Sunday, February 27, 2011


Decisions are being made! woohoo! Kyle and I have been spending every weekend at different flooring showrooms around the Lansing area. We've been learning about all the varieties they have to offer, from Berber to Mohawk smart strand and engineered to solid hardwood.

We are having mostly wood floors on the main level and mostly carpet upstairs where the bedrooms are. We are aiming for a dark wood with wide planks (around 5 inch wide).

Above is a sample of reclaimed engineered wood flooring by Mohawk in Maple. We love the character with the knots and little "defects". This particular piece is called a hand scraped and has ridges and purposeful imperfections throughout.

We also like a solid hardwood Asian walnut in dark stain that we saw at American Flooring. The staff there was very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions.
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We are going to be pretty boring when it comes to the bedroom carpets. We are going with a neutral beige (the safe choice) for all the bedrooms. We love Mohawk Smartstrand. It is a greener options because it is uses less energy to produce than a nylon carpet and it is made from corn sugar. Bonus: this carpet is extremely stain resistant.

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The verdict is still out on what we will go with for the Laundry room and main level bathroom. We originally were looking at ceramic and porcelain tile for the areas. Now we are considering a less expensive alternative that looks like Travertine tile but it is a vinyl. The cost is considerably less than real tile and it feels room temperature to the touch (no cold feet in the bathroom!)
Below is a vinyl tile made to look like Travertine (shown in Cashmere), it will cost between 2-3 bucks a square foot and comes in a glue down form or click together. Going with the locking together tiles will also save on labor costs.

The master bathroom will be the tricky one for us. We will need tile on the floor in the bathroom as well as the walls and floor in the walk in shower. I am tired of making safe choices that are timeless, so I think this will be the room we get a little creative with floor coverings.

Two very good friends of ours (Michael and Corey) redid their bathroom by using a regular 1 foot by 1 foot tile but cut them down the center. They then staggered them in a brick pattern and it turned out beautifully! I have always admired the modern sleek look they created.

This photo is a good representation of what we would like to do with the walk in master shower. We love the rectangular brown tiles and crisp grout lines.

Now we are awaiting bids from different contractors and flooring companies to see who will win! I am most excited for the wood flooring. With the style of our home the wide plank will fit in well but having such a dark stain will give it a more modern feel.


  1. Found you through YHL! Love the blog and am adding you to my reader.

    Would you consider hardwood through the bathrooms and laundry as well? I have always associated the rooms with tile, but more and more I see uninterrupted flooring throughout houses and really love it!

    Your master bathroom sounds divine!

  2. Thanks so much for your comment! I love the idea of hardwood through out the entire main level. We are meeting with our builder next week, I will see what he thinks! My husband and I just went to a tile store this weekend and picked out the tile for that divine master bathroom!