Wow, I’ll pass on the contact info for the person responsible for this one…
Mood lighting? Anyone with half a brain can go to HD or Amazon and create this. It isn’t something that makes one a better cook or cleans up after dinner.
Hardwood floors in the kitchen? Are people insane? I was just dealing with that today right here at home. Wife and I agree, the oak flooring in the kitchen is a PIA and not functional at all. It will be time to change before too long at this rate. And, tile is likely. Durability and ease of cleaning along with water resistance are key.
Rubber backed rugs in wet areas. Key to survival of hardwood in kitchens is in the finish. Maintain it well, screen and refinish every few years. It’s not as cold at stone or tile.
We have that. That was the job I was doing. Taking the rug outside to wash. And cleaning the HW floor real well before putting the rug back down.
You end up with two distinctly different surfaces. Two different types of cleaning involved. Why put something down that you are going to cover up anyway?
Efficiency is key!
And, my wife keeps wanting bigger rugs to cover more of the flooring. Pretty soon, we’ll be wall-to-wall carpeting in the kitchen. Which is another silly idea.
If one can stand the hardness (pro in this case) of good quality porcelain tiles - it is the way to go! Make sure to install it right - if it is - the tiles will last a lifetime.
Yes, I was smart enough to lay down tiles in my kitchen even though it is semi open space to the dining room. Too often, my wife or I spill some water on there and I don’t freak out. Yes, it looks great to be hardwood consistently throughout the house but def can be PIA I bet.
But what was the owner thinking when designing this home in this manner? Sure, that mood lighting in the kitchen will certainly bring in the overbids… guaranteed
or bring in the porn production company.
Hardwood works in the kitchen. .just put a matt or small rug at the kitchen sink. .been doing this since the 80’s…no problem. .
Have been. Not enough.
Through the door ice dispenser drops ice. Everywhere when you use the crusher.
Range top in island across from sink leads to stains on oval area rug that covers most of floor.
Dogs? We won’t even go there.
Needless to say, light oak turns dark gray/black wherever moisture makes it through the seems to the joints below. There is no reversing it short of sanding. And when you have 5/16ths engineered flooring that’s been sanded and refinished before, SOL.
Removing plastic containers from dishwasher drips water on floor no matter how one tries. A single dishwasher leak would kill the entire floor.
I have hardwood in the kitchen… Wouldn’t choose it but it’s open floor plan so I think tile transition would look weird. Have warpage from fridge leak but it’s not terrible. If I get a really bad leak I can always put down tile I guess…
My Tahoe house is a beach house…Tile floors…Very practical but very cold especially in winter…Put area rugs everywhere, even in the kitchen. …nice wool Persian carpet in the kitchen. .stains don’t show…warm on my bare feet
I realize it is expensive to redo just for this but had the easier new technology been in play when I was redoing my SF home I would have gone with the heated flooring. Back then, it was circulating water through a tube network and I was of course worried about a leak or a problem later with it.
Yeah I wish the previous owner had put radiant heat under the tile…but he was a cheap bastard…I have forced air heating…noisy and blows dust around. .So I put in a gas fireplace…24,000BTU, no blower…Basically heats everything up and the walls and floors radiate the heat back…almost as good as radiant floors without the freeze risk and for 1/5 the price…My neighbors house was destroyed by radiant pipes freezing then breaking…
Definitely would recommend to anyone contemplating a remodel to do EVERYTHING possible (practically) while the walls are down or floor up. Easier to do and of course labor charge will be as cheap as it going to be. Or, you will hate yourself after the remodel when you look back and go oh I should have done that…
They have tile now they looks like wood and Pergo has a water resistant product…I am going to try it on a rental…I recommend tile for rentals…dont have to replace carpet every 5 years, but not very homey…
Yeah, let us know how it goes with that fake wood tile or Pergo in the rental. I too was thinking of using that instead of recarpeting the whole apartment the next time a unit becomes free. It looks clean but may not be as homey or cozy as carpet.
Clean should attract good renters.
What I hated most about renting was how dingy, dirty and damaged things often were and how the cheap landlords would only throw a quick coat of white paint over everything (literally!) before finding a new tenant.
Of course, I was younger and poorer than and smoking was still pretty common. I can’t count how many places I lived in that smelled of old cigarette smoke and had yellow stained, flocked ceilings.
If the asbestos don’t get me, the secondhand smoke probably will!
Well, tile is almost a dream for me anyway.
I have engineered truss floors and they’re way too bouncy for tile. I’d have to cement down pretty thick and stiff backer board which raises the floor quite a bit and plays hell with cabinets, door jams, etc. This is what the PO did in the batherooms and the transitions are nearly an 1" tall. Or, go with one of the engineered solutions that you apply under the house for just this purpose.
There might be some hardwood that doesn’t turn gray/black in the presence of the slightest amount of moisture like oak does. In the meantime, the off-white w-to-w in the living and dining room will remain. Just another project to contemplate. For my retirement.
My stepdaughter’s apartment is w-to-w laminate throughout including bathroom and kitchen. The wood textured kind with a plastic looking surface. I’ve assumed it was one of the new water resistant types. Seems quite durable. Just not cosmetically pleasing.
I put in the vinyl planks in one kitchen…Expensive and hard to work with…looks good though…Put regular textured laminate in another.Cheap and fast looks great…These I can do with a helper…Just did another in inexpensive, $1/sf, tile…hired help with cement bd…The cement bd costs as much as the tile…Looks good but expensive and slow…I will report back on which works best