August 2019 news

Eco-Rambling On

My daughter and I were recently visiting my cousin and his family in Arroyo Grande, just south of San Luis Obispo. While there, we were treated to one of Mother Nature’s greatest prizes – a fully grown, fruit-laden avocado tree! Not something that I ordinarily see in Santa Cruz! Being accustomed to paying nearly $3 each for an organic version of these natural wonders at New Leaf, it was like looking at a tree covered in dollar bills! Personally, I believe the avocado should be a universal currency. Forget Bit Coin, to me, the humble avocado is a valued commodity. It is the prized basis for any number of delicious dishes from guacamole to avocado toast or paired with any fresh dish you might wish to consider.Now I mention this because it is a marvel to me to reflect on the extraordinary things that Nature brings into my life. Whether backpacking the High Country of Yosemite, watching a hummingbird collect nectar from a nearby blossom, biting into a fresh ear of grilled corn, or gathering fragrant roses from my front yard for a bouquet, nature never ceases to surprise me as long as I take the time to stop, take a breath and notice.

– Brian Corser, owner


Stone Talk Ceramic Tile by Ergon

Our favorite Italian tile designer has created a new collection of natural stone-look ceramic tiles, perfect for floors, walls, and shower surrounds in five earth tones and three distinct textures: Minimal, Martellata and Rullata. (All three textures can be seen in the bathroom to the left.)We have samples of all five colors and three textures here for you to explore. Come in and take a look!

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This is the third in a series of posts designed to help you succeed in your home projects.

Tip #3 – Expansion Gaps!

Many people choose floating floors for their homes because they are a reliable option and more affordable than flooring that needs to be nailed or glued down. Floating floors are a great choice for natural materials that expand and contract, because the material is not constrained by nails or glue. They are also a good choice over concrete slabs since they allow for the use of an underlayment which provides cushioning and sound dampening. That said, it is critical that floating floors be installed with expansion gaps all around them. Most gaps should be ½”, but you’ll always want to check the manufacturer’s installation instructions first. Make sure that the floor is not constrained in any direction, by walls, intersections with other floors, or other immovable objects. The gap along the perimeter is then covered with base molding or by using quarter-round trim that is nailed to the existing wall trim. This simple consideration allows the flooring to expand and prevents the floor from deforming or buckling.

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