Yup. Tile in the kitchen, bathrooms, in front of fireplaces, and all
entryways with real hardwood used everywhere else. I use a few small,
washable rugs in the bathrooms but that's it. Large carpets are just
disgusting. You can never really clean them unless you send them out to be
washed (real wool Persians, etc.). That "steemer" service is a joke. It just
squirts toxic chemicals into the carpet and the padding and gets out surface
stains. Wall-to-wall which is permanently installed and therefore not
cleanable is a health hazard.
I agree your brother on wood in the kitchen( Laminate or 'real wood"). I
put down laminate in my kitchen and breakfast area and it was really pretty,
... until the dishwasher door seal leaked one night! That pretty floor
curled up very nicely and was ruined, not three months after installation.
The only consolation was the ease in which it came up later! Put ceramic
tile down and have never looked back!!
Depends. If you lay on the floor, carpet. If you want to change it often,
One thing I didn't see mentioned in this thread is Bamboo. I used it in my
halls, dining room, and kitchen in my last house and loved it. I have it in
my great room in this house and it's miserable stuff (this stuff scratches
like crazy). It's really cheap (cheaper than vinyl, which is why I put it in
my last house) and looks nice. If it gets badly scratched simply replace it.
Of course that's the idea with carpet, too. ;-)
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