Home decorating question-floors

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Home decorating question-floors
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 7:53am
We are planning to rreplace our carpet in living and family rooms with wood (pergo) and the vinyl in the kitchen/dining room with tile.

For anyone else who has done so, pros and cons.

Also we have a set amount to spend (a small inheiritance from Grandmother) so figure we will get the best bang for the buck spending the money on the best quality materials and then doing the work ourselve. Has anyone done so and have horror stories or tips.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 07-13-2003 - 9:00am
I absolutely hate Pergo. It looks cheap and sounds hollow when you walk on it. We have real hardwood in the bedrooms and a terracotta mexican tile throughout the rest of the house. We have absolutely no carpet anywhere, I hate carpet as I think it is unhealthy. We have never broke a tile, however the tile we have is very high quality, it is about3/4 inch thick. We have dropped many things (glasses and such) on it. If you look around for a good price on real wood, it isn't that much more money. You can put a couple coats of glaze on it so it keeps it's life with kids and all.
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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 2:46pm
Well, the accent color in the dining room is a deep green of the same shade family as the lighter sage green that I used to decorate the kitchen (so they flow); I think the brown/tan would work pretty well, particularly since the cabinets in the kitchen are almond (and most of the appliances, excepting the fridge and washer/dryer) are black). I'm planning to go with a dark green/black Silestone countertop (if I ever get around to replacing the counters in there now.) the floors need an upgrade worse than the counters do, but the counters will be less expensive because if I replace the kitchen floor, I'll have to redo the entire entry hall as well (same cheap builder installed vinyl in a layout that wouldn't flow well without the change in both areas. I can leave the storage room (off the entry hall, behind the swing of the front door) in the vinyl if the seam ends up just inside the storage closet area (covered by the storage closet door, but that still leaves me nearly 16' x 4' additional to the 10'x 5' in the kitchen. The front hall is done in the same green as the kitchen.
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Registered: 05-13-2003
Fri, 07-11-2003 - 9:31am
Ours is kind of a brown/tan color, not really orangey. The walls in the kitchen and adjoining family room are a sage green, which go really well with it. Would the china go with a minty/sagey green? Pink usually looks great with that color, and I just saw a beautiful toile in that color.......(I tend to get carried away with decorating)....
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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 5:51am
I like the terra cotta tiles, but I have issues with the color scheme. My dining room is pink to match the antique china my grandmother willed to me, and I'm afraid the terra cotta of the kitchen leading into the pink dining room would be...well, hideous. I wonder if I could get the terra cotta in a browner/tan rather than with the reddish/orange/salmon tint....
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 07-10-2003 - 5:07pm
Oh, I definately will not be doing white. A few years ago in a rental we had white floors in our kitchen. I swore that I would never have white floors again. So of course the house that we bought has white floors.
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 4:45pm
We just recently installed wood floors in the kitchen and one of the bedrooms. I think it is called a "floating floor" system? It doesn't require any glue, the pieces click into each other. It took us about a day to install the floor in the kitchen. The first pieces were the worst because the floor shifts so much in the beginning so it is hard to get the pieces pounded together and make sure that the cuts are correct. After the first 4 or 5 rows, it got MUCH easier to lay and went very quickly. The wood flooring (very thin layer of wood, but real :-)) has been quite abused in the kitchen but still looks great (as me again in five years though). As for tile, we tiled the back splash in our kitchen ourselves (about 4 meters of tiling to lay in). We found tiling to be relatively straight-forward and used strings to set the distance between the tiles. However, the tiling took a great deal more time than we imagined, not because it was particularly hard, but because it is very fiddly work.

Laura

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Registered: 05-13-2003
Thu, 07-10-2003 - 4:24pm
Whatever you do, don't use white or very light ceramic tile in a kitchen or other heavily trafficked room, unless you want to be washing it 2X a day! We had it in our old house and I was swearing up and down everyday. We have Mexican terra cotta tile in our kitchen and it's not as slippery, has more texture and does not show any dirt. We even have a few tiles with paw and chicken feet imprints, probably from the animals walking over them when they were setting! It's great.

I llove hardwood too and have it in all the "dry" rooms in the house, but from what I understand from my sister, if you want it in the kitchen you have to have many, many coats of seal/varnish put on it, plus it has to be refinished fairly often which is expensive and time consuming, so you basically will lose the use of your kitchen for a few days every 3 or 4 years. Kind of a pain, but it really does look nice.

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 3:54pm
We have tile in the kitchen, entry way, and all the bathrooms and I LOVE IT. I would never have wood in any area that might possibly flood -- or any area with a lot of water. If I wanted a wood look in the kitchen, I'd go with laminate. The only tip I have is that when you put in the tile and calculate how much it's going to raise the floor level, think about the threshold and the doors. When we put in tile in the entry way it raised the floor, and when we nailed the wooden thresholds back on we couldn't open the front door -- we had to have the front door shaved down a whole quarter inch. If you don't have solid wood doors (and many people don't), you could end up having to custom order a new door!
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 1:42pm
We moved here when my youngest was 17 months old. So we have had tile in our entire downstairs since then. We have been here 2.5 years. I love tile. When making an investment in your home you must think beyond today. Your kids will not be little forever and you can't redo your floors every few years (unless you are a millionaire). If it were me I would put tile in the kitchen.

I had wood in my old house, but not in the kitchen. Tile is easier to take care of. I would be afraid to put real wood in a kitchen even though you see it in all the magazines. I had wood in the rest of my house in NY (except bathrooms). It was lovely.

Jenna

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Registered: 12-29-1999
Thu, 07-10-2003 - 1:30pm
My sister recently did her whole place in Pergo. She likes it, but said if she had it to do over again, she'd do hardwood. My dad and dh were going to install it themselves but b/c she was doing 1200 sq ft, she broke down and hired someone.

My best friend is an interior designer, and I know they use wood laminate for a lot of their "heavy duty" areas (the loading zone of a Pepsi factory, for example) b/c it takes so much wear. But my sister's dogs hate it...they skid on it much worse than hardwood.

Just my experience...Christi

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