Sustainable Konecto Flooring Chosen for Housing Upgrade

§ October 8th, 2010 § Filed under Housing § Tagged , , § No Comments

One of the conundrums of affordable housing development is that while we build our projects to ensure low-income individuals have a decent, affordable place to live, the projects aren’t any more affordable to build, maintain and operate than regular market-rate projects.

Konecto Tile

Konecto tiles like these were used to upgrade one of our units.

That means we don’t have a lot of extra funds to make fancy improvements to increase comfort, sustainability and aesthetics in our properties. But recently, that’s exactly what we at Second Step Housing did.

Second Step Housing is lucky to have support in the form of government grants to help with operations and maintenance costs, and we recently used some of this funding to rehab a transitional housing unit in our townhome development. Our Kauffman Townhomes are six years old, and this particular unit had its original carpet – white and installed without a carpet pad – and was in desperate need of a new coat of paint. Needless to say, it was time for an upgrade.

The customary option would have been to throw in some cheap carpet and call it a day – save some money, right? But my goal in affordable housing is to spend what money we have smarter and with less impact on the bottom line and our residents. After much research on sustainable, hard-surface flooring that will likely last decades longer than carpet, be gentler on the environment and better for indoor air quality (Marmoleum, bamboo and cork, oh my!) we settled on a glue-less, recyclable Konecto flooring for the majority of the three-bedroom unit. Although it costs more than traditional carpet up front, it will last far longer (minimum 25 years!), is easily cleaned (no more shampooing!), and individual tiles can be removed and replaced if damaged – saving us money in the long run.

The new floor combined with a full-interior taupe paint upgrade makes for one polished, cozy home for a family in need.

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