I am considering buying a 900 sf condo and reselling after fixing up. The unit is on the first floor, over a heated garage. The building is steel and concrete.
The unit is about 40 years old and needs new flooring throughout (and lots of other stuff). Currently there is a mix of carpet, vinyl, and ceramic tile on top of concrete. My first thought was to do tile in bathroom with hardwood elsewhere. However, I seem to remember that hardwood over concrete is not a good idea, unless it is a floating floor. But how does one deal with the difference in material height when the subfloor is concrete slab?
The other thought was to do tile. But since I'm in a fairly cold climate, I would want to put electric heat under the tile. I've done this in my own tiny bathroom and it was inexpensive. But if I extrapolate to 900 sf, seems like it would be VERY expensive. Is there a different way of handling electric radiant heat over larger areas? And again, how would one deal with the additional material height when the subfloor is a concrete slab?
Thanks so much for your comments (or direction to more info).