Judy Korzenowski - BHHS Commonwealth | Newton, MA Real Estate, Brookline, MA Real Estate


A growing trend in interior design is to put wood flooring in the kitchen. If this seems counter-intuitive to you, you're not the only one. After all, the risk of damage from traffic, water, spills, stains, and even burns could certainly give one pause. But mainly to accommodate the free-flow open-concept designs and create a visually seamless aspect, wood floors are popping up in both new builds and pricey renovations. Plus, wood is warmer under bare feet on cold mornings, and it just looks nice. 

If you’ve wondered how a wood floor will work in your kitchen, remember the following points about wood floors.ol>

  • Not all wood is the same. Solid wood flooring might come from a hard species or a soft species. While a specific color or grain might attract you, a softer wood is subject to scratches and dents from street shoes, stools or chairs, tables, and heavy appliances such as the refrigerator. While solid wood allows for some repair and refinishing, a harder wood lasts longer and requires less care. Wood floor hardness ratings called the Janka Scale, place firs and pines in the softer category and gums and teaks at the top.
  • Standing water is not your friend. While finished hardwood flooring holds up well to cleaning with a damp mop, standing water that seeps between the planks causes the wood to swell and warp. Wipe up spills and standing water immediately. For the same reason, don’t use a steam floor cleaner. Check around sinks and under the dishwasher and refrigerator for leaks that could damage your floor.
  • Take special care when moving heavy appliances or furniture. Place heavy cardboard or a rug under the wheels or feet and slide it into place to protect the wood from deep grooves, dents, or scratches.
  • Use area rugs under tables and chairs to avoid scratching from constant use. 
  • What about bamboo? Technically, bamboo is a grass, not a hardwood. However, most flooring outlets sell it as hardwood. Compared to most, it is two to three times harder, including oak, so it is an excellent option for flooring. Bamboo floors install the same as hardwood and are more resistant to water and other liquids (although no hardwood, including bamboo, is waterproof).
  • If you’re thinking of placing hardwood in your kitchen during an upcoming renovation, ask your neighborhood real estate professional if hardwood is trending in your area.



    15 Amherst Rd, Newton, MA 02468

    Waban

    Single-Family

    $2,179,000
    Price

    10
    Rooms
    5
    Beds
    4/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Spectacular, young 5 bed 4.5 BA Colonial sited on a 12,000 Sq Ft lot in a terrific Waban location. This home is just a half mile from the village of Waban & the green line, with easy access to Rte 9 and 128. The perfect home for many buyers, this house has a beautiful kitchen complete w/high end appliances, marble counter tops and plenty of storage. Directly off the kitchen is a living/eating area combo with a gas fireplace and sliders to a nice deck. Details include beamed ceilings, custom built ins, hardwood floors, half bath & direct access to the double garage. Sliders lead to a deck and a fully fenced back yard. The grand 2 story foyer leads to the 2nd flr where there are 3 nice sized BRs, the master suite & laundry room. The MBR has a full walk-in closet & vaulted ceilings. The MBA has a double vanity, marble counter tops, full marble shower & jacuzzi tub. 2BRs share a Jack/Jill bathroom while the 4th BR has an en-suite bath. Home theater, 5th BR, & full BA complete lower level.
    Open House
    Saturday
    March 02 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Please come by to see this beautiful home!
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    15 Amherst Rd, Newton, MA 02468

    Waban

    Single-Family

    $2,179,000
    Price

    10
    Rooms
    5
    Beds
    4/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Spectacular, young 5 bed 4.5 BA Colonial sited on a 12,000 Sq Ft lot in a terrific Waban location. This home is just a half mile from the village of Waban & the green line, with easy access to Rte 9 and 128. The perfect home for many buyers, this house has a beautiful kitchen complete w/high end appliances, marble counter tops and plenty of storage. Directly off the kitchen is a living/eating area combo with a gas fireplace and sliders to a nice deck. Details include beamed ceilings, custom built ins, hardwood floors, half bath & direct access to the double garage. Sliders lead to a deck and a fully fenced back yard. The grand 2 story foyer leads to the 2nd flr where there are 3 nice sized BRs, the master suite & laundry room. The MBR has a full walk-in closet & vaulted ceilings. The MBA has a double vanity, marble counter tops, full marble shower & jacuzzi tub. 2BRs share a Jack/Jill bathroom while the 4th BR has an en-suite bath. Home theater, 5th BR, & full BA complete lower level.
    Open House
    Saturday
    March 02 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Please come by to see this beautiful home!
    More Open Houses
    Cannot make the Open Houses?
    Location: 15 Amherst Rd, Newton, MA 02468    Get Directions

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    15 Amherst Rd, Newton, MA 02468

    Waban

    Single-Family

    $2,179,000
    Price

    10
    Rooms
    5
    Beds
    4/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Spectacular, young 5 bed 4.5 BA Colonial sited on a 12,000 Sq Ft lot in a terrific Waban location. This home is just a half mile from the village of Waban & the green line, with easy access to Rte 9 and 128. The perfect home for many buyers, this house has a beautiful kitchen complete w/high end appliances, marble counter tops and plenty of storage. Directly off the kitchen is a living/eating area combo with a gas fireplace and sliders to a nice deck. Details include beamed ceilings, custom built ins, hardwood floors, half bath & direct access to the double garage. Sliders lead to a deck and a fully fenced back yard. The grand 2 story foyer leads to the 2nd flr where there are 3 nice sized BRs, the master suite & laundry room. The MBR has a full walk-in closet & vaulted ceilings. The MBA has a double vanity, marble counter tops, full marble shower & jacuzzi tub. 2BRs share a Jack/Jill bathroom while the 4th BR has an en-suite bath. Home theater, 5th BR, & full BA complete lower level.
    Open House
    Saturday
    March 02 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Please come by to see this beautiful home!
    More Open Houses
    Cannot make the Open Houses?
    Location: 15 Amherst Rd, Newton, MA 02468    Get Directions

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    After you receive an offer on your home, how should you respond? Ultimately, there are many questions for a home seller to consider before accepting a proposal, including:

    1. What is my home worth?

    Did you get your home appraised before you added it to the real estate market? If so, you may want to review a home offer in contrast to your home appraisal. This will give you a better idea about whether the offer is "fair" based on your home's condition.

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