The Perfect Floor?
I'm at the beginning of a remodel and have begun researching flooring options. My attempts at research have been pretty darn overwhelming - and the horror stories of sales people who lead people astray are not helping.
Here are the particulars of my situation:
- I'm on a cement slab in a cold climate (Alaska)
- Alaska is known to be rather dry/low humidity. It also enjoys (term used loosely) a large fluctuation of temps from about -20 to 75 degrees in my area
- The floors are not level, but that can be remedied
- I want one continous look throughout the public areas we are remodeling, which means kitchen, DR, LR, den at minimum
- Some of the area MIGHT end up with radiant floor, but likely not the entire area
- Water issues (given it will go in the kitchen and we do have snow)
- We don't have a dog currently, but do plan to get one down the road and have a preference for BIG dogs, so whatever we get needs to be durable in that regard as well
- I'm in a budget neighborhood with budget limitations of my own, so I'm not sure actual hardwood is feasible even if it works for my space, but I'm open to it if it seems the way to go.
- We can install ourselves if it makes sense, but I also read so many horror stories wherein problems are blamed on installation so I'm open to professional installation to avoid that or to save time.
I know the basic look I want, which is a mid-tone brown hardwood appearance. Not yellow or golden. Not reddish. Love dark floors, but I do think they are trendy and hard to keep clean so I am veering away from the expresso/chocolate tones.
My post title is tongue-in-cheek, as I know there is no such thing as the perfect floor - or we'd all have it already. However, I would love to hear about what options might be feasible or recommended for my situation - and which options are definitely out of the mix so I can start narrowing this down.
Thanks in advance!