The Home Ownership Thread - Page 321
FWIW, we have wood in the kitchen (hehe) to match the other floors, and I hate it. I've been told I don't really have an alternative because of my house's floor plan, but I will definitely be exploring every other possible option when we ultimately redo the floors.
My aversion to vinyl plank is for this reason. We do a lot of healthcare work and use a lot of vinyl plank. It provides a durable hygienic floor that doesn't look sterile, but it looks more commercial than residential.
Why do you hate it? We have engineered wood in our kitchen now and like it. Probably go with regular hardwood in the new place. The contractor first warned against it, bec. he once had a client whose dishwasher leaked and ruined the flooring. But he said it's the easiest way to get the kitchen floor level with the hallway. Otherwise he'd have to do what he did in the bathroom (screw 2x4s to the joists and then plywood planks to the 2x4s), and that would be really expensive in the kitchen since it's larger.
That's okay. The guy sent his quote over last night. His labor and minimal materials (basically just grout) averages out to $25/sq ft. The vinyl planking with material would be half that. I guess I'm going with the other guy. A shame - I liked the guy: he was punctual, honest in his opinions, and had some good ideas for the rest of the projects.
Can't help with the old lady except to say ,you tile that kitchen and she will think you can walk on water