Like the Amazing Spiderman once said, “With new flooring, comes great responsibility.”
Do you know how overwhelming floor shopping is?! There are SO many varieties available to consumers. Hardwoods. Engineered hardwoods. Vinyl. Laminate. Bamboo. Cork. And one isn’t better than the other. They all have pros. They all have cons. So what it comes down to, is what fits the best with your life and your budget.
With our kitchen renovation, we have had a couple goals in mind:
1. Don’t over customize the kitchen.
We want to be able to maintain re-sale value. And that means not getting too specific with the design. As much as I might want teal cabinets like Monica and Rachel, I’m sure the next family in our house won’t.
2. Don’t over update & over spend.
As much as I would love the highest end finishes of every little detail, I know that we are going to sell our house. And when we do, I have to think about what the MAXIMUM value is we will get from our house based on the area. And if we sink tons of money into a kitchen, will we see a return of those funds? Does that make sense? Meaning, if we paid for the highest end of wood floors, would we get that money back when we sell the house? If not, is it really worth it since it isn’t our forever home?
I guess that means not installing the food replicator from Star Trek. Shoot balls.
3. Make sure it is beautiful, regardless.
Okay. So with those goals being stated, this falls under all 3, but mainly umbrella number 2.
We bought our floors on Saturday. After learning about all the different products, we decided to go with a laminate. Some people super hate laminate, because they think it’s “cheap.” But honestly, it fits our needs, without over-spending during the renovation. And it will definitely be an upgrade over the junk-fest floors we have now.
Have you ever noticed that the floors between the living room, dining room and hall way are all different shades of wood, in different directions? It’s awful. I guess I’ll have to actually take a picture and show you.
Laminate has a lot of benefits. It is multi-layer synthetic, and incredibly durable. It’s scratch resistant and virtually maintenance free. And it still looks good. It isn’t the cheap looking laminate from 20 years ago. It is also one of the easiest floors to install. It’s quite favorable to DIYers alike.
But I have saved the best part for last.
I found a beautiful floor for $0.49 per square foot! Um. I DARE you to find me a better deal than that. Oh, what’s that you say? You can’t? Thought so. Luckily, we bought them just in time. Lumber Liquidators was completely sold out in all their local warehouses.
That means, we are re-flooring the living room, kitchen, dining room, and hallway for less than $400. This is the character that will play the part of the GMM floor.
We were planning on going with something darker. But you know, it shows so much dirt and dust and footprints. I actually like this lighter color. It’s very driftwood-esque. I think it’ll be beautiful and help brighten things right up.
And that’s the saga of how we bought our new flooring this weekend.