New (old) kitchen - what to do with the floor?
Ok so, after spending like two years on this forum talking about our kitchen remodel, what did we do? We moved! Of course. And all we did with the old house's kitchen was paint it, do minor repairs and replace all the appliances with higher-end stainless ones (though that alone was somehow enough that a buyer's realtor referred to it as an "updated kitchen"--despite having 70-year-old steel cabinets!).
Anyway, now we have a new kitchen to remodel, because here's the situation:
- No cabinets whatsoever (we are using the butler's pantry for cabinets)
- No counter other than a large table (again, we're using the butler's pantry)
- Enormous ancient commercial stove that I am lusting to sell, because it has like 14 pilot lights and zero modern safety features, and as of now the gas line is kinked so we can't even turn on the gas safely... so yes... we have no stove. We're "cooking" in our Breville and our microwave.
- Three, count 'em three, sinks... all conveniently located right next to each other! This used to be a commercial kitchen so that's how it's set up.
On the plus side, the kitchen's enormous: 20'7" by 14'9", with 12-foot ceilings. Lots of big windows, not too many doors, nice bones. We already got an all-fridge and all-freezer, since we had the room and AJ Madison was having a sale (we got Frigidaires--so far so good). I'll post a layout later, but our first order of business is:
WHAT TO DO WITH THE FLOOR?
Right now it's old vinyl 12x12's. We think the floor is cement because the basement ceiling is cement, but there must be some kind of subfloor between that and the 12x12 tiles. Personally we're not into ceramic, stone or other hard tiles... so here's what we're looking at:
- Marmoleum click in a checkerboard pattern, or possibly just Marmoleum tiles (without the cork backing of the "click" ones);
- Bamboo that looks like wood (i.e. stained/treated to not look so extremely bamboo-ish); or
Do you have any comments on those options, or thoughts for options we might not have thought of? My first inclination is bamboo, but I read somewhere that it doesn't like constant sun exposure, which it's going to get since we have giant windows facing south. However, we're putting in storm windows with low-E glass everywhere (apparently this should cut our heating/cooling costs by 20%+), so maybe the low-E aspect will make sunlight less of an issue?
FYI, the house is about a century old and there's some woodwork in the kitchen (door frames and two doors) that's about the color of clover honey. We haven't decided yet if we're going to go with white/cream or wood cabinets.