The main floor of our house has a very open floor plan. It has a large foyer opening to the living room/dining room, which is basically one huge rectangle. Then there is a wall and a doorway into the kitchen, eating area and family room. The stairs and bathroom are off to the side. Aside from the exterior walls, there is only one wall on the main floor. I like the openness of the design but have a question for you all.
Dh is in the midst of replacing the hideous carpet color with oak hardwood flooring. The whole house is carpet except for the kitchen, eating area and bathrooms. He will be doing all the bedrooms, the stairs, and the main floor. For sake of simplicity we already plan to hardwood the bathrooms. Now I'm wondering if we should just hardwood the kitchen and eating area as well. We had originally planned to lay ceramic tiles in these areas because I didn't think hardwood will hold up as well.
Here's my dilemma: This is a TON of work. The joint between the hardwood and ceramic tile for the family room/eating area is long and at a funny angle. It is going to be a whole lot of work to make it look good. Plus, we don't have the time to lay tile right now so we have to temporarily stick it out with this ugly color of lino that is currently in place.- not to mention running a temporary joint piece and whatever else needs to happen there. It would be a whole lot easier to hardwood everything and just be done with it.
Will I regret doing hardwood in the kitchen/eating area? I'm meticulous about catching spills when they happen but still...
Please vote! I need to make a decision soon!!
I have hardwoods in my house (I installed) and 12x12 ceramic tile in the kitchen (I also installed). I deeply regret the ceramic tile... more than any other home improvement project that we've ever done. I have smaller ceramic tile in two bathrooms and they are great, and have held up well. The ceramic tile in the kitchen is awful. The grout is constantly gross, even though I've sealed it 4 times. There are currently 7 broken tiles because I have three boys who all like to cook. Any time a dish falls out of the cabinet, or a can of soup, or a frozen chunk of food, we get a new crack on the floor.
But I voted "other," because we originally had parquet wood (tiled) floor in the kitchen and the finish was so worn that it could not be repaired. Parquet could not be sanded and finished, we were told, especially as worn as it was. The last time I refinished the wood floor in the house, the wood adjacent to the tiles in two kitchen doorways was damaged by water. I didn't think I was that sloppy a mopper, but it made me really wonder if I could keep a wood floor clean enough with a dry mop, especially with so many boys, and a dog, and a husband, etc.
I am holding off for a few years before deciding how to replace the tile floor in our kitchen. In a few years our (older) dog will have passed on, the kids will be older, and I'll see if the wood beside this tile does the same thing it did before. I worked extra hard to seal the floor near the kitchen. If it lasts, I may consider replacing the tile with wood or cork in the kitchen, but if it doesn't, I'm going to put down linoleum.
When I laid the wood flooring (this was unfinished oak that needed to be sanded, stained, and polyurethaned), it was more work than any other project I'd ever done. It was not as large a project as your husband is doing; my flooring just runs in the living room, dining room, hallway, and down the stairs. But it was extremely difficult physically and it really disrupted the whole family for quite a while. It might actually be easier for your family to wait
before installing the kitchen floor, and just put temporary joints between kitchen and the rest of your flooring. For us, we needed the kitchen to store our furniture while the rest of the house was upended!