What Rooms To Install Wood Flooring?
Years ago construction standards had hardwood floors installed in every room. Then it was considered a necessity because it became the subfloor (the area that we live on). Times changed as did styles and new flooring products like linoleum and wall to wall carpet came into being. Only in recent years has the home created a specialized floor selection process mainly due to aesthetics and interior design.
What’s Functional? Are There Advantages?
Hardwood floors are no longer considered just a functional part of the home. More often they’re being chosen for the look and reducing dust allergies many of us are drawn to with stuffy carpeting. Advantages? Absolutely, if you consider the overall costs savings and durability compared to carpeting. Often carpets have to be replaced every 5-10 years, or color styles change. More traditional 3/4″ solid hardwood floors should easily last 3-4 generations and longer. Color changes are also possible with experienced professionals.
But Where Should I Install My New Hardwood?
Today (2009) it’s not uncommon to see an average installation in every area of the home except for bedrooms and baths. The general layout would include walking into the foyer, living and dining room and down hallways (Kahrs Oak San Jose pictured on the left). Big changes from a short twenty five years ago when an average in new construction generally showed installations in the foyer or formal dining area. Perhaps an office thrown in here and there.
How about hardwood floors in kitchens? Considering the potential damages from falling kitchen wares and dishes, water leaks and spills one would think not. But hardwood floors in kitcheninstalling wood floors in kitchens has been a very big trend in the last ten years. With the popularity of open floor plans today and the kitchen being an extention of the home creating an even flow with hardwood looks more natural then splitting it up with ceramic tile or vinyl. Anderson Maple Plank shown on the right.
Maybe you’re thinking…”you talk about flow, but there’s no flow when you stop hardwoods at bedrooms.” This is true, but closing bedroom doors especially when entertaining, blocks the appearance.
Different Hardwoods In Different Rooms?
In our experience breaking up rooms with different colors never looks appealing. It almost begins to look like an interior decorator experiment and we know how those crafty folks can go off on a tangent. Using different styles or colors to highlight sections has looked attractive, such as creating inserts and borders in formal dining areas or in greeting areas and foyers.