What (engineered/solid) wood for this type of look (pics)?
I've been to this forum a few times but mostly to read and learn. I'm pretty regular over on kitchens and home decorating. We're getting ready to build a home for our family of four. We have two children, a boy (10) and a girl (6) and a whopping 14 lb dog that does not shed. This house will be the house we plan to stay in so I'm trying to make my decisions the right ones.
We have a very open plan for the downstairs main spaces. I'm looking for a moderately dark wood. In our current house we have a Bruce floor in Butterscotch that has held up fairly well. But because of the shiny finish, it shows more scratches than I'd like in some spots...from the dog's nails or furniture or whatever. I like distressed floors but not a ton of machine handscraping that looks really wavy. I know I want to go darker and want wider planks without much bevel and very very very little sheen. We will have white kitchen cabinetry and builtins in our living room (the rooms are wide open to each other)
The photos I'm drawn to:
I also like these but think they're pine which I think might be too soft for us?
We are a casual family and are not doing a formal living room or dining room in this house. After you go through the foyer/entry, you enter the main space and can see straight through to the back yard. The floors are going to be SEEN in this house. The family room, casual dining/breakfast area and kitchen are all open to each other. We are an active family. Since we live in New Orleans, I want something with character and that looks beautiful, yet not too dressy and not too busy. We want a comfortable feel to our home. I'd also like some character to the floor to help mask any dings that may occur. But again, I do not like a lot of handscraping. I also want to try and stay mid-range (possibly a little above but not go super high-end). Is it possible to have a beautiful floor with character at a mid-range price point?
I went to a local place and he showed me UA Flooring's Olde Charleston Genuine Teak. It's beautiful but a bit lighter than most of the photos I'm drawn to. So I'm not sure it will give me the look I want for the overall space. I also have read that Teak is softer than Pine.
This has been longer than I meant for it to be. Sorry! In a nutshell, can you recommend a manufacturer and floor that can get me started to achieving the feel I'm after? I'd like to stick to our local places that carry: Shaw, Bruce, UA, Mannington, Columbia, Mohawk, Lauzon and Armstrong (Robbins). They may have other brands but these are the ones I know of off hand. Thank you so very much!