We are in the middle of picking out the flooring. We have Finally settled on the outside colours...now for the hardest part. The floor. And Oh my is it ever a decision!!!
We have to weigh the difference in cost between hard wood, ceramic, laminate, vinyl ect. BUT
the MOST important part for me, is the ENVIRONMENTAL cost of whatever we choose.
After MUCH research and consideration....I have settled on a really good quality laminate wood floor. It gives us the look we want, the price we can afford, made here in North America, and has very low to zero yucky chemical content in it. So.... the expensive laminate wood it is. We COULD do the cheaper laminate....but oh the chemicals!!!!
This is the door from the sun porch to the Main House. The grey is the stone between them. The floor of the house is a light Maple...no knots...kinda modern. I hate it, but we are not about to redo the entire house.
These are the four choices we have narrowed down to. I want the knotted 'old' look, since our home was built in 1864. The inside of the sun porch will be mostly windows and a tiny bit of wainscoting below them. The inside wall however will remain to be the RED BRICK that is our house. (See Top Picture)
This is the darker, knotted wide plant wood. Not sure how I like it next to the red brick. but Not bad.
This is the lighter knotted wood. I kinda like it. But would it be too light??
This is the brand new look out today. I would not have picked it, but with the grey stones under our windows, the grey foundation, and the grayish board and batten siding we are picking for our sun porch, it just may be kinda cool.....but a risk.
This stuff is smaller planks, knotted, and the right colour. It is much harder to see the individual boards and is 2$ cheaper a square foot than the others. Same chemical content however, so makes me happy.