hardwood floors for your luxury custom home

            When it comes to building a custom home one of the biggest decisions involves flooring. It’s what you’ll walk on every day, it’s one of the biggest features in the home and it has the power to bring together a whole home. Hardwood floors are popular among homebuilders today and it’s easy to see why. They’re both practical and beautiful. They come in a variety of different styles, colors, designs and woods so we’ve broken them all down to make your decision easier.


When it comes to hardwood floors there are different types of hardwood you can get. Each type of hardwood has its own set of advantages and disadvantages so review before selecting. When it doubt, consult with your residential homebuilder as they will be able to give you advice on which type is best for your home.

  • Solid Hardwood: Solid wood flooring is 100% milled lumber. It’s a natural material that will react to its environments such as moisture and temperature. It can expand or warp in certain conditions but it has the option of being sanded and refinished throughout the years.
  • Engineered Hardwood: Engineered flooring is made through layers of wood. It has more stability that solid wood and is less impacted by temperature and moisture.
  • Laminate Hardwood: Laminate flooring isn’t real hardwood but it has its benefits. It is extremely durable and cost conscious. It is dent and stain resistant making it perfect for homes that have kids or pets.


The beauty of hardwood floor is that they’re all unique. Color choices depend on wood species, stains, finishes, sun exposure and even the very tree that it came from. From deep rich browns to vibrant reds and ashy grays, any color you want is possible with hardwood floors.

You should ask your architect to bring samples into the home so you can see the wood under the lighting of the home. Bring it into each room to see how it reacts with the natural and artificial lights of the room.


There are a number of different factors when it comes to the design of hardwood, the big two being plank width and the pattern the flooring is laid in. Wide planks are more in style today while skinnier strips are typically more traditional and old fashion. Your residential home builder should be able to help you decide on the appropriate width based on home style and room size.

A big decision in hardwoods is deciding which pattern to lay them in. It can make a huge impact on how a room feels. There are five main hardwood patterns for you to consider.

  1. Straight Pattern: This is the most popular and traditional of hardwood patterns. The boards are installed parallel to one another from one side of the room to the other. This pattern can make a room look larger and make two rooms flow together. Because of the simple design, it is also one of the least expense to install.
  2. Diagonal Pattern: A diagonal hardwood pattern adds a touch of luxury and uniqueness to a room without being too busy or over the top. It’s similar to a straight pattern except the floorboards are installed at 45-degree angle from the walls.
  3. Parquet Pattern: Parquet patterns involve installing the hardwood in squares giving the floor the appearance of a checkerboard. The square can be small or larger, depending on taste. This style is distinct and sophisticated but it is not as popular today. Many people find it too busy and old looking so be sure you really like the look before installing it as it is expensive to put in.
  4. Herringbone Pattern: Herringbone hardwood floors are becoming more popular and trendy, especially in custom homes. They add a level of customization and charm without being overbearing. The hardwood planks are installed in a diagonally zigzag plan. This pattern looks both traditional and contemporary and is a unique option to consider.
  5. Inlaid Design: For something extra special, consider adding a unique inlaid design in your hardwood floor. This can be almost anything and usually involves different color flooring. It can be as simple as a thin inlaid border around a room to as complicated as a crest. Inlaid hardwood designs are expensive but they add a great level of luxury to a custom home.


Different wood species have different traits in flooring. Certain woods might be more durable while others give a unique color that you may want. Some have darker grain and some are environmentally friendly. Get to know the pros and cons of each wood before deciding which is right for your home. Some of the most popular wood species for hardwood floors are:

  • Oak: Oak is great in terms of durability as it’s a hardwood that isn’t prone to dents. There is white oak and red oak, both with different color undertones. It’s a wood known for it’s distinct, dark, pronounced grains. Oak is a more traditional choice for hardwood but it’s beautiful and classic so it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular choice.
  • Bamboo: Bamboo is a renewable resource, which makes it a great option for homebuilders that are environmentally conscious. Its hardness depends on the time of year it was harvested but it generally holds up well against dents and scuffs. It’s rising in popularity as more people are looking for beautiful yet eco-friendly options for their home.
  • Maple: Maple hardwood is paler in color and you might notice slight shade differences between each board, which adds great texture. The gains tend to be minimal, especially compared to oak. Maple is also one of the few kinds of wood that have the distinctive “birdseye” graining pattern.
  • Ash: Ash is known for it’s paler colors and looks great in grays. It’s similar to oak but it has more distinct graining patterns that make it unique and exciting. It’s highly durable which makes it great for hardwood floors.

There are countless other options when it comes to wood species for hardwood floors. A few of the others are birch, cherry (both Brazilian and American), walnut, hickory, pine, beech, mahogany, teak, and tigerwood. Your architect should be able to recommend a wood species based on your home design, your style aesthetic, and your lifestyle.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to hardwood floors so do your research, look at your architect’s portfolio and scan Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. Contact your custom homebuilder for any questions and consider all your options before deciding on the hardwood. Flooring has a huge impact on your house so it’s important to us that you love what you walk on every day.




  • 固体硬木:固体硬木是100%的磨碎伐木。这是一种可以适应于环境的温度和湿度的自然的材料。它可以延展或者弯曲,但是随着时间的推移有可能会碎裂。
  • 工程硬木:人工处理的硬木是由几层硬木组成的。它比固体硬木更坚固,而且更少受温度和湿度的影响。
  • 薄片硬木:薄片硬木不是真正的硬木,但是它有它的好处。它非常坚固又价格低廉。它的持久性使得它适用于有孩子或者宠物的家庭。







  • 平直板式:这是最流行且最传统的硬木板式。这些木板从房间的一头到另一头都是平行铺着的。这中板式可以让房子看上去大一些,可以让两个房间看上去更佳统一。而且因为设计形式简单,安装起来的费用也低。
  • 斜线板式:斜线板式的硬木设计给房间增加了一种尊贵独特的感觉,同时也不会感觉拥挤或者夸张。这种安装方法跟平铺类似,只是跟墙呈45度角。
  • 镶木地板样式:镶木地板样式包括了把硬木地板安装在方格中,这样可以给地板一种棋盘的感觉。这些方格可大可小,取决于品味。这种形式很独特很复杂但是它们现在已经不太流行了。现在很多人都认为它看起来过于复杂且显得古典。所以如果你想安装的话一定要事先考虑清楚你是不是确实喜欢这个样式,因为安装起来还挺贵的。
  • 鲱鱼板式:鲱鱼板式的硬木地板现在越来越流行,尤其是在定制豪宅里面。它们可以增加一种定制和优雅的感觉,同时也不会显得赘余。这种硬木板被按照斜对角之字形安装。这种样式看起来既古典又现代,是一种独特的选择。
  • 嵌入设计:对一些尤其特殊的情况来说,可以考虑在硬木地板中加入嵌入设计。嵌入设计可以是任何东西,也可以用于任何地板颜色。它可以是房间周围一圈窄窄的嵌入边缘,或者也可以像徽章一样复杂。嵌入硬木设计很贵,但是它给定制豪宅增添了一种极大的奢华感。



  • 橡木:橡木很结实耐用,是一种不容易被弄伤的木头。有白橡木和红橡木,而每种又有不同的底色。这种木头以它的独特、深色、明显的纹理著称。橡木是硬木的传统选择,但由于它的美丽和经典,它在现在也是一种流行的选择。
  • 竹子:竹子是一种可以再生的资源,所以对于经济型的建筑者来说是个不错的选择。它的坚硬程度取决于它收获的年份,但是通常来说它是不容易磨损受伤的。这种材料越来越流行,因为越来越多的人都在寻找漂亮又经济的地板。
  • 枫木:枫木颜色比较浅,你可能会看到相邻的木板之间的阴影,这会增添一种很好的质感。这种纹理跟橡木相比并不明显。枫木是几种不多的拥有“鸟眼”纹理的木材。
  • 白蜡木:白蜡木因其浅色而闻名,在灰色调中会看上去很棒。它跟橡木很像,但是它有更独特的纹理样式,这让它看上去很独特。白蜡极其持久耐磨,是硬木地板很好的选择。



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