Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Some Choices

When we moved into this house, we knew we would eventually have to re-do the floors downstairs and the countertop in the kitchen.  Yay, I love spending large sums of money...

Anyway, the time has come to start the process.  First we went to Lumber Liquidators to check out their selection on hardwood flooring, and they had lots, but I want something fairly traditional to make sure we get the best return on investment by appealing to as many buyers as possible whenever we decide to sell. (I'm not sure how long the wide-plank, hand-scraped look will be desirable, you know?)  

After perusing, we decided we were more interested in a solid wood product than engineered hardwoods or click-together products.  These are generally a thing layer of fancy wood on top of a plywood-like base.  These products are also typically easy to install. However, they cannot be refinished umpteen times if needed like a solid hardwood can be.

Call me sentimental, but I like the idea of these floors living in this house for a long time with lots of families. Like an heirloom... on the floor.

In search of something more timeless, we headed to Home Depot, where we found this 2.25 inch-wide maple.  In the store, it was $2.99/sf.  We're going to put the sample in various places around the house to make sure we like it everywhere and show it to our realtor before we start ripping out our bad laminate.

By the freshly-painted white trim
By the fireplace
While at the HD, we ventured back to the countertops.  (The navy blue, speckled Corian is probably not on house-hunters' "must-have" list.)  

I'm sure it would shock you to hear that I love Carrara marble.  It's so classic.  I've also heard that since it is more porous, stains can set into the material. No bueno.  I'm also a fan of soapstone because it's rustic and textural. It's also out of my budget.  I like the durability of granite, but I like surfaces with less color variation. We landed on Viatera quartz "Magnolia" to try out in our kitchen. 

As you can see, it is reminiscent of the marble. What can I say? I'm consistent.

Some other pluses include durability (scratch-resistant... unlike Corian) and no need for sealing (unlike marble and granite).

What do you think?


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