I need to replace the carpet in our master bedroom. We were planning on
laying slate tile and then a large area rug on top.
A few people have told me this would lower the resale value
(relative to wood flooring). What do people think?
I'd buy a bedroom that was hardwood or carpeted. A tiled bedroom
wouldn't be something I'd be likely to buy unless it was the only
weird thing in the place and everything else was very impressive.
I'd probably negotiate the area rug in with the deal unless it was
ugly. I'd mentally calculate in the cost of an area rug to cover the
But that's just me.
I think that if resale value is important to you, nothing should be
done. If on the other hand you are doing it because it is what YOU want,
then ignore those who are telling you what someone else may want in YOUR
If we all worried about resale value we would all live in very boring
all white walled homes.
so... the impetus for this project is that our dogs have trashed the
existing carpet - necessitating a more durable, cleanable replacement
(either a wood or tile).
Regardless of which one we choose, we'll put down a large area rug for
protection and noise.
As far as the cold issue, winters here in colorado can be chilly, and
we're planning on radiant floor heat.
We like the look of slate, but don't want to do something that will
make the place tough to sell in the future.
The house makes use of stone/concrete as a common theme and already has
alot of unique features (some pics at
The master bath floor and shower are slate, the first floor is mostly a
saltillo-looking tile, the kitchen backsplash is travertine, and the
sinks and counters in the kitchen, master bath and wetbar are concrete.
We're certainly appreciating everyone's thoughts... keep em coming !
Homi, I took a look at your link - the buyer of *your* house, whenever it is you
do decide to sell, will *not* be put off by slate in your bedroom. It's not a
little ol' split level that some conventional family will want move-in to their
conventional standards, to be sure! (Don't take offense, anyone reading this -
I just have a little ol' 3 bdr rancher, myself.) It'd be someone who is into
that kind of aesthetic.
So, slate away, I think it would be marvelous. The only thing that comes to
mine was that my late father's house was largely tiled for similar reasons. It
was creamy-white tile, so had a "cold" look (but your slate won't have that
problem), and it did reverberate sounds a lot.
So I'd give some consideration to make sure that you have draperies that are
heavy enough and upholstery, etc., enough to tone that down.
But, other than that, especially since you have the radiant heat in that floor,
I think slate is a wonderful idea.
I took a look at the link too. It's a unique home, very slick, and
slate in the bedroom isn't gonna sway anyone either way.
Now, slate in the bedroom in a more tract housing-like home would be a
polarizing point, but not in a spiffy custom joint like this.
::partly tongue in cheek rant warning::
What IS IT with wooden floors in the kitchen!! Even YOU, with such an
appreciation for tile and stone and slate, put that GODDAM WOOD in the KITCHEN!
Ten years from now, folks will turn up their noses at the wood floors in all
these two-thousand-ought (year 2001 - 2010) kitchens, just like they turn their
noses up justifiably at those '80s carpeted bathrooms! It'll be dated in ten
years, esp. when folks are tiling over that stained and water damaged stuff.
Come ON - YOU, with all those other options, all that taste, and all that
appreciation for all those materials which would make wonderful floors, put
those STICKS on the floor of your KITCHEN??!?
I LOVED the rest of your house, then I saw that DUMB wood everyone is putting in
their kitchens nowdays. It just looks duuuuumb.
Banty (TILE going into MY kitchen!)
I had no idea that wood floors were trendy, and am now sitting a little
taller, thinking, "Howzabout that, our house is trendy!". My current
house is new construction (1950's) trying very very hard to look old
with wide plank floors throughout. My prior house was older
construction (1880's), just looking very 1880s, with wide plank wood
(Now wondering, are kitchen fireplaces also trendy? Could I be topping
out the trend-o-meter without even realizing it? And maybe my chessy
little 12 over 12 windows could secretly be cool....a world of
possibilities ahead :)
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