Esmae has been with The Flooring Room since it began and has over 15 years of experience in the industry. She has helped hundreds of locals bring their visions to life. When people don’t know where to start, or they’re feeling unsure when choosing colours and textures, Esmae is always happy to step in with an abundance of advice.
- What are the most important things to think about when choosing carpet?
After sitting down and having a chat with my customers I can get a real feel for what matters to them on a personal level in terms of their renovations. By finding out who lives in the house, what the overall game plan is (do up to sell or creating that dream home), and the kind of lifestyle they live helps me to take them in a suitable direction -whether it’s laden with soft, plush carpet or smooth, durable laminates.
Families, teenagers, kiddies, and pets all have a big bearing on the fibre type you choose and I like to remind people to be both realistic with what they want to achieve and what’s going to work for their household. Young families in particular need carpet or flooring that’s easy to clean/vacuum and will also hide the crumbs. I highly recommend Solution Dyed Nylon. Parents are too busy with more important things than to be worrying about a stain, which is why it’s important that I guide them to a product that’s going to suit their busy life.
- What’s the best way to budget?
Most people don’t have an idea on costs, especially if it’s their first time doing flooring renovations. This is why it’s a good idea to have a rough overall budget in your head before you start. I will always give my customers a bit of an indication from the start to help them find what works for them, rather than leaving them to fall in love with something they may not be able to afford. We offer a wide range of flooring options for every budget but a good starting point is to plan for roughly $40 – $50 per square metre (which includes installation etc.). For a small three bedroom home you could be looking at around the $3000 mark.
- Where do you start when it comes to colours?
This is where it gets really interesting for me. I want to know what you’re looking for – do you have a certain look? From earthy to minimal, French to Hampton, or something far beyond, everyone is unique. Sometimes it’s so important to just sit back and listen to people talk about how they want their home to look and feel. On other occasions, I may have to take the lead a bit more in order to get a feel for what someone does and doesn’t like. I get a huge sense of satisfaction from helping people take that next step in their project.
- Any tips for underlay?
Yes. Rule number 1 – don’t skimp. Underlay is so important and the 11mm/120kg option is without a doubt, my first choice.
- What about laminates?
Firstly, is it going into wet areas such as bathrooms? If so, ‘Impressive’ is the only suitable option for these areas and it comes in a range of great colours.
Laminates are very popular at the moment with the Scandinavian look featuring in Vogue magazines worldwide. I enjoy working with the product along with paint colours to put together a combination that makes a statement.
- How do I contact you?
You can send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can pop into our flooring store to see me Tuesday-Friday between 8.30am – 5pm. (if I happen to be with another customer a booking can be arranged).
My service is free of charge and it is always a pleasure to be involved with people’s projects, whether big or small. If you’ve got a grand vision or you simply just need to get the ball rolling with your colours and textures – I’m ready to help!