Reclaimed elm vs hickory
I was hoping for some feedback on the options I'm considering for the hardwood for my house.
Some background info:
It's a french chateau/European style home so it's a traditional house. The kitchen, dining room, living room, great room, office, hallways and all bedrooms would be floored with it. The first floor is mostly open concept. There will be 7 people living here (2 adults, 5 kids - 6 months - 11 yrs old).
The options that I'm considering are:
- 5" hickory
- 8" or 9" reclaimed elm (depending on availability)
- 4", 6", and 8" reclaimed elm laid in random order
I'd be staining any of these on site in a medium-dark stain.
Of course, you could suggest an option that's worked well for you too. That would also be appreicated.
I know the look is a personal, subjective choice, but I'd still like to know what you would choose and why.
My husband is worried that the reclaimed elm is a trend and won't look so great long-term. But he also finds the hickory a bit busy. He likes maple but I find it too bland for the amount of flooring that we'll require. We both don't care for oak even in the rift/quarter-sawn version. Jatoba was considered but I don't want a red undertone in the wood so this option is out.
Cost is a factor for us, but I can get my three options for around the same price.
If you have reclaimed elm or hickory, I would love to know how you feel about it. What do you love about it? What are its disadvantages? Any regrets?
Any feedback/opinions would be much appreciated. I need to know asap since my stairs installers want to know what to order for the treads.