Questions about my floor ideas...
I need some advise from some floor pros...
We just bought a home and are wanting to replace all the 1980's carpet and tile on the main floor, about 1600sf. The subfloors are plywood, home is located in Wichita, KS.
We want solid hardwoods, but I also want the wood to "frame" tiles or in certain areas - like the entry and powder room - to make those a little bit more formal, and the kitchen and utility areas for better traction, easier upkeep. Maybe the better term would be tile "inserts"? The whole floor is an open plan so I want it all to be the same height, with no obvious transition pieces that stick up higher.
I hope I'm explaining this correctly...I just want to know how difficult it would be to have done.
Every floor person I've spoken to has balked at the idea, saying leveling issues, grout issues, etc. I know it can be done. We did it in another home once with reclaimed pine boards and reclaimed brick cut into the pavers. Absolutely gorgeous. Is the problem that most of the wood floors "lock" together?
How would you handle this request? We'd like to be able to use the pre-finished wood, but we're willing to have them site-finished if that's what we have to do. We are also willing to use the engineered floors if that makes it easier. Any thoughts?
Thanks so much!
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