So far, the biggest eyesore in my house and the genesis of the biggest project to date has been the floors. There were 5(!!!) different carpets in the house, with a dated, wrinkled beige in the living room and hallway, each bedroom having a different color of super worn carpet, and especially horrid carpet in the family room.
View the 70’s-vomited-on-it family room carpet in all its awfulness.
My daughter’s bedroom was also particularly bad, with electric blue long shag carpet so worn it was down to the threads in the doorways.
Besides simple wear, the other major issue with the many different carpets was how much it chopped up the layout of the house. This is a small house – only 1620 square feet in total, with the main portion of the house (minus the family room addition) being only 1200 square feet, including the kitchen. Here’s a rough floor plan to help you picture it.
You can see how choppy it feels. Everywhere you see white above is old, dated linoleum in about three different patterns, including little patches right in front of both exterior doors, glued down straight over the hardwood by the front door. I planned to put hardwood throughout the main living areas, like this:
Much better, right?
I was thinking of nail down oak flooring for affordability, in something in a medium tone like this Saddle Oak from Floor and Decor:
I planned on putting ceramic tile in the kitchen (generally more affordable per square foot) and a nice neutral carpet in the family room:
I’d also put the same tile in the laundry, the storage room and the area in front of the family room exterior doors. I knew I wanted a 12 x 24 inch large format ceramic tile, perhaps in a neutral like this Prisma Beige from Floor and Decor:
It’s neutral, light, very affordable, and would go with basically any color of cabinets in my eventual kitchen renovation. Tile has the benefit of being cheaper per square foot than hardwood, although that is somewhat offset by the cost of backerboard, thinset and grout.
I also gave some thought to running the hardwood throughout the kitchen as well. It has the benefit of being elegant, and expanding the flow of the house as it negates that awkward diagonal hall transition.
The main drawbacks are durability, and cost per square foot. On the other hand, it looks great visually, and is less hassle to install. With tile, I’d need to install backerboard down over the subfloor, apply thinset and lay the tile, then wait 24 hours and grout, then wipe down the grout and wait another 24 hours before I could use the floor. With prefinished hardwood, once it was nailed to the subfloor, it would be done and ready to walk on right away.
What do you think? I’ve already finished ripping up the carpet and the prep of the rooms for hardwood has been its own saga. Blog post on that coming up!