Sunday, July 15, 2012
We've kind of been dragging our feet on this whole kitchen renovation project. In case you hadn't noticed--it has been FIVE MONTHS since we began this thing. There are only a few things coming between us and a finished kitchen. Most of these things are small--trim, closet doors, some minor painting. But there is one BIG thing that has been holding us up for a while now: THE FLOORS.
At first, we were waiting until we had a decent amount of money in the floor fund. But then that happened, and we still didn't move forward. Why? Well, because we can't decide what to do.
Hardwoods. Tile. Cork. There are too many options, and pros and cons with each.
But I'm getting tired of staring at the ugly parquet, so it's time to make some decisions and get things moving. My new goal? To have a new floor in by Nora's birthday (September 11).
Before we pull the trigger on anything, though, I wanted to put our choices out there and give some complete strangers the chance to weigh in. But before I get to the current "finalists" for the floor, I want to give you lay of the land so you can see what we're working with here. Allow me to give you a mini tour.
Alright, so hopefully that gives you at least an idea of what we're replacing, and where? Let's move on to the flooring choices we've been considering.
At first, we were considering going dark with the new flooring (nice contrast against the white cabinets!) but because we don't get a ton of natural light in this area of the house--thanks to having a lot of trees--we have decided recently that we think we want to go lighter. Really brighten up the space more, and open it up. With that said, let's take a look at some of the top contenders. With each of them, I'll show them to you up against the carpet, up against the hardwood, and up against the white of the cabinets.
TILE #1 - a square 20" tile
TILE #2 - a rectangular, but still large tile (I think it's 18" long, don't know the width off hand)
HARDWOODS - A natural colored oak. No stain, just clear poly. I think these are 3.25" planks.
OK, opinions? Here are some of the pros and cons of each we've been discussing.
- It's a completely different kind of flooring than what we have in the other rooms.
- Nice for both kitchens and bathrooms
- Neutral. For resale value, most people like tile
- If we change the configuration of the kitchen down the line, it will be easier to "patch" areas that were not originally tiled (like under the peninsula or something)
- Hard--can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Small children can hit their heads or teeth on it (ouch ouch), and uncomfy to crawl or sit on.
- If you drop dishes or glass containers, they are most likely goners
- Can be refinished in any color down the line. For us, for future owners, whatever.
- Longevity. Hardwoods can (will?) stay pretty much forever.
- "Softer" - for feet and small children
- We have other hardwoods throughout the house
- If you drop something, it stands a chance
- They wouldn't match our existing hardwoods. We wonder if that will look weird to us (and others)
- Because they don't match, does it look like a bad remodel?
- Hardwoods scratch, dent, etc.
- Would be difficult to "patch" down the line if we change configuration of the kitchen
- Very soft underfoot
- It is "self-healing" if there is a scratch or dent
- Could also be "patched" pretty easily if we do a big kitchen remodel and change layout of the room
- Easier install (floating floor)
- Not as common--will others hate it/think it's weird? Is it good/bad for resale?
- I've heard mixed reviews about how it holds up to dogs. Tessa is light, though, so I'm not that worried?
What are we not thinking of? What are your experiences? What is your opinion based on the pics?
I'm not going to tell you how we're leaning, because I don't want to persuade anyone one way or another. Oh, and we're about 99.9% sure we are hiring someone to do this, regardless of which option we choose, which is why ease of install didn't factor into the pros/cons.
Let the debate start... now. :)