Re: Kitchen flooring
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 08:04:41 -0800 (PST)
I'd rather stand on a hard floor than on some toxic overlayment...
It's always possible to get some not too expensive mats or rugs, as noted below. As someone with chemical sensitivities, and with an ever-evolving awareness of the cost to the environment of the materials we use, I'd really advocate to keep away
from substances such as vinyl.
Our kitchen floor has ceramic tiles. It's a hard surface which presents the same advantages
and disadvantages that a concrete floor does.

Sonora Cohousing, Tucson.

On Mar 7, 2005, at 8:12 AM, Alexander Robin A wrote:

Agreed, as long as you use mats for standing on, available from all restaurant supply outfits. As a cook, I cannot stress enough that it is very hard on the feet and legs to stand for long periods on concrete. For short stints, it's not
too bad, but for longer periods - ouch.



From: Elana Kann [mailto:ekann [at]]
Sent: Mon 3/7/2005 8:03 AM
To: 'Cohousing-L'
Subject: RE: [C-L]_ Kitchen flooring

Zeke, you won't find a more durable, power washable, easy-to-clean floor than your concrete slab, if it's left with a smooth polished surface and if it's stained or dyed. There are many products available to give the concrete some color and even a marble-like pattern--beautiful! At Westwood we have concrete floors everywhere, both ground slab and thin-slab on upper levels because we embedded radiant floor heat in the concrete. We used a stain in our common house and it has worn well. One of our members dyed his home's slab floor rather than installing a topping. The dye colors the cement in the concrete and it really does look like marble. It has a smooth wax finish
on top of it for easy cleaning.
--Elana Kann, Westwood Cohousing Community in Asheville, NC

-----Original Message-----
From: Zeke Holland [mailto:zholland [at]]
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 10:52 PM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Kitchen flooring

Here at Two Echo Cohousing we're getting close to completing our common
house. We're looking for input about kitchen flooring. We thought we would do an epoxy floor (permanent, power washable, with easy-to-clean coves at the walls) over our concrete slab, but this turns out to be too expensive. So now we're considering everything from vinyl tiles to epoxy-alternatives that come with a lower price tag. What have you done in your community, and
how do you like it?
Thanks all,
Zeke Holland

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