Here’s the thing. We are big fans of budgeting. Anytime we are about to start a big project around the house we talk
While we are making progress on our kitchen, which I will share more on that soon, I thought I would show you the plan for our downstairs flooring.
I have known that I wanted some type of wood flooring ever since we moved into this house. I knew it would be a big investment of time and money and that it would not happen in the first couple of years because of that. The tile and carpet we have downstairs is definitely not my favorite.
Over the past two years I have been collecting floor samples and trying to decide what type of floor we wanted and would be best for our budget and lifestyle. We would regularly browse the flooring section at Home Depot and discuss what we liked and didn’t like. Most of the samples came from either there or Build Direct. We picked up lots of laminate options as well as some real wood options. As we were getting closer to replacing our floors we narrowed the options down to four. All of them were from Home Depot and all of them were laminate. We decided that for us, the durability and cost of laminate far outweighed the real wood options.
The four options we chose also had the underlayment attached. This would mean that we won’t have to spend an additional amount of our budget on underlayment. Which can be anywhere from $0.12/square foot to $0.55/square foot. Adding that onto the cost of the flooring was putting it out of our target price point.
Next, we had to decide if we wanted light or dark. Two of the samples were dark and two were light. I love the look of both. Both my sister and mom recently laid a dark laminate flooring in their homes and they both turned out so good. Going with dark seemed like the safe choice but I couldn’t get rooms with light flooring out of my head. In the end we decided to go with Pergo XP Esperanza Oak. At $2.59/square foot, the price was just right.
Our home depot doesn’t have this one in the store so I ordered a box of it from their website (with free shipping). Seeing the full planks of it further confirmed by decision. This flooring is beautiful. I set it up in a corner of our living room to help me better visualize what it would look like and I can’t get over how good it looks!
Our laundry room and a powder room are also downstairs. Both currently have the same tile as the kitchen. Instead of laying the same wood laminate we decided to install this Shaw Floor vinyl tile. We wanted something that wouldn’t get ruined if we were to have a leak of some sort in these rooms.
I love the look of marble flooring but do not love the price of it. I originally saw this flooring on this blog post and couldn’t get over how much it looked like real marble! And the fact that it is only $2.89 a square foot? I couldn’t get it in my cart fast enough!
We will be ordering and laying this floor before we lay the flooring in the rest of the downstairs, which will happen after we pour our concrete counter tops. We haven’t ordered the counter top supplies but they say it should take about 2-3 weeks to get delivered. While we wait for that to come we will modify the sink cabinet and lay this vinyl flooring in the bathroom and laundry room.
We are taking our time with this renovation because when we start to rush things, mistakes are made and more money needs to be spent.