We currently have wall-to-wall carpet on most of the main level of our (12-year-old) home. We have 12x12 inch tiles in the remaining "wet" areas: kitchen, laundry and baths.
When I got a part-time job about four years ago, I decided to start saving a chunk of cash every month for new flooring for our home.
I desperately wanted wood flooring to replace the carpet both because I love the look and because I much prefer the upkeep. I also wanted to upgrade the tile in the kitchen and laundry room with a larger 18 or 20-inch square porcelain tile. What I am aiming for here is a classic look that will last for the rest of my life, since I don't plan on moving again and I think I only have it in me to do a project of this scope once!
About a year and a half ago, I was ready to move forward. Unfortunately, around the same time, my husband lost his job. We had five months of economic uncertainty, so we put the project on hold.
Good thing, because now that I have gotten detailed estimates and compared them with our guess-timates, I realize that I wouldn't have had enough money back then to do the entire project.
Part I of the process is to choose the hardwood floor. Neither my husband nor I has the stomach for the multi-step process of living through solid, nail-down hardwoods installation.
So we have settled on engineered wood floors. Engineered wood flooring is comprised of multiple layers of wood in the form of a plank. The top layer is the wood that is visible when the flooring is installed, and is adhered to a plywood core (or substrate) which provides the stability.
Neither of us loves the hand-scraped look, mostly because a lot of the stuff out there is actually machine scraped and has a predictable lined appearance. But we do like the fact that handscraping camouflages inevitable scrapes and scratches.
We found a flooring line called Bella Cera Amalfi Coast (in some areas, it's known as Southern Traditions) that has a very subtle handscraping. We're going with a random width configuration of 4, 6, and 8 inch Hickory planks. We have decided on the color Deruta which is a warm medium brown.
|Bella Cera Amalfi Coast|
Next we need to decide on a tile. My goal is to get this thing done before October is over! Stay tuned!