Help in choosing flooring
We are building a home from the ground up after losing everything in a house fire. Now at the tail end of the build, I'm having to choose flooring and I'm overwhelmed with choices. Here are the facts to consider:
5500 sq foot two story classical French home
Built on concrete slab on West Coast
4 people living in the home including two children 14 & 9
Very busy lifestyle so can't have high maintenance flooring
Frequent large parties so heavy traffic on floors
15 year old cat that has occasional accidents and 3 large dogs that are indoor/outdoor pets
Underfloor radiant mats to be used in a few areas of the home.
My children have allergies plus indoor animals means carpet is out. My initial thoughts were that I wanted to have travertine in the foyer and wood throughout the rest of the home. However, after reading so many great posts in this forum, I'm now concerned about dirty buildup in the beveling and noticeable scratching of the wood due to such high use from our family.
I'm not wild about using travertine throughout due to seismic activity in California and I'm worried about it looking too sterile and cold but I'm still open to it if anyone has experience with a product that has worked well for them.
If anyone has any experience with wood products that don't have issues with dirt build up or really noticeable scratching or know of any products made of other materials that might better suit a busy household but can still look high end and traditional, I'd love to know your experiences with them.
Thanks if you've read this far!