Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 In Review: Albany Woodworks Team's Favorite Moments

It has been a great year for Albany Woodworks and we wanted to share! The Albany Woodworks team put together some of their favorite memories from 2015.

January-Installation of the Custom Designed Benches in Loyola's New Monroe Hall
When one of the original campus oak trees had to be cut down, Albany Woodworks teamed up with Holly & Smith Architects out of Hammond, LA decided to use the tree and design a bench that would keep the beauty of the oak intact while providing a gathering place for the students that once fondly gazed at its branches.

February- The Key West Project that inspired us all!
One of our favorite projects, this Key West home took indoors meets outdoors to a whole new level. The side wall completely opens up allowing natural light in, highlighting the beauty of our Prestige Collection used on the walls and ceilings.
March- Feaure in Fabulous Floors Magazine
Albany Woodworks was featured in the magazine Fabulous Floors, publication focused on consumers that was started in 2005. The article, with a Mythbusters theme, covers the normal hesitations customers may have about purchasing solid wood flooring. Another article about Albany Woodworks and its green sister company, Waste to Energy Systems will be coming out in 2016.

April- Albany Woodworks Becomes a Houzz Pro 
In order to offer customers easier access, Albany Woodworks launched their first Houzz profile! The profile offers tons of pictures and ideas of how to make our products transform into your creation!

May- Albany Woodworks Facebook Page Reaches 1,300 Likes!
We reached another milestone on Facebook with 1,300 Facebook Fans! Our social media plays a huge roll in allowing our customers and fans to be up to date with our latest stories, facts, ideas and products... with some even more exciting posts coming in 2016 with our 40th anniversary. So stay tuned!!!
June- Albany Woodworks added as a featured supplier in N.C. Design Studio 
With the goal of housing sustainable building materials, Locust Trading Company was the perfect match for Albany Woodworks' products, offering people on the east coast an opportunity to get hands on with our flooring. Our Barn Wood Oak Collection will be a main feature in the showroom! With all the aged beauty that only weather and time can give, and it's just what you wanted.
July- Albany Woodworks launches official Commercial Brochure 
After requests over the years for commercial use of Albany Woodworks products, we decided to officially launch a Commercial portion of our company. We are excited to offer reclaimed, engineered products which are perfect for Commercial applications!
August- Exposed beams steal the show!
A recent project (pictured right) in an office building showed how beautiful exposed beams and reclaimed wood ceiling can be. In August, we got the honor of producing additional beams for this customer's home! The project is still in the works but we are excited to see the grand finale in 2016.

September- The Albany Woodworks Showroom Makeover! 
With a range of new products to offer, our CEO decided it was high time to give our showroom a makeover. We added a variety of looks from rustic to classic, offering our customers plenty of opportunity to let their creativity manifest!

October- Albany Woodwork's CEO Featured in Baton Rouge Business Report

Our CEO was contacted to take part in the October issue of Baton Rouge Business Report which focused on Entrepreneurs in the area. The article highlighted Albany Woodworks and its sister company, Waste to Energy Systems. The full article can be found here

November- Albany Woodworks collaboration with Certo, LLC.

In November, Albany Woodworks began working with Greg McGavran, long time friend and national importation independent agent, marketer, brand developer for specialty hardwood flooring and fine architectural elements. He will be representing our products in Western markets through his company Certo, LLC and we are very excited to have this 20 year veteran of the flooring industry on board.

December- Ending the year with a Project with Louisiana History 
Albany Woodworks was selected as the top choice to supply the flooring for the Old State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, LA. Our first project (pictured here) used our Prestige Collection to remodel the Senate Chambers in the Gothic Revival style building. The Old State Capitol Building was active from 1852-1932 and is an icon in Louisiana. We have once again been selected to supply our Prestige Collection for an additional floor in the House Chambers and the project should be complete in early 2016,

Friday, December 11, 2015

Getting the Perfect Floor for 2016

Blogger's Note: The end of 2015 is right around the corner! With 2016 in sight, it's time to start looking ahead at the "what's hot" in flooring for the upcoming year. Wood floors dominate the trends once again. We see some 2015 trends sticking around and some classics with a new spin. 

From Flooring Covering News: 

  • Hyper natural: This relates to wood styles that flaunt the natural imperfections and grain character of the raw material. Far from wanting engineered perfection, consumers will increasingly seek to surround themselves with products that bring them closer to nature, and that look and feel authentic. The desire for a natural, rustic appearance does not only apply to solid wood flooring; laminates, inkjet-printed porcelain and incredibly realistic LVT can also satisfy this desire.
  • Gray: This is not a fad fashion color, but a new classic color with customer appeal that will continue for many years. Wood and wood-look flooring in gray tones can be used to instantly provide the foundation for on-trend industrial or urban styles and a myriad of modern styles from Scandinavian to new minimalism. Of course, concrete also fits into the gray color family, and just as with the hyper-natural trend, it does not necessarily need to be the “real thing.” High-definition, inkjet-printed porcelain tiles give end users the desired concrete look with the performance and durability of porcelain tile.
  • Reclaimed: Products that have a story to tell, have been previously used and are repurposed or vintage resonate with consumers. In flooring this equates to a distressed appearance with signs of wear and aging. It is a timeworn aesthetic that hinges on a weathered look and also advocates the mixing of varied woods and/or wood tones across a floor.
  • Mixed-width formats: In line with the trend for reclaimed flooring styles comes an interest in incorporating a mix of plank widths across a floor. This move away from uniformity is an important trend for 2016.
Albany Woodwork's Prestige Collection is the perfect look for 2016!
  • Dark and blonde wood: Both dark and blonde wood tones are currently trending and will continue for several more years, so retailers should be sure to stock offerings at both ends of the shade spectrum. The deep, dramatic espresso tones of walnut give a glamorous heritage look, while blonde tones of oak, maple and ash appeal to customers looking to achieve modern styles.
  • Parquet: The classic herringbone and chevron layouts will be a favorite, but I predict puzzle-like geometrics will also begin to gain the interest of interior designers.