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  • Yai Banvelous of Carpentersville is looking for a place her busy family can finally gather together.

      Yai Banvelous of Carpentersville is looking for a place her busy family can finally gather together.

  • AP Botticino Fiorito, 18-by-18 polished, is a stone flooring, so maintenance will be key to keeping it beautiful.

      AP Botticino Fiorito, 18-by-18 polished, is a stone flooring, so maintenance will be key to keeping it beautiful.
    Courtesy of Century Tile

  • Armstrong Alterna Reserve is a luxury vinyl product.

      Armstrong Alterna Reserve is a luxury vinyl product.
    Courtesy of Century Tile

  • Columbia Flooring Toasted Hickory is a hardwood flooring with planks 5 inches wide or wider.

      Columbia Flooring Toasted Hickory is a hardwood flooring with planks 5 inches wide or wider.
    Courtesy of Century Tile

  • AO Nightlife 24-by-24 tile ceramic tile allows you to cover more square footage with a single piece and have fewer grout joints.

      AO Nightlife 24-by-24 tile ceramic tile allows you to cover more square footage with a single piece and have fewer grout joints.
    Courtesy of Century Tile

  • QuickStep Heritage Oak Planks Natural Authentic is a laminate tile giving an elegant look and durability.

      QuickStep Heritage Oak Planks Natural Authentic is a laminate tile giving an elegant look and durability.
    Courtesy of Century Tile

  • Carpet All Star Weekend I are 12-inch squares by Philadelphia Cattail.

      Carpet All Star Weekend I are 12-inch squares by Philadelphia Cattail.
    Courtesy of Century Tile

 
By Yai Banvelous of Carpentersville

A family room is a place where family gathers for different activities -- talking, watching TV, resting, among others. At my house the family room is of great importance. Our family room is the place where my family gathers to meet, because we all have very busy schedules when we finally have the ability to come together it happens at our family room. Two other of my siblings and I are currently attending college, my little sister attends elementary school and both of my parents are hardworking individuals with exhausting jobs. We all have very different schedules and find it very difficult to be together most of the time. My family has been through hardships; most recently my mom had a disk-removal surgery last year from which recovery has been difficult and affected all of us. However, we have managed to stay strong, and we always come together to have a joyous time when we sit in the couch to watch a movie. It truly is a heartbreaking feeling knowing that we will be leading different lives and will soon be leaving home. It is for this reason that I deeply cherish every moment we spend together in our family room. Unfortunately, because of all the hardship, my family has been struggling to provide for a better space in which my family can keep spending quality time together. If we win this kind contest, we will have a renovated family room my family deserves, to keep making long lasting memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

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Stone flooring:

AO Botticino Fiorito 18-by-18 polished: No floor covering is older than natural stone.  It has been used for centuries and has a timeless beauty.  No two pieces are alike and as a result variations are part of its beauty.  Stone is not for everyone, however maintenance is key to keeping your floor beautiful. Starting at $3.99 to $9.99 per square foot.

Vinyl flooring

Armstrong Alterna Reserve: A luxury vinyl tile product, this is extremely durable, easy to maintain and will withstand pets and track in from outdoors.  Vinyl floors are easy to maintain and more recently (with newer digital technology) can achieve the same visuals as ceramic tile, but with the ease, care and maintenance that vinyl can give you. Starting at 39 cents to $5 per square foot.

Hardwood flooring

Columbia Reserve: There is a certain elegance that hardwood floors can bring with a number of wider plank visuals (5 inches or wider) becoming more and more popular. Hardwood flooring is one of the most sought after products. It adds warmth and beauty to any room.  The applied finishes make it easier than ever to take care of.  Each species of wood has its own unique characteristics -- so it is important to understand these differences.  Woods are selected and graded, which contributes to its price point.  Just because two woods look similar does not mean they will perform the same. Cost: $2.99 per square foot and up.

Ceramic Tile

AO Nightlife, 24-by-24 tiles: Ceramic tile comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Today bigger is better. With larger tiles you lay more square footage with a single piece and as a result you have fewer grout lines in the floor. When you have a small room, to make it look larger, you want to minimize grout joints. The fewer the grout joints, the larger the room will look. Cost: 77 cents to $5 per square foot.

Laminate

QuickStep Heritage Oak Planks Natural Authentic: Laminate is the perfect selection for families who want a rich and elegant look, but need the durability.  These floors are affordable and easy to clean.  They are so realistic that they are hard to tell apart from real hardwood floors. Cost: 99 cents to $5 per square foot.

Carpeting

All-Star Weekend I by Philadelphia Cattail: Carpet has long been the most popular choice in flooring. It offers warmth, softness and it is much quieter than any other product.  Today's styles, colors and textures blend with any home décor. Many carpets today offer superior stain resistance and durability making it a great choice for most rooms. Cost: 99 cents to $7 per square foot.

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