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Sunday, February 8, 2015


Wood Flooring Options

This weekend I made trips to McCabe Lumber, Lumber Liquidators, IKEA, Floor & Decor, Home Depot, and Lowe's to start the selections process for the Starter Home 2.0 project. I looked at everything from railings, to appliances, flooring, to cabinets and countertops with the intention of trying to narrow down the potential selections to a few options for each. With regards to flooring for the first floor, my primary options at this point are 'Select' grade Maple and Red Oak, which has a much more consistent look than the 'Natural' grade Maple and Red Oak floors that allow for a large range of variation between boards and more imperfections in the wood. The images below show the difference in variation between the two grades with 'Select' in the top image and the 'Natural' in the bottom images (please note the color/tone of the images are significantly off due to the flash). Whether the 3/8" engineered wood floor or 3/4" solid wood floor will be selected, will be determined by price and the material selected will also be used as the stair tread material.

'Select' Grade Maple (left) and 'Select' Grade Red Oak (right)

'Natural' Grade Maple

'Natural' Grade Red Oak

A secondary option I am considering is bamboo, which has a consistent look at an affordable price point, but I am going to need to run that by Mike Brown Construction to see what the pros and cons of bamboo flooring are.