I almost posted this in the flooring forum, but thought I might get some better advice over here.
We're working away on our 1910 'colonial'. In the next year we'd like to spruce up the kitchen, looks like it was done sometime in the late 60's. We're planning on refinishing the cabinets, replacing the sink and countertops, doing a new backsplash, a couple coats of paint and calling it good. Of course, that leaves the floor.
Half of the kitchen is original to the house, half is part of an addition that was added on sometime after 1910 (though not that far after, the foundation under the addition is also stone, like the foundation for the rest of the house). So there is a high spot in the floor (or rather two low spots next to it) where the original kitchen ended, over the original foundation. I don't mind having a bit of a wave in the floor, it matches the rest of the house, and I don't want to go through the trouble of trying to level it out by jacking up floor joists, etc.
So I'm left with trying to pick an appropriate floor for this old kitchen. The original side has hardwood underneath the linoleum (no subfloor) and the new-er side has the diagonal plank subfloor and then a couple layers of ratty linoleum on top of that.
I don't want linoleum, and I want to stay away from tile. Seems like without extensive work to make sure the old floors don't flex, I'd be asking for cracks in short order. I was thinking laminate, but then I don't want springy floors because of the waves.
I was also thinking about stripping the linoleum and having the original hardwood refinished, but I have no idea what to do about the other half of the room, having only the subflooring over there.
I'll take any suggestions or advice. Thanks!