We installed bluestone on our 2nd floor terrace/deck last year and absolutely LOVE the look of the bluestone. We will be finishing our basement level this spring and planned on putting the same bluestone in our new mudroom, laundry room, and possibly flowing into the guest bathroom. (The rest of the basement level flooring will be the same oak hardwoods as on our two main levels.) Our builder told us, however, that laying bluestone in the mudroom, etc. area would cause that area to be raised an inch above the rest of the basement, resulting in an awkward transition from bluestone to hardwood. He suggests using slate flooring instead. I have googled slate flooring and like the look of some of what I see but it seems like there are a lot of different "slate" looks. Here are my questions:
If I want slate that looks as much like my bluestone is possible, is there something in particular I need to ask for at the tile store?
Pros and cons of slate flooring? We will be coming in with muddy boots from hikes with the dog, kids' sporting events, etc. so we need something that works well with mud and is easy to sweep or Swiffer.
Would you suggest using slate in the guest bathroom? It will be right off the mudroom and it is likely that I will take the dog in the shower to hose him off right after muddy walks so I'm thinking the slate would be better than, say, white tile, plus it would lend a uniform look to mudroom, laundry room, and guest bathroom.
Thanks in advance for your help.