It’s that time of year when vacuuming and mopping could easily be a daily occurrence in the Boo and Maddie household. One dog + one cat + autumn and winter weather makes it so hard to keep everything clean. Fortunately the current floor in our hallway, kitchen and dining room is practical. Absolutely not stylish though, a basic laminate which we put up with for now but would never be our ideal choice.
And then there’s the living room where we have a thick cream carpet. I’m sure when we moved in it probably looked fairly ok. But after toilet-training both a puppy and kitten and the accidents that happen, it’s now well past its best. Besides which, we’re just not big fans of carpet in general.
So we’re on the look out for the perfect pet-friendly flooring downstairs. Something that is hard-wearing but still feels luxurious and looks stylish. Easy to maintain, not too expensive – I don’t have much of a wish-list do I? Whilst we’ll probably end up sourcing a tile-effect for the hallway, I’ve always had my heart set on a parquet appearance in the living room. We have a 1930’s home and are trying to recreate some sympathetic elements where we can. We’re hopeful that engineered wood flooring is the solution we need.
Upstairs, we’ve already started tackling project carpet removal and chose engineered wood flooring for our third and fourth bedrooms. It looks amazing and we’re so happy with it. It copes well with wear and tear but still looks and sounds high-end. Have you ever noticed how really cheap laminate sounds cheap? Like a strange plastic-y noise when you walk on it. Not so with engineered wood flooring which has all the benefits at a fraction of the cost.
I also love the idea of achieving any finish, colour, appearance. We have a paler, floorboard look upstairs, almost quite Scandinavian and modern. Downstairs I want to go for a more traditional Herringbone style, without the need to lay solid wood. Pretty much floor goals if you ask me! I’m not one for keeping new furnishings or furniture immaculate, as much I’d love to. We have to live in our homes and to enjoy them.
Sadly our living room floor isn’t going to be replaced any time soon. We have to replace the ceiling and work out lighting first. After that we should be able to replace the floor and may well need to get some re-plastering done. If you find a money tree, could you let me know? I had no idea how expensive all of these home improvements would end up being before we bought this house. Despite it though, I wouldn’t swap it for the world. We’re planning to be here for a very long time, so it’s worth every penny.
Have you undertaken any new floor projects? I’d love to know what you chose and why.
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