Selecting the Right Wood for Your Renovation
From colors to fixtures to lighting, you have plenty of choices to make when remodeling your home. One of the most complex ones, though, is the wood you use. There are multiple species to consider, as well as stains, finishes, and paint colors. And we’re not just talking about floors; you’ll need to put some thought into your cabinets, molding, and more. Read on for JM Construction’s guide to choosing the right wood for your custom remodel.
Choosing a Wood Species
The biggest factor in choosing wood is, of course, how it compliments the look and feel of your home. One of the most commonly used species of wood is oak, which is a very durable hardwood. It comes in two colors: White oak has a bright and modern tone, while red oak is richer and more rustic. For an even darker tone, walnut is perfect for period homes, though its looks do come with a higher cost. On the opposite end of the spectrum, maple is a light and eco-friendly option that can take a beating, which makes it a good choice for a home with plenty of foot traffic.
As a rule of thumb, hardwoods like oak, teak, and mahogany sport dark tones and tight grain patterns, while softwoods like pine, spruce, and fir are lighter and have looser grain. Be sure to look at plenty of photos and samples to familiarize yourself with all of the options. Depending on foot traffic, pets, and other factors, you may even want to learn about the benefits of engineered wood.
Choosing a Finish
Staining your wood can add natural warmth to a space, create texture, or highlight the wood’s natural grain. There is a wide spectrum of tones and shades of stain, so depending on the wood, you can compliment or contrast the other colors in the space. Keep in mind, though, that certain woods like maple aren’t as porous as others and don’t accept stains as well.
While your flooring will either have a natural or stained finish, your cabinets and molding can be painted instead. At JM Construction, most of our clients were choosing to fully paint their cabinetry in white, greys, blues, or greens. However, the past few years have revealed a shift toward a mix of stained or natural woods with painted cabinet doors, or even a mix of a natural wood island contrasted against painted cabinetry. We’ve even seen wood countertops mixed with jewel-tone cabinets.
Factoring in Leadtime
Needless to say, the past few years have raised challenges in most industries, and construction is no exception. Some species have been harder to source, which has had an impact on wood choices. However, most of our clients have a precise vision that they’re trying to achieve, and we want to bring that to life in a timely manner. The vendors and custom cabinet shops we work with at JM Construction are able to source materials quickly, helping our clients avoid long wait times – or worse – going with a different choice that they don’t love as much.