help chosing flooring

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Posted by: from Markham
2/2/2008 at 12:22:02 PM


It took us 8 weeks to finish our large bathroom - which is absolutely stunning - but thinking of doing all the chosing again is cramping my brain.

We have a 1500 sq.ft. home with a very large window in the front and a large window and sliding glass doors in the den/kitchen in the back. The house is more narrow and long but not too much so.

We are going to be opening up the entire main floor of our house and putting down new flooring. My husband wants dark wood in the living area and a tile in the kitchen/den combo. The tile he likes is also dark chocolate multi toned. I am worried that this will all be very dark. (He loves dark rich colours which are sometimes a bit overwhelming to me)

We are also renovating the kitchen and using a cherry armoir in the kitchen and will be matching to either the cabinets or the island - yet to decide.

We are also trying to decide on laminate or hardwood (we have a large dog so I am leaning towards laminate although I do prefer hardwood).

I know it would make sense to hire an interior designer but I will not hire one from the yellow pages and I am very hesitant because of the cost.

Any suggestions?

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Matthew Nickerson in Lucasville
Date/Time2/3/2008 at 11:21:28 PM

with having dogs you would want to go with laminate as if you went with hardwood you will be redoing you floor alot.

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Date/Time2/19/2008 at 2:05:46 PM

Hi Sandy,

I am an Interior Decorator and can understand your hesitation in hiring from the yellow pages. You may be surprized at how inexpensive a decorator can be compared to making costly mistakes.



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Shakila from Designing Home Co. in Hamilton
Date/Time3/13/2008 at 8:35:04 PM


Designing Home Co.

Mary and Matthew are right. Hiring The professional helps cost down and keeps project going in right direction. if you want hard wood on your floor choose hand scrap stressed hard wood, so with more stress by your dog, every while would be easy to repair, even by your self. need more information find us on Handy Canadian site.

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Michelle in Oakville
Date/Time3/26/2008 at 2:22:23 PM

I just moved into my house a few months ago and was also hesitant with the colour scheme I choose. We have an open concept main floor where the main floor is all dark hardwood (kitchen included). We have large windows on both ends of the house and the dark colour is a great selection! It does not give the dark appearance you may think it would.

good luck with your choices.

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TORO Contracting Ltd in Calgary
Date/Time4/1/2008 at 9:56:53 AM

How about cork?

Easy to install and repair if needed.

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Spidy in Whitecourt
Date/Time4/23/2008 at 3:44:18 AM

use ceramic, the type that isn't too smooth till you might slip off. those are good are kinda easy to get, except that you'll need someone to fix it for you. but that's just my suggestions.

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Laurelynn in Balzac
Date/Time6/2/2008 at 12:10:56 PM

DON'T do laminate! I have YET to be in a home where the laminate stands up to daily living! Go with hardwood and ensure it's got at least 5 coats of varnish on it.

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