Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba
Why not maple?
I pay something like $15/BF for AAA grade walnut in 8/4, so it doesn't surprise me much that it's incredibly expensive as a floor.
The house actually has nice large windows and a relatively open floor plan... gets a lot of light. It can handle a darker floor. We've already bought a lot of our furniture, rugs, etc. Much of it is simple and monochromatic, so the floors are where I'm going for some visual interest. Walnut is uncommon enough that it should pop. Flat sawn mill run 5" width boards.
Maple is so light in color, upstairs is enough.
Originally Posted by Medwed
I take a wild guess and say that your Walnut floor is going to be chocolate brown color when it is finished.
(If I guessed it right my advise would be to leave it a natural color. There is nothing more depressing than a dark floor in a dark room with small windows and 8 feet ceilings)
We did go with natural. Natural finish is much lighter than chocolate brown in my opinion of what colors are. Ceilings are indeed lower than contemporary but rooms get a lot of light, large window, fairly open plan.
I swung by last night after work and saw two rooms in progress, looks awesome.