Finances Equals Better Flooring

When things are going well in the economy, it just makes more sense to add value to your home through some type of remodeling or addition. Nothing makes more sense in that situation, especially in the Portland area, than Strand Woven Bamboo. In addition to being a beautiful hardwood material that holds all the benefits you might expect, it’s also a 100% renewable resource, which makes green building an absolute possibility. Whether green building was your focus or not, it’s an added incentive that certainly doesn’t hurt.

Strand Woven Bamboo has so much to offer, you’re likely to find yourself wondering why you hadn’t considered it before. While bamboo flooring is gorgeous and has a great life span, you may not be aware of some of our features in this particular product. Features, for instance, such as the fact that it is manufactured using 100% Moso bamboo, that’s harvested for ideal strength after five or six years of growth. There’s also the fact that our flooring is made with no urea formaldehyde or VOC’s added in during production. You can even custom order your own FSC bamboo, and take advantage of the 35-year transferable warranty as well.

Be sure to visit your local flooring retailer and ask them about even more details for Strand Woven Bamboo.

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You hear a lot these days about sustainable living and everything that it encompasses for our environment and way of life. In fact, it’s one of the most important steps we can take to leave a better world, for our children and grandchildren to inherit someday. But those steps have to start somewhere.

We were pleased to find that Tobias Read has taken steps to learn more about sustainable investing, and what it can mean for the Portland area. We found this interesting article about the situation in the Portland Tribune.

“Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read is convening a Sustainable Investing Summit in Portland next month, bringing in heavy hitters from some of the world’s largest investment firms. Featured guests include executives from Blackrock, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, KKR & Co., Calvert mutual fund company and others. Gina McCarthy, the former EPA director, is one of the keynote speakers.”

Source: Steve Law, Portland Tribune

Strand Woven Bamboo and Sustainability

Nothing says sustainability like EcoFusion’s Strand Woven Bamboo. In fact, the construction used in creating this product not only provides one of the most stable platforms in the flooring industry, but it also holds the status as a 100% rapidly renewable resource. It is manufactured using 100% Moso Bamboo, with no urea formaldehyde or harmful VOC’s added in for any reason.

With Strand Woven Bamboo, you’ll get all the timeless elegance of wood flooring, in a variety of color options. Even more important, you’ll get all the performance and stability you need in a floor covering. Conditioned before and after precision milling, these flooring products will easily meet the different climates that can be found around North America. That means, no matter where you are, you can enjoy these bamboo floors.

In addition to looking great and offering amazing performance and durability, these floors come with a 35-year transferable warranty. You never have to worry about expansion or contraction, as there is a layer of strandwoven bamboo on both the top and bottom, which gives this floor perfect balance. What’s more, you can even custom order your flooring, with FSC bamboo availability.

With this product, sustainable investing is an absolute possibility for the Portland homeowner. Be sure to check with your local retailer and ask about EcoFusion’s Strand Woven Bamboo.

 

 

The housing market has been hot, hot, hot for a long time now, and many homeowners have capitalized on that by selling and gaining a great profit. However, the market seems to be slowing down, which means those profits from sales are starting to dwindle a bit. In fact, it seems that now is a great time to actually invest instead of selling, while waiting for the market to rise once again. We found some great details about this phenomenon in a recent article on the Oregon Live Website.

“Portland-area home prices continued to rise at an annual rate of 5.9 percent in May, according to the S&P/ Case-Shiller home price index, slower than the nation as a whole. That’s the same rate of home-price appreciation as the metro posted in April. Home prices in Portland haven’t risen so slowly since 2012, in the early days of the housing market’s recovery.”

Source: Elliot Njus, Oregon Live

All is Not Lost for Homeowners Hoping to Sell

If you had your heart set on selling your home, we hope you won’t let this news of the stabilizing home market cause you to fret. The fact is, there are many things you can do to continue to invest in your home’s overall worth. In fact, doing so now might be the best time of all.

Remodeled homes almost always bring a better price on the market than those left in a bit of disrepair. That is especially the case with flooring. Nothing says, “We’ve taken great care of this home” better than stunningly gorgeous flooring. And that’s just what you’ll have if you invest in strand woven bamboo by EcoFusion.

Strand woven bamboo is a little different, not only from your average floor covering, but from other bamboo products as well. For instance, ours is the only 100% vertically integrated mill importing into North America.

What’s more, the construction process yields a product that is incredibly stable, and performs well under even the highest levels of traffic. We are even able to maintain a status as a 100% rapidly renewable resource, and we add no urea formaldehyde or any harmful VOC’s to our strand woven bamboo.

Contact your local flooring retailer to ask about EcoFusion’s Strand Woven Bamboo.

Anyone interested in selling their home is always looking to get a higher price than what they paid for it. It’s only human nature, but it can also be the product of careful planning. It’s also common knowledge that upgrading and remodeling your home, prior to selling it, will bring a better price as well. If you’re still a ways off from selling, all the better, as your home only has more time to increase in value.
We recently came across an article that tells us homeowner profits are currently on the increase. That means that with a little addition here and there, especially in flooring, you could also reap a great benefit from this, especially in the Denver area. We found the following article to be very interesting:

“Last year, houses sold for $33,000 more than homeowners paid for their properties, according to a Zillow Analysis released last week. Columbus-area sellers profited slightly less than the national median of $38,856, which translates into an annual return of 2.94 percent. San Jose, California, homeowners sold their homes for $296,000 more than they paid, the highest profit in the nation.”

Source: Jim Weiker, The Columbus Dispatch

Denver, Colorado ranks only second behind Dallas, Texas as the most confident city in our nation right now, in terms of market resale value. This can be improved upon all the more, with the addition of new flooring, in the form of EcoFusion’s Strand Woven Bamboo. 

Strand Woven Bamboo is considered hardwood flooring, which is still very sought after by those looking to purchase a new home. However, that’s not the only thing that makes this floor covering desirable. It’s also a 100% rapidly renewable resource, which means for those eco-friendly homebuyers, this floor will be a huge hit.

There are far more benefits to this remarkable floor covering as well, and ones we think will not only be popular this year, but will stand the test of time. Take, for instance, the fact that ours is the only 100% vertically integrated mill importing directly into North America, as we grow, harvest and process our own bamboo. Additionally, that bamboo is harvested at five to six years of growth, allowing for the absolute ideal strength.

For even more benefits and features of Strand Woven Bamboo, check out EcoFusion, sold by a retailer near you.