There were six different types/styles of flooring on the main level when we bought the house: three kinds of hardwood (foyer/hall, dining room and kitchen), two different kinds of carpet (in the study and family room) and old, yellowed linoleum in the laundry room.
We first thought we’d refinish all the existing wood floors and have new hardwood installed in the other rooms, staining it all to match. The hardwood in the dining room was new and, while not exactly our taste, was quite lovely. It turns out, however, that making everything match the nice wood in the dining room was going to cost thousands (plural!) more than replacing it all with new engineered hardwood, which was what we had really wanted to do anyway. So after narrowing our choices to three dark, wide boards, we finally went with a matte-finish MaxWoods Maple Suede in “brown velvet.”
We love it, but it shows every crumb and speck of dust, which is a little annoying. Overall, though, we’re very happy with the choice!
On the stairs and in all the upstairs bedrooms, there was no doubt all of the carpet had to go. It was stained and dirty and holding smells. Plus, as my grandmother reminds us, “You never know who’s been ‘thingin’ on the carpet.”
We were under the impression that all of the flooring was to be installed by the third weekend of February, and we planned the delivery of your U-Boxes and our move-in accordingly. Repeated delays getting the carpet from the manufacturer kept pushing our move in farther away and it was wearing on all of us. (Not to mention our hosts for this ever-increasing stay, who were nothing but wonderful.) At last, on Feb. 28, the carpet was installed and I cried with happiness!
We went with a neutral, light tan carpet by Mohawk called “sand dollar.” It’s amazingly silky and vacuums really nicely. You know you’re old when this is a) what sticks in your mind and b) makes you happy!
It felt so wonderful to finally have the flooring complete and to be able to start setting up our home!