Help With Plank Direction
I'm having a hard time deciding what direction to run my flooring. I bought USFloors "Coretec Plus Luxury Engineered Vinyl Flooring." These planks are 7.125" wide by 48" long. This is a floating, drop and lock floor.
I attached a picture of my house layout. In case my drawing is confusing, my living room, family room, and dining room are all carpeted and will remain that way. I'm installing the flooring in the Kitchen, Breakfast Eat-In Area, Front Entry Foyer, Hallway, Laundry room, and a powder room that is off of the hallway. We have a very open floor plan.
Going by the joist direction, I should go left to right. However, the longest wall is technically from the front door to the patio sliding door. Also the natural lighting from the windows runs in the same direction, which is why I'm conflicted. What directions do you guys and gals think I should go with the planks?
Also, all of the carpeting is a twist "frieze" style (think smaller version of shag). I was planning on just butting the ends of the flooring up to the carpet line, since the fibers extend over and should hide the line. However, is there a better, more professional way to do this?