Hey, hey! How's it going? Have you mailed your Valentine's yet? I haven't...need to do that tomorrow for sure! I think everyone who knows me pretty much knows I never get cards out in a timely manner...just one of the many ways I'm pokey. ;)
This post is a cry for help...well that may be a little overly dramatic, but I really do need your help! I hope to get some comments on this one...seriously, please comment! :) We are finally getting to do some remodeling around here beyond a can of paint, and the first thing on the agenda is to get rid of our carpet on the main floor. It was in bad shape when we moved in two years ago, so it is waaay past time for it to go. We have a reverse 1-1/2 story (or a ranch with a finished basement, depending on who you ask) so the master bedroom, living, dining, kitchen, and laundry are the "main" level and there are bedrooms, a bath, a living room, and some unfinished storage in the basement.
We had saved up enough money to replace the carpet on the stairs about a year ago. I love the carpet...it doesn't show dirt and it is supposed to wear like iron, so it is definitely staying. Here is a carpet sample from the Shaw Flooring website...
There are three engineered wood floors we are considering. They are all from Lumber Liquidators and are all Virginia Mill Works brand. I have brought home probably 10 or 15 samples over the last year or so. I have read all the reviews and re-read all the reviews and I'm still confused! We know we want the handscraped look, but I can't decide on which floor so I'm asking your opinion...yes, you!
Here are the two birch floors we are considering. They are a little softer than red oak, which is the standard used to describe the hardness of a wood floor. This first floor is the "Richmond Plank". It has more yellowish tones to it, and I think it best matches the caramel-colored vine in the carpet.
The second one is the "Potomac Plank". I don't have a sample of it yet, but it is the same as the Richmond except a different stain color which is more of a brown tone...
This last one is Brazilian Cherry handscraped. It is the best deal because it is on closeout for $1.50 off the regular price. The others are only 40 cents more though so price isn't a deal breaker either way. The Brazilian cherry is harder than the birch. It is natural (not stained) so unless any damage was to go completely through the veneer, it shouldn't show damage. Andy at Lumber Liquidator's said it would darken like cherry normally does when exposed to light but that it would be less than a solid hardwood floor because it is a veneer...
The associates at Lumber Liquidators have been sooooo helpful and knowledgeable. I have been very impressed so far. The reviews of the two birch floors are overall 4-1/2 stars out of 5. There aren't any reviews on the Brazilian Cherry floors, which makes me a little uncomfortable...I'm all about reading the reviews! I never set out to choose cherry floors because usually they are super glossy and super red in tone, but I do like the picture of it above.
Hopefully you aren't as confused as I am. So what do you think? Any advice is much appreciated!