You guys are so bossy about our floor choices. And some of you think that we haven’t done our research. Must be because our books are usually haphazardly slapped together without any background. 😉
Let’s run through some options here.
No. Jessie Mihalik has bamboo floors in her house. They are very comfortable. They are also so soft that when even a small dog walks on the planks, there are gouges.
No. We have a “luxury” laminate upstairs. If there is any amount of standing water for a brief time, it bubbles up. We had a minor leak from AC, and even though we caught it within a couple of hours, the damage was done. It is also loud and slick.
How to put it tactfully: it’s an expensive house. We are not going to put cheap vinyl on the floor, because if we do end up selling it once the kids are out of college, the floor would need to be redone. It is also inconsistent with a general look and feel of the house. Even if we got a luxury vinyl that mimics wood or stone, it’s still plastic at the end and it would drag the value of the house down. If the house cost half of what it does, maybe, but it’s a substantial investment and, if we stay, I don’t want to replace the floors in 15 years either, because that’s about how long vinyl lasts.
Four dogs. No.
They need to engineer it a bit better, because it lasts only as long as the veneer on top.
That’s probably our most affordable option. Tile can mimic wood or natural stone, it looks attractive, and dogs love it in Texas, because it’s cold. It is hard as hell and it does crack if you drop something on it, but we’ve lived in this house for 5 years with the downstairs tiled, and so far we haven’t cracked anything. Would I like a softer floor? Yes. But I also need a floor that’s scratch resistant, can be easily cleaned, and is water proof with the right sealing. With TLC, it can last for the life of the house.
If we had all the money in the world, that’s what I would do throughout the downstairs. So cards on the table, if an actual French person saw what passes for “French Country” or “French Provincial” houses in US, they would laugh. It’s more like Disney world version of French. And guess what, I love our future – hopefully – Disney-French kitchen, but to be able to balance all of the wood flourishes, we need to make the rest of the house restrained and rustic. Traditional French country houses have limestone or brick floors. Sometimes old wood, but mostly stone.
Not an awesome picture, but looks like limestone might have been pillow-cut. Below is a modern, hideously expensive imported-from-France version of the same style floor from Houzz.
This costs an arm and a leg, and we can’t afford it. But we may be able to afford a cheaper version of that from Floor King or some other floor retailer.
The house has stamped concrete now. It is durable, but sooner or later it cracks and it’s uncomfortable to walk on. It’s cold and kind of lifeless.
So in conclusion, there is a reason everyone is referring to this property as “unique.” It’s an unusual house and it requires careful consideration in updating.
In case you are wondering what typical Texas houses look like in the area, I have a quintessential Texas Hill Country house for you here.