Better Renovations: Upstairs Hallway, After

Thanks to a generous donation from Corinne's office, Better Farm is the lucky recipient of a ton of Flor's heavy duty red carpet squares. The pieces are extremely durable and easy to clean—a major plus in a high-traffic farm house. We'll be using them on the staircase and in the loft, as well.

Corinne, Butch, and I ripped up the old carpeting first, which was half disintegrated and the source of a HUGE dust cloud during removal. Corinne followed up with a good sweep (39 years of dust is pretty intense), I went in next with some wet rags, and then Butch got to work patching holes and old stove pipe ducts before measuring the awkwardly shaped upstairs hallway and laying down the squares. Here are some before shots:

And... after:


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.