We're currently looking for the optimal floor for a ground-level of a high ranch. There is no basement in this house, so the ground level sits right on top of the concrete foundation. Currently, the floor is concrete covered with a carpet. We'd like to change the floor to make it warmer and stain-resistant. So, our current plan is to remove the carpet, put down DRIcore subfloor, and put engineered hardwood on top of that. Our two major concerns with this plan are the cost and the 2+ inches it will take off the hight, since the ceilings on the ground level are not too high to begin with.
Some other options that we are considering: DRIcore+linoleum (vynil?), but that does not look as nice as engineered hardwood. We were even considering real hardwood, but that would take even more inches off the height, and that's not preferred.
Another thought that's brewing: Is dricore really going to help keep the rooms warmer? I've heard that engineered hardwood can be put down directly on concrete (with a water-resistant lining). That will give us another inch in the height, but if the rooms will be perpetually cold, we don't want it.
What do you think? Are there other combinations that are better than dricore+engineered hardwood to minimize the height loss and maximize the warmth gain?
Thanks for your input! Elana